Institute for Cancer Research

Kjetil Taskén
Institute 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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Oslo University Hospital has awarded 6 excellent articles for the first half-year of 2023

Award winners
Award winners

In order to stimulate excellent research and draw attention to the hospital's research activity, Oslo University Hospital rewards outstanding publications every half-year.

Six research groups were awarded for their excellent papers published the first half-year of 2023 during a ceremony on December 8th.  Each group received NOK 50.000 earmarked for further research, and the prize winners gave short presentations of their main findings.

Sigrid Skånland is awarded Researcher of the Year 2023

Sigrid Skånland
Sigrid Skånland

Sigrid Skånland, project leader at Institute for Cancer Research at Oslo University Hospital, is awarded the prize Researcher of the Year 2023. The award of 100,000 NOK is financed by the Radium Hospital Foundation.
Skånland is awarded the prize for her efforts to develop and implement precision medicine for patients with blood cancer.
“To avoid serious side effects and treatment that has limited effect, it is necessary to better understand the mechanisms that underlie these conditions. In our research, we aim to identify markers in the patients’ cancer cells that can say something about how the patient will respond to a given treatment, before the treatment is initiated”, says Skånland.

Employee of the year, 2023Jorge Gomes

The Employee of the Year Award 2023 goes to Jorge Gomes. Jorge Gomes, from the technical department, received the award on December 6th from the leadership at the Institute of Cancer Research. Gomes was nominated by the engineers at the Institute, who highlight that he always steps up to solve problems and is always very solution oriented. The leadership describes Gomes as service-minded, and everyone at the institute, including engineers, PhD students, and group leaders, benefits from his knowledge and assistance.

As a well-deserved winner of the Employee of the Year at the Institute of Cancer Research, we congratulate Gomes for his outstanding contributions to the institute.

Ceremony December 8th at 14:00:Dr Ragnar Mørk´s Prize for Excellent Cancer Research 2023 to Mev Dominguez-Valentin

Mev Dominguez-Valentin
Mev Dominguez-Valentin

Dr. Mev Dominguez-Valentin from the Department of Tumor Biology is this year's winner of the prestigious Dr. Ragnar Mørk's Prize for Cancer Research.

She has won the award of NOK 200.000 for her for her ground-breaking studies of heritable cancers, especially the Lynch syndrome.

The prize ceremony will be on Friday 8th December in the 4th floor seminar room of Institute for Cancer Research.

Eric K. Fernström's Nordic prize for 2023 to Harald Stenmark

Harald Stenmark
Harald Stenmark

The Eric K. Fernström's Nordic prize for 2023 goes to Harald Stenmark, leader of the Cellular membrane dynamics research group at the Department of Molecular Cell Biology at the Institute for Cancer Research.

For Harald Stenmark, the awarding of Eric K. Fernström's Nordic prize was as unexpected as it was gratifying.

"It is a very pleasant surprise! I hope that this leads to the importance of basic research being noticed. Basic research is an important part of research, even if it sometimes takes time", says a proud award winner.

Harald Stenmark is recognized for his pioneering research in cell biology, where he has clarified in detail the functions of proteins essential for the regulation of endosomes and cell division with significance for cancer.

Invitation:The 59th  Contact Meeting of the Norwegian Bioscience Society Jan. 18-21, 2024

Welcome to the 59th  Contact Meeting of the Norwegian Bioscience Society (formerly known as the Norwegian Biochemistry Society)! The organizing committee in Oslo, of which many are OUS employees, is delighted to host the 2024 meeting. The event will take place January 18-21, 2024, at Storefjell Resort Hotel in Gol.

Deadlines: December 1, 2023, to submit an early bird and abstract; December 15, 2023, for late registration.