The Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) seeks to identify the key mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of physical on cardiac health in the context of disease prevention and treatment. Named the K.G. Jebsen Center for Exercise in Medicine under Professor Ulrik Wisløff’s leadership in 2011, CERG uses both top-down and bottom-up approaches to combat lifestyle-related disease.
The Cardiac Exercise Research Group was established in January 2008 with funding from the Norwegian Research Council (Outstanding Young Investigators Program), the Norwegian Council on Cardiovascular Disease, St. Olav’s Hospital, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). From 2011, the group was given a grant to become the K.G. Jebsen Center for Exercise in Medicine for the next four years, which releases additional funding from NTNU and the Central Norway Regional Health Authority. The group is headed by professor Ulrik Wisløff and currently consists of 2 professors, 11 post-docs, 13 research fellows, three master students and four biotechnicians.