Ola Didrik Saugstad

Professor Emeritus - Paediatric Research Institute
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Visiting address OUS Rikshospitalet Sognsvannsveien 20 0372 Oslo
Postal address OUS, Rikshospitalet Postboks 4950 Nydalen 0424 Oslo

Professional interests

Ola Didrik Saugstad is a Norwegian pediatrician and neonatologist, who is internationally recognized for his research on resuscitation of newborn children. Since 1991, he has been Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oslo and Director of the Department of Pediatric Research at the National Hospital.

He is a "world renowned expert in neonatal medicine", particularly on hypoxia and purine metabolism, hypoxia-reoxygenation injury, the effect and mechanisms of oxygen radicals in the neonatal period, mechanisms of lung injury and newborn resuscitation. In 2010, international guidelines for newborn resuscitation were amended, based on the research of Saugstad and his colleagues, to recommend the use of air in place of pure oxygen, a discovery that is estimated to save the lives of 200,000 newborn children each year.

Career

  • 2010 - major discovery of the dangers of using 100% oxygen, resulting in the amendment of the international guidelines for newborn resuscitation in 2010 based on the research of Saugstad and his team. It is estimated that his discovery can save the lives of 200,000 children each year.
  • 2002 - 2004 - President of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine
  • 2001 - 2004 - a board member of the International Pediatric Foundation
  • 1991 - Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oslo and Director of the Department of Pediatric Research at the National Hospital
  • 1987 - 1990 - a board member of the European Society of Pediatric Research
  • 1986 - appointed consultant in newborn medicine
  • late 1980s - sammen med Rooth published a seminal article questioning the use of 100% oxygen in the resuscitation of newborn children
  • 1973 - Saugstad graduated with the cand. med. degree the University of Oslo and worked as a research fellow at Uppsala University Hospital and The National Hospital in Norway
  • the first to demonstrate that oxygenation after a period of asphyxia could result in an explosive increase in oxygen radicals

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2014 - Honorary doctorate, University of Athens, Honorary Professor, Moscow State University
  • 2012 - SalusAnsvar Nordic Medical Award
  • 2011 - Honorary member of the American Pediatric Society, Märta Philipson AwardAmerican Academy of Pediatrics Landmark Award, TheBjørnson Prize
  • 2010 - Knight First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, for Progress in Pediatrics (University of Stockholm)
  • 2007 - The Human Protection Award (Livsvernprisen)
  • 2006 - Honorary member of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine
  • 2005 - Honorary member of the Finnish Perinatal Society
  • 2001 - Honorary member of the Norwegian Perinatal Society, The Virginia Apgar Prize
  • 2000 - Honorary member of the Hungarian Paediatric Association
  • 1997 - The Arvo Ylppö Medal in Neonatology (University of Helsinki), Fellow, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh
  • 1995 - The Laerdal Award in Acute Medicine (University of Oslo)
  • Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Education

Ola Didrik provides a general education in Paediatrics for medical students at the University of Oslo. He has held several lectures in pediatrics around the world as Honorary Professor and held more than 300 lectures at all major Conventions.

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Publications

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  • Solevåg, Anne Lee & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2021). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: The Newborn Electrocardiogram. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 228, p. 52–52. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.07.074
  • Almaas, Runar & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2021). 50 years ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Hepatopulmonary syndrome: Transplantation Is the big difference. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 229, p. 69–69. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.08.074
  • Lee Solevåg, Anne; Andresen, Jannicke H. & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2021). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Neonatal Anemia Prevention and Treatment. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 234, p. 1–1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2021.03.060
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2021). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Sixth Cranial Nerve Palsy in the Neonate. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 230, p. 125–125. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.10.054
  • Solevåg, Anne Lee & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2021). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Vigorous and Repeated Nasopharyngeal Suctioning. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 230, p. 99–99. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.10.052
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2021). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: The Oxygen Dilemma. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 231, p. 1–1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.11.036
  • Almaas, Runar & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2021). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Pregnancy in Women with Galactosemia. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 233. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2021.02.032
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2021). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Neonatal Platelet Aggregation: Effects of Antenatal Aspirin. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 235. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2021.04.064
  • Almaas, Runar & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2021). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Diagnosis of Self-Mutilation and Hyperuricemia. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 237, p. 86–86. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2021.07.034
  • Lee Solevåg, Anne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2021). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Fetal Heart Rate Patterns and Umbilical Cord Base Deficit. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 236. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2021.05.054
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2020). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Magnesium and birth asphyxia. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 227, p. 190–190. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.10.015
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2020). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: When the Newborn Remains Blue. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 224, p. 78–78. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.03.030
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2020). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Wilson-Mikity Syndrome. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 222, p. 173–173. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.01.037
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2020). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Developmental Outcome for Trisomy 21 Mosaicism. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 221, p. 38–38. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.12.011
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2020). 50 Years Ago in The Journal of Pediatrics: Neonatal Seizures: 50 Years of Progress. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 225. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.04.014
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2020). 50 Years Ago in The Journal of Pediatrics: Human Chromosomal Deletion: Two Patients with the 4p–Syndrome. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 216. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.07.020
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2020). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Chromosome Studies in Full Term, Low Birth Weight, Mentally Retarded Patients. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 218. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.09.032
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2020). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Birth Weight Is More Important than Gestational Age for Long-Term Intellectual Outcome. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 220. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.11.024
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2020). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: When the Lung Ruptures - 50 Years Ago and Today. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 219. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.10.004
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2020). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Wolf-Hirschorn Versus Cri-du-Chat Syndrome. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 226. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.06.015
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2020). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Umbilical Catheters—Then and Now. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 227. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.06.082
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2020). 50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: The Oxygen-Hemoglobin Equilibrium Curve and Tissue Oxygen Release. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 227. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.06.085
  • Andresen, Jannicke Hanne & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2020). 50 years ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Light exposure to the immature eye. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 223, p. 119–119. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.02.011
  • Stenson, Ben & Saugstad, Ola Didrik (2019). Reply. Journal of Pediatrics. ISSN 0022-3476. 205, p. 293–294. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.10.055
  • Umphrey, Lisa; Blennow, Mats; Breindahl, Morten; Brown, Alexandra; Roehr, Charles Christoph & Saugstad, Ola Didrik [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2018). Navigating a mid-level gap in neonatal resuscitation. Neonatology. ISSN 1661-7800. 114(4), p. 362–363. doi: 10.1159/000491689
  • Rognum, Torleiv Ole; Holmen, Sigve; Opdal, Siri Hauge; Musse, Musse Ahmed; Saugstad, Ola Didrik & Stray-Pedersen, Arne (2018). Evaluation of confidence of time of death estimation by measurement of hypoxanthine and potassium sampled at the scene of death. .
  • Herting, Egbert; Curstedt, Tore; Halliday, Henry L.; Hallman, Mikko; Saugstad, Ola Didrik & Speer, Christian P. (2018). Sharing Progress in Neonatology (SPIN): Moving towards Individualized Prenatal and Neonatal Care. Neonatology. ISSN 1661-7800. 113, p. 384–386. doi: 10.1159/000487623

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