Session 4:
Health effects of seafood consumption and promotion of marine-based food


Health & Ocean (seafood)


Pál Weihe, chief physician, professor

Description/ overview:
Organisms high in the marine food chain are high in contaminants, e.g. mercury and persistent organic pollutants. High dietary intake of these species leads to high blood concentrations in humans. The high exposure to these contaminants is associated with negative impact on the central nervous system and the immune system. 


Consultant at the Dept. of Occupational Health, Faroe National Hospitals, Torshavn, Faeroe Islands
Adjunct Professor at the University of Faroe Islands
Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Visiting Scientist in the Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Education and training
M.D., University of Copenhagen, 1977
Specialist Community Medicine / Occupational Medicine, Danish National Board of Health, 1988

Professional activities
Medical Director at the Faroe National Hospitals 1989-2000.
Medical Consultant  the Faroese Social Administration 1988- 2019
President and secretary at the Faroese Council of Alcohol and Tobacco 1990-2001.
Board member at the Faroese Road Safety Council 1990-2000.
President for the Faroese AIDS Council 1990-1991.
Board member at the Faroese Tobacco Council 1995-2000.
Board member at the Faroe Research Council 1996-2001.
Chairman, Faroese Board of Public Health 2005-2016.
Extensive experience with graduate and postgraduate teaching.

Scientific activities
Reviewer of PhD theses. Opponent in doctoral defences.
PhD supervisor at the University of Southern Denmark.
On the editorial board: Health Statistics for the Nordic Countries, NOMESCO. 1997- 2001
Research funding from mainly from US-NIH, Danish EPA, EU and the Faroese Research Council

170+ scientific papers in per reviewed scientific journals and books. 5500+ times cited. H-index 45

Lectures and conferences
120+ invited lectures

Institute/ organisation:
Department of Occupational Medicine and Public Health,  The Faroese Hospital System