Professor Sjur Olsnes from Deparment of Biochemistry at the Norwegian Radium Hospital received King Olav V's cancer research prize March 3rd. Queen Sonja delivered the prize in connection with the celebration for the annual "Cancer Day" in the Oslo Concert Hall. The prize contains NOK 500.000, and is distributed every year by the Norwegian Cancer Society. The prize is one of the honourable a Norwegian cancer researcher can receive.
Sjur Olsnes got the prize for his research regarding protein transport into cells. His studies concerning how cells take up certain toxins has given new insight that can have a great impact for future cancer treatment.
The Department of Biochemistry, where Olsnes is head, has recently purchased a new confocal microscope. The prize money will be useful to the daily expenses of running this advanced instrument.