Welcome to NOREPOS

NOREPOS is an osteoporosis research collaboration

NOREPOS (Norwegian Epidemiologic Osteoporosis Studies) is a national research collaboration network of researchers from five different scientific institutions across Norway. We perform epidemiologic research in the field of osteoporosis. The collaborating institutions in NOREPOS are: University of Bergen (UiB), University of Tromsø (UiT), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), University of Oslo (UiO), and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI). The collaboration has existed since 1997. The project is led by Professor Grethe S. Tell, Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Bergen. Eight senior researchers, two from each geographical location, constitute the members of the NOREPOS steering committee. NOREPOS received a large grant from the Research Council of Norway in 2008.

We use data sources from large population-based studies in Norway where bone mineral density measurements have been performed. Hip fractures constitute an important endpoint in our research. We have now collected all hip fractures operated in Norway 1994-2008. We are interested in studying risk factors for osteoporosis and fractures on a population level, including dietary factors, physical activity, weight changes, drug use, and environmental factors such as drinking water quality. This is achieved by linking hip fracture data to large registers. Our goal is to come closer to answering the question: Why does Norway have the highest incidence of hip fractures ever reported worldwide?

Read more about our completed research project here.

Norwegian Epidemiologic Osteoporosis Studies | E-mail: norepos@fhi.no