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Dagfinn Aarskog

Born  1928

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Norwegian paediatrian and human geneticist, born December 10, 1928, Ålesund.

Biography of Dagfinn Aarskog

Dagfinn Aarskog studied medicine at the Universities of Oslo and Bergen, graduating from Bergen in 1956. He commenced a career in paediatrics at the children’s clinic at Haukeland sykehus in Bergen, where he received the medical doctorate in 1965. He spent the year 1964/1965 as a resercah fellow at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore

Aarskog became a licensed specialist in children’s diseases in 1964, and of medical genetics in 1974. He became full professor and chairman in 1971, pro dean of the faculty of medicine at Bergen 1885-1888.

Aarskog was president of the European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology, honorary member of Finland's Barnläkareförening in 1900, and in 1991 of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kinderheilkunde. In 1992 he was awarded the order of ”Knight of the Order of St. Olav” (Ridder av St. Olavs Orden).

His research interests include perinatal endocrinology, calcium metabolism, growth, dysmorphology and cytogenetics. He has published more than 250 papers on these topics.


  • Cortisol in the Newborn Infant.
    Doctoral thesis, Bergen, 1964.
  • Clinical and Cytogenic Studies in Hypospadias.
    Prize-winning paper. University of Bergen, 1970

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