Conference programme

Welcome to the NSHG-PM 2022 conference:
“Precision Medicine Research and Implementation: Rebooting in the Nordics

The Nordic Society of Human Genetics and Precision Medicine look forward to presenting you with talks, panels, and posters that highlight the experience of successful Nordic collaboration on precision medicine research and infrastructure, especially the collaborative spirit during the pandemic.
Our goal is to build bridges from research to public health and clinical implementation of precision medicine.

The Nordic countries have a rich history of global leadership in health research and healthcare, and NSHG-PM represents a rapidly growing movement of
scientists, clinicians, and other stakeholders seeking to demonstrate to the
world the value of combining data from genomics and other -omics research
with health and other registry data to allow for more precision in disease
prevention and treatment.

The programme will be updated regularly.

NSGH-PM 2022 Preliminary Programme

We look forward to welcoming all of our speakers, chairs and panelists:

  • Saskia Sanderson, Chief Behavioural Scientist at Our Future Health
  • Kári Stefánsson, founder and CEO of Reykjavik-based deCODE genetics
  • Camilla Stoltenberg, Director General at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health:
    “How we can use unique Nordic research infrastructures to study the long-term effects of the covid-19 pandemic and vaccination”
  • Henrik Ullum, CEO at Statens Serum Institut in Denmark:
    “How biobanks and national data-infrastructures can contribute to the development of precision medicine”

Speakers, chairs and panelists:
Erik Abner, University of Tartu, Estonia
Kaur Alasoo, University of Tartu, Estonia
Ole Andreassen, NorMent, University of Oslo, Norway
Søren Brunak, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Anders Børglum, Aarhus University, Denmark
Ditte Demontis, Aarhus University, Denmark
Jan Egebjerg, Lundbeck Foundation, Denmark
Thjódbjörg Eiríksdóttir, deCODE genetics, Iceland
Andrea Ganna, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, Broad Institute, Finland and USA
Rósa Gísladóttir, deCODE genetics, Iceland
Emma Maria Haapaniemi, University of Oslo, Norway
Torben Hansen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Eivind Hovig, University of Oslo, Norway
Siri Håberg, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway
Niels Jessen, Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus, Denmark
Ingrid Kockum, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Kasper Lage, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Bettina Lundgren, National Genome Center, Denmark
Per Magnus, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway
Lili Milani, Estonian Genome Center, Estonia
Robert Morton, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Denmark
Tomi Mäkelä;  iCAN project, HiLIFE, Finland
Pål Rasmus Njølstad, University of Bergen, Norway
Sigurgeir Ólafsson, deCODE genetics, Iceland
Sisse Ostrowski, Copenhagen Hospital Biobank and University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Teele Palumaa, University of Tartu, Estonia
Richard Rosenquist Brandell, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Hege Russnes, Oslo University Hospital, Norway
Hreinn Stefansson, deCODE genetics, Iceland
Marc Vaudel, University of Bergen, Norway
Thomas Werge, Research Institute for Biological Psychiatry, Denmark
Lu Yi, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Hildur Ægisdóttur, deCODE genetics, Iceland


Session 1:
National Perspectives
Senior investigators will present 5-minute updates on major initiatives from each of the Nordic countries, followed by two 7-minute presentations from junior investigators. Each country’s segment will conclude with a Q&A with the audience.

Swedish chair: Ingrid Kockum, Karolinska Institutet
Norwegian chair: Camilla Stoltenberg, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Icelandic chair: Kári Stefánsson, deCODE genetics
Estonian chair: Lili Milani, Estonian Genome Center
Finnish chair: Andrea Ganna, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland
Danish chair: Søren Brunak, Novo Nordisk Foundation, Center for Protein Research and University of Copenhagen

Session 2:
Precision Medicine Research in Brain Disorders
Chairs: Anders Børglum, Aarhus University and Thomas Werge, Institute of Biological Psychiatry

Session 3:
Precision Medicine in Cardiometabolic Disorders
Chairs: Pål Njølstad, University of Bergen and Niels Jessen, Steno Diabetes Center

Session 4:
Precision Medicine in Cancer and other Common Disorders 
Chairs: Sisse Ostrowski, Righospitalet and University of Copenhagen and Eivind Hovig, University of Oslo