Brain tumour development and invasion. An interview with Ole Didrik Laerum
Published: 1 September 2004
Dieter F. Hülser
Department of Biophysics, Institute of Biology, University of Stuttgart, Germany.
I know Ole Didrik Laerum since 1971 when we both worked
as post-docs at the Max Planck Institute of Virus Research
in Tübingen. We co-operated not only scientifically but also
educationally when we hiked with our children through the Swabian
Alb. Sometimes Ole had a hard time when his three sons wanted to
be carried at the same time and I could not assist him because my
two boys hang already round my neck. This did not discourage
him, since more children followed and today he also cares for
foster-children in Ethiopia.
Ole Didrik's scientific interests reach far beyond the subject
of this interview and include topics such as chronobiology,
aging and therapeutic aspects of different diseases and expand
to profound contributions to the preservation of old Norwegian
rural architecture and folk music. He actively plays several
instruments and his good sense of humour can be judged from his
contributions to the Journal of Irreproducible Results. When I mention
that he was rector (elected president) of the University of Bergen
for 6 years and organized numerous scientific conferences
and workshops, then it is only to illustrate the problems of finding
time and place for an interview with such an active personality.
Thanks to telephone and e-mail connections these problems were
solved without much delay.