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About the Centre for Fertility and Health

Scientific and administrative organisation of the centre


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The Centre for Fertility and Health combines a broad spectrum of disciplines, including epidemiology, genetics and demography to elucidate health implications of changes in patterns of fertility and family structure and unravel the complex biological and social pathways involved.

The Centre was established as a Norwegian Centre of Excellence in 2017 and is directed by Centre Director, Per Magnus and Deputy Director, Siri E. Håberg. It is hosted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health are the main financial contributors.


  • Inger Johanne Bakken, Researcher
  • Kåre Bævre, Researcherer
  • Håkon Gjessing, Principal Investigator 
  • Jennifer Harris, Researcher
  • Siri E. Håberg, Deputy Director and Principal Investigator
  • Anil Jugessur, Researcher
  • Katrine Kranstad, Administrative Coordinator
  • Øystein Kravdal, Principal Investigator 
  • Rolv Terje Lie, Researcher
  • Per Magnus, Centre Director
  • Rolv Skjærven, Researcher
  • Vegard Skribekk, Principal Investigator 
  • Anders Skrondal, Researcher
  • Fredrik Swift, Head of Administration


The top management group of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health constitutes the board of the Centre for Fertility and Health. The main task of the board is to facilitate the realisation of excellent research results in the centre. The board approves the budget and annual report of the centre.

Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Board consists of world-class scientists and comprises expertise in epidemiology, demography and statistics. The mandate of the Scientific Advisory Committee is to critically evaluate and advice on the centre’s scientific performance and progress.

The members of the Scientific Advisory Committee are:

  • Matthijs Kalmijn, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • David Leon, Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  • Torkel Hovde Lyngstad, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Roberta Ness, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas, United States.
  • Yudi Pawitan, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dag Erik Undlien, Institute for Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway


The Centre for Fertility and Health is a Centre of Excellence (SFF) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.