Int. J. Dev. Biol. 48: 497 - 508 (2004)
doi: 10.1387/ijdb.041792dh
© UPV/EHU Press

Brain tumour development and invasion. An interview with Ole Didrik Laerum

Dieter F. Hülser

Department of Biophysics, Institute of Biology, University of Stuttgart, Germany.

ABSTRACT 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.

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*Corresponding author e-mail: dieter.huelser@onlinehome.de