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.

The Institute has internationally strong research groups within biochemistry, cell and tumor biology, genetics, radiation biology, immunology and cancer prevention. For more than 30 years there has been a close interaction between researchers at the Institute and cancer surgeons, oncologists and pathologists. This emphasis on translational science has resulted in numerous clinical protocols based on in-house research, and the Institute is a key partner in the Comprehensive Cancer Center, organizationally under the Division of Surgery and Cancer Treatment at Oslo University Hospital.

Harald Stenmark<br>Acting Inst. Head
Harald Stenmark
Acting Inst. Head

Scientific production - Institute for Cancer Research

  Publications Doctoral theses
2017 so far  
 2016 235  
2015 221 21
2014 174 25
2013 205 27

Annual report 2015 (pdf format)


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Invitation to seminar March 2nd 12:00

Thon Awards seminars 2017

From left: Amiry-Moghaddam, Zetterberg, Hoeijmakers and Bogdanovic
From left: Amiry-Moghaddam, Zetterberg, Hoeijmakers and Bogdanovic

This is a unique seminar with the Olav Thon Foundation's International Research Awardees for Mathematics and Natural Science and Medicine 2017.

The first talk will be held by International Research Prize winner Jan Hoeijmakers from Erasmus University Rotterdam, who is one of the most significant scientists in molecular genetics of our time. 

Further talks will be held by Research Awardee Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam on Parkinson's disease, and by Research Awardees Henrik Zetterberg and Nenad Bogdanovic on Alzheimer research.

Time and place: March 2nd, 2017 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM, Runde Auditorium R-105 at Domus Medica, Gaustad

Deadline for registration: February 23rd


Héctor Peinado Selgas speaks at CCB seminar February 27th at 13:00:

Defining the role of tumor-secreted exosomes in pre-metastatic niche formation

Héctor Peinado Selgas
Héctor Peinado Selgas

The CCB seminar Monday February 27th will be held by Héctor Peinado Selgas from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), Madrid.
Title of his talk: Defining the role of tumor-secreted exosomes in pre-metastatic niche formation

Time and place: Monday February 27th 01:00 PM - 01:45 PM in the Auditorium in the Research Building, Institute for Cancer Research, Montebello.


Breakfast lecture in Oslo Wednesday March 1st:

Arne Klungland talks about embryo research

Arne Klungland
Arne Klungland

Professor Arne Klungland, section head at the Department of Microbiology, will hold a lecture on the subject of embryonic development during a breakfast meeting held by the The Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board (Bioteknologirådet).

Klungland is the leader of several research projects aiming at understanding the first few days during embryonic development, and gain insight into the early development of various diseases.

Time: March 1st 8.15-9.30 AM (breakfast from 8.15, lecture starts 8.30)
Place: Håndverkeren, Galleriet (1st floor)


Critical article on doping and drug testing published in EMBO reports

First author Erik Boye (left) and Tore Skotland
First author Erik Boye (left) and Tore Skotland

Sports play an important role in our society. Four Norwegian researchers, two from OUS, have published an article in EMBO reports where they discuss problems occurring in the testing of athletes for doping.
The authors (E. Boye and T. Skotland from OUS (photo), J. Nissen-Meyer from UiO and B. Østerud, UiTø) describe how the World Antidoping Agency (WADA) pretends never to make mistakes and is resistant to any form of discussion with other scientists. This attitude creates false positives and athletes are being sanctioned while innocent, with dramatic consequences for the individual. It is argued that both the technological, ethical and legal procedures should be revised and an independent body should monitor the function of WADA.


Updated: honoured with "Preview" article in Developmental Cell

Findings from Rusten group published in Nature on microenvironmental autophagy draw nationwide attention

First author Nadja Katheder and senior author Tor Erik Rusten
First author Nadja Katheder and senior author Tor Erik Rusten

Nadja Katheder and collaborators in the lab of Tor Erik Rusten, the Department of Molecular Cell Biology, and CCB has published an article entitled "Microenvironmental autophagy supports tumor growth", in an advanced online publication 11th of January in the journal Nature (journal impact factor 41.46). 
The findings have been subject to news coverage by the Norwegian national broadcasting corporation (NRK).
The prestigious journal "Developmental Cell" has recently published an article in their "Previews" section, entitled "Breaking Down Neighbors to Fuel Tumorigenesis". Here, the authors discuss how the work of Katheder and colleagues "opens new avenues for understanding and manipulating cancers through cell-cell communication."


"Science" article from Johanna Olweus's group highlighted by editorial in New England Journal of Medicine

Figure from the editorial
Figure from the editorial

The article "Targeting of cancer neoantigens with donor-derived T cell receptor repertoires" by Erlend Strønen et al, published in Science in June 2016, is highlighted by an editorial in the "Clinical Implications of Basic Research" section in the Feb 2nd edition of New England Journal of Medicine.

The editorial is entitled "The Antigenicity of the Tumor Cell — Context Matters".