Naja Hulvej Rod

I am Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the University of Copenhagen, where I am leading the Psychosocial Research group at the Department of Public Health. I am also heading the Steering Committee of the Copenhagen Stress Research Center, which aims to provide high-quality interdisciplinary research on stress and health. My main research interests are focusing on psychosocial risk factors, stress, and sleep disturbances as determinants of health and longevity in a life-course perspective. I have a special interest in causal modelling experience in the development and application of new methods in epidemiology such as methods for interaction and mediation analyses. I have training in epidemiology with a PhD in Epidemiology from UCLA, which provides the methodological basis for my focus on causality in psychosocial epidemiological research. I have experience in working with large longitudinal datasets and I have a strong record of research collaboration both nationally and internationally. I have produced numerous peer-reviewed publications and successfully administered several research grants.


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I am a Lecturer in Statistics at University College London (UCL). My main area of research concerns statistical methods for the analysis of longitudinal data, in particular structural equation models, multilevel models, survival models and methods for dealing with missing data. Since 2006 I have been working with the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and my research focuses on trajectories of physical health and well-being in old age; the influence of early life conditions and work trajectories on health in later life. I have also use data from the Health and Retirement Study in US, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging and the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study, for cross-national comparisons.



Jussi Vahtera

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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 Martin Hyde

Martin Hyde, PhD, is a Senior lecturer at the University of Manchester. His main areas of research focus on ageing and later life. He has written a number of articles and book chapters on a range of issues from health and quality of life to consumerism and tourism amongst older people. Prior to this he worked at The Stress Research Institute in Stockholm, Imperial College London, UCL and Sheffield Hallam University (as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology). He has worked on a number of large scale studies including the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Study of Health (SLOSH).


Jenny Head

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.


Linda Magnusson Hanson

Linda Magnusson Hanson 1Linda Magnusson Hanson is a senior researcher 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 mental health. She is currently working on a number of projects on work characteristics, recuperation, work-life balance, depressive symptoms and treatment with antidepressants as well as on organizational changes including e.g. downsizing and expansion and health consequences in terms of self-rated mental health complaints or treatment with psychotropic drugs using.


Marie Zins

MarieMarie 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 cheap Diflucan Canada on diverse health outcomes, with a special focus on cognitive and physical functioning in aging 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.


Marcel 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).


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 since 25 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), using both epidemiological and qualitative analytical methods. Has established some large population-based research databases. Published about 175 original articles in international scientific journals. Is the President of the Section for Social Security and Health of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) since 2000 and member of the Executive Council of EUPHA. Is engaged in several scientific networks, is on different scientific commissions, and has had several governmental commissions.


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Sari Stenholm is an adjunct professor and senior researcher at Department of Public Health at the University of Turku and at the National Institute for Health and Welfare 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, body composition, physical activity and physical fitness. She has experience in working with large national and international longitudinal datasets including the Finnish Health 2000/2001, the Italian InCHIANTI and the Health and Retirement Study from the USA. Besides the IDEAR network, she has close research collaboration with top researchers in the field of gerontology in Europe and the USA.


Hugo Westerlund

Hugo Westerlund 1Hugo 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

loretta-platts-april-2015Loretta G. Platts is a post-doctoral researcher at the Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University. She has a background in social and biological sciences with a 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, and cross-national comparative research.