Anniversary Seminars: Heart disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the Western world. New insight in pathophysiology and novel preventive strategies can reduce the incidence and improve outcome.

Cardiac waves

Illustration: Colourbox

Research suggests that the immune system plays an important role in the development of atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries, the leading cause of heart attacks.

Seminar topics

Development of a vaccine against atherosclerosis represents a novel and intriguing avenue of research aimed at reducing the frequency of heart attacks. This will be the topic of the talk by professor Göran K. Hansson.

The incidence of cardiovascular disease has been markedly reduced during the past decades and a pioneer in this work, professor Pekka Puska, will present the results of the North-Karelia project.

Dr Ida G Lunde and Dr Helge Røsjø are young, talented researchers at the University of Oslo who will present their recent work on proteoglycans and the granin family and the role these substances play in the development of heart failure.


  • Professor Göran K. Hansson, Karolinska Institutet and secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Ida G. Lunde, UiO and OUS.
  • Professor Torbjørn Omland, UiO and Ahus.
  • Professor Pekka Puska, School of Community & Global Health, Claremont graduate University and National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki.
  • Associate Professor Helge Røsjø, UiO and Ahus.
  • Researcher Arne Yndestad, UiO.



  • Torbjørn Omland: "Welcome"
  • Arne Yndestad: "Heart research at Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo".

12.40-13.10: Gøran Hansson: "A vaccine against atherosclerosis?"

13.15-13.45: Pekka Puska: "The North-Karelia project for preventing cardiovascular disease"

13.50-14.05: Helge Røsjø: "The granin protein family in cardiovascular disease: markers, players, or both?"

14.10-14.30: Ida G. Lunde: "Proteoglycans; the new sweethearts in myocardial remodeling, dysfunction and failure

How to get there

Buses will be departing from the main entrance at Rikshospitalet and Ullevål at 11:45 AM.

The buses will also take you back to the pick-up places right after the seminar ends. Buses depart from where they left you off at AHUS.


Professor Torbjørn Omland and researcher Arne Yndestad

Published Aug. 25, 2014 4:13 PM - Last modified Mar. 15, 2019 1:26 PM