Global Excellence Seminar with Katrine Strandberg-Larsen

  • Friday 17 November 2017 |
  • Katrine Strandberg-Larsen |
  • MR Conference Room |
  • Time 09:00-10:00 |

 Epidemiological studies of prenatal origin of cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common physical disability in children and affects about 2 per 1,000 live born. It is characterized by various disurbances of motor function, varies greatly with respect to associated problems, and is classified into four major subtypes according to the clinical presentation. The underlying causes are unknown in most cases, but prenatal etiological factors are considered to be important.

Data from the two largest existing Scandinavian birth cohorts, the Norwegian mother and child Cohort (MoBa) and the Danish National Birth Cohort (DNBC) have been harmonized, and they have used these data as well as register data to examine whether several different lifestyle factors are associated with CP. Facts about the harmonized data and used registries, research findings and future plans and possibilities will be presented.

Katrine Strandberg-Larsen is an Associated Professor at the Department of Health, Section of Social Medicine, University of Copenhagen and her primary research interests are in how early life conditions affect the health and well-being of fetuses, children and adolescents, and epidemiological issues involved when investigating this. In the current research, she is the Co-Principal Investigator of the 18-years follow-up in the Danish National Birth Cohort. The primary aim is to examine if different prenatal exposures increase the risk of cerebral palsy. She is involved in a number of research projects on early life determinants of mental health-related outcomes in 11-year-old children.