Ulrik Wisløff

Professor and Head of CERG and K.G. Jebsen Centre for Exercise in Medicine Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging Faculty of Medicine

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Background and activities

Professor Ulrik Wisløff, PhD, is the head of Cardiac Exercise Research Group and K.G. Jebsen Centre for Exercise in Medicine.  He is an internationally recognized researcher, professor and entrepreneur in the field of exercise physiology, whose primary appointment is at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.  As of February 2016, he has a total of 205 publications, 11323 citations, an h-index of 54 with a total career grant funding amounting to ca. 250 000 000 NOK (ca. 29 000 000 USD).

Dr. Wisløff's work provided the first causative evidence that low exercise capacity per se was sufficient to dramatically increase cardiovascular disease risk.  Subsequently, his interest in high intensity training lead him to discover that high-intensity exercise was not only safe, but lead to superior improvements both in aerobic capacity and cardiac function in heart failure patients. This line of research formed the basis for Dr. Wisløff’s very own research group which, by employing the high-intensity training approach, demonstrated optimal results to various lifestyle-related disorders.  Considering the tight link between cardiovascular physiology and longevity, Dr. Wisløff used the epidemiological HUNT-studies and showed that simple temporal changes in resting heart rate could predict cardiovascular death. This lead to an establishment of a world fitness level algorithm, which estimates the cardiorespiratory fitness and thereby predicts death in the general population. More than 3 million people have used this algorithm, with the number of users rising daily. 

Dr. Wisløff is the inventor of the Personalized Activity Intelligence (PAI), a simple metric, which calculates how much weekly physical activity one needs to prevent disease and early death. The PAI app is free and available in all app stores.

Dr. Wisløff  is also the author of one of Norway's bestselling "health" books entitled A New Start, a 12-week easy to follow program for those interested in adopting a healthier lifestyle through proper diet and exercise.

Importantly, Dr. Wisløff’s group, under his exceptional leadership, has translated basic experimental evidence into clinical trials (and patient benefit) within a remarkably short timeframe of 10 years, with research spanning from molecules to society, and back again. 

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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