Wednesday 18 September


Opening words: Vice President Juha Teperi, Tampere University


Plenary session 1: Alex Broadbent (University of Johannesburg, South Africa): Philosophy of Epidemiology: How to identify causes?


Parallel session 1

Session 1 A) Innovative approaches to register research/Enhancing depth of register data

Anton Nilsson: A Directed Acyclic Graph for Effect Heterogeneity

Ulf Strömberg: Cancer incidence mapping by clinical stage at diagnosis for monitoring spatial disparities in early detection of cancer

Ulrike Baum: Mitigation of biases in estimating hazard ratios under non-sensitive and non-specific observation of outcomes through register data

Carl Bonander: Generalizing the results from population-based cohort studies using register data


Session 1 B) Life course and intergenerational studies

Christian Hakulinen: Parental income mobility during childhood and later risk of developing schizophrenia: a Danish birth cohort study 

Suvi Rovio: Early life cardiovascular risk factors and midlife cognitive performance: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study

Antti Latvala: Association of parental substance misuse with offspring substance misuse and criminality: A genetically informed register-based study

Session 1 C) New data sources/Disability and longevity 

Jaakko Nevalainen: Possibilities and challenges of loyalty card data in health research 

Juulia Jylhävä: The frailty index is a predictor of cause-specific mortality independent of familial effects from midlife onwards: a large cohort study 

Tuija Mikkola: The potential for healthy aging – what proportion of adults have a possibility to age healthy? 

Katja Pahkala: Subclinical atherosclerosis from childhood to early adulthood: association with dietary fat quality – The Special Turku Coronary Risk Factor Intervention Project (STRIP) (Lifecourse and intergenerational studies)


Coffee and poster viewing session


Plenary session 2: Mika Kivimäki (University College, London, UK & University of Helsinki, Finland): Effect of stress on health, disease and ageing


Welcome reception by City of Tampere at the Old City Hall, address Keskustori 10

Thursday 19 September


Plenary session 3: Max Petzold (University of Gothenburg, Sweden): Open data in epidemiology


Parallel session 2

Session 2 A) Child, Maternal and Reproductive Health (1)

Stine Kloster: Advanced maternal age and risk of preterm birth among women with a congenital heart disease: A nationwide register-based cohort study

Riitta Luoto: Workability and quality of life seven years after delivery among women in risk of gestational diabetes

Leena Hakola: Cereal, Gluten, and Dietary Fiber Intake In Relation to the Risk of Islet Autoimmunity and Type 1 Diabetes

Melle Säve-Söderbergh: Associations between exposure to drinking water chlorination by-products and small-for-gestation-age – a nation-wide register-based prospective study including 500,000 singleton births

Session 2 B) Burden of Disease for the Individual and the Population

Liisu Saavalainen: Cancer risk according to the type of Endometriosis

Svetlana Solovjeva: Impact of common musculoskeletal diseases and depression on work participation and working life years lost

Manola Bettio: Measuring the cancer burden in Europe: the European Cancer Information System (ECIS)

Jonas Björk: Frequent misunderstandings of commonly used epidemiological measures

Session 2 C) Neurological disease and cognitive function/Emerging challenges for public health

Linda Ernstsen: Change in cardiorespiratory fitness and white matter hyperintensities: results from the HUNT Study

Christian Starck: Fertility and marital status in adults with childhood-onset epilepsy: a population-based cohort study

Anna-Maija Tolppanen: Risk of death in relation to antiepileptic drug use among community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer’s disease: a matched cohort study

Stine Schramm: Health behavioural risk factors and multimorbidity – a follow-up study in a Danish population


Lunch break


Parallel session 3

Session 3 A) Child, Maternal and Reproductive Health (2)

Kristjana Einarsdottir: Preterm births in Iceland 1997-2016: Preterm birth rates by gestational age groups and type of preterm birth

Rejane Figueiredo: Antimicrobial use from birth to adolescence and association with Body Mass Index

Kalpana Bastola: Differences in caesarean section and neonatal outcomes among women of migrant origin in Finland – A population based study

Paula Häkkänen: Overweight development among primary school children: distinct sex-specific body mass index trajectories to guide school health care interventions

Session 3 B) Equity and vulnerable populations/Validity of register data

Aliasghar Kiadaliri: Intersectionality and individual heterogeneity in incidence of gout: An intersectional multilevel analysis (Equity)

Sebastián Peña: Clustering of alcohol use, smoking and obesity as an explanation for the alcohol harm paradox: analysis of eight prospective cohort studies

Riku Perhoniemi: Determinants of disability pension applications and awarded disability pensions in Finland

Päivikki Koponen: Comparing register and survey data based prevalence estimates for major public health problems in Finland

Session 3 C) Other topics

Morag Tolvi: In-hospital and 30-day mortality in Helsinki University Hospital over a 14-year period: is there a weekend effect?

Kirstine Wodschow: Geographical variations and social inequalities in atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter

Subas Neupane: Predicting prostate cancer survival: A prognostic model from the Finnish randomized screening trial

Joseph Muwonge Junior: Prevalence of children (0-17 years) with parental mental illness in Sweden: A Total Population Study


Plenary session 4: Mette Nørgaard (University of Aarhus, Denmark): The role of clinical epidemiology - why medical practice cannot be based only on results from experimental studies


Coffee and poster viewing session with Best Poster Award


Plenary session 5: Naja Hulvej Rod (University of Copenhagen, Denmark): From associations to effects: Do Big Data hide causal structures?


Dinner at Restaurant Ziberia, address Itäinenkatu 9

Friday 20 September


Plenary session 6: Paolo Vineis (Imperial College, London, UK): Epigenetic epidemiology


Parallel session 4

Session 4 A) Effectiveness and implementation/Evaluating interventions:

Maija Jäntti: New colorectal cancer screening pilot programme

Anna-Maija Tolppanen: Agreement between Patient Global Impression Scale of Improvement (PGI-I), Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory and 15D in measuring the outcome of pelvic organ prolapse surgery in Finland

Taina Leinonen: Work participation trajectories and the effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation in Finland

Arto Palmu: Evaluation of the full public health effects by combining clinical trial design with collection of population-based routine health register data – example of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in infants

Session 4 B) Miscellaneous

Hanna Rättö: The impact of co-payment increase on the consumption of type 2 diabetes medicines – a register-based study

Karl Forsell: Hematologic malignancy on tankers: A case-referent study among male Swedish seafarers

Jouko Nätti: Perceived gender discrimination at work and disability pension due to depression among Finnish female employees

Anna-Maija Tolppanen: Preliminary evidence on temporal changes in comorbidities and risk factors in Moomin valley – an urgent need for systematic appraisal and more effective health policy

Session 4 C) Other topics

Johanne Instanes: Being born small for gestational age (SGA) as a risk factor for ADHD. A population-based study including a sibling design.

Sören Möller: Methodological considerations on adjusting for Charlson Comorbidity Index

Hrafnhildur Gudjonsdottir: Cohort Profile: The Stockholm Diabetes Prevention Programme (SDPP)


Lunch break


Plenary session 7: Mika Gissler (Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Helsinki, Finland): How to survive GDPR?


Closing and announcement of Nordic Epidemiology 2021