Grethe S. Tell


Research Group for Lifestyle Epidemiology
Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen




1974 University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, Candidata magisterii (Biol, Chemistry, Nutrition)
1974 Nordic School of Nutrition, Oslo, Norway, Diploma (Nutrition physiologist)
1977 University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, Candidata realium (Nutrition physiology)
1986 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, MPH (Epidemiology)

Post-graduate degree

1987 University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, Doctor of Philosophy (Preventive Medicine)

Academic experience

1981-1987 Research Fellow, Division of Epidemiology, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
1987-1991 Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University
(WFU), North Carolina, USA
1991-1995 Head, Section on Epidemiology, Department of Public Health Sciences, WFU, USA
1992 Associate Professor with Tenure, Department of Public Health Sciences, WFU, USA
1994 Professor with Tenure, Department of Public Health Sciences, WFU, USA
1995- Professor of Medicine (Epidemiology), Department of Public Health and Primary
Health Care, Univ. of Bergen (UoB), Bergen, Norway
1997-2006 Scientist (20%), Medical Birth Registry of Norway
1999-2005 Chair, Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care (DPH), UoB
2005-2007 Director of Research, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen (80% leave from UoB)
2008-2011 Chair, Research Group for Lifestyle Epidemiology, DPH, UoB
2009- Senior Scientist (20%), Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Selected committee work

1992-1995 Executive Committee. American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology
1993-1996 Governing Council, American Public Health Association, Section on Epidemiology
1990-1994 National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
(NHLBI), USA. On five different Special Review Committees
1992 NIH-NIDDK. Special Review Committee, June 1992
1994-1995 Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. Special Emphasis Panel (PORT II),
March 1994, January 1995, Chair, Special Emphasis Panel (PORT II), October-95 1995-1996- Member (Chair 2007-2010), CONOR National Steering Committee (COhort of
NORway). Appointed by the Norwegian Ministry of Health (on leave 2005-2006)
1996-1999 Member, the Research Council of Norway’s (RCN) Study Section for Public Health,
Epidemiology and Health Services Research
1996 Chair and member of two Norwegian Nutrition Council Working Groups to “Assess
the need for increasing folate intake in the Norwegian population”
1996- Member of 23 committees to review applicants for positions as associate or full
professorships in Norway, Sweden and Denmark
1995- Member of 15 Doctoral Dissertation Committees
1997 Member, Ministry for Social Affairs and Health Working Group to Improve the
Utilization of National Health Registries
1998-2010 Member, Executive Committee, The Norwegian Council on Cardiovascular Diseases.
Associate Chair from 2002.
1997-2005 Associate Chair (1997-2001), Chair (2002-2005), Regional Committee for Medical
Research Ethics Review, Health Region West.
2000-2009 Member, Board of directors, Nordic Council of Ministers Research Programme in
Longitudinal Epidemiology
2001-2003 Member, Norwegian Foundation for Health and Rehabilitation’s Study Section for
2004- Chair, NOREPOS Steering Committee (NORwegian EPidemiologic Osteoporosis Studies)
2005-2006 Chair, The Research Council of Norway’s (RCN) Study Section for Global Health Research
2007-2008 Member, The RCN’s working group for better utilization of biobanks
2008-2011 Chair, Health Region North Study Section for review of somatic research applications
2008- Nucleus member, Section on Epidemiology and Population Science, European
Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. 2010: Chair elect. 2012: Chair
2010-2011 Member, Scientific Programme Committee, NordicEpi 2011, Reykjavik, Iceland
2012-2014 Board member. European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.
2012 Panel member, WHO EURO Evaluation of Action Plan on Nutrition – Norway
2012 Member, Review Panel of the Danish Council for Independent Research / Medical Sciences (Public Health)
2012 Chair, Expert Group, National follow-up of WHO recommendations related to non-communicable diseases

Research grants

I have received grants from the National Institutes of Health, USA, the Research Council of Norway, Norwegian Foundation for Health and Rehabilitation, the Norwegian Council for Cardiovascular Research, the Norwegian Cancer Society, The Norwegian Osteoporosis Foundation, as well as from other foundations. Currently PI of a 4-year study from the RCN: “Hip fractures: Predictors, incidence and survival. NOREPOS: NORwegian EPidemiological Osteoporosis Studies” and a 10-year study from AMGEN Inc., through a subcontract with Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark: “Denosumab Global Safety Assessment Among Women With Postmenopausal Osteoporosis (PMO) Using Multiple Observational Databases”.



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