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Norwegian Multiple Sclerosis Competence Centre and Research Group

Who we are

The Norwegian Competence Centre and Reasearch Group
The Norwegian Competence Centre and Research Group. From the left: Jan Harald Aarseth, Øivind Fredvik Grytten Trokildsen, Trond Riise, Anne-Britt Skår, Kjell-Morten Myhr, Lars Bø, Nina Agnethe Grytten Torkildsen, Randi Cecilie Haugstad, Stig Wergeland and Tori Smedal.
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Administration

Center Director Norwegian Multiple Sclerosis Competence Centre:
Professor Lars Bø

Phone: +47 55 97 61 68
E-mail: Lars.Bo@uib.no

 

Centre Director Reseach Group:
Professor Kjell-Morten Myhr

Phone: +47 55 97 60 31
E-mail:Kjell-Morten.Myhr@uib.no 

 

Web editor:
Hilde Norborg

E-mail:hilde.norborg@uib.no

Norwegian MS Competence Centre and Research Group Members:

Kjell-Morten Myhr

Kjell-Morten Myhr
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien

Kjell-Morten Myhr, prof. 
Consultant neurologist, Centre Director MS Reseach Group

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 60 31
E-mail:Kjell-Morten.Myhr@uib.no 

Research areas: Clinical neurology, neuroimmunology, clinical trials and biomarkers.
Publications: Pubmed library

Lars Bø

Lars Bø
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien for UiB

Lars Bø, prof. 
Consultant neurologist, Center Director Norwegian Multiple Sclerosis Competence Centre

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 61 86
E-mail: Lars.Bo@uib.no

Research areas: Pathology, animal models, clinical research, clinical trials. 
Publicatons: Pubmed library

Stig Wergeland 

Stig Wergeland
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien for UiB

Stig Wergeland, Ph.D.
Cand.med., Head of the Norwegian MS-registry and biobank

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 60 30
E-mail: stig.wergeland@helse-bergen.no

Research areas: Registry based clinical research, pathology, neuroimmunology
Publications: pubmed library

Jan Harald Aarseth

Jan Harald Aarseth
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien for UiB

Jan Harald Aarseth Ph.D.
Statistician, Registry responsible, Norwegian MS registry and biobank

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 60 63
E-mail: jan.harald.aarseth@helse-bergen.no

Research areas: Use and development of the Norwegian MS registry and biobank
Publications: Pubmed library

Nina Grytten Torkildsen

Nina Grytten Torkildsen
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien

Nina Grytten Torkildsen, phD. 
Administrative leader, 50%. 

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 55 03
E-mail: nina.grytten.torkildsen@helse-bergen.no

Research areas: Epidemiology, survival and comorbidity in MS, sociology
Publications: pubmed library

Øivind Fredvik Grytten Torkildsen

Øivind Grytten Torkildsen
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien for UiB

Øivind Fredvik Grytten Torkildsen, prof.  
Consultant neurologist, primary investigator RAM-MS (Study of autologuos stem cell transplantation)

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 60 32
E-mail: oivind.fredvik.grytten.torkildsen@helse-bergen.no

Research areas: Autologous stem cell transplantation in MS, biomarkers and environmental risk factors for MS.
Publications: pubmed library

Randi Cesilie Haugstad

Randi Haugstad
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien

Randi Cecilie Haugstad
Nurse specialized in neuroscience, Masters degree in evidence based practice

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 51 52
E-mail: randi.haugstad@helse-bergen.no

Areas of interest: Patient motivation for treatment, information and education on MS
Publications: Pubmed library

Anne Britt Rundhovde Skår

Anne Britt Skar
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien

Anne-Britt Skår
Nurse specialized in multidisiplinary rehabilitation, Masters degree in social work

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 60 34
E-mail: anne.skar@helse-bergen.no

Research areas: health service quality, empowerment in MS, patient education and information on MS, children as next-of-kin
Publicatons: pubmed library

Håvard Nyhagen Henriksen

Håvard Nyhagen Henriksen
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien

Håvard Nyhagen Henriksen
Cand.Scient in molecular biology, MS-Registry associate. 

Contact information:
E-mail: havard.nyhagen.henriksen@helse-bergen.no

Areas of interest: molecular biology, organization and standardization of databases. 
Publications: Pubmed library

Lars Martin Rundhovde Skår

Lars Martin Rundhovde Skår
Med.Stud., MS-registry associate

Contact information:
E-mail: Lars.M.Skar@student.uib.no

Areas of interest: 

Trond Riise

Trond Riise
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien

Trond Riise, prof. 
Statistician

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 58 61 13
E-mail: trond.riise@uib.no

Research areas: neuroepidemiology, biostatistics, big data analysis.
Publications: Pubmed library

Tori Smedal

Tori Smedal
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien

Tori Smedal, Ph.D.
Specialized within neurological physiotherapy

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 54 65
E-mail: tori.smedal@helse-bergen.no

Research areas: rehabilitation in MS, evaluation of measurment methods, health services research, quality improvement based on registry data
Publications: pubmed library

Hildegunn Gjerald

Hildegunn Gjerald
Nurse specialized in urology, masters degree in evidence based practice 

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 60 76
E-mail: hildegunn.gjerald@helse-bergen.no

Areas of interest: 

Bente Vangen

Bente Vangen
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien

Bente Vangen
Cand.Scient in biology, project coordinator RAM-MS

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 954 66 910
E-mail: Bente.vangen@helse-bergen.no

Areas of interest: Clinical research support, project management
Publications: Pubmed library 

Sonia Gavasso

Sonia Gavasso
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Jørgen Barth

Sonia Gavasso, Ph.D. 
Neuroimmunologist

Contact information:
Phone: 55 97 51 27
E-mail: sonia.gavasso@helse-bergen.no

Research areas: neuroimmunology, biomarkers
Publications: Pubmed library

Ph.D.-Candidates: 

Hilde Marie Torgauten

Hilde Marie Torgauten
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Hilde Marie Torgauten
Cand.med.

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 09 30
E-mail: hilde.marie.torgauten@helse-bergen.no

Research areas: Registry based research, clinical neurology, effect, discontinuation and side effects of immune modulatory treatments in MS
Publications: Pubmed library

Kristin Wesnes

Portrait of young woman with brown hair, smiling. She has on a blue top with pink and white flowers. In the background a scientific poster can be seen.
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Kristin Wesnes

Kristin Wesnes
Cand.med.

Contact Information:
Phone: (+47) 72 57 51 17
E-mail: kristin.wesnes@uib.no

Research areas: clinical neurology, EnviMS, lifestyle factors, risk factors for MS
Publications: Pubmed library

Silje Stokke Kvistad

Silje Kvistad
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien

Silje Stokke Kvistad
Cand.med.

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 65 03
E-mail: Silje.kvistad@uib.no

Research areas: epidemiology, immunology, environmental factors and life style factors in MS, stem cell treatment in MS
Publications: Pubmed library

Ingrid Anne Lie

Ingrid Anne Lie
Cand.med.

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 91 82 86 73
E-mail: ingrid.lie@uib.no

Research areas: Brain atrophy in MS, radiology
Publications: Pubmed library

Ellen Skorve

Ellen Skorve
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien

Ellen Skorve
Cand.med.

Contact information:
Phone: (+47)
Mail: ellen.skorve@helse-bergen.no

Research areas: cognition in MS, clinical neurology

Hilde Norborg 

Hilde Norborg
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien

Hilde Norborg
Cand.med.

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 61 77
E-mail: hilde.norborg@uib.no

Research areas: Registry based research, clinical neurology, side effects and discontinuation rates of immune modulatory treatments in MS 

Kristin Nielsen Varhaug

Kristin Nielsen Varhaug
Cand.med.

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 09 30
E-mail:kristin.nielsen.varhaug@helse-bergen.no

Research areas: biomarkers, pathology
Publications: Pubmed library

Postdoctors

Nina Grytten Torkildsen

Nina Grytten Torkildsen
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Ingvild Festervoll Melien

Nina Grytten Torkildsen, Ph.D.
Postdoc. 50% 

Contact information:
Phone: +47 55 97 55 03
E-mail: nina.grytten.torkildsen@helse-bergen.no

Research areas: Epidemiology, survival and comorbidity in MS, sosiology
Publications: pubmed library

Christopher Elnan Kvistad

Christopher Kvistad
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Christopher Elnan Kvistad, Ph.D.
Cand.med. 

Contact information:
Phone: (+47) 55 97 50 00
E-mail: christopher.elnan.kvistad@helse-bergen.no

Research areas: Regenerative stem cell treatment in MS
Publications: Pubmed library