Professor Sturla H. Eik-Nes Graduated from the Münster University School of Medicine, Germany in 1972. He became resident at the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Ålesund Central Hospital, Norway in 1976, and research fellow, Institute of Biomedical Technology in 1979. He took up senior residency at the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Lund, Malmo, Sweden in 1981 and senior residency at Department of Surgery, Ålesund Central Hospital.
In 1980 Professor Eik-Nes completed his doctoral thesis on "Ultrasound assessment of fetal weight, growth and blood flow" at Malmö, Sweden. Between 1982 and 83 Professor Eik-Nes did postdoctoral training at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stanford University at Palo Alto, California in the United States. Stanford was well-known at that time for the development of real-time scanners and pioneer work on fetal blood flow velocity waveform measurements using pulsed doppler.
After returning to Norway he became Professor at the Ultrasound Laboratory, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Trondheim University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway, from 1985 to 1989. In 1990 he was appointed Professor and Director, National Center for Fetal Medicine, Trondheim, a position which he has held until now.
Professor Eik-Nes's major research interests are on doppler ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology, fetal biometry, screening with ultrasound in pregnancy, safety aspects of ultrasound, early pregnancy assessment and 3D Ultrasound.
He was heavily involved with pioneer work in doppler ultrasound as applied to Obstetrics and in particular described quantitative flow in the fetal aorta and inferior vena cava in the early 1980's. A number of projects on doppler ultrasound he was able to collaborate with biomedical engineer Bjørn A. Angelsen at Tronheim. He also initiated projects to determined the value of routine ultrasound population screening and various aspects of ultrasound safety. His department subsequently took up landmark researches into fetal sono-embryology using 3D and 4D (motion 3D) ultrasound.
Professor Eik-Nes is the author and co-author of over 10 books and 150 papers. He was President of the Norwegian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology between 1984 - 1990, President of the European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB) between 1993 - 1996, and President of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) from 1998 to 2000. He is currently on the editorial Board of a number of important Ultrasound journals, including the "Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology", "Ultrasound in Obstetric and Gynecology" and the "Journal of Maternal-Fetal Investigations". He is a frequent invited speaker at international meetings, visiting professor at many teaching institutions, and heavily invloved with education in Ultrasonography in Obsterics and Gynecology, particularly in the less privileged countries. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and received the Ian Donald Gold Medal from the ISUOG in 1998.
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