Background and activities

Head of the Department of Geriatrics, St Olav hospital and associate professor, Department of Neuroscience, Norwegian, University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

I completed medical studies in 1987 and specialties in internal medicine and geriatric medicine in 2000. My thesis "Treatment of acutely sick, frail elderly patient in a geriatric evaluation and management unit. Results from a prospective randomised study" was defended in 2006.

I have comprehensive experience in clinical work with hospitalised geriatric patients and assessment of outclinic geriatric patients.

For many years, I have been teaching medical students at NTNU and I have also been teaching other students, health care professionals and public groups.

My thesis was a randomised study showing that acutely sick geriatric patients had benefit from treatment in an acute geriatric ward as compared to medical wards. Later we have also shown that home-dwelling hip fracture patients had benefit from treatment in a geriatric ward as compared to an orthopaedic ward, and that the treatment was cost-efficient. These results were published in the Lancet.

The main research focus now is on elderly patients with cognitive impairment:

In PADR (Progression of Alzheimers disase and use of Rescources) factors of importance for disease progression among patients with dementia and Alzheimers disease is studied, about 400 patients are followed 2 years after diagnostic work-up. PADR is conducted in collaboration with Department of Geriatrics, St Olavs hospital, Memory clinics at the Oslo university hospital and Old age psychiatry at  Innlandet hospital trust. Two phd and three postdoc students are working on the study. Our main focus will be vascular aspects of disease progression.

Nor-COAST (Norwegian Cognitive Impairment After Stroke Study) is a multi centre study funded by the National Health association A total of 828 stroke patients are included at 6 different hospitals and cognitive function will be assessed up to 18 months after a stroke. Patient recruitment was completed spring 2017. I initiated the study, and I am principal investigator. There are 4 phd-students, 2 postdoc students, 1 reseracher and several masterstudents working on Nor-COAST.

I am also collaborating in other studies: i) association between delirium and movement in the DeMo (Delirium and Movement) study ii) in the DYNAMICS study focusing on physical activity among persons with cognitive impairment, iii) epidemiologic studies on mechanisms for developing dementia in the HUNT study iv)genetic aspects of dementia in the DemGene study v) in the EU study PreventIT focusing on an app aiming at increasing level of physical activity


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications