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.

Group members

PhD student Dorthe Furstrand Lauritzen

Six selected publications:

Tjønneland A, Christensen J, Olsen A, Thomsen BL, Overvad K, et al. Alcohol intake and breast cancer risk: The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Cancer Causes Control 2007; 18: 361-73.

Tjønneland A, Olsen A, Boll K, Stripp C, Christensen J, Engholm G, Overvad K. Study design, exposure variables, and socio-economic determinants of participation in: Diet, Cancer and Health - a population-based prospective cohort study of 57,053 men and women in Denmark. Scan J Publ Health 2007; 35: 432-441.

Johnsen,N.F., Frederiksen,K., Christensen,J., Skeie,G., Lund,E., Landberg,R., Johansson,I., Nilsson,L.M., Halkjaer,J., Olsen,A., Overvad,K., and 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., 114, 608-623, (2015).

Kirkegaard H, Johnsen NF, 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 Oct 26;341:c5504. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c5504.

Halkjaer J, Olsen A, Bjerregaard LJ, Deharveng G, Tjønneland A,  et al. 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, Supp 4: S16-36.

Fons JN, Ekblond A, Thomsen BL, Overvad K, Tjønneland A. Leisure time physical activity and mortality. Epidemiology 2013 Sep;24(5):717-25.


Anne Tjønneland