Kristina Alexanderson (contact person)

Kristina Alexanderson is professor of Social Insurance at the Division of Insurance Medicine, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, at the medical university Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Stockholm, Sweden. In her interdisciplinary research group some 20 different research projects are ongoing and about 25 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, or life situations (e.g. being older)), using both epidemiological and qualitative analytical methods. She has established some large population-based research databases and published about 350 original articles in international scientific journals. She is on several international and national boards and committees, and has had several governmental commissions. 



MarcelMarcel Goldberg

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).


Jenny Head

Jenny Head is Principal Investigator of the renEWL (Research on Extending Working Lives) research consortium and Professor of Medical and Social Statistics at UCL. Her research focuses on determinants of healthy ageing and healthy working lives.  She has extensive experience working with longitudinal studies and is a senior investigator on the Whitehall II study. She also teaches on advanced statistics courses for postgraduate students throughout UCL including ‘Longitudinal Data Analysis’ and ‘Multilevel models for Health Research’.


Martin Hyde 1Martin Hyde

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.


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.


Jussi Vahtera

Jussi Vahtera is Professor of Public Health at the University of Turku, Finland. He studies living environments, psychosocial risks, and behaviors as determinants of health and longevity from a life-course perspective. He has experience in working with large longitudinal datasets and has a strong record of research collaboration both nationally and internationally. His recent research has contributed to the understanding of the effects of social, built and natural neighborhoods on cardiovascular health. He is the founder and former PI of the Finnish Public Sector study and an Associate Editor at Occupational and Environmental Medicine (BMJ Publishing Group), a leading international journal in occupational health.


Hugo Westerlund 1Hugo Westerlund

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 national Swedish infra structure consortium (REWHARD) with data on work, relations and health as well as a Forte financed research programme on healthy and productive work in later life. 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.


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).



Kristin Farrants

Kristin Farrants is Assistant professor at the Division for Insurance Medicine, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. She has a background in sociology and public policy, and obtained her PhD from Durham University, the UK. Her research interests include health and ageing, extending working lives, and health inequalities at older ages. She is currently leading a project investigating sickness absence among those in paid work over the age of 65.



Emilie Friberg

Emilie Friberg is an Associate Professor at the Division for Insurance Medicine, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Her work includes extensive experience in cohort analyses, database management, use of register data, insurance medicine, and epidemiology. Her research focus is mainly on risk factors and consequences of sickness absence in relation to specific diagnoses, primarily multiple sclerosis, traffic injuries and breast cancer. She is currently leading a project on strategies in relation to extending working life among people with multiple sclerosis.



Linda Magnusson Hanson 1Linda Magnusson Hanson

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.



Sari Stenholm

Sari Stenholm is a professor public health and epidemiology at the Department of Public Health at the University of Turku in Finland. 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, sleep and work-related factors. 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.



Paola Zaninotto

Paola Zaninotto is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics at University College London (UCL). She is a member of 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. She is associate editor for BMC Public Health, Biostatistics and Methods.



Marie 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.


Robin S. Högnäs

Robin S. Högnäs is a researcher within the Epidemiology Unit at the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University. Her primary area of research concerns family, social relationships, employment, and long-term health. She is particularly interested in how social and economic inequality within and between Western social policy contexts affect employment and health outcomes over the life course. She currently works within the Forte-funded project titled Sustainable Work in an Aging Population (SWAP), led by Hugo Westerlund. The main goal of the project is to better understand determinants of individual working life expectancy (WLE) and to contribute knowledge to ongoing efforts and debates to extend working lives.