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Professor Paul Franks

Paul trained in genetic epidemiology and biostaistics at the University of Cambridge in the UK and at the Epidemiology and Clincial Research Branch of the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) in the USA.  In 2010, Paul was appointed full professor in genetic epidemiology and head of the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology (GAME) Unit at Lund University Diabetes Center in Malmö, Sweden. 

The GAME Unit is comprised of >20 administrative staff, graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty. Paul is also an adjunct professor at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts and a professor in molecular epidemiology at Umeå University in Sweden. He is also a Fellow of the Obesity Society.

Whilst working in Umeå (2006-2010), Paul established the GLACIER Study, a prospective cohort study of 20,000 adults from Northern Sweden funded by the Swedish Research Council and nested in the Northern Sweden Biobank. Paul is internationally recognized for his research on gene-environment interactions in type 2 diabetes, CVD and obesity, having received awards for his research from the European Associaiton for the Study of Diabetes, Association for the Study of Obesity, American College of Sports Medicine, amongst others. He has authored >200 publications in and around the topic of gene-envrionment interactions. Paul has been a member of numerous editorial boards, and currently serves as Associate Editor for the journals Obesity, BMC Medical Genetics, and Frontiers in Genetic Epidemiology, he is also Assistant Editor-in-Chief and Section Editor (Public Health & Translational Medicine) for Current Nutrition Reports. Paul is currently the Principle Investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health (USA), the EU’s Innovative Medicine’s Innitiative, the Swedish Research Council, Swedish Diabetes Association, Novo Nordisk Foundation, and other major funding agencies.

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