Bilde av Sandanger, Torkjel M
Bilde av Sandanger, Torkjel M
Department of Community Medicine torkjel.sandanger@uit.no +4777645404 Tromsø MH L11.216

Torkjel M Sandanger


Head of department

Job description

I am currently the head of the department and have been functioning in this four year term position since the first of january 2022. As the head of the department I focus on communication within the department, supporting all efforts to strenghten reserach and teaching activities at the department. I alos emphasise reserach communication and the fact that we should be a preferred partner when developing public health policies. I am proud to be the head of a department with novel and relevant reserach, education and dissemination. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our department.


  • Roland Wedekind, Joseph A. Rothwell, Vivian Viallon, Pekka Keski-Rahkonen, Julie A. Schmidt, Veronique Chajes et al.:
    Determinants of blood acylcarnitine concentrations in healthy individuals of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition
    Clinical Nutrition 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Dolley Charles, Vivian Berg, Therese Haugdahl Nøst, Ingvar A. Bergdahl, Sandra Huber, Pierre Ayotte et al.:
    Longitudinal changes in concentrations of persistent organic pollutants (1986–2016) and their associations with type 2 diabetes mellitus
    Environmental Research 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Christian Magnus Page, Therese Haugdahl Nøst, Vera Djordjilović, Magne Thoresen, Arnoldo Frigessi, Torkjel M Sandanger et al.:
    Pre-diagnostic DNA methylation in blood leucocytes in cutaneous melanoma; a nested case–control study within the Norwegian Women and Cancer cohort
    Scientific Reports 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Natassia Robinson, John Casement, Marc J. Gunter, Inge Huybrechts, Antonio Agudo, Miguel Rodríguez Barranco et al.:
    Anti-cancer therapy is associated with long-term epigenomic changes in childhood cancer survivors
    British Journal of Cancer 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Erik Eik Anda, Tonje Bjørndal Braaten, Kristin Benjaminsen Borch, Therese Haugdahl Nøst, Sairah Lai Fa Chen, Marko Lukic et al.:
    Seroprevalence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in the adult population during the pre-vaccination period, Norway, winter 2020/21
    Eurosurveillance 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Dusan Petrovic, Barbara Bodinier, Sonia Dagnino, Matthew Whitaker, Maryam Karimi, Gianluca Campanella et al.:
    Epigenetic mechanisms of lung carcinogenesis involve differentially methylated CpG sites beyond those associated with smoking
    European Journal of Epidemiology (EJE) 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Trasias Mukama, Renée Turzanski Fortner, Verena Katzke, Lucas Cory Hynes, Agnese Petrera, Stefanie M. Hauck et al.:
    Prospective evaluation of 92 serum protein biomarkers for early detection of ovarian cancer
    British Journal of Cancer 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Lara Cioni, Vladimir Nikiforov, Ana Carolina Miranda Fernandes Coelho, Torkjel M Sandanger, Dorte Herzke :
    Total oxidizable precursors assay for PFAS in human serum
    Environment International 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Karl Smith-Byrne, Agustin Cerani, Florence Guida, Sirui Zhou, Antonio Agudo, Krasimira Aleksandrova et al.:
    Circulating Isovalerylcarnitine and Lung Cancer Risk: Evidence from Mendelian Randomization and Prediagnostic Blood Measurements
    Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Flavie Perrier, Reza Ghiasvand, Simon Lergenmuller, Trude Eid Robsahm, Adele C. Green, Kristin Benjaminsen Borch et al.:
    Life-Course Trajectories of Physical Activity and Melanoma Risk in a Large Cohort of Norwegian Women
    Clinical Epidemiology 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Alessandra Allione, Clara Viberti, Ilaria Cotellessa, Chiara Catalano, Elisabetta Casalone, Giovanni Cugliari et al.:
    Blood cell DNA methylation biomarkers in preclinical malignant pleural mesothelioma: The EPIC prospective cohort
    International Journal of Cancer 2022 DOI
  • Edoardo Botteri, Giulia Peveri, Paula Berstad, Vincenzo Bagnardi, Sairah Lai Fa Chen, Torkjel M Sandanger et al.:
    Changes in lifestyle and risk of colorectal cancer in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition
    American Journal of Gastroenterology 2022 DOI
  • Therese Haugdahl Nøst, Anne Heidi Skogholt, Ilona Halva Urbarova, Robin Mjelle, Erna-Elise Paulsen, Tom Dønnem et al.:
    Increased levels of microRNA-320 in blood serum and plasma is associated with imminent and advanced lung cancer
    Molecular Oncology 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Alicia K. Heath, David C. Muller, Piet A. van den Brandt, Elena Critselis, Marc Gunter, Paolo Vineis et al.:
    Diet-wide association study of 92 foods and nutrients and lung cancer risk in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study and the Netherlands Cohort Study
    International Journal of Cancer 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Wendy Yi-Ying Wu, Zahra Haider, Xiaoshuang Feng, Alicia K. Heath, Anne Tjønneland, Antonio Agudo et al.:
    Assessment of the EarlyCDT-Lung test as an early biomarker of lung cancer in ever-smokers: A retrospective nested case-control study in two prospective cohorts
    International Journal of Cancer 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Marie Breeur, Pietro Ferrari, Laure Dossus, Mazda Jenab, Mattias Johansson, Sabina Rinaldi et al.:
    Pan-cancer analysis of pre-diagnostic blood metabolite concentrations in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition
    BMC Medicine 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Abhik Ghosh, Erica Ponzi, Torkjel M Sandanger, Magne Thoresen :
    Robust sure independence screening for nonpolynomial dimensional generalized linear models
    Scandinavian Journal of Statistics 13. December 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Sonia Dagnino, Barbara Bodinier, Florence Guida, Karl Smith Byrne, Dusan Petrovic, Matthew Whitaker et al.:
    Prospective Identification of Elevated Circulating CDCP1 in Patients Years before Onset of Lung Cancer
    Cancer Research 2021 DOI
  • Jessica E Laine, Inge Huybrechts, Marc J Gunter, Pietro Ferrari, Elisabete Weiderpass, Kostas Tsilidis et al.:
    Co-benefits from sustainable dietary shifts for population and environmental health: an assessment from a large European cohort study
    The Lancet Planetary Health 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Giles T. Hanley-Cook, Inge Huybrechts, Carine Biessy, Roseline Remans, Gina Kennedy, Mélanie Deschasaux-Tanguy et al.:
    Food biodiversity and total and cause-specific mortality in 9 European countries: An analysis of a prospective cohort study
    Nature Methods 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Ammar Eltayeb Ali Hassan, Therese Haugdahl Nøst, Magritt Brustad, Torkjel M Sandanger :
    Concentrations and geographical patterns of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in meat from semi-domesticated reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus L.) in Norway
    Science of the Total Environment 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Sairah Lai Fa Chen, Tonje Bjørndal Braaten, Kristin Benjaminsen Borch, Pietro Ferrari, Torkjel M Sandanger, Therese Haugdahl Nøst :
    Combined Lifestyle Behaviors and the Incidence of Common Cancer Types in the Norwegian Women and Cancer Study (NOWAC)
    Clinical Epidemiology 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Vivian Berg, Dolley Charles, Ingvar A. Bergdahl, Therese Haugdahl Nøst, Torkjel M Sandanger, Andreas Tornevi et al.:
    Pre- and post-diagnostic blood profiles of chlorinated persistent organic pollutants and metabolic markers in type 2 diabetes mellitus cases and controls; a pilot study
    Environmental Research 09. February 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Bryan Adlard, Mélanie Lemire, Eva Cecilie Bonefeld-Jørgensen, Manhai Long, Kristín Ólafsdóttir, Jon Øyvind Odland et al.:
    MercuNorth–monitoring mercury in pregnant women from the Arctic as a baseline to assess the effectiveness of the Minamata Convention
    International Journal of Circumpolar Health 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Therese Haugdahl Nøst, Karine Alcala, Ilona Urbarova, Karl Smith Byrne, Florence Guida, Torkjel M Sandanger et al.:
    Systemic inflammation markers and cancer incidence in the UK Biobank
    European Journal of Epidemiology (EJE) 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Flavie Perrier, Reza Ghiasvand, Simon Lergenmuller, Trude Eid Robsahm, Adele C. Green, Kristin Benjaminsen Borch et al.:
    Physical activity and cutaneous melanoma risk: A Norwegian population-based cohort study
    Preventive Medicine 20. April 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Nikita Baiju, Torkjel M Sandanger, Pål Sætrom, Therese Haugdahl Nøst :
    Gene expression in blood reflects smoking exposure among cancer-free women in the Norwegian Women and Cancer (NOWAC) postgenome cohort
    Scientific Reports 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Therese H. Nøst, Marit Holden, Tom Dønnem, Hege Bøvelstad, Charlotta Rylander, Eiliv Lund et al.:
    Transcriptomic signals in blood prior to lung cancer focusing on time to diagnosis and metastasis
    Scientific Reports 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Vivian Berg, Torkjel M Sandanger, Linda Hanssen, Charlotta Rylander, Therese Haugdahl Nøst :
    Time trends of perfluoroalkyl substances in blood in 30-year old Norwegian men and women in the period 1986–2007
    Environmental Science and Pollution Research International 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Ziling Mao, Elom K. Aglago, Zhiwei Zhao, Casper C Schalkwijk, Li Jiao, Heinz Freisling et al.:
    Dietary Intake of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) and Mortality among Individuals with Colorectal Cancer
    Nutrients 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Manon Benjdir, Etienne Audureau, Ariel Beresniak, Patrice Coll, Ralph Epaud, Kristina Fiedler et al.:
    Assessing the impact of exposome on the course of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystc fibrosis: The REMEDIA European Project Approach
    Environmental Epidemiology 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Erikka Loftfield, Magdalena Stepien, Vivian Viallon, Laura Trijsburg, Joseph A. Rothwell, Nivonirina Robinot et al.:
    Novel Biomarkers of Habitual Alcohol Intake and Associations With Risk of Pancreatic and Liver Cancers and Liver Disease Mortality
    Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Therese Haugdahl Nøst, Ilona Halva Urbarova, Anne Heidi Skogholt, Robin Mjelle, Erna Elise Paulsen, Tom Dønnem et al.:
    Increased levels of mRNAs and miRNAs associated with imminent and advanced lung cancer
    2022
  • Charlotte Wien, Torkjel M Sandanger :
    Strategic Information Dissemination in the age of infodemic: Factors which influence young adults’ online health information seeking behaviour (OHIS).
    2022
  • Charlotte Wien, Torkjel M Sandanger :
    Strategic Information Dissemination in the age of infodemic: Factors which influence young adults’ online health information seeking behaviour (OHIS).
    2022
  • Oluf Dimitri Røe, I Fotopoulos, Olav Toai Duc Nguyen, Therese Haugdahl Nøst, M Markaki, Vincenzo Lagani et al.:
    Common MicroRNAs in Pre-diagnostic Serum Associated with Lung Cancer in Two Cohorts up to Eight Years Before Diagnosis: A HUNT Study
    Journal of Thoracic Oncology 2022 DOI
  • Reynalda Córdova, Ana-Lucia Mayén, Viktoria Knaze, Elom Kouassivi Aglago, Casper Schalkwijk, Karl-Heinz Wagner et al.:
    Dietary intake of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) and cancer risk across more than 20 anatomical sites: A multinational cohort study
    Cancer Communications 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Torkjel M Sandanger, Frode Forland, Julie Haugen Egge :
    Stor koronastudie viser lite smitte i befolkningen
    25. March 2021 DATA
  • Flavie Perrier, Reza Ghiasvand, Simon Lergenmuller, Trude Eid Robsahm, Adele C. Green, Kristin Benjaminsen Borch et al.:
    Physical activity and melanoma risk: a Norwegian population-based cohort study
    2021
  • Flavie Perrier, Reza Ghiasvand, Simon Lergenmuller, Trude Eid Robsahm, Adele C Green, Kristin Benjaminsen Borch et al.:
    Physical activity and cutaneous melanoma risk: A Norwegian population-based cohort study
    2021
  • Charlotte Wien, Sarah Ellen Rosenbaum, Jo Røislien, Audun Hetland, torgunn WÆrÅs, Julie Utler Gjengedal et al.:
    Disseminating Public Health Knowledge through novel science communication Novel Science communication – how to build public health knowledge across the social gradient. The Healthy Choices Project (WP5).
    2021
  • Sairah Lai Fa Chen, Tonje Braaten, Kristin Benjaminsen Borch, Pietro Ferrari, Torkjel M Sandanger, Therese Haugdahl Nøst :
    Combined lifestyle behaviours and the incidence of common cancers in the Norwegian Women and Cancer Study (NOWAC)
    2021
  • Torkjel M Sandanger, Erik Eik Anda :
    Til deg som denne uken får en SMS fra UiT: Vi ønsker å finne ut om akkurat du er immun mot korona
    24. October 2021
  • Torkjel M Sandanger, Elin Ludvigsen :
    Analyserte bloddråper fra 28.000 nordmenn – resultatet overrasker
    28. March 2021
  • Julie Haugen Eggen, Brita Garden, Torkjel M Sandanger, Erik Eik Anda, Frode Forland :
    28.000 norske bloddråper ga forskere overraskende koronasvar
    25. March 2021 DATA
  • Ellen Kathrine Bludd, Torkjel M Sandanger, Erik Eik Anda, Kristin Benjaminsen Borch, Tonje Braaten, Sairah Lai Fa Chen :
    Smittesporerne har vært flinke!
    25. March 2021 DATA
  • Ørjan Roland Hansen, Torkjel M Sandanger, Kristin Benjaminsen Borch, Tonje Braaten, Sairah Lai Fa Chen, Erik Eik Anda :
    Lite skjult smitte
    25. March 2021 DATA
  • Brita Garden, Torkjel M Sandanger, Kristin Benjaminsen Borch :
    Blodforskning på korona
    25. March 2021 DATA
  • Inger Njølstad, Kristin Benjaminsen Borch, Ann Ragnhild Broderstad, Sameline Grimsgaard, Torkjel M Sandanger, Tom Wilsgaard :
    Healthy Choices and the Social Gradient
    2021
  • Charlotta Rylander, Vivian Berg, Dolley Charles, Torkjel M Sandanger, Therese Haugdahl Nøst :
    Diabetes 2 og miljøgifter: Hva kom først – høna eller egget?
    Forskersonen.no 22. December 2021

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    Research interests

    Currently I am focusing on the use of different  “omics” to better study the effects of environmental stressors, as a link between exposure and health endpoints. Right now we are in the preparation of a paper on smoking and DNA methylation in two European Cohorts. We are also planning to combine gene expression data and DNA methylation data in order to improve our understanding of the observed effects and the possible biological understanding.

    Before this my research focus the last 10 years has been on environmental contaminants and human health. Through my research I have been trying to merge environmental chemistry and epidemiology, where my students have been involved both in the laboratory and the statistical analysis.

    Cross sectional and prospective designs have been utilised at both the smaller community based surveys and larger national as well as international populations based investigations.

    Through this unique combination of research fields I have considerable insight into the chemistry of molecules and how contaminants potentially influence human health and at the same time keeping the public health perspective as an important and even essential part of the projects.

    My major scientific contribution has been the development and combination of environmental chemistry and human epidemiology into new fields of research that more easily integrates the environmental exposure (both short term and long term) component in larger epidemiological studies. When including “omics” in these projects we are more likely to be able to study causality and not only associations in studies of risk factors and human health. Through the close collaboration with colleagues at the department we have also included the nutritional aspect in studies on diet and contaminants. This has been especially important in our projects on benefits and disadvantages with seafood.