KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dr. Larry Engel | Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study (GuLF STUDY): Design and Findings to Date

Dr. Engel is an epidemiologist whose research is focused primarily on environmental and occupational risk factors for cancer and neurological conditions.
Much of his research is related to disasters, persistent organic pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and pesticides.

His current research includes investigations of clinical and molecular health effects among persons experiencing oil spills or related chemical exposures, such as ambient volatile organic compounds. These include peripheral and central nervous system function, as well as biomarkers of exposure and effect, including protein adducts, oxidative stress, and markers of kidney and liver injury.

Department of Epidemiology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box 7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435

Phone: +1 919-962-2756
Email: Larry.Engel@unc.edu

Research Prof. Jaakko Kaprio | Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM, HiLIFE, Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki, FINLAND

Genetic epidemiology in a large population isolate

Main research interests: genetic epidemiology of non-communicable disease and their behavioral risk factors, with a focus on addictions and metabolic conditions

Dr. Kaprio has worked in genetic epidemiology with a focus  on risk factors of non-communicable disease, especially substance use and addictions.  He has worked with the Finnish Twin Cohort studies since 1976, and with other population-based samples in Finland and has engaged in extensive international collaborations.

He has served as President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco European chapter and as President of the International Society for Twin Studies as well as President of the Behavior Genetics Association.

Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland FIMM, HiLIFE
Department of Public Health
University of Helsinki, FINLAND

Phone: +358 50 5468790
Email: jaakko.kaprio@helsinki.fi

Dr. Sandra Feodor Nilsson | Copenhagen University Hospital, Mental Health Centre Copenhagen &
IPSYCH – The Lundbeck Foundation Initiative for Integrated Psychiatric Research

At the extreme end of social marginalisation: Epidemiological research of homelessness in high-income countries from a public health perspective

Dr. Sandra Feodor Nilsson is a social epidemiologist with a background in Public Health Sciences who has obtained her PhD with the title: “Homelessness and psychiatric morbidity in Denmark – From a public health perspective” from the University of Copenhagen in 2018.

Her research has been focusing on homelessness for the past 10 years, and she has been the first to do nationwide register-based studies of people using homeless shelters by using the Danish Homeless Register.

The Danish Homeless register was established in 1999 and is a very unique data source containing individual-level information on homeless shelter contacts for more than 30,000 people in Denmark. When combining this information with data from other Danish registers, the opportunity to study homelessness is taken to another level. Dr. Nilsson has therefore been studying health problems in homeless shelter users in Denmark with the aim of documenting the severity of the problems. She has devoted much time to examine the mortality in homeless people and has examined the complex relationship between homelessness, psychiatric disorders, and mortality in details. Furthermore, she has been interested in the risk of mental illness and substance use disorders in offspring of parents with experiences of homelessness. In addition to the register-based studies, she has conducted a large systematic review and meta-analysis of individual-level predictors for becoming homeless and exiting homelessness in high-income countries to be able to guide future research and interventions within this field.

Dr. Nilssons’ research has led to some high-impact papers from the beginning of her research and she is the primary author of the paper: “Psychiatric disorders and mortality among people in homeless shelters in Denmark: a nationwide register-based cohort study” published in the Lancet in 2011. Besides she has in 2018 published a paper of: “Homelessness as a predictor of mortality: an 11-year register-based cohort study” in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology and in 2017 a paper of: “Risk of psychiatric disorders in offspring of parents with a history of homelessness during childhood and adolescence in Denmark: a nationwide, register-based, cohort study” in Lancet Public Health. She is now affiliated as a post doc researcher at the Mental Health Centre of Copenhagen.

Kildegaardsvej 28
Building 15, 4th floor
DK-2900 Hellerup, Denmark

Phone: +45 38 64 74 43
Email: Sandra.feodor.nilsson@regionh.dk