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1st Open MoBa Research Forum

Welcome to the first Open MoBa Research Forum. Sign up – registration is closing June 30th.


Welcome to the first Open MoBa Research Forum. Sign up – registration is closing June 30th.

29. sep | 2022

Clarion Hotel the HUB, Biskop Gunnerus gate 3, 0106 Oslo

The Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort study (MoBa) is delighted to welcome you to the first Open MoBa Research Forum on September 29th, 2022 at Clarion Hotel the HUB in Oslo

The purpose of the Open MoBa Research Forum is to bring together researchers interested in MoBa to share findings, learn about the latest updates, and provide an opportunity for the scientific community to discuss new ideas and directions for MoBa going forward. NIPH director Camilla Stoltenberg will open the seminar and Professor George Davey Smith will hold the keynote lecture. 

Preliminary program

0830  Registration and coffee

0900  Opening and welcome

Camilla Stoltenberg, Director of The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH)

0915  MoBa – the latest updates

Ragnhild Brandlistuen, Scientific director of MoBa, NIPH

0930  Using cohorts to understand the covid-19 pandemic

Per Magnus, Scientific director at Center for fertility and health (CeFH), NIPH

0945  Keynote lecture - MoBa in “the bigger picture”      

Professor George Davey Smith, University of Bristol, Scientific director Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and their Children (ALSPAC)

1030  Coffee break

1100   Session 1: Recent findings from MoBa

  • Genetics and mental health. Professor Ole Andreassen, University of Oslo (UiO), Norway.
  • Untangeling the genetics of gestational duration – a MoBa journey 2004-2022. Professor Bo Jacobsson, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • The genetic arcithecture of childhood growth. Professor Stefan Johansson, University of Bergen (UiB) and Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen.
  • Epigenetics and fertility. Siri E. Håberg, Director of CeFH, NIPH.

1200  Panel Discussion

Panel members: TBA

Moderator: Professor Jennifer Harris, NIPH

1300  Lunch               

1400  MoBa tools

Laurie Hannigan, NIPH.

1415  Session 2: Recent findings from MoBa

  •  Early environmental influence on the brain in a lifespan perspective; the case of birth weight. Professor Kristine Walhovd, Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition (LCBC), UiO
  • Covid-19 and impact on mental health (C-Me). Johanne Haug Pettersen PhD Candidate, Department of mental health NIPH
  • Safe pregnancies in women with epilepsy, from pharmacoepidemiology to pharmacoepigenetics. Associated professor and Senior consultant Marte Helene Bjørk, UiB and Haukeland University
    Hospital, Bergen.
  • Social background effects in light of modern genetic science, Torkild Hovde Lyngstad, Professor, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

1515    Closing remarks

You will find the preliminary program as Pdf here.


Registration is free and includes attendance at the forum and lunch.

Sign up - registration is closing June 30th:

​Please contact  if you have any questions regarding the event.