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Department of Neuroscience Norwegian University of Science and Technology Postboks 8905 7491 Trondheim Norway
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Lars Jacob Stovner

Head of Department

Background and activities

Professor of Neurology, head of Norwegian National Headache Centre, director of the charitable organisation Lifting The Burden with official relation with WHO

Lars Jacob Stovner has been professor of Neurology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) since 1995, leader of the Norwegian Headache Society from 1996-1999, head of the department of Neurology at Trondheim University Hospital from 1999-2001, head of the Norwegian National Headache Centre from its was established in 2000, deputy leader of the Department of Neuroscience at NTNU 2007-2009, and leader of the department from 2009. He has been a director of the charitable non-governmental organization “Lifting The Burden” which has official relations to the World Health Organisation. He is co-editor of The Journal of Headache and Pain, which is the official journal of the European Headache Federation.

Stovner studied medicine at the University of Oslo, and took his Ph.D. at NTNU in 1993 (The Chiari Type I malformation).

Research

Stovner started his research on headache under his predecessor professor Ottar Sjaastad. Based on Sjaastad’s reputation as researcher and headache doctor, and aided by the patient organization, Stovner managed to establish the Norwegian National Headache Centre in Trondheim, and he has been the leader of the centre since its establishment.  

His group has performed several studies on the treatment of migraine, cluster headache and cervicogenic headache, both medicines and surgical approaches. In particular, the group has developed an AII blocker, candesartan, and lisinopril, an ACE inhibitor, as useful migraine prophylactics.

His group has also focused on epidemiological research on the causes and consequences of migraine and other headaches, mostly based on the HUNT study, a large epidemiological survey in Nord-Trøndelag county. Stovner has chaired an international group aiming to document headache as a public health problem worldwide,  as part of the activity within Lifting The Burden, in collaboration with the World Health organization, as partner in a EU project (Eurolight), and as  contributor to the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study. He has also been involved in the estimation of the health economic consequences of headache, as contributor to the “Cost of disorders of the Brain in Europe” by the European Brain Council.

Epidemiologic studies on post-traumatic headaches (after concussion and whiplash), conducted in collaboration with colleagues in Lithuania, have engendered much discussion and controversy. Based on this research Stovner served as expert witness for the Supreme Court in a whiplash case. The court’s ruling was in accordance with Stovner’s  understanding of the condition, and this will influence decisions in similar cases in the future.

In his group there is also extensive research with neurophysiological methods to elucidate what happens in the brain before, during, and after headache attacks, in order to better understand the underlying mechanisms. The group has also establishes a biobank of blood samples from headache patients and controls, used for genetic studies.  

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Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Books

  • Alstadhaug, Karl Bjørnar; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2011) Migreneboken En medisinsk og kulturhistroisk innføring. Fagbokforlaget. 2011. ISBN 978-82-450-1147-0.
  • Saxena, Shekhar; Dua, Tarun; Saraceno, Benedetto; Mathers, Colin; Steiner, Timothy J.; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Gravdahl, Gøril Bruvik; Schultz, Ulla; Huynh, Nelly; Loo, Adeline; Lefstad, Erica; Bäuerle, Christian; Grangier, Christophe F A; Martelletti, Paolo. (2011) ATLAS of headache disorders and resources in the world 2011. 2011. ISBN 9789241564212.
  • Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2000) Nevrologi Fra barn til voksen Kapittel 29: Hodepine. 2000. ISBN 82-412-0396-9.

Part of book/report

  • Manzoni, Gian camillo; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2011) Epidemiology of headache. Headache.
  • Stovner, Lars Jacob; Hagen, Knut; Burstein, Rami. (2011) Migraine and Other Pain Disorders. Comorbidity in Migraine.
  • Stovner, Lars Jacob; Haimanot, Redda Tekle. (2011) Epidemiology of common headache disorders. Handbook of Headache : practical management.
  • Stovner, Lars Jacob; Queiroz, Luiz Paulo. (2011) The burden of headache. Handbook of Headache : practical management.
  • Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2010) A study within Lifting The Burden: The global campaign to reduce the burden of headache worldwide. Headache care, research and education worldwide.
  • Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2010) Drug availability through expanded marketplace. Headache care, research and education worldwide.
  • Leistad, Rune Bang; Sand, Trond; Westgaard, Rolf Harald; Nilsen, Kristian Bernhard; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2007) Stress-induced pain and muscle activity in patients with migraine and tension-type headache. Headache Clinics:Organization, Patients and Treatment.

Others

  • Stovner, Lars Jacob; Hagen, Knut; Linde, Mattias; Steiner, Timothy J.; Zwart, John-Anker. (2012) Incidence and risk factors for medication-overuse headache and chronic daily headache: an 11-year follow-up study. The Nord-Trøndelag Health Studies (HUNT). European Headache and Migraine Trust International conference . European Headache Federation og Migraine Trust; London. 2012-09-20 - 2012-09-23.
  • Stovner, Lars Jacob; Hagen, Knut; Linde, Mattias; Steiner, Timothy J.; Zwart, John-Anker. (2012) The bidirectional relationship between headache and chronic musculoskeletal complaints: an 11-year follow-up in the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT) . European Headache and Migraine Trust International Conference . European Headache Federation og Migraine Trust; London. 2012-09-20 - 2012-09-23.
  • Tronvik, Erling; Sellesbekk, Laila; Stovner, Lars Jacob; White, Linda. (2011) The angiotensin II receptor 1 gene 1166A>C polymorphism in primary headaches. 15th Congress of teh International Headache Society . The International Headache Society; Berlin. 2011-06-23 - 2011-06-26.
  • Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Hagen, Knut; Sand, Trond. (2010) Sensorisk hypersensitivitet hos migrenepasienter er assosiert med langsommere EEG-aktivitet og dårligere respons på blikende lys. De XXIII Nevrodager ; 2010-11-22 - 2010-11-26.
  • Hagen, Knut; Albretsen, Claus; Vilming, Steinar T.; Salvesen, Rolf; Grønning, Marit; Helde, Grethe; Gravdahl, Gøril Bruvik; Zwart, John-Anker; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2010) A 4-year follow-up of patients with medication-overuse headache included in a randomized multicentre study. EHMTIC ; 2010-10-28 - 2010-10-31.
  • Hagen, Knut; Albretsen, Claus; Vilming, Steinar T.; Salvesen, Rolf; Grønning, Marit; Helde, Grethe; Gravdahl, Gøril Bruvik; Zwart, John-Anker; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2010) En 4-års oppfølging av pasienter med medikamentoverforbrukshodepine tidligere inkludert i en randomisert multisenterstudie. De XXIII Nevrodagene ; 2010-11-22 - 2010-11-26.
  • Linde, Mattias; Hagen, Knut; Salvesen, Øyvind; Gravdahl, Gøril Bruvik; Helde, Grethe; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2010) Onabotulinum Toxin A treatment of cervicogenic headache. Arndomized, double-blind, placebo-controled cross-over study. EHMTIC ; 2010-10-28 - 2010-10-31.
  • Linde, Mattias; Hagen, Knut; Salvesen, Øyvind; Gravdahl, Gøril Bruvik; Helde, Grethe; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2010) Onabotulinum toxin A-behnadling av cervikogen hodepine: En randomisert, dobbelt-blindet, placebo-kontrollert overkrysningsstudie. De XXIII Nevrodager ; 2010-11-22 - 2010-11-26.
  • Linde, Mattias; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Zwart, John-Anker; Hagen, Knut. (2010) Tidtrender i utbredelse av hodepine. Helesundersøkelsen i Nord-Trøndelag (HUNT 2 og 3). De XXIII Nevrodager ; 2010-11-22 - 2010-11-26.
  • Linde, Mattias; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Zwart, John-Anker; Hagen, Knut. (2010) Time trends in the prevalence of headache disorders. The Nord-Trøndelag Health Studies (HUNT 2 and 3). EGNTIC ; 2010-10-28 - 2010-10-31.
  • Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2010) Headache Epidemiology. Headache Master . La Sapienza University; Roma. 2010-02-12 - 2010-02-12.
  • Kvisvik, Elisabeth; Helde, Grethe; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2009) Headache and migraine during pregnancy and puerperium- The MIGRA study. International Headache Congress . International Headache Society; Philadelphia. 2009-09-10 - 2009-10-13.
  • Tronvik, Erling; Zwart, John-Anker; Hagen, Knut; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2009) High pulse pressure is associated with a decreased prevalence of headache in adolescents: Cross-sectional data from the Young-HUNT study. International Headache Congress . International Headache Society; Philadelphia. 2009-09-10 - 2009-09-13.
  • Dua, Tarun; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Gravdahl, Gøril B.; Schultz, Ulla; Steiner, Tim J; Saxena, Shekhar. (2008) Atlas of Heahache Disorders: a survey on current practices within the framework of the World Health Organization's Project Atlas and Lifting The Burden. IHRS . IHRS; Chicago. 2008-03-07 - 2008-03-09.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Nilsen, Kristian Bernhard; Stjern, Marit; Hagen, Knut; Sand, Trond. (2008) Alpha activity in relation to attacks and clinical severity in migraine. European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress 2008 . The Migraine Trust and European Headache Federation; London. 2008-09-04 - 2008-09-07.
  • Hagen, Knut; Zwart, John-Anker; Aamodt, Anne Hege; Nilsen, Kristian Bernhard; Bråthen, Geir; Helde, Grethe; Stjern, Marit; Tronvik, Erling; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2008) A population-based face-to-face headache epidemiological study. The impact of the screening question on prevalence. European Headache and Migraone Trust International Congress 2008 . The migraine Trust and European Headache Federation; London. 2008-09-04 - 2008-09-07.
  • Sand, Trond; Nilsen, Kristian Bernhard; Hagen, Knut; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2008) Pain detection thresholds are decreased before the headache starts in migraine patients. European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress 2008 . The Migraine Trust and European Headache Federation; London. 2008-09-07 - 2008-09-07.
  • Sand, Trond; Nilsen, Kristian Bernhard; Hagen, Knut; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2008) Repeatability of cold pain and heat pain thresholds in healthy subjects. ECCN ; Istanbul. 2008-05-05.
  • Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2008) The golbal burden of headache - a study within Lifting The Burden: the Global Campaign to Reduce the Burden of Headache Worldwide. IHRS . IHRS; Chicago. 2008-03-07 - 2008-03-09.
  • Stovner, Lars Jacob; Hagen, Knut; Zwart, John-Anker; Aamodt, Anne Hege; Nilsen, Kristian Bernhard; Bråthen, Geir; Helde, Grethe; Stjern, Marit; Tronvik, Erling. (2008) A face-to-face interview of participants in hunt 3: the impact of the screeningquestion on headache prevalence. European Headache and Migraine Trust Conference . European Headache and Migraine Trust Conference; London. 2008-09-04 - 2008-09-07.
  • Stovner, Lars Jacob; Straume, Aksel; Oftedal, Gunnhild; Johnsson, Anders. (2008) Nocebo asa headache trigger: evidence from a double-blind, sham-controlled provocation study with RF fields. European Headache and Migraine Trust Conference . European Headache and Migraine Trust Conference; London. 2008-09-04 - 2008-09-07.
  • Ægeidus, Karen; Zwart, John-Anker; Hagen, Knut; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2008) The effect of parity on headache prevalence in preganant and non-pregnant women. The Head-HUNT study. European Headache and Migraine Trust international Congress 2008 . The Migraine Trust and European Headache Federation; London. 2008-09-04 - 2008-09-07.
  • Aamodt, Anne Hege; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Midthjell, Kristian; Hagen, Knut; Zwart, John-Anker. (2007) Headache prevalence related to diabetes mellitus. The Head-Hunt study. EFNS . EFNS; Brussels. 2007-08-25 - 2007-08-28.
  • Hagen, Knut; Albretsen, Claus; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Vilming, Steinar; Salvesen, Rolf; Grønning, Marit; Helde, Grethe; Gravdahl, Gøril B.; Zwart, John-Anker. (2007) Management of probable medication-overuse headache: 1-year randomized multicenter open-label trial. IHC . IHC; Stockholm. 2007-06-28 - 2007-07-01.
  • Sand, Trond; Zhitniy, Nikita; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2007) Brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAEP) amplitude habituation in migraine. IHC . IHC; Stockholm. 2007-06-28 - 2007-07-01.
  • Tronvik, Erling; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Bovim, Gunnar; White, Linda; Schrader, Harald. (2006) Angiotensin-Converting enzyme gene insertion polymorphism in migraine patients. EHF congress . EHF; Valencia. 2006-04-26 - 2006-04-29.
  • Hagen, Knut; Pettersen, E; Holmen, Jostein; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Skorpen, Frank; Zwart, John-Anker. (2006) The association between headache and Val158Met polymorphism in the catechol-O-methyltransferase gene: the HUNT Study. EHF congress . EHF; Valencia. 2006-04-26 - 2006-04-29.
  • Nilsen, Kristian Bernhard; Sand, Trond; Westgaard, Rolf Harald; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Leistad, Rune Bang; White, Linda; Helde, Grethe; Rø, Magne. (2006) Autonomic activation and pain in response to low-grade mental stress in fibromyalgia and shoulder/neck pain patients. 5th Congreess of The European Federation of IASP Chapters (EFIC) . The European Federation of IASP Chapters (EFIC); Istambul. 2006-09-13 - 2006-09-16.
  • Straume, Aksel; Oftedal, Gunnhild; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Johnsson, Anders. (2006) Pain and discomfort in the head attributed to mobile phones. A double blind provocation study of a highly selected group of users. Bioelectromagnetics Society?s 28th Annual Meeting ; Cancun, Mexico. 2006-06-11 - 2006-06-15.
  • Straume, Aksel; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Johnsson, Anders Carl G.; Oftedal, Gunnhild. (2006) Pain and discomfort in the head attributed to mobile phones. A double blind provocation study of a highly selected group of users. The Bioelectromagntics Society 28th Annual Meeting (2006) . The Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS); Cancun. 2006-06-11 - 2006-06-15.
  • Bråthen, Geir; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Aamodt, Anne Hege Nymoen; Hagen, Knut; Zwart, John-Anker. (2005) Tobacco and alcohol use in relation to headache. The Head-HUNT stuyd. Nevrodagene ; 2005-11-24.
  • Tronvik, Erling; Tfelt-Hansen, P; Dahlöf, C; Zwart, John-Anker; Salvesen, Rolf; Tjensvoll, A.B.; Bøe, M.; Albertsen, C.; Monstad, I.; Gravdahl, Gøril B.; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2005) Prophylactic treatment of episodic cluster headache with an angiotensin II receptor blocker (candesartan cilexetil); a randomized, placebo controlled prallel study - Study design for ongoing trial. Workshop on Angiotensin II Receptor Blockade ; Château de Montvillargenne. 2005-04-28 - 2005-04-30.
  • Ægidius, K.; Zwart, John-Anker; Hagen, Knut; Schei, Berit; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (2005) Headache and hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women. Prevalence in a large Norwegian population-based survey, 1995-97. 9th EFNS Congress ; Athen. 2005-09-17 - 2005-09-20.
  • Aamodt, Anne Hege Nymoen; Borch-Iohnsen, berit; Hagen, Knut; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Åsberg, Arne; Zwart, John-Anker. (2003) Headache prevalence related to hemoglobin, erythrocyte count and ferritin. The HUNT study. Congress IHS . [Mangler data]; Roma. 2003-09-16.
  • Vingen, Jolanta Vanagaite; Stovner, Lars Jacob. (1998) Photophobia and phonophobia in tension-type headache and cervicogenic headache. 4th European Headache Federation Congress . [Mangler data]; Corfu, Greece.