Lars Vatten was born in Trondheim, Norway, studied Medicine at the University of Tromsø (MD in 1980) and received a Master of Public Health in 1988 from the University of North Carolina. Two years later the University of Trondheim awarded him a PhD. In 1996, he became chair of Epidemiology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Medical School, a post he still holds. Since 2008 Lars Vatten holds an honorary professorship at Bristol University and is a Visiting Scientist of Harvard School of Public Health since 2009. He has a wide research background, with interests covering the epidemiology of various cancers, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, as well as complications of pregnancy and their consequences for both the mother and child. He has a particular interest in the developmental origin of chronic diseases. Lars Vatten has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals and is co-author of some books. Lars Vatten is a Member of The Norwegian Royal Academy of Sciences and received in 2010 the King Olav V’s Prize for Cancer Research.