PROF. ULF EKELUND

Professor in physical activity and health, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway.


  • Ulf Ekelund obtained his PhD from the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden in 2002 and is currently professor in physical activity and health at the Department of Sport Medicine, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Oslo, Norway and professor in physical activity epidemiology at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Before moving to Norway, Ulf lead a research programme in physical activity epidemiology at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge where he currently holds an honorary contract as senior investigator scientist.

    His main research interests are related to measurement and population levels of physical activity; the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour for preventing non-communicable diseases especially obesity and metabolic diseases; and to understand the biological basis for physical activity and sedentary behaviour with a special focus on young people. He has published more than 300 peer-review articles including papers in The Lancet, JAMA, and PLOS Medicine and his current H-index is 65. Ekelund is a Fellow of American College of Sport Medicine international treasurer on the Board of Trustees for the college. He is associate editor for Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, the Journal of Physical Activity and Health and Journal of Sport Sciences. He was awarded the new investigator scientist award from the American College of Sport Medicine in 2007 and the British Nutrition Society Silver Medal in 2013 for excellence in science.

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