Sigrun Henjum, Ph.D.

Sigrun Henjum

Visiting Researcher, Department of Nutrition

  • M.Sc., Clinical Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway, 2004
  • Ph.D, Public Health Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bergen, Norway 2011
Research Interests

Dr. Henjum’ research interests involve child and maternal nutrition, growth and development, iodine excess and deficiency, malnutrition, dietary research, breastfeeding, micronutrients, food as a human right, public health nutrition and food security. She has done research in Algeria, Nepal, Vietnam, Argentina and Norway.

Selected publications

Marianne S. Morseth, Tor A. Strand, Liv Elin Torheim, Ram K. Chandyo, Manjeswori Ulak, Sanjaya K. Shrestha, Binob Shrestha, and Sigrun Henjum. Nutrient intake and environmental enteric dysfunction among Nepalese children 9-24 months old– the MAL-ED birth cohort study, Pediatr Res. 2018 Jul 20. doi: 10.1038/s41390-018-0108-7.

Inger Aakre, Sigrun Henjum, Elin Lovise Folven Gjengedal, Camilla Risa Haugstad, Marie Vollset, Khalil Moubarak, Tecber Saleh Ahmed, Jan Alexander, Marian Kjellevold, Marianne Molin. Trace element concentrations in drinking water and urine among Saharawi women and young children. Toxics, 2018 Jul 21;6(3). pii: E40. doi: 10.3390/toxics6030040.

Sigrun Henjum, Anne Lise Brantsæter, Astrid Kurniasari, Lisbeth Dahl, Eli Kristin Aadland, Elin Lovise Folven Gjengedal, Susanne Birkeland, Inger Aakre. Mild iodine deficiency and low iodine knowledge in Young Norwegian Women Nutrients. 2018 Jul 21;10(7). pii: E941. doi: 10.3390/nu10070941.

Sigrun Henjum, Ingrid Kvestad, Merina Shrestha, Manjeswori Ulak, Ram K. Chandyo, Andrew L. Thorne-Lyman, Prakash S. Shrestha, Marian Kjellevold, Mari Hysing, Tor A. Strand. ASQ Erythrocyte DHA and AA in infancy is not associated with general development five years later in Nepalese children. Nutr J. 2018 Jul 19;17(1):70. doi: 10.1186/s12937-018-0375-5..

Desire Alice Naigaga, Kjell Sverre Pettersen, Sigrun Henjum, Øystein Guttersrud. Assessing adolescents' perceived proficiency in critically evaluating nutrition information. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2018 Jun 28;15(1):61. doi: 10.1186/s12966-018-0690-4.

Tor A. Strand, Manjeswori Ulak, Ingrid Kvestad, Sigrun Henjum, Arve Ulvik, Merina Shrestha, Andrew L. Thorne-Lyman, Per M. Ueland, Prakash S. Shrestha, Ram K. Chandyo. Maternal and infant vitamin B12 status during infancy predict linear growth at 5 years". Pediatr Res. 2018 Jun 4. doi: 10.1038/s41390-018-0072-2.

Morseth MS, Henjum S, Schwinger C, Strand TA, Shrestha SK, Shrestha B, Chandyo RK, Ulak M, Torheim LE. Environmental enteropathy, micronutrient intake and length velocity in Nepalese children - the MAL-ED birth cohort study. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2018 Apr 3. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000001990.

Desire Alice Naigaga, Kjell Sverre Pettersen, Sigrun Henjum, Øystein Guttersrud. Assessing adolescents' self-efficacy in ‘body and health’ - Exploring the psychometric properties of the SEBH scale. Nordic Studies in Science Education. In press, 2018.

Sigrun Henjum, Inger Aakre, Anne Marie Lilleengen, Lisa Garnweidner-Holme, Sandra Borthne, Zada Pajalic, Ellen Blix, Elin Lovise Folven Gjengedal, Anne Lise Brantsæter. Suboptimal iodine status among pregnant women in the Oslo area, Norway. Nutrients. 2018 Feb 28;10(3). pii: E280. doi: 10.3390/nu10030280

Naigaga, D., Jahanlu, D., Claudius, H. M., Gjerlaug, A.K., Barikmo, I., Henjum, S. Body size perceptions and preferences favor overweight in adult Saharawi refugees. Nutr J. 2018 Feb 9;17(1):17. doi: 10.1186/s12937-018-0330-5.

Brantsæter, A.L., Knutsen, H.K., Johansen, N.C., Nyheim, K.A., Erlund, I., Meltzer, H.M., Henjum, S. Iodine Nutrition in Subgroups of the Norwegian Population Defined by Age, Life Stage and Vegetarian Dietary Practice. Nutrients. 2018 Feb 17;10(2). pii: E230. doi: 10.3390/nu10020230.

Henjum, S., I. Aakre, T.A. Strand, and L.E. Torheim, Excessive iodine status among Saharawi refugees. J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2018 Jan; 45:48-49. doi: 10.1016/j.jtemb.2017.09.015.
(Letter to editor).

Inger Aakre, Tor A. Strand, Khalil Moubarek, Ingrid Barikmo, Sigrun Henjum. "Associations between thyroid dysfunction and developmental status in children with excessive iodine status". PLoS One. 2017 Nov 22;12(11):e0187241.

Morseth MS, Torheim LE, Chandyo RK, Ulak M, Shrestha SK, Shrestha B, Pripp AH, Henjum S. Severely inadequate micronutrient intake among children 9-24 months in Nepal-The MAL-ED birth. Matern Child Nutr. 2017 Nov 2. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12552.

Vinje, K.H., L.T.H. Phan, T.T. Nguyen, S. Henjum, L.O. Ribe, and R. Mathisen, Media audit reveals inappropriate promotion of products under the scope of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes in South-East Asia. Public Health Nutrition, 2017: p. 1-10

Morseth, M.S., L.E. Torheim, M.K. Gebremariam, R.K. Chandyo, M. Ulak, S.K. Shrestha, B. Shrestha, and S. Henjum, Tracking of infant and young child feeding practices among 9-to 24-month-old children in Nepal: the MAL-ED Birth Cohort Study. Public Health Nutrition, 2017: p. 1-10.

Morseth, M.S., N.K. Grewal, I.S. Kaasa, A. Hatloy, I. Barikmo, and S. Henjum, Dietary diversity is related to socioeconomic status among adult Saharawi refugees living in Algeria. BMC Public Health, 2017. 17(1): p. 621.

Kvestad, I., M. Hysing, M. Shrestha, M. Ulak, A.L. Thorne-Lyman, S. Henjum, P.M. Ueland, O. Midttun, W. Fawzi, R.K. Chandyo, P.S. Shrestha, and T.A. Strand, Vitamin B-12 status in infancy is positively associated with development and cognitive functioning 5 y later in Nepalese children. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2017. 105(5): p. 1122-1131.

Henjum, S., A.M. Lilleengen, I. Aakre, A. Dudareva, E.L.F. Gjengedal, H.M. Meltzer, and A.L. Brantsæter, Suboptimal iodine concentration in breastmilk and inadequate iodine intake among lactating women in Norway. Nutrients, 2017. 9(7): p. 643.

Henjum, S., Ø. Lie, M. Ulak, A.L. Thorne-Lyman, R.K. Chandyo, P.S. Shrestha, W.W. Fawzi, T.A. Strand, and M. Kjellevold, Erythrocyte fatty acid composition of Nepal breast-fed infants. European Journal of Nutrition, 2017: p. 1-11.8.     

Gebremariam, M.K., S. Henjum, E. Hurum, J. Utne, L. Terragni, and L.E. Torheim, Mediators of the association between parental education and breakfast consumption among adolescents: the ESSENS study. BMC pediatrics, 2017. 17(1): p. 61.

Garnweidner-Holme, L., I. Aakre, A.M. Lilleengen, A.L. Brantsæter, and S. Henjum, Knowledge about Iodine in Pregnant and Lactating Women in the Oslo Area, Norway. Nutrients, 2017. 9(5): p. 493.10.

Aakre, I., A.M. Lilleengen, M.L. Aarsand, T.A. Strand, I. Barikmo, and S. Henjum, Infant feeding practices in the Saharawi refugee camps Algeria, a cross-sectional study among children from birth to six months of age. International Breastfeeding Journal, 2017. 12(1): p. 8.11.

Ulak, M., R.K. Chandyo, A.L. Thorne-Lyman, S. Henjum, P.M. Ueland, O. Midttun, P.S. Shrestha, W.W. Fawzi, L. Graybill, and T.A. Strand, Vitamin Status among Breastfed Infants in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Nutrients, 2016. 8(3): p. 149.

Morseth, M.S., S.E. Hanvold, O. Ro, H. Risstad, T. Mala, J.S. Benth, M. Engstrom, T. Olbers, and S. Henjum, Self-Reported Eating Disorder Symptoms Before and After Gastric Bypass and Duodenal Switch for Super Obesity--a 5-Year Follow-Up Study. Obesity Surgery, 2016. 26(3): p. 588-94.13.

Henjum, S., M. Kjellevold, M. Ulak, R.K. Chandyo, P.S. Shrestha, L. Frøyland, E.E. Strydom, M.A. Dhansay, and T.A. Strand, Iodine concentration in breastmilk and urine among lactating women of Bhaktapur, Nepal. Nutrients, 2016. 8(5): p. 255.14.

Haugen, J., M. Ulak, R.K. Chandyo, S. Henjum, A.L. Thorne-Lyman, P.M. Ueland, O. Midtun, P.S. Shrestha, and T.A. Strand, Low Prevalence of Vitamin D Insufficiency among Nepalese Infants Despite High Prevalence of Vitamin D Insufficiency among Their Mothers. Nutrients, 2016. 8(12).15.      

Gebremariam, M.K., S. Henjum, L. Terragni, and L.E. Torheim, Correlates of fruit, vegetable, soft drink, and snack intake among adolescents: the ESSENS study. Food & nutrition research, 2016. 60(1): p. 32512.16.

Chandyo, R.K., S. Henjum, M. Ulak, A.L. Thorne-Lyman, R.J. Ulvik, P.S. Shrestha, L. Locks, W. Fawzi, and T.A. Strand, The prevalence of anemia and iron deficiency is more common in breastfed infants than their mothers in Bhaktapur, Nepal. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2016. 70(4): p. 456-62.

Aakre, I., T.A. Strand, T. Bjoro, I. Norheim, I. Barikmo, S. Ares, M.D. Alcorta, and S. Henjum, Association between thyroid dysfunction and development status in children with excessive iodine status. Nutrients, 2016. 8(7).

Henjum, S., L.E. Torheim, A.L. Thorne-Lyman, R. Chandyo, W.W. Fawzi, P.S. Shrestha, and T.A. Strand, Low dietary diversity and micronutrient adequacy among lactating women in a peri-urban area of Nepal. Public Health Nutrition, 2015. 18(17): p. 3201-10.

Aakre, I., T. Bjoro, I. Norheim, T.A. Strand, I. Barikmo, and S. Henjum, Excessive iodine intake and thyroid dysfunction among lactating Saharawi women. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine & Biology, 2015. 31: p. 279-84.

Aakre, I., T. Bjoro, I. Norheim, T.A. Strand, I. Barikmo, and S. Henjum, Development of thyroid dysfunction among women with excessive iodine intake--A 3-year follow-up. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine & Biology, 2015. 31: p. 61-6.

Henjum, S., M. Manger, E. Skeie, M. Ulak, A.L. Thorne-Lyman, R. Chandyo, P.S. Shrestha, L. Locks, R.J. Ulvik, W.W. Fawzi, and T.A. Strand, Iron deficiency is uncommon among lactating women in urban Nepal, despite a high risk of inadequate dietary iron intake. British Journal of Nutrition, 2014. 112(1): p. 132-41.

Henjum, S., I. Barikmo, T.A. Strand, A. Oshaug, and L.E. Torheim, Iodine-induced goitre and high prevalence of anaemia among Saharawi refugee women. Public Health Nutrition, 2012. 15(8): p. 1512-8.

Barikmo I, Henjum S, Dahl L, Oshaug A, Torheim LE (2011). Environmental implication of iodine in water, milk and other foods used in Saharawi refugees camps in Tindouf, Algeria. J. Food Compos. Anal., 24 (4-5), 637-641.

Henjum S, Strand TA, Torheim LE, Oshaug A, Parr CL (2010). Data quality and practical challenges of thyroid volume assessment by ultrasound under field conditions - observer errors may affect prevalence estimates of goitre. Nutr J, 9, 66.

Henjum S, Barikmo I, Gjerlaug AK, Mohamed-Lehabib A, Oshaug A, Strand TA, Torheim LE (2010) Endemic goitre and excessive iodine in urine and drinking water among Saharawi refugee children. Public Health Nutr, 13 (9), 1472-7.