K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology

The KG Jebsen Centre for Genetic Epidemiology studies genetic variation at population level. Searching for variation in the genetic material can give us a better understanding of why we become ill and why we stay healthy. Based on data from the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT), the scientists are searching in particular for genes that keep us healthy. The goal is to identify genes or proteins from genes that can provide important information in the search for targets for new drugs. 

Genetic epidemiology is the discipline where scientists study many people’s genetic material at the same time, comparing the variation they find with differences in health and illness. One of the main goals of the research is to use this new knowledge to improve the prevention and treatment of diseases.

We have a good point of departure for studying genetic epidemiology in Norway. The combination of large-scale population surveys, modern biobanks and good health registers makes it possible to study a number of health conditions at the same time.

Rapid advances have been made in recent years in the development of technology that makes it possible to digitalise genetic material. Together with increasingly powerful computers, this makes it possible to study connections at completely new levels of precision.

Research on population data is dependent on the population’s trust. We therefore make strict demands of ourselves as regards data security and correct use of research data. Among other things, all use of data must be approved by research ethics committees, all analyses must be performed on secure computers and researchers must undergo ethical certification before being granted access to data.

The centre, which was established on 1 July 2016, is led by Professor Kristian Hveem. It is part of the Department of Public Health and Nursing at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

The KG Jebsen centre for Genetic Epidemiology is funded by the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Foundation, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at NTNU and the cooperative body for the Central Norway regional health authority and NTNU.

Group leader:

Kristian Hveem
Professor, NTNU.

Research leaders

Eivind Almaas
Professor, NTNU

Pål Sætrom
Professor, NTNU

Bjørn Olav Åsvold
Professor, NTNU

The centre in brief:

Leader: Kristian Hveem
Startup: 2016
Host institution: Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
Funding: 18 MNOK + 9 MNOK
Home page: www.ntnu.no/huntgenes

Contact information:

Visiting address:
Øya helsehus, 1. etasje,
Håkon Jarls gate 11, 7006 Trondheim

Postal address:
NTNU, Fakultet for medisin og helsevitenskap,
Institutt for samfunnsmedisin og sykepleie,
Postboks 8905, 7491 Trondheim


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