Uffe Ravnskov was born 1934 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He received his medical degree from the University of Copenhagen in 1961. During the next seven years, he worked at various surgical, roentgenological, neurological, pediatric and medical departments in Denmark and Sweden. He then began scientific studies at the Departments of Nephrology and Clinical Chemistry at the University Hospital in Lund, Sweden, and was awarded his Ph.D. in 1973.
Dr. Ravnskov entered private practice as a specialist in internal medicine and nephrology in 1979 and since that time has worked as a family doctor and an independent researcher in Lund.
Since 1990 he has published almost 40 critical papers and letters about the alleged association between cholesterol and cardiovascular disease in well-known Scandinavian and international peer-reviewed medical journals. For his contributions he received the Irish Skrabanek Award 1999. Dr Ravnskov has also published many critical articles on this subject in major Scandinavian newspapers.
Among his many other scientific contributions are more than 20 papers on the cause of glomerulonephritis, wih in most countries is the most common cause of end-stage kidney failure.
His book The Cholesterol Myth was published in Sweden in 1991 and in Finland a year later. His website on the subject, (http://home2.swipnet.se/~w-25775), first posted in 1997, has generated intense interest. The Cholesterol Myths is an updated and expanded version of the website and his earlier book.