Bjørnar Hassel, M.D., Ph.D.

 Bjørnar Hassel, M.D., Ph.D. (feature image)Bjørnar Hassel, M.D., Ph.D., is a neurologist and a biochemist. He is professor and senior consultant at the University of Oslo, Department of Neurohabilitation. The department serves adults with developmental disabilities, both intellectual and physical. Hassel works with persons who have severe cerebral palsy or profound intellectual disability and autism, and who are restricted in their ability to communicate. He explores the use of sensors for physiological parameters (pulse, plasma glucose, etc.) as a means by which they can communicate their needs and their degree of well-being. His preclinical research centers on cerebral energy metabolism, including how it is affected by anti-epileptic drugs.