Institute for Cancer Research

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

Kjetil Taskén
Institute Head

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2018  so far  
2017 207  
 2016 227  15

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Theodossiou and Berg presented in national media after receiving prestigious EU grant

Berg and Theodossiou with Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Research and Higher Education Iselin Nybø. Photo: Hallgeir Vågenes/ VG

Theodossis Theodossiou and Kristian Berg from the Photochemical internalisation (PCI) group at the Department of Radiation Biology at the Institute for Cancer Research have been funded by the Future and Emerging Technology (FET) program under the Excellent Science section of the Horizon 2020. The FET program funded 11 projects out of 820 grant applications (1,4 % success rate) and the proposal by Theodossiou and Berg was rated as number 6. The  project is designed to develop treatment of aggressive brain tumors such as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM).
The major national newspaper VG recently (May 3rd) published a feature article about the supported project, entitled "Pioneering Norwegian technology: aiming to kill aggressive brain tumors by producing light in the brain."


Updated:King Olav V´s Cancer Research Prize for 2018 to Vessela Kristensen

Vessela Kristensen (Photo: Nicki Twang)

King Olav V's cancer research award for 2018 went to professor Vessela Kristensen, head of the Cancer Genome Variation Group at the Department of Cancer Genetics at the Institute for Cancer Research.

The prestigious prize was handed over by HM Kong Harald V on behalf of the Norwegian Cancer Society in Oslo on April 16th. 

New: The Norwegian Cancer Society has recently published a feature article about Vessela Kristensen and her research.


European Research Council Advanced Grant to Stenmark for the second time

Professor Harald Stenmark. Foto: Øystein Horgmo, UiO

Professor Harald Stenmark, head of the "Cellular membrane dynamics" group at the Department of Molecular Cell Biology, receives ERC Advanced Grant for the second time. Only two other Norwegian researchers, Professor Edvard Moser (NTNU) and Professor Kenneth Hugdahl (UiB), have received ERC Advanced Grant twice in their careers.

The research project "Coincidence detection of proteins and lipids in regulation of cellular membrane dynamics (CODE)" will last for five years and has been awarded 2.5 million Euro.


Mini symposium Cancer Genomics, April 17th, 10am-4pmOn the occasion of King Olav V's award to Professor Vessela N. Kristensen

On the occasion of King Olav V's award 2018 to professor Vessela N. Kristensen there will be held a mini symposium  on cancer genomics April 17th at 10am-4pm in the Auditorium at the Institute for Cancer Research, in the K building at Montebello.
Speakers are prominent scientists Olga Troyanskaya, Charles Vaske, Sampsa Hautanemi, Diether Lambrechts, Gyan Bhanot, Peter Fasching and Zohar Yakhini.



Novel subtype-specific prognostic associations of KRAS and BRAF mutations revealed in colorectal cancer

First author Jørgen Smeby with co-author Ina A. Eilertsen

In a recent publication in Annals of Oncology (journal impact factor 11.9) by Jørgen Smeby and colleagues in the Lothe lab at the Department of Molecular Oncology, integration of gene expression-based subtyping and microsatellite instability status led to discovery of novel subtype-specific prognostic associations of the thoroughly investigated KRAS and BRAFV600E mutations in primary colorectal cancer (CRC).


Jon Amund Kyte "Researcher of the Month"

Jon Amund Kyte (photo: Elin B. Øvrebø)

Jon Amund Kyte, leader of the "Translational cancer immunotherapy" project group at the Department of Cancer Immunology at the Institute for Cancer Research, was appointed "Researcher of the Month" for February 2018 by the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Sør-Øst RHF). 
The group aims to develop improved cancer treatment based on two particularly promising strategies for immunotherapy. This research is presented in a feature article published on the home page of Helse Sør-Øst.