Astrid Bjørnebekk

Head of the Anabolic Androgenic Steroid Research Group


I am a senior researcher, and head of The Anabolic Androgenic Steroid Research Group, Oslo University Hospital. In my current research we investigate long-term consequences of anabolic steroid use on brain structure, behavior and cognition with neuroimaging, mental health screening and comprehensive neuropsychological assessment. We have carried out the first large-scale neuroimaging investigating of steroid users, and we have followed this sample longitudinally with comprehensive medical assessments. Anabolic steroid dependence is a particular focus of our research, where we try to uncover mechanisms to why some seem to be more vulnerable than others to the effects of anabolic steroids.