Marianne Thoresen

Professor - Systems Physiology
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Visiting address Sognsvannsveien 9 Domus Medica 0372 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1103 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests

  • Circulation Physiology:
    • newborn and adult cerebral circulation
    • skin circulation and thermoregulation
  • Protection of the newborn brain:
    • animal models of brain injury
    • experimental and clinical trials of neuroprotection
    • therapeutic hypothermia and xenon


  • 1998-2011 Consultant Neonatologist and Professor in Neonatal N Neuroscience, St Michaels Hospital and University of Bristol, UK
  • 1997 Consultant  Neonatologist,Ullevaal University Hospital, Oslo
  • 1996-98 Visiting Professor (Swedish Res Council) Inst of Physiology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1995-7 Training position Pediatrics/neonatology, Ullevaal UH , Oslo
  • 1993-95 Visiting Scientist The Bloomsbury Magnetic Resonance unit, University College Hospital, London
  • 1992-94 Carreer research award, Norwegian Research Council, Inst for Exp Med Research, Ullevaal UH, Oslo
  • 1988-92 1995-97 Training position Pediatrics/neonatology, Ullevaal UH and the National Center for Epilepsy, Oslo
  • 1986-88 Post doc (NFR) The Nobel Institute for Neurophysiology, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1985-86 Post doc (NFR) Ullevaal UH, Oslo
  • 1984-85 Turnus kandidat Elverum
  • 1982-83 Locum Senior Lecturer in Physiology, Inst of Physiology, UiO
  • 1975-82 Medical School UiO with 1978 as full time student researcher (physiology)
  • 1972-75 Physiotherapy work and Examen Philosophicum  UiO 1974
  • 1970-72  Oslo Physiotherapy School
  • State School education in Horten 1958-70


  • 2011: The Vice Chancellors Impact award for 2011 University of Bristol
  • 2010: Elected member of Academia Europaea
  • 2007: Elected member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
  • 2007: The Tooley lecturerer, University of San Fransisco
  • 2005: The Peter Tizard lecturerer, The Neonatal Society, United Kindom

Positions held

  • Member on steering commeettee for Randomised Controlled Trial of hypothermia during echmo treatment in neonates (The NEST trial, UK)
  • Member of data monitoring commette for RCT of cooling after perinatal asphyxia (The ICE trial, Australia) 
  • 2008-2014: Specialist advisor for National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) UK
  • 2009- Editorial Board Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management


  • Professor of Anaesthesiology John Dingley, University  Department of Anaestehsiology, University of Swansea, UK
  • Dr Xun Liu, PhD, The Neonatal Neuroscience lab, University of Bristol, UK
  • Professor Henrik Hagberg, Physiology and Obstetrics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Professor of Physiology and Pediatrcis Alistar Gunn, University of Auckland,NZ
  • Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Drude Fugelseth, Oslo University Hospitals, section Ullevaal, Oslo 
  • Professor of  Anestesiology, Petter Andreas Steen, Universitetet of Oslo, Oslo University hospitals ,section Ullevaal, Oslo
Tags: Lack of oxygen, Organ physiology, Body temperature, Oxygen deprivation, Peripheral circulation and cardiac function, Newborn, Therapeutic hypothermia and xenon inhalation


  • Thoresen, Marianne (2018). Combining two good treatments makes it worse. (Commentary on Interaction between hypothermia and delayed mesenchymal stem cell therapy in neonatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury). Brain, behavior, and immunity.  ISSN 0889-1591. . doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2018.04.008
  • Thoresen, Marianne; Falck, Mari; Osredkar, Damjan; Maes, Elke; Flatebø, Torun; Wood, Thomas Ragnar; Walløe, Lars & Sabir, Hemmen (2018). Hypothermia is neuroprotective after severe hypoxic-ischaemic brain injury in neonatal rats pre-exposed to PAM3CSK4. Developmental Neuroscience.  ISSN 0378-5866. . doi: 10.1093/cid/cix662
  • Thoresen, Marianne; Sabir, Hemmen; Dingley, John; Scull-Brown, Emma & Chakkarapani, Ela (2018). Fentanyl induces cerebellar internal granular cell layer apoptosis in healthy newborn pigs. Frontiers in Neurology.  ISSN 1664-2295. . doi: 10.3389/neur.2018.00294
  • Falck, Mari; Osredkar, Damjan; Maes, Elke; Flatebø, Torun; Wood, Thomas Ragnar; Sabir, Hemmen & Thoresen, Marianne (2017). Hypothermic neuronal rescue from infection-sensitised hypoxic-ischaemic brain injury is pathogen dependent. Developmental Neuroscience.  ISSN 0378-5866.  39(1-4), s 238- 247 . doi: 10.1159/000455838
  • Falck, Mari; Osredkar, Damjan; Wood, Thomas Ragnar; Maes, Elke; Flatebø, Torun; Sabir, Hemmen & Thoresen, Marianne (2017). Neonatal Systemic Inflammation Induces Inflammatory Reactions and Brain Apoptosis in a Pathogen-Specific Manner.. Neonatology.  ISSN 1661-7800. . doi: 10.1159/000481980
  • Liu, Xun; Jary, Sally; Cowan, Frances & Thoresen, Marianne (2017). Reduced infancy and childhood epilepsy following hypothermia-treated neonatal encephalopathy. Epilepsia.  ISSN 0013-9580.  58(11), s 1902- 1911 . doi: 10.1111/epi.13914
  • Skranes, Janne Helen; Løhaugen, Gro; Schumacher, Eva Margrethe; Osredkar, Damjan; Server, Andrés; Cowan, Frances Mary; Stiris, Tom; Fugelseth, Drude & Thoresen, Marianne (2017). Amplitude-Integrated Electroencephalography Improves the Identification of Infants with Encephalopathy for Therapeutic Hypothermia and Predicts Neurodevelopmental Outcomes at 2 Years of Age. Journal of Pediatrics.  ISSN 0022-3476.  187, s 34- 42 . doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.04.041

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  • Hollung, Sandra Julsen & Thoresen, Marianne (2018, 13. juni). Forekomsten og alvorlighetsgraden av cerebral parese har gått ned. [TV].  NRK Dagsrevyen.
  • Thoresen, Marianne (2018). Hva oppnår vi ved nedkjøling av nyfødte med oksygenmangel.
  • Thoresen, Marianne (2018, 11. juli). <li value="209"> Thoresen M. On BBC 11th July 2018: [TV].  BBC.

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