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Ulrik Wisloff Ph.D.

Norweigian University of Science and Technology, Norway

更新时间:2018/4/27 15:02:05

Ulrik Wisloff

Ulrik Wisloff is a researcher, a professor and an entrepreneur in the field of exercise physiology, and the Head of the K.G. Jebsen Center for Exercise in Medicine and the Cardiac Exercise Research Group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and an Honorary Professor at University of Queensland Australia. He works on projects related to optimizing the benefits of exercise training in health and disease and utilizing technologies to improve adherence to exercise training. Ulrik’s colleagues and he provided the first causative evidence that low exercise capacity per se dramatically increased risk of heart disease. The study published in Science in 2005, with commentary in Nature Medicine, was ranked as one of the most important papers in the metabolism field at the time. They subsequently showed that high-intensity exercise training was safe and lead to superior improvements in aerobic capacity (fitness) and cardiac function in heart failure patients (Circulation, 2007). This line of research formed the basis for his research group; with later studies showing optimal results with high intensity exercise in various lifestyle related disorders. His group revealed that temporal changes in resting heart rate predict death from heart disease in the general population (JAMA, 2011). This lead to creation of a calculator to estimate fitness and so predict death in the general population. The calculator is free and available on the web and all app stores. To date 6.5 million users have used the fitness calculator; they also agreed to share their data in research. The American Heart Association now advocates the use of their fitness calculator in clinical practice (Circulation, 2016). He is also the inventor of the Personalized Activity Intelligence (PAI); a metric that calculates how much physical activity a person needs to be protected against life-style related disease and premature death. PAI app is free and available in all app stores. His group 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. Ulrik’s record of accomplishment demonstrates leadership, capability and innovation required to perform ground-breaking research. He is also a committed mentor who actively supports next-generation scientists, and has personally supervised 22 postdoctoral fellows and 38 PhD students, who have gone on to have successful careers in both industry and academia.

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