Bjørn Olav Åsvold

Bjørn Olav Åsvold, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. He is also an endocrinologist at St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim University Hospital.

Bjørn Olav completed his PhD in 2008 studying thyroid function and cardiovascular health in the population-based HUNT Study (Nord-Trøndelag Health Study) in Norway. He has continued working with endocrine and cardiovascular topics using HUNT study data linked with Norwegian health registries.

He was introduced to Mendelian randomization through studies of smoking and cardiovascular risk factors. He now leads the Mendelian randomization group at the newly established K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology at NTNU. The center’s main data resource is genome-wide genotype data on ~70,000 participants in HUNT linked with phenotype information from HUNT and from a range of Norwegian health registries.