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Marte-Helene Bjørk

Associate Professor
  • E-mailMarte.Bjork@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Department of Neurology, old main building, Jonas Liesvei 71, Haukeland University Hospital
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7804
    5020 Bergen

Marte Bjørk primarily works with population-based studies on people with neurological diseases. She investigates among other how a mother’s epilepsy affects pregnancy, birth and child development. She is also involved in research on the underlying causes of migraine attacks through the use of neurophysiological methods.

Main supervisor for 2 PhD candidates in neuroepidemiology. Bedside teaching of medical students in the field of clinical neurology.

Academic article
  • Husebye, Elisabeth Synnøve Nilsen; Gilhus, Nils Erik; Spigset, Olav; Daltveit, Anne Kjersti; Bjørk, Marte-Helene. 2019. Language impairment in children aged 5 and 8 years after antiepileptic drug exposure in utero – the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study . European Journal of Neurology. 9 pages.
  • Mykland, Martin Syvertsen; Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Stjern, Marit; Omland, Petter Moe; Uglem, Martin; Sand, Trond. 2019. Fluctuations of sensorimotor processing in migraine: A controlled longitudinal study of beta event related desynchronization. The Journal of Headache and Pain. 1-10.
  • Husebye, Elisabeth Synnøve Nilsen; Gilhus, Nils Erik; Riedel, Bettina; Spigset, Olav; Daltveit, Anne Kjersti; Bjørk, Marte-Helene. 2018. Verbal abilities in children of mothers with epilepsy: Association to maternal folate status. Neurology. e811-e821.
  • Kolstad, Eivind; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Gilhus, Nils Erik; Alfstad, Kristin Åshild; Clench-Aas, Jocelyne; Lossius, Morten. 2017. Young people with epilepsy have an increased risk of eating disorder and poor quality diet. Epilepsia Open. 6 pages.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Riedel, Bettina; Spigset, Olav; Veiby, Gyri; Kolstad, Eivind; Daltveit, Anne Kjersti; Gilhus, Nils Erik. 2017. Association of folic acid supplementation during pregnancy with the risk of autistic traits in children exposed to antiepileptic drugs in utero. JAMA Neurology. 160-168.
  • Mykland, Martin Syvertsen; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Stjern, Marit; Sand, Trond. 2017. Alterations in post-movement beta event related synchronization throughout the migraine cycle: A controlled, longitudinal study. Cephalalgia. 718-729.
  • Kolstad, Eivind; Veiby, Gyri; Gilhus, Nils Erik; Bjørk, Marte Helene. 2016. Overweight in epilepsy as a risk factor for pregnancy and delivery complications. Epilepsia. 1849-1857.
  • Reiter, Simone B. C. Frizell; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Daltveit, Anne Kjersti; Veiby, Gyri; Kolstad, Eivind; Engelsen, Bernt; Gilhus, Nils Erik. 2016. Life satisfaction in women with epilepsy during and after pregnancy. Epilepsy & Behavior. 251-257.
  • Reiter, Simone B. C. Frizell; Veiby, Gyri; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Engelsen, Bernt; Daltveit, Anne Kjersti; Gilhus, Nils Erik. 2015. Psychiatric comorbidity, social aspects and quality of life in a population-based cohort of expecting fathers with epilepsy. PLOS ONE. 15 pages.
  • Kolstad, Eivind; Gilhus, Nils Erik; Veiby, Gyri; Reiter, Simone B. C. Frizell; Lossius, Morten; Bjørk, Marte Helene. 2015. Epilepsy and eating disorders during pregnancy: Prevalence, complications and birth outcome. Seizure. 81-84.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Veiby, Gyri; Reiter, Simone B. C. Frizell; Berle, Jan Øystein; Daltveit, Anne Kjersti; Spigset, Olav; Engelsen, Bernt; Gilhus, Nils Erik. 2015. Depression and anxiety in women with epilepsy during pregnancy and after delivery: a prospective population-based cohort study on frequency, risk factors, medication, and prognosis. Epilepsia. 28-39.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Veiby, Gyri; Spigset, Olav; Gilhus, Nils Erik. 2014. Using the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study to determine risk factors for delayed development and neuro-psychiatric symptoms in the offspring of parents with epilepsy. Norsk Epidemiologi. 79-89.
  • Engstrøm, Morten; Hagen, Knut; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Stjern, Marit; Sand, Trond. 2014. Sleep quality, arousal and pain thresholds in tension-type headache: A blinded controlled polysomnographic study. Cephalalgia. 455-463.
  • Engstrøm, Morten; Hagen, Knut; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Sand, Trond. 2014. Sleep quality and arousal in migraine and tension-type headache: The headache-sleep study. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, Supplementum. 47-54.
  • Øygarden, Halvor; Kvistad, Christopher Elnan; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Thomassen, Lars; Waje-Andreassen, Ulrike; Næss, Halvor. 2014. Diffusion-weighted lesions in acute ischaemic stroke patients with migraine. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. 41-46.
  • Engstrøm, Morten; Hagen, Knut; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Gravdahl, Gøril Bruvik; Sand, Trond. 2013. Sleep-related and non-sleep-related migraine: interictal sleep quality, arousals and pain thresholds. The Journal of Headache and Pain. 9 pages.
  • Engstrøm, Morten; Hagen, Knut; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Gravdahl, Gøril Bruvik; Stjern, Marit; Sand, Trond. 2013. Sleep quality, arousal and pain thresholds in migraineurs: a blinded controlled polysomnographic study. The Journal of Headache and Pain. 10 pages.
  • Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Hagen, Knut; Sand, Trond. 2011. What initiates a migraine attack? Conclusions from four longitudinal studies of quantitative EEG and steady-state visual-evoked potentials in migraineurs. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. 56-63.
  • Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Hagen, Knut; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Sand, Trond. 2011. Photic EEG-driving responses related to ictal phases and trigger sensitivity in migraine: A longitudinal, controlled study. Cephalalgia. 444-455.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Thomassen, Lars; Waje-Andreassen, Ulrike. 2011. Cerebral arterial vasospasm. . Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 1558.
  • Sand, Trond; Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Bråthen, Geir; Brodtkorb, Eylert; Michler, Ralph-Peter; Bovim, Gunnar. 2010. The EEG response to photic stimulation is not increased in alcohol-related seizures. Clinical Neurophysiology. 1810-1815.
  • Sand, Trond; Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Bråthen, Geir; Michler, Ralf-Peter; Brodtkorb, Eylert; Bovim, Gunnar. 2010. Quantitative EEG in Patients With Alcohol-Related Seizures. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 1751-1758.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Nilsen, Kristian Bernhard; Stjern, Marit; Hagen, Knut; Sand, Trond. 2009. The occipital alpha rhythm related to the "migraine cycle" and headache burden: a blinded, controlled longitudinal study. Clinical Neurophysiology. 464-471.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Engstrøm, Morten; Stjern, Marit; Hagen, Knut; Sand, Trond. 2009. Interictal quantitative EEG in migraine: a blinded controlled study. The Journal of Headache and Pain. 331-339.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Sand, Trond. 2008. Quantitative EEG power and asymmetry increase 36 h before a migraine attack. Cephalalgia. 960-968.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Sand, Trond; Bråthen, Geir; Linaker, Olav Morten; Morken, Gunnar; Nilsen, Brigt; Vaaler, Arne. 2008. Quantitative EEG findings in patients with acute, brief depression combined with other fluctuating psychiatric symptoms: a controlled study from an acute psychiatric department. BMC Psychiatry.
Academic lecture
  • Bjørk, Marte-Helene. 2019. The NorMig study: Migraine prophylactics in the Norwegian population- duration of use and effect on triptan prescription.
  • Mykland, Martin Syvertsen; Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Stjern, Marit; Omland, Petter Moe; Sand, Trond. 2018. Increased preictal beta-ERD-response of primary sensorimotor cortex during brief hand movements with sensory stimulation in migraine.
  • Engstrøm, Morten; Hagen, Knut; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Stjern, Marit; Gravdahl, Gøril Bruvik; Sand, Trond. 2013. The headache sleep study.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Tysnes, Ole-Bjørn. 2013. I hvilken grad vurderer Nevrologer førerkortforskriften likt.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Tysnes, Ole-Bjørn. 2013. Førerkortforskriften:Hva betyr de nye reglene for deg som nevrolog?
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Gilhus, Nils Erik. 2013. Doesmother’s epilepsy or its treatment affect the brain of the child?
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Veiby, Gyri; Reiter, Simone B. Catharina; Daltveit, Anne Kjersti; Gilhus, Nils Erik. 2013. Anxiety and depression before and after delivery in pregnant women with epilepsy - A prospective, population based study.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Engstrøm, Morten; Stjern, Marit; Hagen, Knut; Sand, Trond. 2009. Langsom hjerneaktivitet mellom migreneanfall: en blinded, kontrollert EEG studie.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Hagen, Knut; Sand, Trond. 2008. Kortikal bakgrunnsaktivitet i relasjon til anfall og hodepinealvorlighet hos migrenepasienter.
  • Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Sand, Trond; Stovner, Lars Jacob. 2007. Cyclic brain function in migraine.
  • Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Sand, Trond; Linaker, Olav Morten; Morken, Gunnar; Bråthen, Geir; Vaaler, Arne. 2006. EEG og QEEG funn i pasienter med AUDS sammenlignet med MDE.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Sand, Trond; Vaaler, Arne; Linaker, Olav Morten; Morken, Gunnar; Bråthen, Geir. 2004. Electroencephalographic Findings in Patients with Depression and Rapidly Changing Psychiatric Symptoms.
  • Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Sand, Trond; Linaker, Olav Morten; Morken, Gunnar; Bråthen, Geir; Vaaler, Arne. 2003. EEG and quantitative EEG findings in patients with depression and rapidly changing psychiatric symptoms: a naturalistic study from an acute psychiatric departmen.
Reader opinion piece
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Gjerde, Ivar Otto. 2014. M.H. Bjørk & I.O. Gjerde svarer:. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 1549.
  • Engstrøm, Morten; Hagen, Knut; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Sand, Trond. 2013. Answer to comment on "sleep quality, arousal and pain thresholds in migraineurs: a blinded controlled polysomnographic study". The Journal of Headache and Pain. 14-56.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Thomassen, Lars; Waje-Andreassen, Ulrike. 2011. Brev til redaktørenMarte-Helene Bjørk og medarbeidere svarer:. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 2334.
Short communication
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Gjerde, Ivar Otto; Tzoulis, Charalampos; Ulvik, Rune Johan; Bindoff, Laurence. 2015. En mann i 50-årene med høyt ferritinnivå og økende kognitiv svikt. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 1369-1372.
  • Gjerde, Ivar Otto; Bjørk, Marte Helene. 2014. Spasmer i beina – skade i nakken. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening. 1150.
Book review
  • Bjørk, Marte-Helene. 2011. Forstyrrelser i hjernen ved migrene. Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Kolstad, Eivind. 2019. Overweight and eating disorders in people with epilepsy.
  • Bjørk, Marte-Helene. 2011. Do Brain Rhythms Change before the Migraine Attack? A Longitudinal Controlled EEG Study.
Interview
  • Tunstad, Hege Jørgensen; Bjørk, Marte Helene. 2010. Migrenehjerner sliter.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Tunstad, Hege Jørgensen. 2010. Migrenehjerner sliter.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Granli, Lena. 2010. Migrenehjerner har et problem.
  • Douglas, David; Bjørk, Marte Helene. 2008. Neural activity changes seen well before migraine onset.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Eberhard-Gran, Malin. 2018. Perinatal depression in neurological disease and disability.
Abstract
  • Engstrom, M; Hagen, Knut; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Gravdahl, Gøril Bruvik; Stjern, Marit; Sand, Trond. 2012. Subjective and objective sleep quality related to pain thresholds in tension type headache and controls. Journal of Sleep Research. 176-176.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Hagen, Knut; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Sand, Trond. 2010. Photic EEG-driving responses (SSVEPs) are depressed in migraine without aura within a true interictal interval. European Journal of Neurology. 659-659.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Nilsen, BM; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Hagen, Knut; Sand, Trond. 2006. The alpha rhythm in migraine: a longitudinal EEG study. Scotland Clin Neurophysiol. 139-139.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Zhitny, Nikita Borisovich; Stjern, Marit; Helde, Grethe; Gravdahl, Gøril B.; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Hagen, Knut; Zwart, John-Anker; Sand, Trond. 2005. Quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) in migraine. Cephalalgia. 882.
Poster
  • Mykland, Martin Syvertsen; Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Stjern, Marit; Omland, Petter Moe; Uglem, Martin; Sand, Trond. 2019. Cyclic fluctuations of sensorimotor cortex sensory processing in migraine may be important for attack initiation: observations from event related EEG changes.
  • Mykland, Martin Syvertsen; Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Stjern, Marit; Sand, Trond. 2016. EVENT RELATED DYNAMICS OF PRIMARY SENSORIMOTOR CORTEX DURING BRIEF HAND MOVEMENTS WITH AND WITHOUT DISCRIMINATIVE SENSORY STIMULATION IN MIGRAINE.
  • Engstrøm, Morten; Hagen, Knut; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Gravdahl, Gøril Bruvik; Stjern, Marit; Sand, Trond. 2014. Arousability and headache onset time Sleep quality and pain thresholds in tension-type headache, migraine and healthy controls.
  • Engstrøm, Morten; Hagen, Knut; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Stjern, Marit; Gravdahl, Gøril Bruvik; Sand, Trond. 2012. Subjective and objective sleep quality related to pain thresholds in tension type headache and controls.
  • Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Hagen, Knut; Sand, Trond. 2010. Sensorisk hypersensitivitet hos migrenepasienter er assosiert med langsommere EEG-aktivitet og dårligere respons på blikende lys.
  • Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Hagen, Knut; Sand, Trond. 2010. Migrenepasienter har lavere fotorespons når målingene er gjort mer enn 72 timer før anfall.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Nilsen, Kristian Bernhard; Stjern, Marit; Hagen, Knut; Sand, Trond. 2008. Alpha activity in relation to attacks and clinical severity in migraine.
  • Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Sand, Trond; Stovner, Lars Jacob. 2007. Cyclic brain functions in migraine.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Nilsen, BM; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Hagen, Knut; Sand, Trond. 2006. The alpha rhythm in migraine: a longitudinal EEG study.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Zhitny, Nikita Borisovich; Stjern, Marit; Helde, Grethe; Gravdahl, Gøril B.; Stovner, Lars Jacob; Hagen, Knut; Zwart, John-Anker; Sand, Trond. 2005. Quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) in migraine.
  • Vaaler, Arne; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Sand, Trond; Linaker, Olav Morten; Morken, Gunnar; Nilsen, Brigt; Bråthen, Geir. 2005. Patients in a psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) with depression and rapidly changing psychiatric symptoms: EEG and quantitative EEG findings.
  • Vaaler, Arne; Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Sand, Trond; Linaker, Olav Morten; Morken, Gunnar; Nilsen, BM; Bråthen, Geir. 2005. Patients in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit with Depression and Rapidly Changing Psychiatric Symptoms: EEG and Quantitative EEG Finding.
Academic literature review
  • Aamodt, Anne Hege; Bjørk, Marte-Helene; Alstadhaug, Karl Bjørnar; Eldøen, Guttorm; Dueland, Aud Nome; Poole, Tine; Hagen, Knut; Vetvik, Kjersti; Ofte, Hilde Karen; Sønnervik, Julie; Kristoffersen, Espen Saxhaug; Winsvold, Bendik K S; LUNDQVIST, CHRISTOFER; Sagabråten, Ståle Onsgår. 2019. Praktisk håndtering av hodepine. 617-620.
  • Veiby, Gyri; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Engelsen, Bernt; Gilhus, Nils Erik. 2015. Epilepsy and recommendations for breastfeeding. 57-65.
  • Bjørk, Marte Helene; Veiby, Gyri; Engelsen, Bernt; Gilhus, Nils Erik. 2015. Depression and anxiety during pregnancy and the postpartum period in women with epilepsy: A review of frequency, risks and recommendations for treatment. 39-45.
  • Sand, Trond; Bjørk, Marte Helene; Vaaler, Arne Einar. 2013. Is EEG a useful test in adult psychiatry? . 1200-1204.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Selected articles:

  1. Marte Bjørk, Gyri Veiby, Simone F. Reiter, Jan Ø. Berle, Anne Kjersti Daltveit, Olav Spigset, Bernt A, Engelsen, Nils Erik Gilhus.Depression and anxiety in women with epilepsy during pregnancy and after delivery: a prospective population-based cohort study on frequency, risk factors, medication, and prognosis. Epilepsia. 2015;56(1):28-39.

  2. Eivind Kolstad, Nils Erik Gilhus, Gyri Veiby, Simone F. Reiter, Morten I. Lossius, Marte Helene Bjørk. Epilepsy and eating disorders during pregnancy: Prevalence, complications and birth outcome. Seizure. 2015 May;28:81-4

  3. Marte Bjørk, Gyri Veiby, Bernt A. Engelsen, Nils Erik Gilhus. Depression and anxiety during pregnancy and the postpartum period in women with epilepsy; a review of frequency, risks and recommendations for treatment. Seizure. 2015;28:33-39.Review.

  4. Morten Engstrøm, Knut Hagen, Marte Bjørk, Lars Jacob Stovner, Marit Stjern, Trond Sand.Sleep quality, arousal and pain thresholds in tension-type headache. A blinded controlled polysomnographic study. Cephalalgia 2014;34(6):455-63

  5. Marte Bjørk, Knut Hagen, Lars Jacob Stovner, Trond Sand. Photic EEG-driving responses related to ictal phases and trigger sensitivity in migraine: a longitudinal, controlled study. Cephalalgia 2011; 31:444-455

Born in 1980. Partner, 3 children.

Education: Cand med 2007. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Neuroscience (INM), Norway, Trondheim (NTNU).

PhD in Neuroscience, NTNU 2011. The PhD dissertation concerned brain rhythms’ relevance for understanding migraine attack-initiating mechanisms.

From 2010 resident doctor at the Department of Neurology, Haukeland University Hospital, and 50 % position as postdoc at the Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Bergen since 2012. 

Link to page at Researchgate.