Therese Seierstad from Mona-Elisabeth Revheim's "Functional and Molecular Imaging" research group at the Division of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine was appointed "Researcher of the Month" for June 2018 by the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Sør-Øst RHF). Her research is mostly focused on prostate cancer and breast cancer. As head of research at the division she is also involved in research projects not directly related to cancer treatment. Seierstad's work is presented in a feature article published on the home page of Helse Sør-Øst.
An article by senior scientist Lene Malerød and her co-workers in Kaisa Haglund’s project group shows how the mitotic spindle achieves its correct orientation during cell division.
The article ”Centrosomal ALIX regulates mitotic spindle orientation by modulating astral microtubule dynamics” was published online on June 1 in The EMBO Journal and elucidates a previously unrecognized biological role of the multifunctional adaptor protein ALIX during cell division. Specifically, ALIX is recruited to centrosomes, where it promotes correct mitotic spindle orientation at metaphase during both asymmetric and symmetric cell division, by facilitating the formation of astral microtubules.
WiBEC (Wireless In-Body Environment Communications) is a Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network and trains 16 young researchers in coordinated manner by academia, industry and medical centres. WiBEC is led by Professor Ilangko Balasingham at the Intervention Centre at Oslo University Hospital.
WiBEC has been identified by the Innovation Radar - a European Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation framework programmes.
WiBEC’s main objective is to provide high quality and innovative doctoral training to develop the wireless technologies for novel implantable devices that will contribute to the improvement in quality and efficacy of healthcare. These are innovations that are actively exploring value creation opportunities and rated by the European Commission as Excellent Science.
The BETAMI trial - "BEta-Blocker Treatment after Acute Myocardial Infarction in revascularized patients with preserved left ventricular systolic function" - has been funded with 15 mill NOK from Klinbeforsk - the national "Clinical therapy research in the specialist health services" program. The trial is led by Dan Atar, head of research at the Division of Medicine and leader of the "Ischemic Heart Disease" group. In the 80's and 90's it was considered important to administer beta blockers to avoid future cardiac deaths and new heart attacks. "But huge progress has been made, among other things, the blockage of blood vessels is very effective. We do not know if beta-blocking is still necessary", says Atar, who has recently been interviewed by "Dagens Medisin".
The Research Council of Norway reports that Norway exceeds two per cent share of Horizon 2020 contribution for the first time. Figures from the EU show a steady increase in the number of Norwegian projects with successful proposals. “It would appear that Norwegian applicants have cracked the code and that we’re now surging ahead,” states John-Arne Røttingen, Chief Executive of the Research Council. Of the more than 10 mill Euro going to Norwegian health authorities Oslo University Hospital receive 7.9 mill Euro and Helse Bergen 1.6 mill Euro.
In order to stimulate excellent research and draw attention to the hospital's extensive research activity, Oslo University Hospital reward outstanding publications regularly.
Six research groups were awarded for their excellent papers published during the second half-year of 2017 on May 25th in the large auditorium at Ullevål sykehus. Each group received NOK 50.000 for use in further research. The prize winners gave short presentations of the main findings in their respective articles.
The paper entitled “Enhanced targeting of triple-negative breast carcinoma and malignant melanoma by photochemical internalization of CSPG4-targeting immunotoxins” by Marius S. Eng et al. was a joint academic-industry effort including collaboration with the Ferronel lab at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, the Rosenblum lab at MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Mælandsmo lab at Oslo University Hospital (OUS), the Imaging Facility at the Institute for Cancer Research (OUS) and PCI Biotech. The manuscript was published in the May issue of Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences (The Royal Society of Chemistry), which is a society-owned journal publishing high quality research on all aspects of photochemistry and photobiology.
Findings from scientists at the Research Institute of Internal Medicine published in the prestigious "Journal of the American College of Cardiology" (journal impact factor 19.9) has received attention. Martin Kummen and Marius Trøseid are first and last authors on the publication, entitled "Gut Microbiota Signature in Heart Failure Defined From Profiling of 2 Independent Cohorts".
The Norwegian popular science web site "forskning.no" has recently written about the results, and interviewed senior author Marius Trøseid about the linking of gut bacteria flora to chronic heart failure.