Research at the Department of Cardiology


The principal aim of the research performed at the Department of Cardiology is to enhance our knowledge and understanding of heart disease mechanisms in order to improve diagnostics and treatment. The research thus covers a wide range of activities such as clinical problem settings, clinical trials for testing of hypotheses in in vitro experiments and in animal models. The translation aspect is therefore evident and involves close cooperation with the basal research performed at the Research Institute for Internal Medicine, the Institute for Surgical Research, and at the Interventional Centre. Research cooperation with prominent national and international institutions is of great importance.

Supervisors and their main focus areas:

 Intraoperative echocardiography. 
Adult congenital heart disease
Heart transplantation. 
Pulmonary hypertension.
 Invasive cardiology and intensive coronary care  Myocardial function and cardiac imaging
 Kai Andersen Arne Andreassen  Bjørn Bendz Thor Edvardsen 
The role of inflammatory and immunological factors in cardiovascular disease Development of new ultrasonic methods for assessment of myocardial function and dysfunction Coronary disease. Heart failure. Clinical trials Assessment of regional and global myocardial function during ischemia and acute coronary syndrome
Lars Gullestad Halvdan Ihlen John Kjekshus Helge Skulstad
Cardiovascular function, imaging and biomechanics Invasive cardiology and intensive coronary care Clinical cardiology, echocardiography, noninvasive techniques  
Otto A. Smiseth Lars Aaberge Svend Aakhus