The Group

The Group is led by Professor Marianne Thoresen of the universities of Oslo and Bristol, and consists of two research laboratories at these locations. Several external associates also work closely with these labs.


University of Oslo lab
Experimental neuroprotection group
  • Prof. Marianne Thoresen MD PhD – Professor of Physiology
  • Prof. Lars Walløe MD PhD – Professor Emeritus of Physiology and Informatics
  • Dr. Mari Falck MD – PhD fellow
  • Dr. Tommy Wood MD – PhD fellow
  • Ms. Elke Maes BSc – Staff Engineer
  • Mrs. Torun Flatebø – Head Engineer, part time
  • Dr. Hemmen Sabir MD PhD – Visiting Postdoc (Chief Physician, Pediatrics and Neonatology, University of Düsseldorf)
  • Dr. Damjan Osredkar MD PhD – Visiting Postdoc (Pediatric Neurology, University Children’s Hospital Ljubljana)
  • Mr. Jan Sigurd Horn – Research Administrator
Human circulation group
University of Bristol lab
Trial research group: Regional cooling programme and CoolXenon3 trial    
  • Prof. Marianne Thoresen MD PhD, Professor of Neonatal Neuroscience,
    Honorary Consultant Neonatologist
  • Dr. John Dingley MB ChB FRCA MD PhD – Trial Clinical Lead, Reader in Anaesthesia, (University of Swansea)
  • Dr. Ela Chakkarapani MB BS MRCPCH MD PhD – Senior Lecturer in Neonatology
  • Dr. Elisa Smit MD – Consultant Neonatologist (Cardiff University)
  • Dr. Xun Liu MD PhD – Postdoctoral fellow
  • Dr. Sally Jary MSc PhD – Research assosciate, early and late follow-up CoolXenon2 and CoolXenon3 trials
  • Dr. Richard Lee-Kelland MB BS MRCPCH – Fellow, CoolXenon3 Trial
  • Ms. Satomi Okani BS – Advanced Nurse Practicioner, patient transport and CoolXenon3 trial
  • Mrs. Emma Scull-Brown – Trial and cooling program administrator
  • Mrs. Carol Bond – Research group Administrator