Diet, Genes and Environment

Unit leader: Anne Tjønneland

Anne Tjønneland

Anne Tjønneland

I have worked at the Danish Cancer Society since 1988 and been head of research in DGE since 2011.

My overall main contribution to cancer research and prevention has been the establishment and exploitation of the Diet, Cancer and Health cohort with both national and international collaborations. A personal focus area has been the relationship between alcohol intake and cancer risk as well as the relation between whole grain intake and non-communicable diseases.

In 2013-2018 we expanded the DCH cohort by including children, their spouses, and grandchildren of the original cohort to form a 3-generation family study (‘DCH-Next Generations’ cohort). In doing so, a new unique resource was created that enables trans-generational studies of the pathogenesis of multiple cancers but also other non-communicable diseases in the future.

Access to data and/or biological material

For information about access to data and/or biological material in DCH og DCH-NG, please contact research coordinator Louise Hansen at

Six selected publications:

Tjønneland, A., Christensen, J., Olsen, A., Stripp, C., Thomsen, B. L., Overvad, K., Peeters, P. H., van Gils, C. H., Bueno-de-Mesquita, H. B., Ocke, M. C., Thiebaut, A., Fournier, A., Clavel-Chapelon, F., Berrino, F., Palli, D., Tumino, R., Panico, S., Vineis, P., Agudo, A., Ardanaz, E., Martinez-Garcia, C., Amiano, P., Navarro, C., Quiros, J. R., Key, T. J., Reeves, G., Khaw, K. T., Bingham, S., Trichopoulou, A., Trichopoulos, D., Naska, A., Nagel, G., Chang-Claude, J., Boeing, H., Lahmann, P. H., Manjer, J., Wirfalt, E., Hallmans, G., Johansson, I., Lund, E., Skeie, G., Hjartaker, A., Ferrari, P., Slimani, N., Kaaks, R., Riboli, E.
Alcohol intake and breast cancer risk: the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC).
Cancer Causes Control 2007: 18(4), 361-373

Tjønneland, A., Olsen, A., Boll, K., Stripp, C., Christensen, J., Engholm, G., Overvad, K.
Study design, exposure variables, and socioeconomic determinants of participation in Diet, Cancer and Health: a population-based prospective cohort study of 57,053 men and women in Denmark.
Scand.J.Public Health 2007: 35(4), 432-441

Johnsen, N. F., Frederiksen, K., Christensen, J., Skeie, G., Lund, E., Landberg, R., Johansson, I., Nilsson, L. M., Halkjær, J., Olsen, A., Overvad, K., Tjønneland, A.
Whole-grain products and whole-grain types are associated with lower all-cause and cause-specific mortality in the Scandinavian HELGA cohort.
Br.J.Nutr. 2015: 114(4), 608-623

Kirkegaard, H., Johnsen, N. F., Christensen, J., Frederiksen, K., Overvad, K., Tjønneland, A.
Association of adherence to lifestyle recommendations and risk of colorectal cancer: a prospective Danish cohort study.
BMJ 2010: 341, c5504

Halkjær, J., Olsen, A., Bjerregaard, L. J., Deharveng, G., Tjønneland, A., Welch, A. A., Crowe, F. L., Wirfalt, E., Hellstrom, V., Niravong, M., Touvier, M., Linseisen, J., Steffen, A., Ocke, M. C., Peeters, P. H., Chirlaque, M. D., Larranaga, N., Ferrari, P., Contiero, P., Frasca, G., Engeset, D., Lund, E., Misirli, G., Kosti, M., Riboli, E., Slimani, N., Bingham, S.
Intake of total, animal and plant proteins, and their food sources in 10 countries in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition.
Eur.J.Clin.Nutr. 2009: 63 Suppl 4, S16-S36

Johnsen, N. F., Ekblond, A., Thomsen, B. L., Overvad, K., Tjønneland, A.
Leisure time physical activity and mortality.
Epidemiology 2013: 24(5), 717-725


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