CERG has become a member of EPINOR, the national research school in population based epidemiology. Five Norwegian universities and three research institutes make up the EPINOR consortium. Today, the EPINOR network consist of around 150 PhD students and their associated research groups.
The aim of the national research school is to improve the quality of population based epidemiological research and to integrate PhD students within the field of epidemiology both nationally and internationally. EPINORs scientific focus is on population based studies and lifestyle related diseases, systems epidemiology and environmental factors related to health.
Several researchers here at CERG uses epidemiological data with the aim of studying the effects of exercise as medicine to treat heart and lifestyle related diseases, and to define optimal exercise programs for everyday people in order to increase the likelihood of development and preservation of good health throughout the life. Did you know that those who are the most physically active prior to a heart attack have lower risk of becoming depressed after the attack? Or did you know that physical inactivity contributes as much as smoking to educational differences in cardiac death among men? These studies are conducted by our researcher, Linda Ernstsen, and colleagues using epidemiological data from the Nord-Trøndelag Health Survey (HUNT) . Researcher at CERG, Bjarne Martens Nes, has also used data from HUNT to develop a non-exercise model to estimate fitness,now featured in CERG’s fitness calculator.
EPINOR will be an arena for our PhD students to present and discuss epidemiological research and meet national and international researchers for future collaborations. Members are offered relevant national and international courses and excess to financial support for research stays abroad. Each year EPINOR arranges a summer school and a meeting which the PhD students are expected to attend.
CERG is very much looking forward to actively taking part in EPINOR.
Lars Elnan Garnvik og Trude Carlsen, PhD students at CERG