Ira Ronit Hebold Haraldsen
Position: MD, Psychiatrist, PhD
Phone: +47 23 07 49 20

Head of the CHTD group and senior consultant

CV - Role and Contribution

Curriculum vitae - Ira Ronit Hebold Haraldsen (IHH), former Ira Ronit Hebold (information related to PUBmed and ISI)

Born: July 15, 1960

Nationality: German, Norwegian Residence Permit

Present position: Group leader. Centre Director, The National Gender Clinic, OUS-Rikshospitalet


  • 2007 Dr.philos, University of Oslo, Norway, Cognitive ability and its influence by sexual hormones
  • 1997 Specialist in Psychiatry
  • 1992, LH and FSH pulsation patterns in females (summa cum laude), Friedrich-Wilhelm University, Bonn, Germany
  • 1992 Specialist competence in Neurology in the EU
  • 1984 Friedrich-Wilhelm University, Bonn, Germany (excellent)

 Previous academic positions:             

(1985-1987): Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute of Neurological Science, Cologne, Germany.
(1988-1992): PET research fellow; Department of Neurology, University of Cologne and Max Planck Institute.
(1996-2001): Resident, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oslo.
(2000-present): Centre Director
(2007-present): Group Leader

Experience with emphasis on innovation and the business sector:

One international patent application recently filed, another pending through Inven2 AS (former Birkeland Innovation, UiO).

Recent awards and honors

• Health Authorities in South-East Innovation Grant 201; • Norwegian Research Council Investigator Grant, 2010-201; • Norwegian School of Veterinary Medicine Investigator grant 2010 -2013; • NMS Investigator grant 2010; • Clinic of Surgery and Neuroscience Investor grant 2010; • Astra Zeneca International Investigator Grant, 2008; • Health Authorities in South-East Investigator grant, 2007-2010; • Lilly Research Award, 2007

Present postdoctoral, doctoral, and MSc students finished under supervision during the last 5 years

Main supervisor for one completed PhD thesis, main supervisor of three current PhD students and three current MSc students.

Membership in academic and professional organisations

  • American Society of Psychiatry; Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology; Norwegian Psychiatric Association; International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies

Academic referee functions, book chapters and 3 selected publications the last 10 years

IHH is a regular reviewer for more than 10 scientific/medical journals, and has been grant reviewer for the German and the Netherland´s Research Councils. She has presented more than 50 lectures and seminars internationally and nationally, has served as Chair and organizer of several meetings, e.g., WPATH Oslo, 2009; ISPNE 2007; and CPATH 2010, was a member of the scientific committee for WPATH 2011, and regularly communicates research results to the Norwegian print and television media (i.e., 4/2010, 28/3/10 Aftenposten, Vårt land, Apollon etc.).


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Publications 2017

Bürker BS, Gude E, Gullestad L, Grov I, Relbo Authen A, Andreassen AK, Havik OE, Dew MA, Fiane AE, Haraldsen IR, Malt UF, Andersson S (2017)
Cognitive function among long-term survivors of heart transplantation
Clin Transplant, 31 (12)
PubMed 29055147

Bürker BS, Gullestad L, Gude E, Relbo Authen A, Grov I, Hol PK, Andreassen AK, Arora S, Dew MA, Fiane AE, Haraldsen IR, Malt UF, Andersson S (2017)
Cognitive function after heart transplantation: Comparing everolimus-based and calcineurin inhibitor-based regimens
Clin Transplant, 31 (4)
PubMed 28185318

Fjellaksel R, Boomgaren M, Sundset R, Haraldsen IRH, Hansen JH, Riss P (2017)
Small molecule piperazinyl-benzimidazole antagonists of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) receptor
MedChemComm, 00, 1-5
PublikaID 240

Publications 2016

Hough D, Bellingham M, Haraldsen IR, McLaughlin M, Robinson JE, Solbakk AK, Evans NP (2016)
A reduction in long-term spatial memory persists after discontinuation of peripubertal GnRH agonist treatment in sheep
Psychoneuroendocrinology, 77, 1-8
PubMed 27987429

Munthe E, Riss PJ, Saga TA, Haraldsen I, Grad I, Bogsrud TV, Bach-Gansmo T (2016)
FDG-based quantitative comparison of glucose metabolism in vitro, exemplified by a head-to-head comparison between a triple-negative breast cancer cell line and a non-malignant foetal cell line
Clin Physiol Funct Imaging (in press)
PubMed 27297457

Olberg DE, Bauer N, Andressen KW, Hjørnevik T, Cumming P, Levy FO, Klaveness J, Haraldsen I, Sutcliffe JL (2016)
Brain penetrant small molecule (18)F-GnRH receptor (GnRH-R) antagonists: Synthesis and preliminary positron emission tomography imaging in rats
Nucl Med Biol, 43 (8), 478-89
PubMed 27236283

Schneider C, Cerwenka S, Nieder TO, Briken P, Cohen-Kettenis PT, De Cuypere G, Haraldsen IR, Kreukels BP, Richter-Appelt H (2016)
Measuring Gender Dysphoria: A Multicenter Examination and Comparison of the Utrecht Gender Dysphoria Scale and the Gender Identity/Gender Dysphoria Questionnaire for Adolescents and Adults
Arch Sex Behav, 45 (3), 551-8
PubMed 26883025

van de Grift TC, Cohen-Kettenis PT, Elaut E, De Cuypere G, Richter-Appelt H, Haraldsen IR, Kreukels BP (2016)
A network analysis of body satisfaction of people with gender dysphoria
Body Image, 17, 184-90
PubMed 27137814

Wojniusz S, Callens N, Sütterlin S, Andersson S, De Schepper J, Gies I, Vanbesien J, De Waele K, Van Aken S, Craen M, Vögele C, Cools M, Haraldsen IR (2016)
Cognitive, Emotional, and Psychosocial Functioning of Girls Treated with Pharmacological Puberty Blockage for Idiopathic Central Precocious Puberty
Front Psychol, 7, 1053
PubMed 27462292

Publications 2015

Becker I, Nieder TO, Cerwenka S, Briken P, Kreukels BP, Cohen-Kettenis PT, Cuypere G, Haraldsen IR, Richter-Appelt H (2015)
Body Image in Young Gender Dysphoric Adults: A European Multi-Center Study
Arch Sex Behav, 45 (3), 559-74
PubMed 25836027

Olberg DE, Hausner SH, Bauer N, Klaveness J, Indrevoll B, Andressen KW, Dahl M, Levy FO, Sutcliffe JL, Haraldsen I (2015)
Radiosynthesis of high affinity fluorine-18 labeled GnRH peptide analogues: in vitro studies and in vivo assessment of brain uptake in rats
MedChemComm, 6 (4), 708-714

Pham U, Solbakk AK, Skogseid IM, Toft M, Pripp AH, Konglund AE, Andersson S, Haraldsen IR, Aarsland D, Dietrichs E, Malt UF (2015)
Personality changes after deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease
Parkinsons Dis, 2015, 490507
PubMed 25705545

Pham UH, Andersson S, Toft M, Pripp AH, Konglund AE, Dietrichs E, Malt UF, Skogseid IM, Haraldsen IR, Solbakk AK (2015)
Self-Reported Executive Functioning in Everyday Life in Parkinson's Disease after Three Months of Subthalamic Deep Brain Stimulation
Parkinsons Dis, 2015, 461453
PubMed 26167329

van de Grift TC, Cohen-Kettenis PT, Steensma TD, De Cuypere G, Richter-Appelt H, Haraldsen IR, Dikmans RE, Cerwenka SC, Kreukels BP (2015)
Body Satisfaction and Physical Appearance in Gender Dysphoria
Arch Sex Behav, 45 (3), 575-85
PubMed 26474976

Publications 2014

Cerwenka S, Nieder TO, Cohen-Kettenis P, De Cuypere G, Haraldsen IR, Kreukels BP, Richter-Appelt H (2014)
Sexual behavior of gender-dysphoric individuals before gender-confirming interventions: a European multicenter study
J Sex Marital Ther, 40 (5), 457-71
PubMed 24846436

Nuruddin S, Syverstad GH, Lillehaug S, Leergaard TB, Nilsson LN, Ropstad E, Krogenæs A, Haraldsen IR, Torp R (2014)
Elevated mRNA-levels of gonadotropin-releasing hormone and its receptor in plaque-bearing Alzheimer's disease transgenic mice
PLoS One, 9 (8), e103607
PubMed 25089901

Olberg DE, Andressen KW, Levy FO, Klaveness J, Haraldsen I, Sutcliffe JL (2014)
Synthesis and in vitro evaluation of small-molecule [18F] labeled gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) receptor antagonists as potential PET imaging agents for GnRH receptor expression
Bioorg Med Chem Lett, 24 (7), 1846-50
PubMed 24613701

Wierckx K, Van Caenegem E, Schreiner T, Haraldsen I, Fisher AD, Toye K, Kaufman JM, T'Sjoen G (2014)
Cross-sex hormone therapy in trans persons is safe and effective at short-time follow-up: results from the European network for the investigation of gender incongruence
J Sex Med, 11 (8), 1999-2011
PubMed 24828032

Publications 2013

Heylens G, Elaut E, Kreukels BP, Paap MC, Cerwenka S, Richter-Appelt H, Cohen-Kettenis PT, Haraldsen IR, De Cuypere G (2013)
Psychiatric characteristics in transsexual individuals: multicentre study in four European countries
Br J Psychiatry, 204 (2), 151-6
PubMed 23869030

Nuruddin S, Krogenæs A, Brynildsrud OB, Verhaegen S, Evans NP, Robinson JE, Haraldsen IR, Ropstad E (2013)
Peri-pubertal gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist treatment affects sex biased gene expression of amygdala in sheep
Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38 (12), 3115-27
PubMed 24103890

Risnes I, Heldal A, Wagner K, Boye B, Haraldsen I, Leganger S, Møkleby K, Svennevig JL, Malt UF (2013)
Psychiatric outcome after severe cardio-respiratory failure treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: a case-series
Psychosomatics, 54 (5), 418-27
PubMed 23756125

Robinson JE, Evans NP, Dumbell R, Solbakk AK, Ropstad E, Haraldsen IR (2013)
Effects of inhibition of gonadotropin releasing hormone secretion on the response to novel objects in young male and female sheep
Psychoneuroendocrinology, 40, 130-9
PubMed 24485485

Sex On Brain European Research Group – SOBER, Nuruddin S, Bruchhage M, Ropstad E, Krogenæs A, Evans NP, Robinson JE, Endestad T, Westlye LT, Madison C, Haraldsen IR (2013)
Effects of peripubertal gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist on brain development in sheep--a magnetic resonance imaging study
Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38 (10), 1994-2002
PubMed 23579083

Van Caenegem E, Taes Y, Wierckx K, Vandewalle S, Toye K, Kaufman JM, Schreiner T, Haraldsen I, T'Sjoen G (2013)
Low bone mass is prevalent in male-to-female transsexual persons before the start of cross-sex hormonal therapy and gonadectomy
Bone, 54 (1), 92-7
PubMed 23369987

Wojniusz S, Ropstad E, Evans N, Robinson J, Solbakk AK, Endestad T, Haraldsen IR (2013)
Sex-specific development of spatial orientation is independent of peripubertal gonadal steroids
Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38 (9), 1709-16
PubMed 23477973

Publications 2012

Dag Erlend Olberg, Inger A Hagen, Anniken Hagen, Haraldsen IRH (2012)
Peptider for positronemisjonstomografi (PET)
NFT, 120 (1), 20-24
PublikaID 135

Evans NP, Robinson JE, Erhard HW, Ropstad E, Fleming LM, Haraldsen IR (2012)
Development of psychophysiological motoric reactivity is influenced by peripubertal pharmacological inhibition of gonadotropin releasing hormone action--results of an ovine model
Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37 (11), 1876-84
PubMed 22534405

Nuruddin S, Wojniusz S, Ropstad E, Krogenæs A, Evans NP, Robinson JE, Solbakk AK, Amiry-Moghaddam M, Haraldsen IR, Sex On Brain European Research Group – SOBER (2012)
Peri-pubertal gonadotropin-releasing hormone analog treatment affects hippocampus gene expression without changing spatial orientation in young sheep
Behav Brain Res, 242, 9-16
PubMed 23266521

Paap MC, Haraldsen IR, Breivik K, Butcher PR, Hellem FM, Stormark KM (2012)
The Link between Peer Relations, Prosocial Behavior, and ODD/ADHD Symptoms in 7-9-Year-Old Children
Psychiatry J, 2013, 319874
PubMed 24286065

Paap MC, Meijer RR, Cohen-Kettenis PT, Richter-Appelt H, de Cuypere G, Kreukels BP, Pedersen G, Karterud S, Malt UF, Haraldsen IR (2012)
Why the factorial structure of the SCL-90-R is unstable: comparing patient groups with different levels of psychological distress using Mokken Scale Analysis
Psychiatry Res, 200 (2-3), 819-26
PubMed 22494703

Publications 2011

Paap MC, Meijer RR, Van Bebber J, Pedersen G, Karterud S, Hellem FM, Haraldsen IR (2011)
A study of the dimensionality and measurement precision of the SCL-90-R using item response theory
Int J Methods Psychiatr Res, 20 (3), e39-55
PubMed 21812065

Publications 2010

Kreukels BP, Haraldsen IR, De Cuypere G, Richter-Appelt H, Gijs L, Cohen-Kettenis PT (2010)
A European network for the investigation of gender incongruence: the ENIGI initiative
Eur Psychiatry, 27 (6), 445-50
PubMed 20620022

Nieder TO, Herff M, Cerwenka S, Preuss WF, Cohen-Kettenis PT, De Cuypere G, Haraldsen IR, Richter-Appelt H (2010)
Age of onset and sexual orientation in transsexual males and females
J Sex Med, 8 (3), 783-91
PubMed 21143416

Paap MC, Haraldsen IR (2010)
Sex-based differences in answering strategy and the influence of cross-sex hormones
Psychiatry Res, 175 (3), 266-70
PubMed 20022122

Paap MC, Kreukels BP, Cohen-Kettenis PT, Richter-Appelt H, de Cuypere G, Haraldsen IR (2010)
Assessing the utility of diagnostic criteria: a multisite study on gender identity disorder
J Sex Med, 8 (1), 180-90
PubMed 20946149

Tønseth KA, Bjark T, Kratz G, Gross A, Kirschner R, Schreiner T, Diseth TH, Haraldsen I (2010)
[Sex reassignment surgery in transsexuals]
Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen, 130 (4), 376-9
PubMed 20220861

Wojniusz S, Vögele C, Ropstad E, Evans N, Robinson J, Sütterlin S, Erhard HW, Solbakk AK, Endestad T, Olberg DE, Haraldsen IR (2010)
Prepubertal gonadotropin-releasing hormone analog leads to exaggerated behavioral and emotional sex differences in sheep
Horm Behav, 59 (1), 22-7
PubMed 20934426

Publications 2009

Lund C, Haraldsen I, Lossius MI, Bjørnaes H, Lossius R, Nakken KO (2009)
[Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures]
Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen, 129 (22), 2348-51
PubMed 19935934

Publications 2007

Haraldsen IR, Haug E, Falch J, Egeland T, Opjordsmoen S (2007)
Cross-sex pattern of bone mineral density in early onset gender identity disorder
Horm Behav, 52 (3), 334-43
PubMed 17604029

Publications 2005

Haraldsen IR, Egeland T, Haug E, Finset A, Opjordsmoen S (2005)
Cross-sex hormone treatment does not change sex-sensitive cognitive performance in gender identity disorder patients
Psychiatry Res, 137 (3), 161-74
PubMed 16297984

Publications 2003

Haraldsen IR, Opjordsmoen S, Egeland T, Finset A (2003)
Sex-sensitive cognitive performance in untreated patients with early onset gender identity disorder
Psychoneuroendocrinology, 28 (7), 906-15
PubMed 12892657

Publications 2000

Haraldsen IR, Dahl AA (2000)
Symptom profiles of gender dysphoric patients of transsexual type compared to patients with personality disorders and healthy adults
Acta Psychiatr Scand, 102 (4), 276-81
PubMed 11089727