22 May 2019

New, Norwegian aging center with Professor from Center for Healthy Aging in front

Aging center

The first research center with focus on healthy aging has recently started in Norway. Professor Linda Bergersen, who has been part of Center for Healthy aging for many years, is one of the founding members of the new center. Via Nordic and international collaboration, the center will strengthen research on aging across borders and professional competences.

Founding members of NO-Age and invited speakers. Front row from the left: Lene J. Rasmussen (Center for Healthy Aging) and Linda H. Bergersen (Center for Healthy Aging and NO-Age founding member)
Photo: Ruben Gudmundsrud

Norway has just opened its first, interdisciplinary research center with focus on aging, NO-Age (Norwegian Centre on Healthy Aging). The center consists of a core of Norwegian research groups but also has a large, international network of researchers. Today, four researchers from Center for Healthy Aging are part of this international network. In the future, Center for Healthy Aging plans to have a very close collaboration with the Norwegian center, which will benefit the Nordic and international research on healthy aging, says Executive Director of Center for Healthy Aging, Lene Juel Rasmussen.

‘The prospects of having a Nordic collaboration within research on aging are great. The Nordic and Scandinavian countries are quite similar when it comes to culture and social structure, which is why we will benefit from this research collaboration. Furthermore, there is a longstanding tradition for collaboration between the Nordic countries and we wish to continue this tradition in this field as well.’

The NO-Age center is still under construction, so for now the activities of the center consist of workshops and symposiums where the involved researchers meet to discuss their results and talk about cross collaborations. When the center is well established, the plan is to develop joint initiatives on education and courses and to strengthen the international research on aging overall.

The researchers from Center for Healthy Aging who are also part of the Norwegian center are Lene Juel Rasmussen, Morten Scheibye-Knudsen, Vilhelm Bohr and Claus Desler Madsen. The Center is rooted in the University of Olso.