EPIC working groups

The Mortality Working Group

Within the EPIC, the Mortality Working Group explores diet, lifestyle, genetic susceptibility, and development of cancer and other diseases. The ultimate outcome is, however, mortality, and studies on mortality may provide insight into the balance between positive and negative effects of the same exposures. Examples are alcohol intake, which may increase the risk of cancer but lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, and overweight, which may increase the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes but also seems to be associated with a better prognosis after an individual is diagnosed with such a disease. Total mortality is also an important aspect of longevity and healthy ageing, which is a strong research focus within the European Union.

Selected publications

  1. Bergmann MM et al. The association of pattern of lifetime alcohol use and cause of death in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study. Int J Epidemiol. 2013 Dec;42(6):1772-90. PMID: 24415611

  2. Leenders M et al. Fruit and vegetable consumption and mortality: European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. Am J Epidemiol. 2013 Aug 15;178(4):590-602. PMID: 23599238

  3. Rohrman S et al. Meat consumption and mortality – results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. BMC Med. 2013; Mar 7;11:63. doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-11-63. PMID: 23497300

  4. Gallo V et al. Social inequalities and mortality in Europe – results from a large multi-national cohort. PLoS One 2012; 7(7):e39013. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039013. Epub 2012 Jul 25. PMID: 22848347

  5. Pischon T et al. General and abdominal adiposity and risk of death in Europe. N Engl J Med 2008 Nov 13;359(20):2105-20. PMID: 19005195

Contact details/Working Group leader

Professor Kim Overvad
Department of Epidemiology, Section for Epidemiology
Aarhus University
Bartholins Alle 2, DK-8000, Aarhus, Denmark