Continuation of research grant from K.G. Jebsen

Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen has given us a large research grant for four years. Today we got the news that they will continue to support us for the next two years. This also leads to new founding from funds from NTNU and Helse Midt-Norge. We will continue to be the K.G. Jebsen - Center for Exercise in Medicine and this is something we are very proud of and grateful for.

Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen was established to honor the memory of Kristian Gerhard Jebsen and his efforts for Norwegian and international shipping and business, and the foundation aims to help realize projects at international level.


This research grant har been of great importance for us during the last four years. The group has grown in size and has been able to develop in a good way with a new structure. The founding has made it possible to initiate major projects as Generation 100 and enabled us to lead the EU project Optimex. The research grant have also made it possible to start ut experimental studies with high risk and to develop "the world fitness level," a web-based research project in which everyone can participate.

Continued support from Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen enable us to carry on the good projects we have initiated and develop further on a high international level in translational research.

Gjertrud Aunet Tyldum defended her Ph. D.

Congratulations to Gjertrud Aunet Tyldum who defended her Ph. D. "Effects og different exercise modalities on maximal oxygen uptake and endothelial function in subjects at risk of cardiovascular disease" October 8th.

From the left: Oponent Reader, PhD Dylan Thompson, University of Bath, Post Doc Veronique Cornelissen, Research Group for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Rehabilitation, Leuven, Gjertrud Aunet Tyldum, special physiotherapist Berit Brurok, St. Olavs Hospital og researcher at CERG, Javaid Nauman who was leading the defence.

The main purpose of this thesis was to investigate the effects of high intensity interval training (HIIT) on aerobic capacity and endothelial function in subjects at risk for cardiovascular disease e.g. obese and elderly subjects. HIIT was compared to moderate intensity continuous training (MICT) as well as strength training (ST) in the obese subjects. Also we searched to find how different exercise-intensities would affect the postprandial vascular function in overweight subjects.

The studies of this thesis demonstrate that HIIT is superior to MICT and ST in improving important risk factors for cardiovascular diseases in elderly and obese, and thus highlights the importance of high intensity exercise for the prevention of caused by an unhealthy lifestyle.

Read the whole summary of the Ph. D at our blog here!

Simona is our new Phd student

Simona Salerno has just joined our group in a Phd position. She likes lab work and biological research connected to the medical area, and that is some of the reasons why she wanted to take her Phd here at CERG. Simona will be working with cardiac arrhythmia in mice models her at CERG. She will work on her Phd in our group for the next three years under the supervision of Tomas Stølen.

Simona is Italian from the town Buccheri, in Sicily. She took her bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Pisa in 2012. After her bachelor she wanted to study abroad. She was attracted by the Scandinavian countries and therefore she found a Biomedical engineering Master Programme at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden. She wrote her master thesis about liver tissue engineering.

We warmly welcome Simona to our group and are looking forward to working with her.

Best Poster to Vegard Malmo

We congratulate our Phd student Vegard Malmo with Best Poster at The Norwegian association of Cardiology's spring meeting in Bergen. The poster presented data from a study on atrial fibrillation and exercise training.

CERG work shop at The Virtual Physiological Human Conference

The Virtual Physiological Human Conference will be hosted in Trondheim this fall (9-12 sept 2014)

As part of the program there will be a exercise physiology work shop named:

Make them run: modelling challenges identified by exercise physiology

Regular exercise training and high cardiovascular fitness are strongly associated with lifelong health, in particular protection towards cardiovascular disease.

The workshop will outline state-of-the-art knowledge in exercise physiology, identify key questions being addressed in the experimental community and challenge the computational physiology community to take explanatory responsibility for exercise-related phenomena that are currently highly enigmatic and which appear to demand the construction of sophisticated mathematical representations. 

Researcher at CERG, Trine Karlsen, is responsible for the workshop.

Abstract submission deadline: May 15, 2014.

Early bird registration deadline: June 1, 2014.

Read more about the conference here!

Phd defence by Anne Berit Johnsen

Congratulations to Anne Berit Johnsen who have defended her PhD "Atrial mycyte structure, function and calcium handling in cardiac disease - Effects of maximal oxygen uptake".