Lisa Forsen

Senior Researcher, PhD


Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Oslo University Hospital

Areas of interest:

• Osteoporosis and hip fracture epidemiology
• Osteoporosis and Diabetes and fractures
• Physical activity, health and activities of daily living among elderly
• Youth health
• Prenatal health



Basic profession


Academic degrees

PhD, University of Oslo, 1999
MSc, University of Oslo 1977


Hip fracture, risk factors and excess mortality. Epidemiological studies in the Norwegian county of Nord-Trøndelag (1999)

Professional experience (after dissertation)

2011: Senior researcher (1183). Norwegian Resource Centre for Women’s Health, Women and Children Clinic, Oslo University Hospital
2010: Senior researcher (1183). Division of Epidemiology, Norwegian Institute of Public health
2002–2010: Researcher (1110), Division of Epidemiology, Norwegian Institute of Public health
1999–2002 Researcher (1109), Department of Population Health Sciences, National Institute of Public health

Peer review

2011: British Medical Journal, 2010: Diabetologia, 2009: British Medical Journal (twice), future medicine, JAMA & Archives – Archives of general psychiatry, Aging Health, 2008: Diabetologia, Journal of Science and medicine in Sport, Osteoporosis International, Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, Fysioterapeuten, 2007: Diabetologia, Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 2006: Diabetologia, Injury Prevention, Diabetologia (twice), 2005: Diabetologia, Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 2004: Diabetologia, Injury Prevention, 1999: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health



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Publications in PubMed

Shortlist of selected publications:

1. Omsland TK, Schei B, Grønskag AB, Langhammer A, Forsén L, Gjesdal CG et al. Weight loss and distal forearm fractures in postmenopausal women: the Nord-Trøndelag health study, Norway. Osteoporosis International 2009; 20:2009-2016.
2. Forsén L, Berntsen GK, Meyer HE, Tell GS, Fønnebø V, NOREPOS Core Research Group. Differences in precision in bone mineral density measured by SXA and DXA: the NOREPOS study. European Journal of Epidemiology 2008; 23:615-624.
3. Omsland TK, Emaus N, Gjesdal CG, Falch JA, Tell GS, Forsén L et al. In vivo and in vitro comparison of densitometers in the NOREPOS study. Journal of Clinical Densitometry 2008; 11:276-282.
4. Forsmo S, Langhammer A, Forsén L, Schei B. Forearm bone mineral density in an unselected population of 2,779 men and women–the HUNT Study, Norway. Osteoporosis International 2005; 16:562-567.
5. Forsén L, Sandvig S, Schuller A, Søgaard AJ. Compliance with external hip protectors in nursing homes in Norway. Injury Prevention 2004; 10:344-349.
6. Forsén L, Søgaard AJ, Sandvig S, Schuller A, Røed U, Arstad C. Risk of hip fracture in protected and unprotected falls in nursing homes in Norway. Injury Prevention 2004; 10:16-20.
7. Forsén L, Arstad C, Sandvig S, Schuller A, Røed U, Søgaard AJ. Prevention of hip fracture by external hip protectors: an intervention in 17 nursing homes in two municipalities in Norway. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2003; 31:261-266.
8. Hawker GA, Forsmo S, Cadarette SM, Schei B, Jaglal SB, Forsén L et al. Correlates of forearm bone mineral density in young Norwegian women: the Nord-Trondelag Health Study. American Journal of Epidemiology 2002; 156:418-427.
9. Forsmo S, Schei B, Langhammer A, Forsén L. How do reproductive and lifestyle factors influence bone density in distal and ultradistal radius of early postmenopausal women? The Nord-Trondelag Health Survey, Norway. Osteoporosis International 2001; 12:222-229.
10. Sandvig S, Forsén L. Forebygging av lårhalsbrudd ved bruk av hoftebeskytter. Et helsetjenestetiltak. ISBN 82-91036-40-3 2000.
11. Forsén L, Meyer HE, Midthjell K, Edna TH. Diabetes mellitus and the incidence of hip fracture: results from the Nord-Trondelag Health Survey. Diabetologia 1999; 42:920-925.
12. Forsén L, Søgaard AJ, Meyer HE, Edna T, Kopjar B. Survival after hip fracture: short- and long-term excess mortality according to age and gender. Osteoporosis International 1999; 10:73-78.
13. Forsén L, Meyer HE, Søgaard AJ, Næss S, Schei B, Edna TH. Mental distress and risk of hip fracture. Do broken hearts lead to broken bones? Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 1999; 53:343-347.
14. Forsén L, Bjartveit K, Bjørndal A, Edna TH, Meyer HE, Schei B. Ex-smokers and risk of hip fracture. American Journal of Public Health 1998; 88:1481-1483.
15. Forsén L, Bjørndal A, Bjartveit K, Edna TH, Holmen J, Jessen V et al. Interaction between current smoking, leanness, and physical inactivity in the prediction of hip fracture. Journal of Bone & Mineral Research 1994; 9:1671-1678.

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