New International Facebook page

After getting several questions about writing more posts in English, we started to do that this fall. Now we have also made a new international Facebook Page were everything we write and share will be in English. On the Facebook page we already have we will continue to publish as before.

We hope that this is will make it easier for our international followers, and that even more people all over the world will start following our work.

We are looking forward to giving you more news about our own and others research on exercise in medicine in both Norwegian and English!

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Les mer om forskningen vår!

Visste du at vi legger ut sammendrag av nesten alle de nye artikkelene våre på nettsiden vår under forskningsnyheter? Vi håper at disse gjør det lettere for folk flest å forstå hva vi driver med!

En CERG-artikkel om kalsiumhåndtering og arytmier etter hjertesvikt som ble forhåndspublisert på nett i oktober kom på trykk i Journal of Cellular Physiology i januar. Nå kan du lese sammendraget, eller oppsøke artikkelen direkte på pubmed.

Perilipins and the bigger picture

On Friday we posted a summary on the website of one of our latest publications. The paper was on perilipins – a type of protein that surrounds lipid droplets, and is important in the regulation of fat storage – and looked at how their expression is influenced by diet, exercise and energy balance. We found that endurance training and fat consumption affected perilipin expression, while strength training and insulin sensitivity did not.

Why should I care? you ask. What are perilipins to me? And that’s the challenge.

Here at CERG, the scope of our research in cardiovascular disease and exercise ranges from public health and fitness to underlying molecular mechanisms, with everything in between. We use a variety of grand epidemiological studies, comparative models and clinical studies.

From an academic perspective this is really important. Not only do we want to create successful treatment options for cardiovascular disease by means of exercise – we also want to know how they work. Conducting both top-down and bottom-up research is essential in order to achieve this. But when you want to explain your work to the public, the bare facts can seem dull if you don’t explain the context sufficiently.

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Does science need more compelling stories?

A recent post over at the SciAm blogs raised the question of how scientists more effectively could reach the general public with their research. A depressingly large number of people – even in developed countries – are scientifically illiterate, and in these days of hot debates about global climate change, low-carb diets and other equally contentious issues, many scientists sigh and shake their heads when people won’t listen to the cold, hard facts.

A duty to educate
At CERG, we’re naturally very concerned about reaching the public with our results. In theory, exercise and cardiovascular disease should be easier topics to “sell” to the public than most, but the reality is that expert advice from research institutions often drowns in a cacophony of amateur “expert” opinions. Now, it would be one thing if our research were trivial, but the reality is that our findings ideally could improve public health significantly, and consequently it should be in everyone’s interest that the message gets out.* What to do?

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Bilinguale CERG

For de norsktalende der ute kan vi også meddele at bloggen til dels vil være tospråklig i den forstand at vi også tar for oss lokalnytt og temaer av spesiell interesse kun for nordmenn, men da heller på norsk.

For å oppfordre alle til å dele sine erfaringer og tanker ønsker vi at terskelen ikke skal være for høy, så hvis du føler deg mer bekvem på norsk enn engelsk oppfordrer vi deg likevel til å bidra!

Welcome to the CERG exercise blog!

The Cardiac Exercise Research Group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology is vibrant group of researchers dedicated to excellence in science to contribute tp the battle against lifestyle-related diseases. We rely on both top-down and bottom-up approaches to find the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms of how exercise benefits the heart. To read more about the group or our research, check out our website: http://www.ntnu.edu/cerg (or http://www.ntnu.no/cerg for Norwegian-speakers).

The purpose of this blog is to provide further insight into the daily on-goings of the group, and share things we come across that might be of interest to the exercise-loving community, as well as our personal takes on exercise. We’re a large group, consisting of 2 professors, 5 research fellows, 11 post docs, 13 PhD candidates and various other staff under the leadership of Professor Ulrik Wisløff, and you can expect to hear from many of us over the course of the next several months.

We also look forwards to hearing from you! Please share your exercise experiences in the comments, and suggestions for anything you’d like us to blog more about.