Ole Petter Ottersen
Professor Ole Petter Ottersen was the University of Oslo's elected rector for the period 2013- 31st of July 2017.
Ole Petter Ottersen was appointed professor of medicine at the University of Oslo in 1992. He has been head of the Department of Anatomy (1997-1999), Research Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (2000- 2002), head of one of Norway's Centres of Excellence (Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, 2002-2009) and since 2009 UiO’s rector. In his period as rector, he has led the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (2013- 2015) and NUS- Det nordiska universitetssamarbetet (2013-2015). Ottersen has led one of UiO’s interdisciplinary initiatives (EMBIO; now UiO:Life Science) and one of the major national programs (Functional Genomics in Norway) of the Norwegian Research Council. He has coordinated two projects under the EU Framework Programme. Ottersen coordinated one of the first three Nordic Centres of Excellence in Molecular Medicine, funded by NordForsk. From 2006 to 2009 he was Chief Editor of the official journal of Neuroscience - the international brain research organization (IBRO).
Ottersen has for many years been engaged in international institutional evaluations and was panel leader (Advanced Grants) in the European research Council (ERC) from the start to 2012. He is Chair of a newly established European university network (the Guild of Research Intensive Universities) which aims to provide its members with a strong voice in the further development of the EU's Framework Programme. Ottersen led the Lancet Commission that studied the political determinants of global health inequalities (The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health). Ottersen has served at a number of boards at home and abroad and is currently member of the Board of the Oslo University Hospital. He is Chairman of Samarbeidsorganet (Joint Council) of the regional health authority (Helse Sør-Øst) and University of Oslo, alternating with the Director of Helse Sør-Øst. He has led several prize award committees and is now Chair of the Kavli Prize Committee in Neuroscience.
Ottersen has taught medical students since 1976 and has academic quality, internationalization, innovation and dissemination among his core priorities. Ottersen has received several awards including the Anders Jahre Medical Prize and Lundbeck’s Nordic Research Prize (the latter shared with Jon Storm-Mathisen). He is editor of several books and has an h-factor of 97 (Google Scholar). His work has been cited over 34,000 times (Google Scholar).