Universitetet i Oslo



University of Oslo is the largest university in Norway with approximately 30000 students. Approximately 50 PhD students and 10 postdoctoral fellows are associated with the Department of Nutrition, UiO.


The major scientific focus of the department is transport, metabolism and biological effects of cholesterol, fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, in addition to the relationship between diet and health concerning these ingredients, oxidative stress, gene regulation, signal transduction, atherosclerosis, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer and inflammatory diseases.


We also study human dietary intake in large populations as well as interactions between nutrients and genes in experimental systems and populations. The populations under study include the whole range from severely premature infants and all age groups up to very high ages.


We have a long and strong tradition in molecular nutrition including all "omics," imaging, extensive use of transgenic mice and systems biology with advanced statistical analyses.


Most of the scientists have been involved in the European Nutrigenomics Organisation and several other multinational projects related to molecular nutrition.


Department of Nutrition, UiO administers the national food database and has extensive collaboration with clinical medicine.

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Meet the University of Oslo scientists involved in the Food4Me proof of principle study.


Professor Christian A. Drevon (MD, PhD)

christian drevon

Christian A. Drevon is Professor at Department of Nutrition, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. He is the Principle Investigator of several research projects related to metabolism of nutrients like fatty acids, vitamins and signal molecules released from adipose tissue and skeletal muscle. The basic studies are related to common diseases like diabetes, obesity, cachexia, cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases and cancer. His research group including 8 PhD students and 4 postdocs/researchers perform basic as well as human studies. Christian A. Drevon has 40 years of experience in nutrition and lifestyle science.

Role and responsibility in Food4Me

Christian A. Drevon's role in the food4me study is leading the University of Oslo arm of the proof of principle study.

Dr. Anette Solli Karlsen

annetteAnette works as a Senior Researcher in the food4me project at the Department of Nutrition, University of Oslo. Anette obtained her PhD in Nutrition Science at the same institution. Her main focus area over the last 10 years have been health effects of dietary antioxidants in human intervention studies, in collaboration with a number of clinical institutions. Anette joined the food4me project in October 2011, and also engages in research projects related to diet interaction with genetic variation and dietary influence on gene expression.

Role and responsibility in Food4Me

Anette's roles in the Food4Me study are: Contribution to design and development of procedures for the proof of principle study. Anette will oversee the execution of the Norwegian arm of the intervention study, have contact with the participants and provide dietary feedback. 

Ingrid MF Gjelstad (MSc, PhD)

ingridIngrid is a post-doctoral research fellow for the Food4Me project at the University of Oslo, joining the project in October 2011. She has a master's degree in clinical nutrition and is a registered dietician. She also has a PhD from Department of Nutrition, University of Oslo. The topic of her PhD was the effect of dietary fat on the metabolic syndrome, and she took part in a large multicenter European research project.

Role and responsibility in Food4Me

Ingrid's role in the Food4Me study is: Contribute to develop the dietary guidelines to be given in the proof of principle study, and to give dietary advice and have contact with the participants during the study.








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