He was professor of psychogeriatric medicine and senior consultant at the memory clinic at the department of geriatric medicine at the Oslo university hospital, Ullevaal between 1994 and 2013. In addition, he was the director for research and development activities between 1997 and 2013 at the Norwegian advisory unit for aging and health.
Today, he is retired, but still active as senior researcher at the Norwegian advisory unit for aging and health, as chair of one of the seven regional ethics committees for research and as chair of the advisory group for dementia at the Norwegian association of health. He has published several textbooks on dementia and geriatric psychiatry, supervised several phd students and been author/co-author of more than 300 scientific papers cited in Pubmed.
What do you think are the most exciting present and future developments in your field of aging research?
From epidemiological research we know about several life style factors that could eventually prevent dementia or at least postpone the debut of dementia. What we need to know is in which period of life preventive measures are effective. Large scale trails will give us the answers.
24NKG is a multidisciplinary conference where the participants have the opportunity to broaden their perspective beyond the themes of their own immediate research areas. How would you like to motivate participants from the social sciences and humanities to attend your lecture?
The lecture will give the attendees tips how to live a longer life without dementia.
In your mind, how can the Nordic Congress contribute to aging research in general? What do you expect from 24NKG?
I expect that aging should be described from different viewpoints, psychological, social and biological.