Experimental cell transplantation
The research group was established at the Institute of Surgical Research in 2005 and has focused on the development of new strategies to counteract the harmful effects of islet cells before transplantation, and to strengthen islet growth and function after transplantation. In 2009, the first doctorate in the group was published (Tromod Lund) and a master's degree in 2008 (Ingrid Aursnes Stølen).
The research group is part of a Nordic Network for Clinical Islet Transplantation (NNCIT) and works in collaboration with the University of Uppsala, Sweden. During the last few years extensive efforts have been devoted to establishing facilities to isolate and cultivate human islet cells and other cell types, such as hepatocytes and mesenchymal stem cells, to create a center for cell transplantation at Oslo University Hospital.