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NCMM Young Associate Investigator (YAI )

Ida Gjervold Lunde is newly appointed as NCMM Young Associate Investigator (YAI).

The final candidates were chosen on the basis of their scientific excellence, translational merit and/or the ability to build networks that bridge from basic science to clinical medicine. The standard and quality of candidates was very competitive, with excellent applications.

Young Associate Investigators continue working at their host institutions, and are credited with an affiliation to NCMM. Nominations are made for three years.

Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM) is an international biomedical research centre, with the overall objective of translating basic medical research into clinical practice, and is a part of UiO's interdiciplinary focus on life sciences.

Current Heart Failure Reports 2017

Latest publication

Anett H. Ottesen,A.H, Geir Christensen, Torbjørn Omland and Helge Røsjø

Glycosylated Chromogranin A: Potential Role in the Pathogenesis of Heart Failure

Read the article published in Current Heart Failure Reports

doi: 10.1007/s11897-017-0360-x. [Epub ahead of print]

Arthritis Care cover 2017

Latest publication

Zoltan Barth, Birgit N Witczak, Berit Flatø, Akos Koller, Ivar Sjaastad and Helga Sanner

Microvascular Abnormalities Assessed by Nailfold Capillaroscopy In Juvenile Dermatomyositis After Medium to Long-Term Follow-Up

Read the article published in Arthritis Care & Research

DOI: 10.1002/acr.23338
Online ISSN: 2151-4658

Monica Thallinger

Doctoral Thesis: 27th of October 2017

Cand.med. Monica Thallinger ved Institutt for klinisk medisin vil forsvare sin avhandling for graden philosophiae doctor (ph.d.): Newborn resuscitation in low-resource settings. Improved methods of bag-mask ventilation at birth.

Trial lecture: 27. okt. 2017 10:15

Dissertation: 27. okt. 2017 13:15

Venue: Auditoriet øyeavdelingen, Oslo universitetssykehus HF, Ullevål, Kirkeveien 166

Supervisor: Ketil Størdal, Folkehelseinstituttet, Oslo


Prize winners of the Poster Session, CHFR 2017

Presentations from our Institute which got first prize during the 15th Annual CHFR Symposium:

Naiyereh-Nelly Mohammadzadeh winner of Session II presented:"Lack of the extracellular matrix proteoglycan lumican in mice exacerbates left ventricular dilatation and contractile dysfunction upon pressure overload"

Ingrid Albert winner of Session IV presented: "Development of high-affinity SERCA2 activating peptides acting through disruption of the PDE3A-SERCA2 complex"

Other posters from our Institute which were ranked top 3 in their sessions, were presented by Andreas Romaine and Kine Andenæs.


See all the Prize winners at Center for Heart Failure Research

Cover 15th annual CHFR

15th Annual CHFR Symposium on Heart Failure

Wednesday 20 September NORHEART seminar.
Thursday 21 to Friday 22 September Annual CHFR Symposium.

Holmenkollen Park Hotel, Oslo, Norway

The symposium arranged by Center for heart failure research is open to all clinical and basic researchers, and provides a unique meeting place for regional, national and international interaction.

All seminar attendees must register. There is no registration fee.

Click here for more information and registration.

Submission of abstracts before Tuesday 6th of June.
Registration before 14th August.

Submission of presentation before Friday 15th of September.


The new K. G. Jebsen Centre for Cardiac Research at University of Oslo

Official opening Thursday August 31, 2017.
Venue: Rødt auditorium, Building 25, Ullevål Sykehus, Oslo.

Download seminar program (PDF)

K.G. Jebsen Centre for Cardiac Research is directed by Professor Ivar Sjaastad: "Our primary objective is to better understand the mechanisms of heart failure. Specifically, we will identify mechanisms regulating myocardial stiffness, and new therapeutic targets of diastolic dysfunction."

The centre comprises six research groups at University of Oslo; of which three are located at Ullevål Hospital, two at Rikshospitalet and one at Radiumhospitalet.

Group leaders: Ivar Sjaastad (Centre leader), Geir Christensen, (Deputy leader), William E. Louch, Camilla Raiborg, Thor Edvardsen and Lars Gullestad
Associated partners: Alessandro Cataliotti, Llewelyn Roderick (University of Cambridge), Joakim Sundnes (Simula) and Kjetil Taskén
Administrative coordinator: Emil Espe

Read more about the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Cardiac Research

Journal of Clinical Medicine

Latest publication (June 2017)

Kate M. Herum, Ida G. Lunde, Andrew D. McCulloch, & Geir Christensen
The soft- and hard-heartedness of cardiac fibroblasts: mechanotransduction signaling pathways in fibrosis of the heart

Read the article published in Journal of clinical Medicine

J.Clin.Med. May 19;6(5). pii: E53. doi: 10.3390/jcm6050053

Portrait of Ole M. Sejersted painted by Ross Kolby, 2017

A life in research and academia

Professor Ole M. Sejersted's 70th birthday June 6th 2017, was celebrated with family, friends and colleagues at Voksenåsen Kultur- og Konferansehotell. The symposium named "Control of the heartbeat" was arranged in his honor by Institute for Experimental Medical Research together with University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital. After 26 years as head of the Institute, he now steps back to enjoy retirement.
As a student fellow he came to the Institute in 1968 with interest in physiology, and he has since then been a scientist with focus on kidney, muscle fatigue and heart failure. Ole M. Sejersted has published about 200 articles, and been supervisor for a number of students.
During his leadership our Institute has grown from 20 employees to approximately 60 people with different background and nationality. He will continue his work within science as president of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (Det Norske Videnskaps Akademi). The Norwegian Association of Physicians in Science (NAPS) awarded Ole M. Sejersted with Orkidéprisen 2017.

Portrait of Ole M. Sejersted painted by Ross Kolby, 2017 (to the left).

Read also the OUS-interview "Et privilegium"
Biography Ole M. Sejersted


Winner of Idéprisen 2017

Jonas Skogestad is the winner of Idéprisen 2017.
Inven2 nominated 3 candidates among 60 projects from the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital, and Jonas Skogestad was voted as the winner.
Project idea: “Ny behandling av alvorlige hjerterytmeforstyrrelser (ventrikkeltakykardi)”.
Brief description: “Forskerne har oppdaget en ny signalvei for regulering av hjertets saltbalanse, og gjennom å påvirke reguleringen av bestemte proteiner i denne signalveien har man oppnådd antiarytmiske effekter i celler. Forsøk i hjertesyke mus viser at behandlingen også har effekt i dyremodeller: mens 80 % av de hjertesyke musene fikk livsfarlig hjerterytmeforstyrrelse uten behandling, så var det ingen av musene i studien som fikk slike farlige rytmeforstyrrelser dersom de fikk behandlingen. Neste steg er å teste ut behandlingen på pasienter, og førstepremien på 250.000 kr vil eventuelt kunne gå til videre utvikling av prosjektet.”

Read an interview with the winner...

Tandiekile L. Hafver nov2015

Doctoral Thesis: 1st of June 2017

MScMedSc Tandekile Lubelwana Hafver will defend her thesis for the degree of Ph.D. (philosophiae doctor): "The Sodium-Calcium Exchanger 1: Novel Regulatory Mechanisms and Interacting Partners." Trial lecture: "Electrical activity in the heart and arrhythmias"

Trial lecture: 1st of June 2017 09:15

Dissertation: 1st of June 2017 12:15

Venue: Store auditorium (midtblokken), Oslo universitetssykehus HF, Ullevål, Kirkeveien 166

Supervisor: Cathrine Rein Carlson


Cardiovasc Res. 2017 May 4

Latest publication (May 2017)

Increased passive stiffness promotes diastolic dysfunction despite improved Ca21 handling during left ventricular concentric hypertrophy

Åsmund T. Røe, Jan Magnus Aronsen, Kristine Skaårdal, Nazha Hamdani, Wolfgang A. Linke, Haåvard E. Danielsen, Ole M. Sejersted, Ivar Sjaastad and William E. Louch

Read the article in Cardiovascular Research


Doctoral Thesis: 31st of March 2017

Anett Hellebø Ottesen will defend her thesis for the degree of
Ph.D. (philosophiae doctor):

"Functional aspects of granin proteins in cardiac disease"

Trial lecture: kl. 10:15, auditorium nye nord, 5. etg (Nye nord-bygget)

Dissertation: kl. 13:15, store auditorium (Hovedbygget)

Venue: Akershus University Hospital,
Sykehusveien 25-27, 1478 Lørenskog

Supervisors: Helge Røsjø, Geir Christensen, Torbjørn Omland

American Journal of Physiology Heart Circ Physiol

Latest publication (February 2017)

Non-invasive stratification of postinfarction rats based on degree of cardiac dysfunction using magnetic resonance imaging and echocardiography

Jan Magnus Aronsen, Emil Knut Stenersen Espe, Kristine Skårdal, Almira Hasic, Lili Zhang & Ivar Sjaastad

Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol (February 10, 2017). doi:10.ajpheart.00668.2016

Read the article in:
American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Published 1 May 2017 Vol. 312 no. 5, H932-H942 DOI: 10.1152/ajpheart.00668.2016

Circulation: Heart Failure

Latest publication (January 2017)

Glycosylated chromogranin A in heart failure. Implications for processing and cardiomyocyte calcium homeostasis

Anett Hellebø Ottesen, Cathrine R. Carlson, William E. Louch, Mai Britt Dahl, Ragnhild A. Sandbu, Rune Forstrøm Johansen, Hilde Jarstadmarken, Magnar Bjørås, Arne Didrik Høiseth, Jon Brynildsen, Ivar Sjaastad, Mats Stridsberg, Torbjørn Omland, Geir Christensen & Helge Røsjø

DOI: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE. 116.003675

Read the article in Circulation: Heart Failure

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Prize winners of the Poster Session, CHFR 2016

Presentations from our Institute which got first prize during the 14th Annual CHFR Symposium:

Ida Gjervold Lunde: II-8 Titin A-band truncation mutation in mice causes stress-induced dilated cardiomyopathy

Åsmund Treu Røe: IV-13 Elevated ventricular wall stress disrupts diastolic calcium homeostasis of the cardiomyocyte

Mari Elen Strand: VI-7 The heparanase-syndecan-4 axis in the heart: upregulation in response to immune activation indicates a role in cardiac inflammation

Other posters from our Institute which were ranked top 3 in their sessions, were presented by:

Jonas Skogestad, Xin Shen and Henriette Marstein


See all the Prize winners at Center for Heart Failure Research


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