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Randi Jacobsen Bertelsen

Researcher , PI ERC StG project BRuSH, PI RHINESSA Bergen
  • E-mailRandi.J.Bertelsen@uib.no
  • Phone+47 996 74 046
  • Visitor Address
    Haukeland universitetssykehus, Laboratoriebygget
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7804
    5020 Bergen

Randi J. Bertelsen, MSc PhD, is a researcher at the Department of Clinical Science at the University of Bergen. She has a background within evolutionary biology and ecology (MSc) from the University of Bergen and from Environmental Medicine and Epidemiology from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and University of Oslo (PhD). In 2010 she received Voksentoppen Research Award within paediatric allergology and pulmonology awarded for outstanding research within paediatric respiratory medicine and allergology. In 2018 she received Kronprins Haakons research award for asthma and allergy. Her research interests are focused on environmental exposure, microbiome and asthma and allergy. Her Young Research Talent grant (RCN-funded) focused on exposure to antibacterial chemicals, oral microbiome and lung health. Bertelsen is currently PI for two large 5-year research projects with funding from the Research Council of Norway (BetterHealth-program) from 2018 to 2023 and the European Research Council (ERC); starting grant project "BRuSH" (2019-2023). The topic of her ongoing research concerns how bacteria that produce particularly potent proinflammatory lipid As (the component responsible for inflammation in the host) affects lung health and disease over time. 

Bertelsen is currently PI and biobank manager for RHINESSA Bergen (www.rhinessa.net). Bertelsen is also affiliated with the Oral Health Center of Expertise (TK Vest Hordaland), and with Dept of Occupational Medicine, Haukeland University Hospital. She is appointed member in the National Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics (NEM) by the Ministry of Education and Research, Associate editor of International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. Bertelsen is member of the Management Committee for COST Action CA18131 (2019-2023): Statistical and machine learning techniques in human microbiome studies, and member of the Scientific advisory board of the Leibniz ScienceCampus Evolutionary Medicine of the Lung (EVOLUNG) http://evolung.fz-borstel.de/

Bertelsen has a successful track record for research funding with a Research Council of Norway (RCN) Personal Postdoctoral Grant, U.S.-Norway Fulbright Foundation for Educational Exchange Fellowship, the Norwegian Asthma- and Allergy Foundation, RCN Young Research Talent grant, RCN Research Project from 2017 (BEDREHELSE), and ERC Starting Grant 2018.

Academic article
  • 2020. Parents’ smoking onset before conception as related to body mass index and fat mass in adult offspring: Findings from the RHINESSA generation study. PLOS ONE. 1-20.
  • 2020. Associations of preconception exposure to air pollution and greenness with offspring asthma and hay fever. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 1-14.
  • 2019. Prevalence of allergic sensitization to storage mites in Northern Europe. Clinical and Experimental Allergy.
  • 2019. Is atopic sensitization associated with indicators of early vascular ageing in adolescents? PLOS ONE. 1-11.
  • 2019. Epigenome-wide association of father's smoking with offspring DNA methylation: a hypothesis-generating study. Environmental Epigenetics. 10 pages.
  • 2019. Dampness, mould, onset and remission of adult respiratory symptoms, asthma and rhinitis. European Respiratory Journal.
  • 2019. Being overweight in childhood, puberty, or early adulthood: Changing asthma risk in the next generation? Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 1-13.
  • 2019. Asthma and selective migration from farming environments in a three-generation cohort study. European Journal of Epidemiology (EJE). 601-609.
  • 2019. Agreement of offspring-reported parental smoking status: the RHINESSA generation study. BMC Public Health. 1-9.
  • 2018. Zoonotic helminth exposure and risk of allergic diseases: A study of two generations in Norway. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 66-77.
  • 2018. Periodontal Health status and lung function in two Norwegian cohorts. PLOS ONE. 1-15.
  • 2018. Cleaning at home and at work in relation to lung function decline and airway obstruction. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 1157-1163.
  • 2018. Agreement in reporting of asthma by parents or offspring - the RHINESSA generation study. BMC Pulmonary Medicine. 1-10.
  • 2018. A three-generation study on the association of tobacco smoking with asthma. International Journal of Epidemiology. 1106-1117.
  • 2017. Validation of maternal reported pregnancy and birth characteristics against the Medical Birth Registry of Norway. PLOS ONE. 1-12.
  • 2017. Prevalence of, and work-related risk factors for, hand eczema in a Norwegian general population (The HUNT Study). Contact Dermatitis. 214-223.
  • 2017. Clinical markers of asthma and IgE assessed in parents before conception predict asthma and hayfever in the offspring. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 627-638.
  • 2017. Building dampness and mold in European homes in relation to climate, building characteristics and socio-economic status: The European Community Respiratory Health Survey ECRHS II. Indoor Air: International Journal of Indoor Environment and Health. 921-932.
  • 2016. Validation of self-reported figural drawing scales against anthropometric measurements in adults. Public Health Nutrition. 1944-1951.
  • 2016. Use of probiotics and prebiotics in infant feeding. Baillière's Best Practice & Research : Clinical Gastroenterology. 39-48.
  • 2016. The Association of gum bleeding With respiratory Health in a population based study from Northern Europe. PLOS ONE.
  • 2016. Self-reported exposure to traffic pollution in relation to daytime sleepiness and habitual snoring: a questionnaire study in seven North-European cities. Sleep Medicine. 93-99.
  • 2016. Pulmonary illness as a consequence of occupational exposure to shrimp shell powder. Environmental Research. 491-499.
  • 2016. Menopause as a predictor of new-onset asthma: A longitudinal Northern European population study. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 50-57.e6.
  • 2016. Father’s environment before conception and asthma risk in his children: a multi-generation analysis of the Respiratory Health In Northern Europe study. International Journal of Epidemiology. 235-245.
  • 2015. Respiratory health in cleaners in Northern Europe: Is susceptibility established in early life? PLOS ONE. 13 pages.
  • 2015. Measurement of total and free urinary phenol and paraben concentrations over the course of pregnancy: assessing reliability and contamination of specimens in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study. Environmental Health Perspectives. 705-711.
  • 2014. Reliability of triclosan measures in repeated urine samples from Norwegian pregnant women. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. 517-521.
  • 2014. Probiotic milk consumption in pregnancy and infancy and subsequent childhood allergic diseases. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 165-+.
  • 2014. Food allergens in mattress dust in Norwegian homes - a potentially important source of allergen exposure. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 142-149.
  • 2013. Urinary biomarkers for phthalates associated with asthma in Norwegian children. Environmental Health Perspectives. 251-256.
  • 2013. Triclosan exposure and allergic sensitization in Norwegian children. Allergy. European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 84-91.
  • 2013. Pulmonary phthalate exposure and asthma - is PPAR a plausible mechanistic link? EXCLI Journal. 733-759.
  • 2013. Phthalate Exposure and Allergy in the US Population: Results from NHANES 2005-2006. Environmental Health Perspectives. 1129-1134.
  • 2012. Pet keeping and tobacco exposure influence CD14 methylation in childhood. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. 746-753.
  • 2010. Rhinitis in children: Co-morbidities and phenotypes. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. 612-622.
  • 2010. Gender differences in indoor allergen exposure and association with current rhinitis. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 1388-1397.
  • 2010. Do allergic families avoid keeping furry pets? Indoor Air: International Journal of Indoor Environment and Health. 187-195.
  • 2010. Childhood asthma and early life exposure to indoor allergens, endotoxin and beta(1,3)-glucans. Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 307-316.
  • 2007. Modeling the intra-urban variability of outdoor traffic pollution in Oslo, Norway - A GA(2)LEN project. Atmospheric Environment. 7500-7511.
  • 2005. Results of pulmonary resection for lung cancer in Norway, patients older than 70 years. European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. 325-328.
Academic lecture
  • 2013. Food Allergens in Mattress Dust in Norwegian Homes: a Significant Source of Allergen Exposure?
Short communication
  • 2018. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in fish processing workers diagnosed by inhalation challenge. European Respiratory Journal Open Research (ERJ Open Research). 00071.
Popular scientific article
  • 2014. Astma og renholdsarbeidere: Resultater fra RHINE-studien. Fagbladet Allergi i praksis. 30-33.
Doctoral dissertation
  • 2010. The indoor environment and childhood allergic diseases; the importance of allergens and microbial components. No.936.
  • 2013. Maternal Probiotic Intake and Respiratory and Allergy Outcomes in Early Childhood. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. AB129-AB129.
  • 2013. Food allergens in mattress dust in Norwegian homes: a significant source of allergen exposure? Clinical and Translational Allergy.
  • 2009. Early life exposure to cat allergens increase the risk of late childhood asthma in a community with low levels of in-door allergens. Allergy. European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 106-107.
  • 2008. Do allergic families avoid having furry pets when children are small? Allergy. European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 7-8.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

2018-2023. European Research Council (ERC) Staring Grant 2018: Oral Bacteria as Determinant for ReSpiratory Health (Acronym: "BRuSH") https://www.uib.no/en/rg/respiratorygroup/130718/brush

2018-2023: Researcher project, the Research Council of Norway (BEDREHELSE). Project title: Oral and Environmental Microbiome, Endotoxin and Lung Health: the "United Airways" concept extended