Bjarne Magnus Iversen

Bjarne Magnus Iversen
March 30, 1942 - August 5, 2011

It is with great sadness that we report that Professor Bjarne Magnus Iversen, MD, PhD, died the morning of August 5 after a full day of his favorite leisure, salmon fishing in the fjords of Norway. He was born March 1942, and became 69 years old.

Professor Iversen was a dedicated physiologist who in many ways considered the American Physiological Society his home society. He was proud to be invited to serve on the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology. He authored or co-authored over 170 scientific articles of clinical and basic science studies in his career. Over 25 were published in the American Journal of Physiology.

In 1968 Professor Iversen received his medical degree from the University of Bergen, and in 1980 he finished his residency to become consultant in nephrology. He completed his PhD in nephrology in 1980 under the supervision of Professor Jarle Ofstad, MD, PhD. In 1988 he became professor of nephrology at the University of Bergen. During his prolific career, he managed to combine clinical work with a strong scientific profile in renal physiology, clinical nephrology as well as the epidemiology of kidney disease.

Through the years, Professor Iversen collaborated closely with Professor Jarle Ofstad, Professor Knut Aukland and Professor Rolf Reed of Bergen, and internationally with Professor William Arendshorst of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Professor Christos Chatziantoniou of Paris, France. Professor Iversen spent several years as a visiting professor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Professor Iversen ran an active experimental laboratory, with intent to train young physiologists and nephrologists. Throughout his career, he supervised more than 20 candidates to their PhDs.

Throughout his career Professor Iversen was an accomplished administrator. He was chief of nephrology for several years as well as chief of medicine at Haukeland University Hospital. In addition, he served in several roles at the faculty of medicine and the institute of medicine at the University of Bergen. From 2003 to 2007 he was president of the Norwegian Society of Hypertension, and at the 2011 annual meeting of the society, he became an honorary member. The Norwegian Renal Biopsy Registry was founded on Professor Iversen’s initiative while he was the secretary of the Norwegian Society of Nephrology. He was instrumental in leading maintenance and further development throughout the years. After over 20 years, with records of over 11,000 patients, it is one of the largest registries of renal biopsies in the world.

The past decade Professor Iversen worked and engaged in establishing nephrology in Tanzania. In honor of his strong commitment and effort, the United Republic of Tanzania sent a delegation to his funeral. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Tanzania has recommended that the renal unit Professor Iversen founded at the Muhimbili National Hospital be dedicated in his name.

During his career Professor Iversen received numerous awards and honors, culminating in 2009 when HRM Harald V, King of Norway, made Professor Iversen a Knight 1st Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for services to medicine in Norway and chivalry.

Professor Iversen is survived by his loving wife Karin J. Heyeraas, PhD, and recently retired Professor of Physiology at the University of Bergen. His two sons and their families live in Bergen, Norway. Bjarte and his wife, Trine, have two children. His second son Vegard and his wife, Kristin, have three children. Bjarte is a Civil Engineer and City Planner. Vegard is an Associate Professor in Exercise Physiology at Bergen Lærerhøgskole, University of Bergen. Professor Iversen was also close to Karin’s three children Sverre, Mikal and Per.

Michael Hultström, MD. PhD. Uppsala University, Sweden.

William J. Arendshorst, PhD. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

Karin J. Heyeraas, PhD. University of Bergen, Norway.