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Gunnar Sigurdsson

gunnar_sig_2004_ii.jpg Dr Sigurdsson is the Chairman of the Board of the Icelandic Heart Association since 1998. Previously he was chief physician at the City Hospital and then at the Reykjavik Hospital and has now served as the chief physician of endocrinology and metabolism of the National  University Hospital since 2002. Dr Sigurdsson has also been an associate professor at the University of Iceland since 1980 and a professor since 1995.  Dr Sigurdsson graduated in medicine from the University of Iceland in 1968 and received his PhD from the University of London in 1975. Dr Sigurdsson did additional studies in London, including at the Royal Postgraduate Medical school 1969- 1975 and at the University of California, San Francisco 1975-1977.  Dr Sigurdsson has published more than one hundred scientific papers in Icelandic and international peer reviewed journals, mainly on blood lipids and the epidemiology of cardiovascular risk factors, diabetes and osteoporosis.




Hilmar Bjornsson

hilmar_bjrnsson.jpgHilmar Bjornsson has been on the Board of the Icelandic Heart Association since 1994 and is the treasurer of the board. Mr Bjornsson also serves on the Board of the Icelandic Heart Association lottery.  Since 1998 Mr Bjornsson has been the manager of the Reykjavik Skating and is also the founder and managing director of the prevention and rehabilitation center Mattur, which began in 1990. Mr. Bjornsson coached the Icelandic national handball team for seven years and has served as chairman of Sports for Everyone, the health initiative sponsored by the Icelandic Ministry of Health.





Karl Andersen

karlandersen2.jpgDr Andersen has been a Board member of the Icelandic Heart Association since 1999.   Dr Andersen received his medical degree from the University of Iceland in 1987, a specialist degree in Internal Medicine and Cardiology from the Sahlgrenska University Hospital/Ostra in Gothenburg in 1994 and in 1997 he defended his doctoral thesis on Vectorcardiographic ST-segment monitoring in the unstable The Board of the Icelandic Heart Association 25 coronary syndrome at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.        Dr Andersen has been a consultant cardiologist at Landspitali University Hospital in Reykjavik since 1997 and has been the head of the Risk Assessment Clinic Hjartarannsókn since 2005. Dr Andersen is associate professor of medicine at the University of Iceland. He has served on the editorial board of the Icelandic Medical Journal since 1999 and is president of the Icelandic Society of Cardiology. Dr Andersen has published more than one hundred scientific papers and abstracts on clinical cardiology.



Laufey Steingrimsdottir

laufey_steingrmsdttir2.jpgDr Steingrimsdottir has been on the Board of the Icelandic Heart Association since 1992. Dr Steingrimsdottir is presently a researcher at the Agricultural University of Iceland. Previously Dr Steingrimsdottir was divisional director of Research and Development at the Icelandic Public Health Institute. She was director of The Icelandic Nutrition Council from 1992 to 2003. Dr Steingrimsdottir was a specialist at the Ministry of Health from 1989 to 1992 and directed the national nutrition survey. She was associate professor in nutrition at the University of Iceland from 1982 to 1986. Dr Steingrimsdottir received her PhD in nutrition from Columbia University in New York in 1979 and a BSc in zoology from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1970. She has published dozens of scientific articles in her field, in addition to numerous articles and booklets for the general public, as well as editing the cook book ‘Af bestu lyst.’