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Welcome to the EPINOR homepage!
EPINOR (The PhD school for EPIdemiological research in the high NORth) will contribute to high-quality education of research in epidemiological theory, methodology and method connected to specific issues of the High North.
Foto: Trine Kvitberg©
The EPINOR PhD school was established in 2007, funded by the University of Tromsø and is formally organized as a part of Department of Community Medicine (ISM). A board consisting of members from ISM, the research network and PhD students has regular meetings to ensure that activities and courses maintain high quality and contribute to build the profile of EPINOR.
The close links to a broad circumpolar research network is an important part of EPINOR’s profile. Traditional life-style related diseases and new environmental health threats are among the research areas where epidemiological methods are to investigate causes of disease and pathogenetic mechanisms and to develop prevention strategies.
The PhD school will unify epidemiologic research in the High North and ensure a continued quality and diversity in this field.
Established PhD courses in epidemiology, statistics, and ethics allow the students at EPINOR to get a deeper understanding of the specific health challenges in the North in a network with students from all over the world. EPINOR students also work together in seminars for reflection and discussion of topics of common interest.
The environment is international with courses and seminars in English. For the time being EPINOR has more than 40 PhD students from Russia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, the Faroe Islands, Nepal and Norway.
The running projects cover a wide range of topics with an epidemiologic focus; cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, maternal health, rheumatology, occupational medicine, infectious medicine, health services, anthropology and environmental pollutants.
How to become an EPINOR associate member
PhD students may apply to be an associate member of the EPINOR and as such participate in the full package of courses, seminars and workshops.
The individual PhD courses are open for PhD students from other research institutions.
Examples of ongoing EPINOR projects
Molecular links between obesity, metabolic profile and breast cancer.
Epidemiological studies of genotype, phenotype and breast cancer risk among women in North-Norway.
Project leader and supervisor: Anne-Sofie Furberg
PhD student: Anita Iversen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A circumpolar study of new contaminants in women of reproductive age and their children; an assessment in human blood, sources of exposure and possible health risks (NEWCON).
Project leader and supervisor: Jon Øyvind Odland
PhD student: Linda Hanssen (email@example.com)
Foto: Laila Arnesdatter Hopstock©
EPINOR initiated courses 2012:
Mixed Models: Lecturer: Jos W.R. Twisk week 23 (Lectures: 4. - 7. June 2012). More information.
Possibilities for funding:
The Research Councils’ Scholarship Collection for mobility.
EPINOR PhD student Josepha Joseph from Sri Lanka defended her thesis January 28 at UIT - Congratulations!
EPINOR PhD student Cibele Rudge from Brazil defended her thesis in Sao Paulo state, February 2010.
EPINOR PhD student Oleg Sidorenkov from Russia defended his thesis June 2011 at UiT, Congratulations!
EPINOR PhD student Solrunn Hansen from Norway defended her thesis September 2011 at UiT, Congratulations!
Interested in being an EPINOR associate member?
More information at Tilbud om tilknytning til forskerskolen EPINOR
PhD Courses and usful information
More information at: PhD program
Additional courses of interest
HiOA - Invitation to Research Seminar on Qualitative Longitudinal Studies in Oslo
The Graduate Sumer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore offers summer classes. More information at The Summer Institute website.
Links to courses and conferences in epidemiology at the NOFE homepage
Information on PhD fellowship at the faculty of health sciences
For more information on EPINOR please contact
Bjørn Straume, Leader of The Department of Community Medicine, UiT
Olav Helge Førde, Scientific leader of EPINOR, UiT
THINC - Tromsø High North Cluster
NOFE - The Norwegian Epidemiological Association
APECS - Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
Todos- Tromsø doctoral students (interest organization UiT)