Clara G. Gjesdal

Rheumatologist, MD, PhD


Director, Dept of rheumatology, Haukeland University Hospital Associate Professor, Institute of Medicine, University of Bergen

Areas of interest:

Rheumatology, immunology, osteoporosis



Basic profession

MD (medical doctor (1989), specialist in rheumatology (1996))

Academic degrees

PhD, University of Bergen, 2007
MD, 1989


Epidemiologic studies of osteoporosis in Hordaland. Issues related to body composition and B-vitamins (2007)

Professional experience

Senior consultant in general rheumatology and osteoporosis.
Co-advisor for 2 PhD candidates.


Humanprisen 2010 in rheumatology
Leader award (Lederprisen) 2015, the Norwegian Medical Association



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Publications in PubMed

Selected publications

Øyen J, Brudvik C, Gjesdal CG, Tell GS, Lie SA, Hove LM. Osteoporosis as a risk factor for distal radial fractures: a case-control study. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2011;93:348-56.

Øyen J, Apalset EM, Gjesdal CG, Brudvik C, Lie SA, Hove LM. Vitamin D inadequacy is associated with low-energy distal radius fractures: A case-control study. Bone 2011.

Vinknes KJ, de Vogel S, Elshorbagy AK et al. Dietary intake of protein is positively associated with percent body fat in middle-aged and older adults. J Nutr 2010;141:440-6.

Omsland TK, Ahmed LA, Grønskag A et al. More forearm fractures among urban than rural women – the NOREPOS study based on the tromso study and the HUNT study. J Bone Miner Res 2010.

Emaus N, Gjesdal CG, Almås B et al. Vitamin K2 supplementation does not influence bone loss in early menopausal women: a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Osteoporos Int 2010;21:1731-40.

Øyen J, Gjesdal CG, Brudvik C et al. Low-energy distal radius fractures in middle-aged and elderly men and women–the burden of osteoporosis and fracture risk : A study of 1794 consecutive patients. Osteoporos Int 2010;21:1257-67.

Christensen AE, Knappskog PM, Midtbø M et al. Brittle cornea syndrome associated with a missense mutation in the zinc-finger 469 gene. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2010;51:47-52.

Løvås K, Gjesdal CG, Christensen M et al. Glucocorticoid replacement therapy and pharmacogenetics in Addison’s disease: effects on bone. Eur J Endocrinol 2009;160:993-1002.

Omsland TK, Schei B, Grønskag AB et al. Weight loss and distal forearm fractures in postmenopausal women: the Nord-Trondelag health study, Norway. Osteoporos Int 2009;20:2009-16.

Elshorbagy AK, Gjesdal CG, Nurk E et al. Cysteine, homocysteine and bone mineral density: a role for body composition? Bone 2009;44:954-8.

Omsland TK, Gjesdal CG, Emaus N, Tell GS, Meyer HE. Regional differences in hip bone mineral density levels in Norway: the NOREPOS study. Osteoporos Int 2009;20:631-8.

Apalset E, Gjesdal C, Eide G, Johansen A, Drevon C, G. T. Dietary vitamins K1, K2 and bone mineral density. The Hordaland Health Study. Archives of Osteoporosis 2009:DOI 10.1007/s11657-010-0036-6.

Elshorbagy AK, Nurk E, Gjesdal CG et al. Homocysteine, cysteine, and body composition in the Hordaland Homocysteine Study: does cysteine link amino acid and lipid metabolism? Am J Clin Nutr 2008;88:738-46.

Vesterhus M, Raeder H, Aurlien H et al. Neurological features and enzyme therapy in patients with endocrine and exocrine pancreas dysfunction due to CEL mutations. Diabetes Care 2008;31:1738-40.

Gjesdal CG, Halse JI, Eide GE, Brun JG, Tell GS. Impact of lean mass and fat mass on bone mineral density: The Hordaland Health Study. Maturitas 2008;59:191-200.

Omsland TK, Emaus N, Gjesdal CG et al. In vivo and in vitro comparison of densitometers in the NOREPOS study. J Clin Densitom 2008;11:276-82.

Gjesdal CG, Vollset SE, Ueland PM, Refsum H, Meyer HE, Tell GS. Plasma homocysteine, folate, and vitamin B 12 and the risk of hip fracture: the hordaland homocysteine study. J Bone Miner Res 2007;22:747-56.

Refsum H, Nurk E, Smith AD et al. The Hordaland Homocysteine Study: a community-based study of homocysteine, its determinants, and associations with disease. J Nutr 2006;136:1731S-1740S.

Gjesdal CG, Vollset SE, Ueland PM et al. Plasma total homocysteine level and bone mineral density: the Hordaland Homocysteine Study. Arch Intern Med 2006;166:88-94.

Haga HJ, Gjesdal CG, Koksvik HS, Skomsvoll JF, Irgens LM, Østensen M. Pregnancy outcome in patients with primary Sjogren’s syndrome. a case-control study. J Rheumatol 2005;32:1734-6.

Haga HJ, Gjesdal CG, Irgens LM, Østensen M. Reproduction and gynaecological manifestations in women with primary Sjogren’s syndrome: a case-control study. Scand J Rheumatol 2005;34:45-8.

Våge V, Gjesdal CG, Eide GE, Halse JI, Viste A. Bone mineral density in females after jejunoileal bypass: a 25-year follow-up study. Obes Surg 2004;14:305-12.

Gjesdal CG, Aanderud SJ, Haga HJ, Brun JG, Tell GS. Femoral and whole-body bone mineral density in middle-aged and older Norwegian men and women: suitability of the reference values. Osteoporos Int 2004;15:525-34.

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