Welcome to the Department of Pediatric Research

The Pediatric Research Institute (PFI) was established as a joint university and hospital institute at the Rikshospitalet in 1959. In the first years, research focused on hematology; however, soon a whole range of research topics was established, including metabolic diseases, pediatric cancer, adverse effects of bilirubin, and basic research on the effect of peptides on diseases.
During the last 20 years, the research focus was primarily on the effect of hypoxia-reoxygenation injury and oxydativ stress, especially during the neonatal period. For this purpose, a number of animal models and cell culture models were established at the PFI. PFI collaborates extensively with a number of national and international research groups.

Ola Didrik Saugstad and his colleagues from the Department of Pediatric Research

Overall goals:

The PFI is committed to promote pediatric research through advanced science in combination with clinical practice. The aim is to obtain scientific knowledge for a better understanding, treatment, and prevention of pediatric diseases. To reach this goal, we intend to

  • create a research environment for researchers and clinicians in the field of pediatrics
  • provide a platform to discuss scientific achievements for clinicians and scientists from different disciplines
    advice and provide knowledge to health professionals and the general public
  • perform a variety of different relevant major research projects
    apply and develop different techniques and methods for our research
  • encourage and value practical, translational, and basic pediatric science 
  • connect and exchange our knowledge with national and international collaboration partners

... for the sake of our children  

Our research focuses currently on:

Latest new of the department of Pediatric Research

Honorary lecture for Karl Ludvig Reichelt "Kalles minneforelesning"

Prof. Ola Skjeldal Autisme og Autisme spekter forstyrrelse

November 27th 2017, 12.00 at the auditorium for internal medicine research, D1.2082, OUS-Rikshospitalet.


Honorary symposium for Ola Didrik Saugstad

March 3rd 2017, 3-5 p.m. in ‘Blått auditorium’ OUS-Rikshospitalet Sognsvannsveien 20, 0372 Oslo.



Selected latest oral presentations of the Department at national and international conferences 2013 - to date


Latest degree of Master in 2015

  • Karianne Vegheim Effect of ammonia on metabolic activity, urea production, and gene expression in hepatocytes
  • Sophia Mandueldas Investigating novel biomarkers for neonatal asphyxia in newborn piglets
  • Cecilie Aas A novel pig cell line as model system for studies of calcineurin inhibitors.

 Latest degree of PhD in 2017

  • Babak Asadi-Azarbaijani The quality of cryopreserved ovarian tissue used for fertility preservation in pediatric and young adult cancer patients.
  • Nicolai A. Lund-Blix Early nutrition and risk of type 1 diabetes.

Latest awards

Annual reports

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Pediatrisk forskningsinstitutt

Contact information:

Department of Pediatric Research
Division of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Oslo University Hospital Rikshospitalet
Postal address: P. O. Box 4950 Nydalen, N-0424 Oslo, Norway 
Street address: Sognsvannsveien 20, 0372 Oslo, Oslo University Hospital, Norway
Phone: +47 23 07 27 90 Fax: +47 23 07 27 80, Switchboard: +47 22 93 40 00

Webmaster for PFI: lars.o.baumbusch@rr-research.no


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