University of Tromsø, Norway

Contact person:

Prof. Rolf Jorde


Role in the project:

  • Participant; contributor of data, in WP1
  • Lead (Jorde) in WP8
  • Participant; dissemination and stakeholder engagement in WP10
  • Project Management Group member

About University of Tromsø:

The University of Tromsø is the northernmost university of the world. It´s location on the edge of the Arctic implies a mission. The Arctic is of increasing global importance. Climate change, the exploitation of Arctic resources and environmental threats are topics of great public concern, which the University of Tromsø takes special interest in. UiT´s key research focuses on the polar environment, indigenous people, peace and conflict transformation, telemedicine, medical biology, space physics, fishery science, linguistics and computational chemistry. Since 1974 the Faculty of Medicine has conducted the Tromsø Study. The primary aim of the Tromsø Study was to determine the reasons for the high mortality of cardiovascular disease, and also to develop ways of preventing heart attacks and strokes. The study was gradually expanded to include many other diseases, such as rheumatism, neurological and mental diseases, skin diseases, stomach and bowel-related diseases, cancer and osteoporosis. The health study has been repeated at regular intervals and involves a large proportion of the municipality's population.