Ulrik Wisløff


Ulrik Wisløff

Professor: Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Dr. Ulrik Wisløff is a Professor of Medicine in the Nobel Prize winning Faculty of Medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Since his appointment to professor of cardiovascular physiology in 2008 he has built up an international, multi-disciplinary and competitive group of 55 employees. Awarded K.G. Jebsen Funding to become a Center of Excellence in Exercise and Health Research he has led several successful European and multi-continental studies on physical activity, public health and longevity.
In 2014 Dr. Wisløff was appointed by the Norwegian Health Directorate to be part of the National Council for Physical Activity. He is an advisor to the American Heart Association (AHA) and was invited as a nucleus member to write the new AHA-statement on physical health to include fitness in risk stratification worldwide (to be published 2016). Considered a leader in his field, he has more than 185 peer-reviewed papers and 9,650 citations. Since 2009 he has been the Director of CERG, the world leading research group in Exercise Medicine, and has been attributed with the validation of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). HIIT has emerged as the accepted standard for maximizing cardiovascular benefit during training.
Utilizing data from the HUNT database (, one of the world’s largest epidemiological studies (undertaken by NTNU over a twenty year period), Dr. Wisløff postulated and proved a dose response approach to daily activity. This patented computational algorithm, the Personal Activity Index (PAI), analyzes heart rate data acquired from the user during physical activity and is scientifically validated to offer maximal protection to an individual against lifestyle diseases and extend lifespan on average by a decade.

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