Eirik Søfteland

Eirik Søfteland is presently a consultant endocrinologist at Haukeland University Hospital, Department of Medicine and Hormone Laboratory (Bergen, Norway). He attained his MD from Pécs University Medical School in Hungary, 2001. In 2014, he successfully defended his PhD entitled “The Diabetic Gut” at the University of Bergen. The main focus was to investigate gut sensations and the gut-brain communication in healthy individuals, patients with diabetic gastroparesis and in patients with peripheral neuropathy. Main results include visceral hyposensitivity and altered brain activation patterns in diabetes patients with gastrointestinal complications. Furthermore, the patients displayed impaired heart rate variability, another measure of autonomic neuropathy. Present research focus include ongoing studies on the link between gastrointestinal signalling (hormonal and neuronal) and pancreatic exocrine and endocrine function. In particular, the effects of vagal dysfunction (and related impairments such as impaired gall bladder emptying and pancreatic exocrine insufficiency) on the incretin system. His research has been supported by the Norwegian Diabetes Association, Nils Norman Memorial Fund, Western Norway Regional Health Authorities as well as the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP//2007-2013).