Dagrun Slettebø Daltveit

Position

Senior Engineer

Belonging

Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care

Research groups

Research

Dagrun Slettebø Daltveit is a PhD Candidate at the Section for epidemiology and medical statistics and a Senior engineer at the Core Facility for Biostatistics and Data Analysis, Departement of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen. She is associated with the Centre for Translational Research in Epidemiology (TRACE) and the Lifestyle Epidemiology (LERG) research group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences and a master’s in statistical data analysis from the University of Bergen, Norway.

Her current research is primarily within the field of cancer epidemiology, including work on the global burden and trend of leukemia by subtype, childhood cancer survival in transitioning countries, and cancer risk related to birth defects.

As part of her PhD she was a visiting scientist during 2023 at the Cancer Surveilance Branch (CSU) at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), World Health Organization (WHO) in Lyon, France.

Teaching

2022

Teacher in statistics in Methods in Global Health Research (INTH315), 8 weeks/ 17 lectures, Atumn 22.

Teacher Epidemiology course in MED6, 1 week. Spring 22

Teacher Epidemiology (MEDEPI), master level, 2 ECTS. Spring 22

2021

Group teacher Analysis of longitudinal and correlated data (MEDSTA3), PhD-level2 ETCS. Atumn 21

Teacher Epidemiology course in MED6, 1 week. Spring 21

Teacher Epidemiology (MEDEPI), master level, 2 ETCS. Spring 21

Group teacher Regression models in medical research (MEDSTA2), master level, 5 ETCS. Spring 21

2010

Teacher in mathmathics, Summer school, Askøy videregående skole (high school).

Teacher in mathmathics and physics, Olsvikåsen videregående skole (high school).

2009

Teacher in mathmathics and physics, Fana Gymnas (high school).

Publications

Selected publications

[1] Daltveit, D. S., Klungsoyr, K., Engeland, A., Ekbom, A., Gissler, M., Glimelius, I., Grotmol, T., Madanat-Harjuoja, L., Ording, A. G., Saether, S. M. M., Sorensen, H. T., Troisi, R., & Bjorge, T. (2020). Cancer risk in individuals with major birth defects: large Nordic population based case-control study among children, adolescents, and adults. BMJ, 371, m4060.

[2] Daltveit, D. S., Klungsoyr, K., Engeland, A., Ekbom, A., Gissler, M., Glimelius, I., Grotmol, T., Madanat-Harjuoja, L., Ording, A. G., Sorensen, H. T., Troisi, R., & Bjorge, T. (2023). Sex differences in childhood cancer risk among children with major birth defects: a Nordic population-based nested case-control study. Int J Epidemiol, 52(2), 450-465.

[3] Daltveit, D. S., Klungsoyr, K., Engeland, A., Ekbom, A., Gissler, M., Glimelius, I., Grotmol, T., Madanat-Harjuoja, L., Ording, A. G., Sorensen, H. T., Troisi, R., & Bjorge, T. (2023). Cancer risk in the siblings of individuals with major birth defects: a large Nordic population-based case-control study. Int J Epidemiol.

[4] Kitahara, C. M., Slettebø Daltveit, D., Ekbom, A., Engeland, A., Gissler, M., Glimelius, I., Grotmol, T., Trolle Lagerros, Y., Madanat-Harjuoja, L., Männistö, T., Sørensen, H. T., Troisi, R., & Bjørge, T. (2021). Maternal health, in-utero, and perinatal exposures and risk of thyroid cancer in offspring: a Nordic population-based nested case-control study. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol, 9(2), 94-105.

[5] Kitahara, C. M., Slettebø Daltveit, D., Ekbom, A., Engeland, A., Gissler, M., Glimelius, I., Grotmol, T., Trolle Lagerros, Y., Madanat-Harjuoja, L., Männistö, T., Sørensen, H. T., Troisi, R., & Bjørge, T. (2023). Maternal Health, Pregnancy and Offspring Factors, and Maternal Thyroid Cancer Risk: A Nordic Population-Based Registry Study. Am J Epidemiol, 192(1), 70-83.

[6] Ridderseth, Hilde; Daltveit, Dagrun Slettebø; Hollund, Bjørg Eli; Kirkeleit, Jorunn; Kromhout, H; Kruger, K; Austgulen, LT; Bråtveit, Magne. (2022). Occupational Benzene Exposure in the Norwegian Offshore Petroleum Industry, 2002-2018. Annals of Work Exposures and Health. 895-906.

[7] Ridderseth, Hilde; Daltveit , Dagrun Slettebø; Hollund, Bjørg Eli; Kirkeleit, Jorunn; Kromhout, Hans; Krüger, Kirsti; Aasbø, Kari; Bråtveit, Magne. (2023). Benzene Exposure From Selected Work Tasks on Offshore Petroleum Installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, 2002-2018. Annals of Work Exposures and Health. 228-240.

[8] Ridderseth, Hilde; Daltveit , Dagrun Slettebø; Hollund, Bjørg Eli; Kirkeleit, Jorunn; Kromhout, Hans; Krüger, Kirstin; Aasbø, Kari; Bråtveit, Magne. (2023). Validation of a full-shift benzene exposure empirical model developed for work on offshore petroleum installations on the Norwegian continental shelf. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.

[9] Husebø, Bettina; Ballard, Clive; Aarsland, Dag; Selbæk, Geir; Slettebø, Dagrun Daltveit; Gulla, Christine; Aasmul, Irene; Habiger, Torstein Frugård; Elvegaard, Tony Matias; Testad, Ingelin; Flo, Elisabeth. (2019). The effect of a multicomponent intervention on quality of Life in residents of nursing homes: A randomized controlled trial (COSMOS). Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 330-339.

[10] Erdal, Ane; Flo, Elisabeth; Selbæk, Geir; Aarsland, Dag; Bergh, Sverre; Slettebø, Dagrun Daltveit; Husebø, Bettina. (2017). Associations between pain and depression in nursing home patients at different stages of dementia. Journal of Affective Disorders. 8-14.

Poster
Academic article
Academic lecture
Letter to the editor
Popular scientific article

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Projects

Ongoing projects

Understanding Headache Through Registry Data - A NorHEAD MiHEAD project (2024-)

The aim of the study is to improve the understanding and treatment of primary headache disorders by using multiple linked Norwegian registries and health surveys.

Role: Statistician. 

Exposure Assessment and Prevention of Death, Disease, and Injuries among Offshore Petroleum Workers (2024-)

The aim of the work package in the study is to update job-exposure matrices for benzene and oil mist/vapour.

Role: Statistician. 

Childhood cancer survival in countries in transition (2023-)

In this project, we aim to produce survival estimates for childhood cancer in countries in transition. The work is carried out at the Cancer Surveillance Unit at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), World Health Organization (WHO), Lyon.

Role: Principal Investigator, UiB.

Global incidences and trends of leukemia (2023-)

In this project, we aim to estimate the global, regional, and national burden and trends of leukemia by subtype and age. The work is carried out at the Cancer Surveillance Unit at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), World Health Organization (WHO), Lyon.

Role: Principal Investigator, UiB.

Cancer risk in families with children with birth defects (2017-

In this project, we take advantage of large population-based registries in four Nordic countries to explore the relationship between birth defects and cancer risk in more detail, and more extensively, than previously done. Whether birth defect(s) is associated with cancer risk in the affected individual and their families is important for the understanding of the etiology of specific cancers and could possibly allow for identification of individuals at elevated risk who would benefit from more regular follow-up or subsequent clinical intervention (Paper IPaper II, and Paper III).

Role: Statistician 2017-2021, PhD student 2021-2024.

Past projects

Development of job-exposure-models for risk assessment of benzene exposure (2017-2023)

The primary objective is to develop task- and job-exposure models to estimate benzene exposure by inhalation among the five job categories assumed to have the highest exposure at oil and gas processing installations (Paper I, Paper II, and Paper III).

Role: Statistician. 

Perinatal characteristics and thyroid cancer risk in mothers and offspring: a Nordic registry linkage study (2018-2022)

A Nordic birth and cancer registry linkage study to prospectively evaluate the associations of pregnancy complications and other perinatal characteristics with subsequent risk of thyroid cancer in women (subproject 1) and their offspring (subproject 2).  We hypothesize that benign thyroid disorders during pregnancy, particularly hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) and perinatal characteristics related to or a consequence of underactive thyroid (e.g., preterm birth, gestational hypertension/preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, placental abruption) and/or altered sex steroid hormones during pregnancy (e.g., extreme birth weight, preterm birth, twin pregnancy, low birth order, hyperemesis, gestational hypertension/preeclampsia, pre-pregnancy and pregnancy weight and weight gain) are associated with increased risk of thyroid cancer in both mothers and their offspring (Paper I, and Paper II). 

Role: Statistician. 

The COSMOS intervention for improving the quality of life in nursing home patients study  (2016-2019)

The COSMOS project (COmmunication, Systematic pain assessment and treatment, Medication review, Organization of activities, and Safety) is a multicenter, cluster-randomized controlled trial aimed at improving the quality of life in nursing home patients. 545 patients from 67 nursing home units from the eastern and western parts of Norway were included in the study (Paper I, and Paper II).

Role: Statistician. 

The DEP.PAIN.DEM study - pain treatment and depression in nursing home patients (2016-2018)

The DEP.PAIN.DEM project is a multicentre, randomised, placebo-controlled trial which aims to determine whether pain treatment reduces symptoms of depression in nursing home patients with dementia and depression. 165 patients from 47 nursing homes in different regions of Norway were included in the study (Paper I, Paper II, and Paper III).

Role: Statistician.