Diet, Health and Determinants

The aim of the thematic area is to improve the insight on how various dietary components influence the risk and prognosis of diseases, in order to prevent diseases and to improve life expectancies for those already diagnosed through targeting key determinants of diet.


  • to develop and optimize accurate dietary assessment methods and biological markers for use in large nutritional epidemiological studies and intervention studies with a minimum of introduced error.
  •  to identify potential nutritional challenges in the food intake and meal pattern among different age groups in the Norwegian population
  • to add to the limited knowledge about how environmental determinants influence dietary behaviours and interact with individual level determinants (i.e. biological or cognitive factors) through development of assessment methods and analytical approaches.


  • Alignment of the research within the thematic area in order to investigate the whole chain from determinants via diet to health outcomes.
  • Better quality of the measurement methodology and innovative measures of diet and determinants.
  • More innovative analytical approaches and design of studies for understanding the whole chain including interactions between the factors.

The analytical approaches will especially benefit from the cross-link through to the thematic area on 'Statistical methods in biobank, health survey and health registry data' led by Professor Veierød. Together this will provide a better evidence-base for public health nutrition interventions and policies.

Published Jan. 15, 2015 3:24 PM - Last modified May 12, 2015 9:27 AM