The Norwegian Epidemiological Association (NOFE) 26th conference was held in Oslo on 13-14 November. The topic of the conference was ‘Lifecourse epidemiology – from cradle to grave’.

The keynote speakers were:

Gita Mishra


Professor Mishra is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Life Course Epidemiology at the School of Public Heath, University of Queensland. She is Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’ Health (ALSWH), a major national study running since 1996 that has informed development of policy related to women’s health. Previously, while in the UK, she held positions as Senior Research Scientist and as Program Leader at Medical Research Council units at Cambridge and University College London (UCL).

Her academic/professional qualifications include a PhD in Statistics (1997) from the University of Auckland, NZ, and she is currently recognised as a Chartered Statistician (Royal Statistical Society) and a Chartered Scientist (UK Science Council). She is internationally recognised for her contribution to research on life course epidemiology and women’s health. Her specific focus is on the factors that affect reproductive health from menarche to menopause, and the influence of reproductive health across the life course. She has more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, including as co-editor of a key academic textbook on Family Based Studies. In 2017, she was presented an honorary membership of Sigma International, a global nursing organisation, for her contribution to women’s health and was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS). Most recently she was the presented with “2018 Leader of the Year” award by the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland. Gita Mishra’s presentation


 Ruth Keogh

Ruth Keogh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Ruth studied Maths and Statistics at the University of Edinburgh, before studying for a master’s degree and DPhil at the University of Oxford. She joined the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 2012, following previous positions in Oxford and Cambridge. Ruth is interested generally in statistical methodology for the analysis of longitudinal observational data, including for prediction and causal inference. She has worked in several areas of application in epidemiology and is now particularly focusing on research in cystic fibrosis. Ruth’s recent work has been funded by a UK Medical Research Council Fellowship. In 2018 she received a Suffrage Science Award for women working in maths and computing. Please contact directly the lecturer ( to receive her presantation.


Debbie Lawlor

Deborah Lawlor was Born in Bradford and studied Medicine at Bristol University before working as a doctor in Bradford and Mozambique. She moved back to Bristol in 2000 to study for a PhD. She is now a Professor of Epidemiology in the Medical Research Council Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol. Her research is concerned with developing and applying novel causal methods so that we can better understand the causes of adverse reproductive, perinatal and cardio-metabolic health, and the links between those conditions. Deborah Lawlor’s presentation