Espen Saxhaug Kristoffersen

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Telefon +47 22850679
Besøksadresse Kirkeveien 166 Fredrik Holsts hus 0450 Oslo
Postadresse Postboks 1130 Blindern 0318 Oslo

Academic interests

  • Headache/migraine/cluster headache incl. epidemiology, treatment effects, cardiovascular risk, biomarkers, genetics, epigenetics and imaging
  • Stroke (prevention, acute treatment)
  • Cerebral Venous Thrombosis (epidemiology, risk factors, treatment and long-term prognosis)
  • Medication overuse, addiction, dependency-related behaviour
  • General Practice/Neurology
  • Mountain medicine, wilderness medicine, rescue medicine


  • 2019-: Senior consultant, Stroke Unit and Department of Neurology, Akershus University Hospital (Ahus), Norway
  • 2018-: Leader Work Package 2, Recruitment and Research of PraksisNett, a research infrastructure funded by Norwegian Research Council and the University of Oslo, Norway
  • 2017 to present: Associate professor, Department of General Practice, University of Oslo
  • 2014-2017: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of General Practice, University of Oslo
  • 2013-2019: resident, Department of Neurology, Akershus University Hospital
  • 2014: Ph.d with the thesis “Brief Intervention for Medication-overuse headache in primary care”
  • 2008-2014: PhD student - Department of General Practice, University of Oslo
  • 2011: part-time at the central primary care emergency ward in Oslo
  • 2010: General practitioner (part-time) in the municipality of Høyanger
  • 2007-08: General practitioner and chief medical officer in the municipality of Høyanger
  • 2005-07: Intern at Department of Medicine, Orthopedics and Surgery at Helse Førde hospital (Nordfjord/Førde) and the municipality of Balestrand
  • 2004-05:  Six months as resident doctor with students licentia practicandi at the Acute psychiatric ward, the University Hospital of Northern Norway (UNN)
  • 2004 Medical students mandatory practice period at Longyearbyen Hospital, Svalbard 3 months
  • 2003 Medical students mandatory practice period at Internal Medicine and Surgery, Hammerfest Hospital 2+2 months
  • 2005: Medical degree (MD) University of Tromsø
  • 1999-2005: Medical school, University Of Tromsø

Positions held

  • 2020-to present: Board member of the Nansen Neuroscience Network
  • 2019-to present: Member of the Special Interest Group of Secondary headaches, International Headache Society (IHS)
  • 2019-to present: Member of the Reference group at the Norwegian Advisory Unit on Headache, St. Olav's Hospital, Trondheim, Norway.
  • 2019-to present; Member of the Education Committee of the International Headache Society (IHS)
  • 2018-to present: Norwegian representative International Headache Society and European Headache Federation
  • 2017-to present: Board member and vice-chair of the Norwegian Headache Society
  • 2016-to present: Member of European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Scientific Panel Headache
  • 2014-to present: Board member of the International Headache Society (IHS) Trainees and Residents Special Interest Group
  • 2013-2014: Member of the group “AG4 – kommunesektoren” in the national strategy process ”HelseOmsorg21”.
  • 2012-13: Member of the project group within the Norwegian Medical Association (representing the College of General Practice), working with the plan for further
    development of the Norwegian list patient system (“Opptrappingsplan for fastlegeordningen 2015-2020”).
  • 2012-2013: Board member of Oslo Legeforening (the largest local part of the Norwegian Medical Association)
  • 2011-2015:  Board member of LVS (Doctors in Scientific Positions) at the Norwegian Medial Association
  • 2011-2015: Founding member of the Project Group (ALIS-utvalget) within the  Norwegian College of General Practice, working with recruitment schemes for younger doctors into primary care
  • 2010-12: Board member of the PhD forum at HELSAM (The institute of general practice and public health) , University of Oslo
  • 2009-to present: Member of the Network Group for Out-Of-Hours Services at Norwegian College of General Practice (part of the Norwegian Medical Association)


  • European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Investigator Award for the subspecialty Headache - 1st EAN Congress Berlin, Germany June 2015
  • Norwegian Neurological Federation  - National Headache fellowship 2018
  • Best poster presentation at the Norwegian Neurology Congress 2018
  • Forsberg og Aulies legat 2018
  • Norwegian Neurological Federation – National Neurology Fellowship 2020


  • HUNT All-In project – Headache (2016-)
  • International Cluster Headache Genetics Consortium (2016-)
  • PATHWAYS (2017-)
  • International Migraine Genetics Consortium (2019-)
  • HUNT All-In project – Cerebrovascular diseases (2019-)
  • Project manager
    • Long-term follow-up of a Brief intervention for Medication Overuse Headache – in primary care (post.doc 2013-2017)
    • Neurology residents’ knowledge of the management of headache (2016-2018)
    • Norwegian GPs experience and training in handling of headache patients (2016-2019)
    • The Akershus aCute Headache Evaluation 1 (ACHE-1) study. Epidemiology, clinical presentation, treatment and follow-up of subarachnoid haemorrhage in a Norwegian population (2017-)
    • Epidemiology, clinical and radiological presentation and prognosis of cerebral venous thrombosis in a Norwegian population (NoCVT) (2018-)
    • The Akershus Study of Ischemic Stroke and Thrombolysis 1 (ASIST-1) (2017-)
    • The Akershus Cerebellar Haemorrhage Evaluation study (ACHE-3) (2018-)
    • Job satisfaction, career and burn-out among neurologists in Norway (2019-)
    • Multidisciplinary headache treatment (2019-)
    • Stroke during a pandemic (StrokePan) (2020-)
    • Neurology during a pandemic (NeuroPan) (2020-)
    • Prevention in Stroke - a nationwide register-linked prospective follow-up study in general practice (2020-)
    • Exploring the biology of Cluster Headache (2020-)

Collaboration with numerous national and international researchers

Courses taught

  • 2008-to present: Teaching and censorship in various terms (including final exams) in Medical School at the University of Oslo
  • 2010-12: Various lectures held twice a year at the Oslo Emergency ward for the doctors there as a part of their educational activity
  • 2010-12: Teaching CME groups about headache
  • 2010-12: Project and course leader for a CME course called Management of chronic headache in primary care – course held 11 times (15 hours each course)
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