Institute for Cancer Research

Kjetil Taskén
Instiute head

Institute for Cancer Research has since its foundation in 1954 played a central role within the field of cancer research both in Norway and internationally. The Institute has seven research departments and more than 320 employees, master students included. About 70% of the employees and projects are externally funded. Read more

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H2020 funding for exploration of the secretory pathways to identify candidate biomarkers or therapeutic targets

Gunhild Mælandsmo (left) and Lina Prasmickaite

The project SECRET (Exploration of the SECRETory pathway for cancer therapy) has been funded 4 mill EUR from H2020 to establish a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (H2020-MSCA-ITN). The objective of SECRET is to improve the understanding of the mutual regulation of the secretory pathway and cell signaling to identify and interrogate novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for application in breast- and colorectal cancer. Two Norwegian researchers are partners, Prof Gunhild M. Mælandsmo, Institute for Cancer Research (ICR), Oslo University Hospital and Prof Hesso Farhan, Institute of Basic Medical Science (IMB), University of Oslo, together receiving funding for three Early Stage Researchers (ERS).

Could Light-Activated Drugs Turn Proton Therapy into a More Radical Treatment for Cancer?

The co-authors from the Protonics group

In a new study, published in Nature Communications, researchers at Oslo University Hospital have demonstrated the activation of light-sensitive drugs by accelerated protons. Until now, such drugs –called photosensitisers (PSs) –had conventionally been used in clinical settings with activation by visible light in a cancer treatment known as photodynamic therapy (PDT). PSs preferentially accumulate in tumours, especially in the brain, due to local destruction of the blood/brain barrier at the tumour site. When the drugs interact with light, they create toxic oxygen by-products that kill the cancerous tissues around them.

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