Institute for Experimental Medical Research (IEMR)
The IEMR was established in 1951 at the initiative of Carl B. Semb, Professor of Surgery, and made possible through a grant from shipowner Anders Jahre. Their idea was to create an environment that promoted research in collaboration with the clinical departments at Oslo University Hospital - Ullevål. The links to the hospital's Department of Surgery have always been close.
Professor Fredrik Kiil served as Head of Institute from 1961 to 1991. He developed the first extensively used artificial kidney and established renal physiology as the major research area at the Institute. Through several years professor Morten Harboe built up a strong group in immunology and leprosy research. This field was abandoned when Harboe moved his group to the National Hospital in 1983. Kiil also initiated research in cardiac and vascular physiology, and professor Arnfinn Ilebekk has headed this research for many years. Morten G. Ræder joined the IEMR in 1982 following his appointment as Professor of Surgical Pathophysiology. He has since supervised his own group investigating mechanisms biliary and pancreatic secretion. Professor Ræder retired at the age of 70 in January 2009. Professor of Anesthesia, Petter A. Steen, has supervised research activity relating to heart and lung resuscitation since 1982.
Ole M. Sejersted was appointed Professor and Head of Institute in 1991. Since then, renal physiology ceased to be an area of investigation, and the focus shifted to cardiovascular research in addition to continued activity in biliary and pancreatic research. Cellular and molecular biological techniques have been introduced. Geir Christensen MD, PhD was appointed Director of Research in 1998 and professor in 2003. Ivar Sjaastad VMD, MD, PhD succeeded Professor Ræder in 2009
The Institute now has four research groups headed by Christensen, Sejersted, Ilebekk and Steen. Other investigators from the hospital also use facilities at the Institute for their research.
For more information please visit : www.iemf.no
Institute for Experimental Medical Research (IEMR),
Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål,
NO-0407 Oslo, Norway
Phone: +47 23 01 68 00.
Fax: +47 23 01 67 99