REPOPA Consortium brings in scientific excellence in health research, including physical activity and links it with real life experience in policy making and expertise in knowledge translation from different regions and in six European countries and in Canada, having as Coordinator University of Southern Denmark and partners:

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 University of Southern Denmark

(Unit for Health Promotion Research and

Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics) 

- Project Coordinator

 SDU Denmark  Tilburg University  TSB The Netherlands 
 National Institute for Health and Welfare THL Finland 

Babes-Bolyai University

 BBU Romania  The National Research Council CNR Italy Research Centre for Prevention and Health  RCPH Denmark University of Ottawa uOttawa Canada  Netherlands Institute for Health Promotion NIGZ The Netherlands

 Partner until August 2012

 Herefordshire Primary Care Trust HPCT UK Partner until March 2013 Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement CBOThe Netherlands Partner until October 2015



University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Denmark

The Unit for Health Promotion Research, University of Southern Denmark (SDU-Health Promotion) is the coordinator of the REPOPA project and the Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics (SDU-IOB) is contributes  to the REPOPA project.

 SDU-Health Promotion is part of the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

SDU is the third largest university in Denmark, with five faculties and 3360 employees located at five campuses, with the main campus being in Odense. 26000 students, 3500 of whom originate from foreign countries, are currently attending the university. SDU has a strong international perspective and it functions in partnership with regional public and private sectors.

The Department of Public Health consists of 10 research units and centers, among them SDU- Health Promotion, located at Campus Esbjerg. SDU-Health Promotion currently consists of 28 employees from various scientific backgrounds including, for instance, public health, sociology, psychology and medicine. Main Unit research activities focus on 1) epidemiological research on social and behavioral determinants of health with a focus on social inequality, 2) evidence-based and effective interventions to promote health in different settings, among them educational institutions such as schools, and 3) health impact assessments of international and national policies with a focus on development of health. The Unit coordinates and contributes to the BSc and MSc curricula in Public Health as well as to PhD training in Denmark. In addition, in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Unit coordinates BSc in Health education and Health Promotion and BSc in Epidemiology.

SDU-IOB is a part of Faculty of Health Sciences at SDU and deals with research, teaching, innovation and scientific knowledge diffusion based upon studies of the human body and movement in a wide sense. 

SDU-IOB is organized in six research units and five centers. The Institute has over the last decade expanded markedly and integrated new lines of research and high profile researchers within social sciences, humanities and clinical, epidemiological and basic research. The Research Unit, most committed in this particular project, is Movement, Sport and Society. The prime focus of this Unit is to carry out basic and applied research on humanistic and social science issues in ‘movement’ - with specific emphasis on the interconnections between "physical movement" and cultural, political, institutional, psychological and pedagogical aspects.

If you would like more information on SDU involvement and role within the REPOPA project please contact:


Arja R. Aro, PhD, DSc, Professor of Public Health;

Head of the Unit for Health Promotion Research;

Coordinator REPOPA Project. 

Phone: +45 6550 4157




Tilburg University, The Netherlands


Tranzo within the Tilburg University is a research department with around 100 members in staff and researchers that are constantly aiming to build a bridge between research and practice in health care, prevention and welfare. Their research programmes are multi-disciplinary and consist of both fundamental and applied research projects. Tranzo is also committed to work together with care and preventive organizations to build a structural knowledge exchange infrastructure. Exchange of knowledge also takes place by initiating collaborative projects where researchers and care professionals actually work together. Key figures are so-called ‘science-practitioners’: professionals who work part-time as researchers at the university (PhD or other scientific research) and part-time in the health care and prevention practice.

Tilburg University is also the home of academic collaborative centres: an innovative way to bridge the research-practice-policy gap and the intensive interaction between university researchers and organizations in health care and prevention. In the Academic Collaborative Centres Public Health about 7 PhD studies are taking place, all with direct relevance to (local) public health policy. The Academic Collaborative Centres Public Health is a “knowledge” bridge between science, policy and practice in (local) prevention and health promotion.

If you would like more information on Tilburg University involvement in REPOPA project please contact:


L.A.M. (Ien) van de Goor, Professor;

Senior Researcher;

Program Leader Effectiveness Individual Prevention;

Coordinator WP2, REPOPA Project.

Phone: +31 134662542




The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) from Finland was established 1 January 2009, through the merger of the National Public Health Institute (KTL) and the National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES). The institute operates under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and has a total staff of about 1200. THL engages in extensive international co-operation and has expert collaboration and national participation e.g. UN and UN authorities (WHO, for example), EU (DG SANCO, ECDC, for example) and many international associations (IANPHI, for example).

If you would like more information on THL involvement in REPOPA project please contact:



Timo Ståhl, ‎Director of Department, Chief Specialist

Coordinator WP1, REPOPA Project.

Phone: + 358 29 524 7128




Babes-Bolyai University (UBB), Romania


Center for Health Policy and Public Health (CHPPH) is the coordinator of REPOPA project in Romania. It is mainly a research institution within the College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Institute for Social Research, Babeș Bolyai University, but which initiated in 2012 a 3-years undergraduate program in Public Health, extending both the education and research activities.

Founded in 2005, CHPPH consists of a multidisciplinary team committed to the advancement of public health in the region and beyond. The activities that the CHPPH is mainly undertaking are research-focused; however it also collaborates with other national and international organizations on capacity-building, policy development and analysis, and health management issues. It conducts needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of health-related programs that respond to the complex needs of communities and individuals. Moreover, it conducts quality research with the ultimate goal of improving population health and reducing health disparities in Romania.

If you would like more information on BBU involvement and role within the REPOPA project please contact:


Răzvan M. Cherecheș MD, PhD;

Director Center for Health Policy and Public Health;

Coordinator WP6, REPOPA Project.

Phone: +4 0264 402 215



The National Research Council (CNR), Italy


The National Research Council (CNR) is a public organization; its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Italy. CNR consist of the network of CNR research institutes, which are distributed all over the national territory. The process of reorganization, which ended in 2002, led to the creation of 110 institutes, divided into centers and territorial sections.

Institutes involved in REPOPA project are:

A.The Institute of Research on Population and Social Policies (IRPPS) of CNR; identifies and studies the lines of development and transformation of population and contemporary society. In 2002, due to the CNR reorganization, the IRPPS has gained further interdisciplinary competencies in the field of scientific communication, science education and human resources. The IRPPS coordinates the CNR Research Team “Science Communication and Education”.

B.The Institute of Clinical Phisiology (IFC) is part of the network of the CNR in biomedical area, focusing mainly on sectors of research and health activities like molecular, cellular and experimental medicine; technosciences; environmental, molecular, social and clinical epidemiology. The IFC-CNR epidemiology department has an environmental epidemiology branch involved in studying health effects in industrial contaminated areas, around waste landfill and incineration plants, in urban contexts with high air pollution. Two specific units are involved in health impact assessment (HIA) and in risk perception and risk communication campaigns. IFC-CNR leads the unit on HIA within the MONITER project of the Emilia Romagna Region, a 2007-2010 project aimed to study all types of impacts around incinerator plants. At European level, IFC-CNR was part of the project on HIA-NMAC and presently is partner of the project RAPID.

If you would like more information on CNR involvement in REPOPA project please contact:



Adriana Valente, Research Director;

Coordinator WP4, REPOPA Project.

Phone: +39 06 492724237



University of Ottawa (uOttawa), Canada


The University of Ottawa is North America’s largest bilingual university, and one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities.  It is dedicated to forging collaborative research on the pressing health issues of Canadians.  Population health is one of the strategic research areas for the University.

The Institute of Population Health (under the umbrella of University of Ottawa) was established in 2000. Strategic focus for the Institute include health inequities and inequalities within populations; vulnerability, risk and resilience; and interventions and their impact. A transdisciplinary Population Health PhD program is offered through the Institute. 

The Population Health Improvement Research Network is one of three networks established at the University of Ottawa with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.

If you would like more information on uOttawa involvement in REPOPA project please contact:



Nancy Edwards, RN, PhD, FCAHS;

Coordinator WP5, REPOPA Project.

Phone:  +1 (613) 562 5800 ext. 8395



Research Centre for Prevention and Health (RCPH), Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark


The Research Centre for Prevention and Health (RCPH) is a nearly 50 year old independent research institute in the Capital Region of Denmark. RCPH conduct research within population based epidemiology, clinical epidemiology and research in prevention and health promotion. RCPH started in 1964 and is an established research institution in the Capital Region with 45-50 employees including 15 post.doc/senior researchers, 15-20 PhD students and research assistants, 4 statisticians, 4 IT personnel and 8 in the technical administrative group.

RCPH is attached to the Institute of Public Health at University of Copenhagen by two professors and four associate professors. The Institute works close together with the political administrative system in the Capital Region and performs every fourth year a health profile for all 29 municipalities in the Capital Region. Based on these health profiles and the ongoing research in the institute, RCPH plan and conduct interventional studies in partnership with the region and the municipalities. RCPH has a special interest in physical activity and has been among the first research institutes to focus on “sedentarism” as one of the main problems in the affluent society. Several studies to delimitate which part of the physical activity spectrum is the most important in a public health perspective call for continuous co-work with the political administrative systems in the municipalities.

If you would like more information on RCPH involvement in REPOPA project please contact:


Torben Jørgensen, MD, DrMedSc;

Member, REPOPA Project.

Phone: +45 38633255




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