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Professor Dag Rune Olsen holds a master degree in biomedical physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, and a PhD in medical physics, University of Oslo. Professor Olsen started his career as a medical physicist at the Norwegian Radium Hospital, where he later became department head at the Institute for cancer research and a professor at the University of Oslo. From 2010 to 2013 he was the dean at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Bergen. In 2013 he became the rector of the university.
Professor Olsen has published more than 120 papers in international peer-review journals within the field of medical physics applied to radiation oncology. His research has lately focused on biologically-adapted radiation therapy of cancer, based on functional medical imaging. He has served as editorial board member of several international journals within his field, and as committee, council and board member and chair of national and international scientific societies. He was awarded the Klaas Breur medal in 2008 for his research. In 2010 he was elected member of Academia Europaea and member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences in 2013. 

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