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Dr Trine Moholdt - 2018 Viviane Conraads Award Winner

Outstanding Achievement Award for Established Researchers, created in memory of Dr Viviane Conraads.

The EAPC Board and Research Committee was pleased to presented the third Vivane Conraads Award to Dr Trine Moholdt (Trondheim, Norway) for her achievements and significant contributions in the field of cardiovascular disease prevention.

Risk Factors and Prevention

Dr Trine Moholdt: Exercise to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease


Dr Trine Moholdt is physiotherapeut and PhD. She works as a research fellow at the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. Dr Moholdt has contributed to the field of exercise as medicine in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Her earliest research topic was aerobic exercise as a therapeutic tool in secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, with a special focus on high intensity interval training. The main findings have been superior effects of high intensity interval training compared to moderate intensity continuous training in various patient groups. This work, together with other studies at NTNU, has been an important contribution to the clinical care of individuals with coronary heart disease.

Dr Moholdt’s studies include predominantly clinical randomized controlled trials, but also observational studies using the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT). The contribution from the HUNT material includes work related to the amount of physical activity necessary for mortality risk reduction in individuals with coronary heart disease, as well as for prevention of weight gain.

Recently Dr Moholdt and her colleagues have published two articles describing the associations between body mass index, physical activity and mortality in individuals with coronary heart disease. The main findings from these studies were that there is no obesity paradox (i.e. improved prognosis in those who have a body mass index above 25 kg/m2) in those who are physically active and that sustained physical activity over the years is more important for survival than weight loss.

Dr Moholdt’s recent research focus is prevention and treatment of cardiometabolic diseases, with a special interest in young females with metabolic diseases and fertility problems.

She is the head of the Exercise, Cardiometabolic Health and Reproduction research group where they currently study the effects of exercise in obese pregnancy and in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. About the Award

This outstanding achievement award for established researchers was created in memory of Dr Viviane Conraads, distinguished EAPC member, head of the Heart Failure Clinic of the University Hospital of Antwerp and nucleus member of the EAPC Exercise, Basic and Translational Research section.

The Award was handed-over at the occasion of the closing session at EuroPrevent 2018 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.