Research at Oslo University Hospital


Oslo University Hospital is a merger of three former university hospitals in Oslo. Biomedical research is one of the hospital's core activities. Research at the hospital is closely interlinked with research undertaken at the University of Oslo. More than 50% of all biomedical research in Norway is published by researchers affiliated with the hospital. Research undertaken cover both basic research, translational research, and clinical research.
Oslo University Hospital has a central role in developing and supporting biomedical research within the South-Eastern Regional Health Authority. The hospital also pursues international research collaborations.


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NORMENT study published in Nature Neuroscience:

Early signs of mental illness in the developing brain

Tobias Kaufmann (left) and Lars T. Westlye
Tobias Kaufmann (left) and Lars T. Westlye

Like a fingerprint, the connections of the human brain render us distinct from one another. In a study published in the February 20th issue of Nature Neuroscience (journal impact factor 16.7), entitled "Delayed stabilization and individualization in connectome development are related to psychiatric disorders", researchers at NORMENT reveal that such a unique, fingerprint-like pattern evolves during development and is sensitive to mental health. First and last authors are Tobias Kaufmann and Lars T. Westlye (photo).
The study has already gained attention, and the results have been discussed in articles published in Science Daily and Medical News Today.


Héctor Peinado Selgas speaks at CCB seminar February 27th at 13:00:

Defining the role of tumor-secreted exosomes in pre-metastatic niche formation

Héctor Peinado Selgas
Héctor Peinado Selgas

The CCB seminar Monday February 27th will be held by Héctor Peinado Selgas from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), Madrid.
Title of his talk: Defining the role of tumor-secreted exosomes in pre-metastatic niche formation

Time and place: Monday February 27th 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM in the Auditorium in the Research Building, Institute for Cancer Research, Montebello.


Breakfast lecture in Oslo Wednesday March 1st:

Arne Klungland talks about embryo research

Arne Klungland
Arne Klungland

Professor Arne Klungland, section head at the Department of Microbiology, will hold a lecture on the subject of embryonic development during a breakfast meeting held by the The Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board (Bioteknologirådet).

Klungland is the leader of several research projects aiming at understanding the first few days during embryonic development, and gain insight into the early development of various diseases.

Time: March 1st 8.15-9.30 AM (breakfast from 8.15, lecture starts 8.30)
Place: Håndverkeren, Galleriet (1st floor)


Invitation to seminar March 2nd 12:00

Thon Awards seminars 2017

From left: Amiry-Moghaddam, Zetterberg, Hoeijmakers and Bogdanovic
From left: Amiry-Moghaddam, Zetterberg, Hoeijmakers and Bogdanovic

This is a unique seminar with the Olav Thon Foundation's International Research Awardees for Mathematics and Natural Science and Medicine 2017.

The first talk will be held by International Research Prize winner Jan Hoeijmakers from Erasmus University Rotterdam, who is one of the most significant scientists in molecular genetics of our time. 

Further talks will be held by Research Awardee Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam on Parkinson's disease, and by Research Awardees Henrik Zetterberg and Nenad Bogdanovic on Alzheimer research.

Time and place: March 2nd, 2017 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM, Runde Auditorium R-105 at Domus Medica, Gaustad

Deadline for registration: February 23rd


Critical article on doping and drug testing published in EMBO reports

First author Erik Boye (left) and Tore Skotland
First author Erik Boye (left) and Tore Skotland

Sports play an important role in our society. Four Norwegian researchers, two from OUS, have published an article in EMBO reports where they discuss problems occurring in the testing of athletes for doping.
The authors (E. Boye and T. Skotland from OUS (photo), J. Nissen-Meyer from UiO and B. Østerud, UiTø) describe how the World Antidoping Agency (WADA) pretends never to make mistakes and is resistant to any form of discussion with other scientists. This attitude creates false positives and athletes are being sanctioned while innocent, with dramatic consequences for the individual. It is argued that both the technological, ethical and legal procedures should be revised and an independent body should monitor the function of WADA.


Updated: honoured with "Preview" article in Developmental Cell

Findings from Rusten group published in Nature on microenvironmental autophagy draw nationwide attention

First author Nadja Katheder and senior author Tor Erik Rusten
First author Nadja Katheder and senior author Tor Erik Rusten

Nadja Katheder and collaborators in the lab of Tor Erik Rusten, the Department of Molecular Cell Biology, and CCB has published an article entitled "Microenvironmental autophagy supports tumor growth", in an advanced online publication 11th of January in the journal Nature (journal impact factor 41.46). 
The findings have been subject to news coverage by the Norwegian national broadcasting corporation (NRK).
The prestigious journal "Developmental Cell" has recently published an article in their "Previews" section, entitled "Breaking Down Neighbors to Fuel Tumorigenesis". Here, the authors discuss how the work of Katheder and colleagues "opens new avenues for understanding and manipulating cancers through cell-cell communication."


"Science" article from Johanna Olweus's group highlighted by editorial in New England Journal of Medicine

Figure from the editorial
Figure from the editorial

The article "Targeting of cancer neoantigens with donor-derived T cell receptor repertoires" by Erlend Strønen et al, published in Science in June 2016, is highlighted by an editorial in the "Clinical Implications of Basic Research" section in the Feb 2nd edition of New England Journal of Medicine.

The editorial is entitled "The Antigenicity of the Tumor Cell — Context Matters".


Theis Tønnessen appointed "Scientist of the Month" by "Helse Sør-Øst" for January 2017

Theis Tønnessen
Theis Tønnessen

The South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Sør-Øst) aims to profile ongoing excellent research in the region by calling special attention to a "Scientist of the Month".

For the month of January 2017, this honour went to Theis Tønnessen, leader of the "Genetics of autoimmunity and cancer" group at the Department of Medical Genetics at the Division of Diagnostics and Intervention, Oslo University Hospital.


Oslo Kongressenter, February 09-10 2017

6th National Conference on Stroke


Every year 16.000 Norwegians are stricken with stroke, and more than 60.000 have previously had one or more strokes. It is therefore important that the foremost Norwegian experts in the field gather in order and be updated on what is new within preventive, acute treatment and rehabilitation from stroke.

David Russell from the Department of Neurology at the Division of Surgery and Clinical Neuroscience at Oslo University Hospital welcomes participants to the 6th national conference on stroke - "den 6. Nasjonale konferanse om Hjerneslag".



Resources to PDT/PCI related research, 2017


The Norwegian Radium Hospital Research Foundation will also for 2017 distribute resources to photodynamic therapy and photochemical internalization (PDT/PCI) related research. In 2016 various research projects within this field were founded with a total of NOK 1,79 million. Employees at the Oslo University Hospital are welcome to apply.
The closing date for applications is February 28th, 2017.