Ole Petter Ottersen


Ole Petter Ottersen
Main position/role:
President of Karolinska Institutet
I took office as President of Karolinska Institutet on August 1, 2017 after having served eight years (2009-2017) as President of the University of Oslo (UiO). From 2002 to 2009 I was Director of Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience – one of Norway’s Centres of Excellence. I have served as Chief Editor of Neuroscience (2006-2009) – the official journal of the International brain research organization (IBRO) – and as panel leader in the European research Council (ERC Advanced Grants) from the start to 2012. I was Founding Chair (2016-2017) of a newly established European university network (the Guild of Research Intensive Universities) and chaired the Lancet Commission that studied the political determinants of global health inequalities (The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health). I have had a strong research interest in the field of neuroscience, with a particular focus on synaptic structure and function and on the molecular mechanisms underlying edema formation and water transport in brain. In recent years I have been engaged in global health, much inspired by my experiences gained as Chair of the Lancet-University of Oslo Commission.
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