Group | Genetic Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases

The group has established one of the largest chronic disease-related biobanks in Switzerland (The SAPALDIA Biobank). The biobank allows for studies on the genetic background of complex chronic diseases and related subclincial phenotypes, with a special focus on phenotypes related to respiratory and cardiovascular health (i.e. lung function, asthma, COPD, heart rate variability, intima-media thickness and renal function).

In the context of international collaborations and genetics consortia, staff members contribute to and lead large meta-analyses to identify novel disease genes and to understand how they modify susceptibility to lifestyle and environmental factors. Studies on the interaction of inherited genetic and epigenetic susceptibility factors with environmental factors, such as air pollution and noise, are a major focus of the group.

Nicole Probst-Hensch

Nicole Probst-Hensch, Professor, PhD (Pharmacy and Epidemiology), MPH

Lytras T et al. Cumulative occupational exposures and lung function decline in two large general population cohorts. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2021(in press). DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202002-113OC

van Nunen E et al. Short-term personal and outdoor exposure to ultrafine and fine particulate air pollution in association with blood pressure and lung function in healthy adults. Environ Res. 2021;194:110579. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.110579

Accordini S et al. Incidence trends of airflow obstruction among European adults without asthma: a 20-year cohort study. Sci Rep. 2020;10:3452. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-60478-5

Aebi N.J, Bringolf-Isler B, Schaffner E, Caviezel S, Imboden M, Probst-Hensch N. Patterns of cross-sectional and predictive physical activity in Swiss adults aged 52+: results from the SAPALDIA cohort. Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20266. DOI: 10.4414/smw.2020.20266

Amaral A.F.S et al. Role of DNA methylation in the association of lung function with body mass index: a two-step epigenetic Mendelian randomisation study. BMC Pulm Med. 2020;20:171. DOI: 10.1186/s12890-020-01212-9