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National expert group receives 15 million for pancreatic cancer research

 National Expert group representatives (photo: Øystein Horgmo)
National Expert group representatives (photo: Øystein Horgmo)

A national expert group on pancreatic cancer, recently established by the Norwegian Cancer Society, has been awarded NOK 15 million. The project is a consortium anchored in the University of Oslo, and consists of 9 research groups, affiliated with Oslo University Hospital, the University of Bergen and Stavanger University Hospital.
The group is led by Caroline Verbeke from the Department of Pathology at OUH and UiO. Other OUH representatives are Kjetil Tasken and Elin Kure from the Institute of Cancer Research, Lovise Mæhle from the Department of Medical Genetics, Stein Kaasa from the Department of Oncology, Ivar Gladhaug from UiO and OUH and Knut Labori from the Department of Hepatic, Gastrointestinal and Paediatric Surgery.

Olweus supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation

Johanna Olweus
Johanna Olweus

Professor Johanna Olweus and her research team of 16 have received NOK 4.5 million in grants from the Danish Novo Nordisk Foundation. The money will be used to commercialize a whole new type of cancer immunotherapy that Olweus and her team are developing.
They have found a way to program cancer patients' immune cells to fight cancer using healthy human immune cells. This method allows the immune system to attack the cancer cells specifically, without harming other cells.

Lancet article on artificial intelligence and prediction of colorectal cancer outcome with Aftenposten front page coverage

From left: De Raedt, Danielsen and Skrede. Photo:  Stein Bjørge, Aftenposten
From left: De Raedt, Danielsen and Skrede. Photo: Stein Bjørge, Aftenposten

Findings from the Institute for Cancer Genetics and Informatics, recently published in the highly prestigious journal Lancet, has got front page coverage in the major Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten. The Lancet article - entitled "Deep learning for prediction of colorectal cancer outcome: a discovery and validation study" is jointly first-authored by Ole-Jacob Skrede and Sepp De Raedt, while institute director Håvard E. Danielsen is senior author.
Danielsen is interviewed for Aftenposten Feb 13th, and the front page newspaper article is entitled "Artificial intelligence finds cancer within 3 minutes".

Unprecedented exploration generates most comprehensive map of cancer genomes charted to date

An international team has completed the most comprehensive study of whole cancer genomes to date, significantly improving our fundamental understanding of cancer and signposting new directions for its diagnosis and treatment. The ICGC/TCGA Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes Project (PCAWG), a collaboration involving more than 1,300 scientists and clinicians from 37 countries, analyzed more than 2,600 genomes of 38 different tumour types, creating a huge resource of primary cancer genomes.

The Department of Cancer Genetics has contributed to ICGC's catalogues of whole genomes, the foundation for the analysis performed by PCAWG.

The Norwegian Cancer Society grants 14.8 MNOK to a National Group of Expertise on Lung Cancer

Coordinator Åslaug Helland (left), Cecilie Bråthen and Ole Alexander Opdalshei (photo Leni Aurora Brækhus)
Coordinator Åslaug Helland (left), Cecilie Bråthen and Ole Alexander Opdalshei (photo Leni Aurora Brækhus)

Lung cancer is a common disease, with approximately 3400 diagnosed with lung cancer each year in Norway. The prognosis is poor, but new treatment alternatives have improved the prospects of subgroups of this patient group. With the funding from the Norwegian Cancer Society the group plan to investigate new treatment alternatives, elucidate the mechanism behind development of resistance and identify new biomarkers. Overall the projects will benefit the patients by accelerating the transfer of new and promising treatments into clinical care and ensure increased inclusion of lung cancer patients into clinical trials.

The expert group consists of partners from several of the major hospitals in Norway, including Oslo University Hospital, Ahus, Vestre Viken, Haukeland, UNN, St.Olav and Stavanger University Hospital in addition to the Cancer Register and the patient organization.  Åslaug Helland, senior oncologist at the Department of Oncology at OUS, will coordinate the project.

Horizon 2020 EU funding to the PainFACT-project and Bente Halvorsen

Bente Halvorsen
Bente Halvorsen

The PainFact project has a total budget of €7,3 mill, and have been awarded €6 mill from the Horizon 2020-programme. The project is coordinated by The Norwegian Public Health Institute (Folkehelseinstituttet).

OUS with Bente Halvorsen at The Research Institute of Internal Medicine in front is a major collaborating partner in the project. Other partners in the consortium are, amongst many: Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), University of Strasbourg, deCode Genetics Iceland, The Quibim, Spain, and Tataa, Sweden (companies) and Dr. Christopher S. Nielsen, FHI as coordinator.

Mouldy Sioud editor of new Methods in Molecular Biology book:Harnessing RNA and CRISPR interferences for cancer therapy

Mouldy Sioud
Mouldy Sioud

To regulate gene expression, two methods, RNA interference and CRISPR, have emerged as the most popular methods in the past few years. These two technologies have moved quickly from the lab to bedside.

Mouldy Sioud, head of the Immunomodulation and Targeted Therapies research group at the Department of Cancer Therapy is the editor of a recently published book in the Methods inf Molecular Biology series entitled RNA Interference and CRISPR Technologies.

The Norwegian Biochemical Society (NBS) – Oslo invites you all to a special evening Feb 6th: An inaugural talk given by Professor Harald Stenmark

Harald Stenmark
Harald Stenmark
Harald Stenmark will tell about the highlights of his life and career. The choices he found wise and those he regrets.
Get advice from one of the most prominent scientific figures in the nation and an opportunity to ask him questions.
Time: Thursday 6th of February at 17.00.
Place: “Lille auditorium” Domus Medica, Gaustad
The event follows NBS Oslo’s general assembly, starting 16.00 (same venue), which all are welcome to attend.   


A basic study of the cell cycle by mass cytometry, with implications for exclusion of non-single cell events as ion cloud fusions and aggregates.

Idun Dale Rein, first author
Idun Dale Rein, first author

A recent study from the Sections of Core Facilities/Radiation Biology/Tumor Immunology shows that the cell cycle can be completely resolved by mass cytometry, including subdivision of the G1 and G2 phases. Only a few markers are needed, and the remaining >50 parameters are free to measure the expression of other (phospho)proteins of interest. Stratification of cells into different cell cycle phases also made exclusion of non-single cell events possible, solving another problem in mass cytometry.

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