User involvement

In recognition of the benefits and necessity of user involvement we have, in close dialogue with the Norwegian Cancer Society, established a user panel with two breast cancer and two prostate cancer patients.

The group, which was established in May 2016, provides a bimonthly forum where patients and researchers meet to discuss the planning and the practical carrying-out of research in order to ensure user-involvement becomes a natural part of research activity. The patients provide important questions and insights, and participate in strategic and ethical discussions regarding for example research protocols, quality checks of informed consent, etc.

At the MR Cancer Group, we believe that user involvement has the potential to improve not only our research, but also us as researchers.

Our user panel

The MR Cancer Group's user panel consists of four persons with personal experience of cancer:

Cathrine Andersen. Photo: Kari Williamson/NTNU

Cathrine Andersen


Relevant experience:

  • Support volunteer, Vardesenteret (2015-)
  • User representative, Fatigue after Cancer-course at Vardesenteret (2014-)

Daniel Ask. Photo: Kari Williamson/NTNU

Daniel Ask

Physiotherapist, spec. sports injuries/sports physiology and cerebral palsy

Relevant experience:

  • Board member, Prostate Cancer Association's main board (2016-)
  • Head, Sunnmøre Prostate Cancer Association (2004-)
  • User representative Sunnmøre and Møre and Romsdal Regional Health Authorities (2008-)
  • User representative, Møre and Romsdal Regional Health Authority's Research Committee (2010-)
  • Support volunteer and Head, Prostate Cancer Asocciation's Volunter Committee (2016-)
  • Member of the Prostate Cancer Asocciation's Academic Council (2009-)

Astri Eide. Photo: Kari Williamson/NTNU

Astri Eide

Former audiologist

Relevant experience:

  • Member of the election committee, Breast Cancer Association (2016-2017)
  • Volunteer, Breast Cancer Association (2013-)
  • Volunteer Breast Cancer Hotline (2013-)
  • Volunteer and support volunteer at Vardesenteret (2013-)
  • Cashier Sør-Trøndelag Lymphedema Association (2016-)

Karsten Lønning. Photo: Kari Williamson/NTNU

Karsten Lønning

Former fisherman and sailor

Relevant experience:

  • Board member, Prostate Cancer Association Sør-Trøndelag (2015-)
  • Support volunteer, Vardesenteret (2015-)
  • Member of the Walking Group, Vardesenteret (2016-)
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Daniel Ask, Astri Eide, Cathrine Andersen and Karsten Lønning. Photo: Kari Williamson/NTNU


Tone Frost Bathen. Photo: Geir Mogen/NTNU

Tone F. Bathen

The MR Cancer Group can be found at the MR Centre at NTNU and St. Olavs Hospital in Trondheim. The group belongs to the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging (ISB), the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU.

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