National burden of disease studies have been carried out in many countries in the past decade, and the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study (GBD 2010) created new momentum for these efforts in several additional countries, including Norway. Stein Emil Vollset will give an overview of what is known and what remains to be learned about health, disease, and risk factors in Norway. He will present potential additional data sources for disease burden work in Norway, which has a rich health registry infrastructure and many large epidemiological cohorts that have been followed for decades, and will discuss Norway's health registries in the context of the other Nordic countries. He will give a brief introduction to health registry and health research legislation and regulation, pointing out challenges in obtaining health data from several of the world's data-rich countries. Finally, he will discuss possible models for collaboration between Norway and IHME.


Stein Emil Vollset, MD, DrPH, is currently a Visiting Scholar at IHME. He is a professor at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Bergen, Norway, and senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, with responsibilities that include developing a Norwegian Burden of Disease project. He has worked with Norwegian and European cohort and health registries data, with particular emphasis on homocysteine, B vitamins, and lifestyle factors. He has served as Director of the Medical Birth Registry of Norway. Recently, he worked with Norwegian cause of death data and comparative mortality studies. Dr. Vollset holds a medical degree from the University of Bergen, Norway, and MPH and DrPH degrees with specialization in biostatistics from the University of California – Los Angeles School of Public Health.