Our history

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​The Department of Clinial Epidemiology (until 1/1 2017 Institute of Preventive Medicine) represents a continuation of the "Psykologisk Institut" which was established in 1962, as an organisational frame for Danish-American research collaboration, mainly within epidemiological and genetic epidemiological studies of major psychiatric problems such as schizophrenia, affective disorders, alcholism, psychopathy, suicide, and criminal behavior. Until 1992, the Institute was directed by Professor Sarnoff A. Mednick at the Center of Longitudinal Research, University of Southern California, in collaboration with Professor of Psychiatry, Fini Schulsinger at the University of Copenhagen, and was nested within the Department of Psychiatry, chaired by Fini Schulsinger.  The main line of research is still based on analytical epidemiology including both genetic and environmental factors as equally important etiological contributors. The Department is involved in a number of collaborative research activities, dealing with population-based studies, covering the whole age span from pregnancy to old age. The current research activities include international collaboration, mostly with American Universities.

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Founders: Fini Schulsinger and Sarnoff A. Mednick:


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