Post-doc, Nic Waals Institute of Lovisenberg Diaconal Hospital, Oslo, Norway

Postdoctoral research fellowship to study early life origins and impacts of multimorbidity using cohort and registry data from Norway, Denmark, and the UK

We have an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral fellow to join the EMERGENT project for 3 years and address these aims. The fellowship is based at the Nic Waals Institute of Lovisenberg Diaconal Hospital in Oslo, working alongside colleagues at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. With access to newly-released genetic and questionnaire data from more than 100,000 children and their parents enrolled in the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study (MoBa), linkage to population-wide health registries, and a network of replication cohorts across multiple countries, the successful applicant will use methods from classical and genetic epidemiology to publish impactful research into how and why multimorbidity emerges early in life, and with what consequences.

The project

Multimorbidity – when different health problems co-occur together – is common and carries enormous individual and societal costs. Most research done on multimorbidity focuses on older people, and strikingly little is known about its origins and effects across childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. The Exploring multimorbidity in early-life through genetic epidemiology (EMERGENT) project seeks to address this research gap by providing robust, actionable evidence on the prevalence, causes, and consequences of early-life multimorbidity.

The EMERGENT project has three aims:

1) Estimate the prevalence of early-life multimorbidity, characterising common patterns and pathways2) Explore the aetiology of multimorbidity, seeking robust genetic predictors and causal risk factors3) Investigate the correlates and consequences of early-life multimorbidity, including educational disruption, spill-over effects, and treatment variability

The research team

The postdoctoral candidate will join the Psychiatric Genetic Epidemiology (PaGE) group at the Nic Waals Institute. The group is led by Alexandra Havdahl, and the candidate will be directly supervised by EMERGENT project PI Laurie Hannigan. The candidate will also be integrated into a highly-engaged international network of experienced, multi-disciplinary collaborators from the University of Oslo, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, King’s College London, University of Edinburgh, Cardiff University, and Aarhus University.