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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Institute Seminar April 21st at 12:00 on Zoom:Vilde Drageset Haakensen, Department of Cancer Genetics

Vilde Drageset Haakensen
Vilde Drageset Haakensen
The next institute seminar will be held by Vilde Drageset Haakensen from the Department of Cancer Genetics
Title of her talk:
Clinical and translational studies in thoracic malignancies
Time: Wedneday, April 21st, 12 o’clock
Place: on Zoom

Pål Kristian Selbo receives NOK 3.75 million from Radforsk Investment Foundation

Pål Kristian Selbo
Pål Kristian Selbo

Radforsk Investment Foundation has granted five research projects a total amount of MNOK 4.95 to further develop exciting research projects within photodynamic treatment and photochemical internalization.
This year, one of the projects has been awarded a total of NOK 3.75 million over three years. It is a project led by researcher Pål Selbo from the Department of Radiation Biology at Institute for Cancer Research entitled «Novel Photobiological Strategies Counteracting Tumor Immune Escape».
Selbo has been interviewed (in Norwegian) for the Radium podcast on basis of the Radforsk support.

PANCAIM: A European consortium to improve pancreatic cancer treatment with artificial intelligence optimizing, integrating genomics and medical imaging

PANCAIM will optimize and integrate genomics and imaging phenomics using artificial intelligence (AI). The aim is to help clinical decision-makers to give the right treatment to the right patients at the right time. The PANCAIM project was granted >8 M€ where >1 M€ was granted OUS.

The PANCAIMs OUS team: Tero Aittokallio, Elin Kure, Gry A. Geitvik, Caroline Verbeke and Knut Jørgen Labori.

Fridtjof Nansen award 2021 for excellent research to Harald A. Stenmark

Harald A. Stenmark
Harald A. Stenmark

The Fridtjof Nansen award for excellence in science is for 2021 awarded to Professor Harald Alfred Stenmark for his outstanding research in the field of cellular and molecular biology, with particular focus on cancer research.

This prestigious prize is awarded to a Norwegian scientist, or a scientist residing in Norway, for scientific contributions of a high-level international importance. The award is given to inspire further work.

The award ceremony takes place at the annual meeting of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in May.

Awarded 9 million NOK to study autophagy in prostate cancer

Nikolai Engedal
Nikolai Engedal

Nikolai Engedal was recently awarded 9 million NOK in Open project support from The South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Sør-Øst) 2020 call. The project aims to unravel the role of autophagy in prostate cancer formation and progression, to discover prognostic autophagy-related gene signatures and markers, and to identify autophagy-modulating drugs that can reduce cancer cell aggressiveness. Engedal is now starting up a project group in Eivind Hovig’s group at the Department of Tumor Biology.

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