I am Neuroscience PhD, a humanist, skeptic, feminist, avid reader, science enthusiast, woolly-liberal über-nerd, and, as of October 2015, father to the Lykketroll.

I moved from England to Norway in January 2012 and live in Lørenskog with my wife, the Lykketroll, and our two aging rescue cats, Socrates and Schrödinger. 

I am on paternity leave from the 4th of July to the 18th of November. 

The job I am on leave from is as an  Associate Professor and Head of Studies at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. My background is in child neurodevelopment (my PhD looked into the relationship between fatty acids like omega-3 and cognitive development in young children) but I now work on a hodge-podge of things roughly within the field of Universal Design of ICT 50% of the time, the other 50% of my time I am Head of the 'General' Studies (Allmenn in Norwegian) Unit, which is comprised of around 24 academics within a range of fields, including mathematics, physics, Norwegian, and technology and leadership.

In between working and doing the usual dad things,  I like hiking and running in the beautiful Norwegian outdoors, cooking and playing video games. 

If I believed in souls I would say that mine was born in Norway. 

I plan to sleep when I'm dead.

Snus: What's the Harm - Additional reading

A little while back I wrote an article for Argument magazine on snus. Whilst I was writing it, I gave a draft copy to a friend who works in drug harm reduction for a read through. She gave me a list of relevant references that she thought I might find interesting but I didn't have time to read through them all, digest them and include them in the article before it needed to be submitted.

I've been meaning to write a more nuanced follow-up article for some time now but it's just kept slipping down the to-do list. A couple of days ago, though, I got a comment on the article asking for the references; so here they are! Thanks anonymous commenter for reminding me.

  • Lee, P.N. & Hamling, J., 2009b. The relation between smokeless tobacco and cancer in Northern Europe and North America. A commentary on differences between the conclusions reached by two recent reviews. BMC cancer, 9, p.256. Available at: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=3087330&tool=pmcentrez&rendertype=abstract [Accessed February 2, 2013].
  • Phillips, C. V, Wang, C. & Guenzel, B., 2005. message about smokeless tobacco. , 7, pp.1–7.
  • Rodu, B., 2011. The scientific foundation for tobacco harm reduction, 2006-2011. Harm reduction journal, 8(1), p.19. Available at: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=3161854&tool=pmcentrez&rendertype=abstract [Accessed February 2, 2013].
  • Tomar, S.L., Fox, B.J. & Severson, H.H., 2009. Is smokeless tobacco use an appropriate public health strategy for reducing societal harm from cigarette smoking? International journal of environmental research and public health, 6(1), pp.10–24. Available at: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=2672338&tool=pmcentrez&rendertype=abstract [Accessed February 2, 2013].

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