Virus, Lifestyle and Genes

The unit 'Virus, Lifestyle and Genes' is headed by Professor Susanne Krüger Kjær. The unit is a part of The Danish Cancer Society Research Center

Virus, Lifestyle and Genes

Professor Susanne Krüger Kjær

The main part of the research in the unit falls within the so-called molecular biological epidemiology. Hence, most of our studies are multidisciplinary and include collaboration with e.g. clinicians, molecular biologists, virologists, and biochemists.

In the unit of Virus, Lifestyle and Genes one of our focus areas is gynaecological cancers, and we work to prevent these diseases and to improve the survival rate.

Human Papilloma Virus

Through 2 population studies of 11,000 and 42,000 Danish women, respectively, collecting cervical cell samples, blood samples, and data on lifestyle habits, we have contributed to the identification of the strong link between cervical cancer and infection with human papilloma virus - HPV - a knowledge underlying the development of the vaccine against HPV, which presently may prevent 70% of all incidences of cervical cancer.

The HPV vaccination is an important research area in the unit, aiming to prevent cervical cancer as well as other HPV related cancers, such as penile cancer, anal cancer, and certain types of head and neck cancer.

Ovarian Cancer

Characteristically for our unit, we work with molecular biological markers tested on different biological samples, combined with data on life style factors. This is also the case in our large project on ovarian cancer, where we together with more than 15 other research groups worldwide try to identify ways of reducing mortality from this type of cancer. Breast cancer is also one of main areas of interest, including bilateral breast cancer.

Furthermore, we are investigating the association between infertility, fertility treatment, and the risk of cancer and other diseases in one of the world's largest studies of women with fertility problems and their children.

Finally, we also have several ongoing studies on the etiology of childhood cancer.