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Forskningsgruppe for genetisk epidemiologi

The research in the Genetic Epidemiology Research Group is directed towards studying early determinants of cancer, birth defects and cerebral palsy, long-term follow-up of children with specific health conditions, and novel statistical tools that are highly applicable to population-based registry data and genetic epidemiology.

In our research we use data from national health registries, large scale health surveys and biobanks.


Haplin power analysis: a software module for power and sample size calculations in genetic association analyses of family triads and unrelated controls

We introduce a new and complete tool in the R package Haplin for power and sample size calculations in genetic association studies, readily applicable to data in MoBa or Harvest. The article is published in BMC Bioinformatics

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Duration of pregnancy decisive for breast cancer risk

Each child born before a woman is 28 years old reduces her risk of breast cancer by 8 per cent. The protection starts in week 34 when the breasts are given signals to begin producing milk.

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Physical activity is independently associated with reduced mortality: 15-years follow-up of the Hordaland Health Study (HUSK)

A new study from the University of Bergen shows that adults from Hordaland that are physically active are at lower risk of dying than others – and that the level of physical activity required for a protective effects is surprisingly low.


The Norwegian student introductory week: who takes part, and is participation associated with better social integration and satisfaction among students?

In this study we found that more than 70% of students were satisfied with the introductory week and the opportunity it provided for getting to know other students.