Population-based epidemiology


Population-based epidemiology formed the start of the institute in 1964 inspired by the Seven Countries study. From the very beginning the surveys invited different spe​​cialities also including psychiatry, and the first cohorts included data on personality and intelligence.

The objective​s are both descriptive and analytic epidemiology

  • monitor trends of diseases (particular those that are underdiagnosed) and risk factors
  • unravel causes of disease

History and facts:

First population study was initiated in 1964

Permanent data collection has been ongoing since 1974

Random samples of the general population are followed by repeated examinations and linked to national registers

More than 26,000 individuals have been examined and more than 50,000 examinations have taken place

A comprehensive biobank contains blood, urine and DNA from more than 20,000 individuals


For more information read:

Osler et al, The cohorts at the Research Centre for Prevention and Health, formerly "The Glostrup Population Studies", Int J Epidemiol. 2011 Jun;40(3):602-10.

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