Public Defence: Erling Bekkestad Rein Erling Bekkestad Rein at Institute of Basic Medical Sciences will be defending the thesis “Skin circulation in human temperature regulation and a novel method for using skin circulation in temperature management” for the degree of PhD (Philosophiae Doctor).

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An electronic copy of the thesis may be ordered from the faculty up to 2 days prior to the public defence. Inquiries regarding the thesis after the public defence must be addressed to the candidate.

Trial Lecture – time and place

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Adjudication committee

  • First opponent: Professor Emeritus Arnoldus S. Blix, The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
  • Second opponent: Professor II Jonny Hisdal, University of Oslo
  • Third member and chair of the evaluation committee: Professor Tone Tønjum, University of Oslo

Chair of the Defence

Professor Erik Dissen, University of Oslo

Principal Supervisor

Professor Marianne Thoresen, University of Oslo


Erling Bekkestad Rein has studied human skin circulation using the ultrasound Doppler methodology. He has also developed and tested a new method that uses locally increased blood flow in the skin to prevent hypo- or hyperthermia. The first paper shows that blood vessels in the skin of heat-stressed people do not react with vasoconstriction if they are exposed to local heat (heat-induced vasoconstriction), as previous studies have shown. The last two papers are related to a new treatment method for hypo- and hyperthermia where the skin circulation is increased locally to increase the effect of the treatment. This is done by applying an intermittent negative pressure to the skin. Warm or temperate water is then applied in the same area, and this facilitates heat transfer to or from the body's core.

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Published Mar. 21, 2022 10:09 AM - Last modified Apr. 4, 2022 11:11 AM