The year of 2020 is coming to an end. It was originally our last year of EPINOR, but our funding has been prolonged to 2021. This means that there will be plenty of things happening in 2021!
Here are the key events to save in your calendars (dates are subject to change):
In addition, EPINOR encourages members to organise local activities, such as workshops, journal clubs, shut up and write, etc.! EPINOR will cover lunch for participating members, if you send us an email first.
In Tromsø EPINOR will organise webinars titled “What’s your problem?” in the spring. In these webinars, a PhD-student presents a problem they have come across in their work (15-20 min). Afterwards, colleagues are invited to discuss and suggest possible solutions to the problem. If someone wants to arrange an activity or a webinar, please contact your local student representative.
The main changes are:
EPINOR has constituted a new steering committee which purpose is to continue the network of students and supervisors beyond 2021. The committee consists of the current student representatives, one post doc from NTNU, in addition to the administrative staff from each of the partner universities. If you have any questions about the new network, you are welcome to contact the committee members.
The steering committee of EPINOR is considering applying for a new period of EPINOR funded by the Norwegian Research Council. If we decide to go for a new period, the deadline is fall 2021. For more information about the new grant details, see here
EPINOR has four student representatives, and it is about time that they are properly introduced to the EPINOR network.
I have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in human movement science from NTNU in Trondheim. For my master’s, I conducted a validation study of objective measurements of physical activity. Since I completed my master’s in 2016, I have continued working with this topic, and from August 2017 to February 2019 I was co-responsible for the data collection of objective physical activity measurements in The Trøndelag Health Study, where we collected data of approximately 38,000 individuals. I will be analysing these data during my PhD, that I started in September this year, at the Department of Public Health and Nursing at NTNU. The main goal is to identify determinants of physical activity – why are some people active, while others are not? I feel a lot of ownership to the data material and I look forward to work with it. In my spare time, I like to go for a run, and I’m also a fan of climbing.
I am a statistician and a PhD candidate at UiB. In my project «Cancer risk in families with children with birth defects», I am studying associations between congenital birth defects and risk of cancer in children, as well as their siblings and parents. The project involves register data from four Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The project is part of a larger Nordic collaboration project: “Nordic Countries Linked Birth and Cancer Registries Cohort Project”. The first paper has recently been published: Cancer risk in individuals with major birth defects: large Nordic population based case-control study among children, adolescents, and adults.
My name is Mats Fjeld and I’m a student representative from the University of Oslo. I am based at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, where I write about physical activity and chronic pain. I have started the second half of my project and I’m looking forward to continuing in EPINOR. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!
I am a physiotherapist and I have a master’s degree from the University of Bergen. Before I started as a PhD student at UiT, I worked as a rope access technician in the petroleum industry and studied to become an engineer. In my PhD project, I am investigating whether working in cold environments (e.g., outdoors or at a cold store), increases the risk of chronic pain. Additionally, I am trying to find out if the weather, e.g., temperature or barometric pressure, affects pain tolerance. To study these relationships, I’m using data from the Tromsø Study.