Naja Hulvej Rod

Naja Hulvej Rod is Professor of Epidemiology and Head of Section of Epidemiology, University of Copenhagen. She is leading an interdisciplinary research group in Complexity and Big Data in Epidemiology,  which aim at studying the social and biological factors determining health and disease across the life span. She has expertise in working with longitudinal datasets, register-based research and complex modelling including social influences and group dynamics. To embrace complexity in epidemiology she actively explore new sources (e.g. smartphones) of ‘big data’, incorporate system theory thinking and try to leverage insights across disciplines. She is PI of the Danish Lifecourse Cohort Study and the Well-being in Hospital Employee Cohort (WHALE) study.



Paola Zaninotto

Paola Zaninotto is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics at University College London (UCL). I am in the Management Group of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing for which she has worked since its initiation. Her research focuses on trajectories of physical health and well-being in older ages, predictors of healthy life expectancy and working life expectancy, and factors related to work in later life. She is interested in statistical methods for longitudinal data and regularly runs short courses on statistical methods for epidemiology.




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Jussi Vahtera is Professor of Public Health at the University of Turku and Research professor at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. He is the PI (with Prof. Kivimäki) for the Finnish Public Sector Study, Finland. He is also an associate Editor in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (BMJ Publishing Group), which is currently the leading international journal in occupational health. He has published around 250 original articles in international pre-reviewed scientific journals, examining mostly the effect of psychosocial risk factors on health and mechanisms linking psychosocial factors and health.


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Dr Martin Hyde is an Associate Professor in Gerontology at Swansea University. His main research interests are ageing and later life and he has published on a wide range of topics from quality of life, work and retirement, health inequalities and globalization. He has been involved in a number of large scale studies including the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), the Survey for Health, Retirement and Ageing in Europe (SHARE) and the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Study of Health (SLOSH). He is the Chair of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG) Work and Retirement Group, Chair of the Opportunities for Learning and Work in Later Life group, President of BSG Cymru and a member of the Integrated Datasets in Europe for Ageing Research network. He is a Deputy Editor for Ageing & Society.


Jenny Head

Jenny Head is Principal Investigator of the renEWL research consortium and Reader in Medical and Social Statistics at UCL. Her research focuses on determinants of healthy ageing and healthy working lives.Jenny Head teaches on the MSc Health and Society: Social Epidemiology. She also organises advanced statistics courses for postgraduate students throughout UCL including ‘Statistical Methods for Epidemiology and Social Science’ and ‘Multilevel models for Health Research’. Her research interests include the link between working conditions and health; causes and consequences of sickness absence; the association between type of alcoholic beverage and heart disease; factors contributing to social inequalities in physical and mental health; pathways from childhood to adult health. Her current interests in statistical methodology include: analysis of longitudinal data, missing data, survival analysis, modelling non-linear dose-response relationships, multilevel models.


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Linda Magnusson Hanson is a Associate Professor at the Epidemiology Unit at the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University and study manager for the Swedish Longitudinal Survey of Health – a longitudinal study with multiple repeated measurements on work life, social situation and health. Her main area of research is on psychosocial work characteristics and prospective associations to health, especially mental health. She is currently working on a number of projects on work characteristics, recuperation, work-life balance, depressive symptoms, musculoskeletal pain, cardiometabolic disease.


MarieMarie Zins

Marie Zins is senior researcher at Inserm U1018 and Head of the Population-based Cohorts Research Platform (Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, Villejuif, France). Her background is in medicine, public health and epidemiology. Her main personal field of interest if the study of social and occupational determinants of alcohol drinking and ageing.

Marie Zins is with Marcel Goldberg the co-PI of the GAZEL Cohort Study, a large population-based prospective cohort of 20,000 subjects followed-up from 1989 on, which is the support of numerous studies. She is also the PI, with Marcel Goldberg and Lisa Berkman, of the CONSTANCES “Open Epidemiological Laboratory” a 200,000 adults prospective cohort starting in 2011. In both GAZEL and CONSTANCES cohorts, an extensive set of data regarding social and occupational determinants are collected, as well as data on diverse health outcomes, with a special focus on cognitive and physical functioning in ageing subjects. As PI or co-investigator on several studies, she has a long experience in managing large prospective and complex data sets.

Marie Zins is member of several Scientific Committees: Mission Interministérielle de Lutte contre les Drogues et la Toxicomanie, Research Networks for Clinical Research and Population’s Health, National Alcohol Research Program.


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Marcel Goldberg is professor of epidemiology at Paris Ouest Medical School – Versailles Saint Quentin University, France. He obtained degrees in Medicine (MD, 1972), Computer science – Applied Mathematics (1974), Human Biology (PhD, 1980), and Epidemiology (PhD, 1983). He is also currently a researcher at Inserm U1018 (Population-based Cohorts Research Platform – Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, Villejuif, France), after having directed the Research Unit 88 of INSERM from 1983 to 2004. He also was the director of the Department of Occupational Health of the French National Health Surveillance Institute. His main scientific fields of interest are occupational epidemiology (mainly on cancer, asbestos, musculoskeletal disorders, psychosocial factors and methods of evaluation of occupational exposure), and social epidemiology (determinants of health inequalities).

Among others, he is the PI of several research projects: the National Mesothelioma Surveillance Program, Contribution of occupational factors to health social inequalities, Workage: Long-term effects of working conditions on ageing and health social inequalities. Marcel Goldberg was from the beginning the PI of the GAZEL Cohort Study (co-PI since 2000: Marie Zins), and is the co-PI with Marie Zins and Lisa Berkman of a large population-based cohort (the CONSTANCES project): both these cohorts are large (GAZEL: 20,000; CONSTANCES: 200,000), collecting prospectively comprehensive sets of various data, and largely open the scientific international community.

Marcel Goldberg is member of several French government advisory committees, of the Scientific Committee for Occupational Exposure Limits of the EU Commission and was President of the French Speaking Epidemiologists Association (1994-1998).


Kristina Alexanderson

Kristina Alexanderson is professor of Social Insurance and Head of the Division of Insurance Medicine, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet (KI) and leads an interdisciplinary research group where some 25 different research projects are run and about 35 people work. Has for 30 years conducted research mainly on different aspects of sickness absence and disability pension (in general and with specific diagnoses, such as cancer, MS, mental disorders, etc. and in specific groups, e.g., occupations), using both epidemiological and qualitative analytical methods. Has established some large population-based research databases. Published about 270 original articles in international scientific journals. Is on several international and nation boards and committees, and has had several governmental commissions. More information here: and

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Sari Stenholm is an adjunct professor and academy research fellow at Department of Public Health at the University of Turku in Finland. She has training in health sciences with a PhD from Gerontology and Public Health. After defending her thesis in 2007, she did two year post doc training at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, USA. Her main area of research is on modifiable risk factors for healthy aging in a life-course perspective with special interest in obesity, physical activity and sleep. She is the PI of the Finnish Retirement and Aging Study (, which aims to examine changes in health behaviors and health during retirement transition and years after retirement.


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Hugo Westerlund is Professor of Epidemiology as well as Director and Head of the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University. He investigates how social and psychological exposures across the life course impact on health, mortality and quality of life. A recurrent theme has been labour market participation, and lately a main focus has been on ageing workers and retirement, as well as the prerequisites and consequences of extended working lives. Hugo works mainly with large, longitudinal cohort studies from several different countries, including the French GAZEL, British Whitehall II, and Swedish SLOSH and WOLF studies. He has a large network of leading social epidemiologists and is currently leading a multi-national project on determinants of healthy life expectancy as well as a Forte financed research programme on healthy and productive work in later life. He is also engaged in projects about open plan office environments, mental health development in early life, risk factors for sickness absence and presenteeism, and validation of questionnaires to assess the psychosocial work environment. An overarching ambition is to provide better evidence about causal relationships between modifiable environmental exposures and health outcomes, increasingly taking moderating factors such as personality  and genetics into account.



Holendro Singh

Holendro Singh Chungkham is working as an Assistant Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), North-East Centre, Tezpur, India. Prior to joining ISI, he was working as a Researcher at the Division of Epidemiology, Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University. His research focusses mainly on the applications of advanced statistical models for longitudinal data to understand the relationships between psychosocial work characteristics and certain health outcomes, particularly depression. Some applications include multilevel models, generalized estimating equations, mediation/moderation models, and structural equation models.


loretta-platts-april-2015Loretta Platts

Loretta G. Platts is a researcher at the Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University. She has a background in social and biological sciences and obtained her PhD from Imperial College London. After defending her thesis she worked at the Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London. Her research interests include working conditions and health, inequalities in health and well-being, post-retirement paid work and cross-national research.



Hui-Xin Wang

Hui-Xin Wang is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University and affiliated to ARC at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. She obtained a PhD in Geriatric Epidemiology and did postdoctoral training in Cardiovascular Epidemiology.

Her major research field is the epidemiology of neurodegenerative diseases and of cardiovascular disease. Her major contribution to research concerns the following topics: Lifestyle factors and dementia/cognitive ageing, psychosocial factors and dementia/cognitive ageing and psychosocial factors and progression of cardiovascular disease.


Alice Jessie Clark

Alice Jessie Clark is Assistant professor at the Section of Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, and has a background in public health and epidemiology. Her research interests include the importance of psychosocial circumstances, with a particular interest in psychosocial resources in the workplace for employee health and well-being, as well as predictors and consequences of impaired sleep (the subject of her PhD). She has a keen interest in and growing experience with longitudinal modelling of observational data combining results from various longitudinal cohorts (including IDEAR).