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

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

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  Publications Doctoral theses
2017 so far  
 2016 235  15
2015 221 21
2014 174 25

Annual report 2015 (pdf format)


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Call for applications 2018

Annuncement of research funding from South-East Norway regional health authority for 2018


The South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority hereby announces a call for applications for research projects and research activities starting in 2018.

The total funding available for this call is approximately 100 million Norwegian kroner.

Application deadline is Tuesday, September 5th 2017 kl. 16:00.


Oslo University Hospital has awarded 6 excellent articles for the second half-year of 2016

Award winners during the ceremony (photo Marethe Falch)
Award winners during the ceremony (photo Marethe Falch)

Six research groups were awarded for their excellent papers published during the second half-year of 2016 during a ceremony June 16th. 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 six selected articles are of especially high quality, and they present important finding on both-short and long-term scales. The works reflect the good quality and the interdisciplinarity that characterises several research environments at Oslo University Hospital. The research is a fundamental condition for the institution to maintain and strenghten the quality in the patient treatment.


Innovation project from the Lind group featured by GenomeWeb


The New York based news organization GenomeWeb recently presented an in-depth article about the Oslo University Hospital-efforts of developing a urine-based test for monitoring of bladder cancer patients. Professor Guro Lind presented the project at the Oslo Life Science Conference 2017 previously this year (watch presentation, 58 minutes into the recording. The project drew the attention of Bjarne Røsjø in Titan and was later picked up by GenomeWeb.


Clinically important genetic heterogeneity in colorectal cancers with microsatellite instability

First authors Anita Sveen, Torstein Tengs and Bjarne Johannessen (contributed equally)
First authors Anita Sveen, Torstein Tengs and Bjarne Johannessen (contributed equally)

Microsatellite instability (MSI) defines a small subgroup of approximately 15% of colorectal cancers (CRC) which currently receives much attention due to its overall good response to immune-checkpoint inhibition. In the latest issue of Genome Medicine, scientist Anita Sveen and colleagues publish the largest multilevel genetic analysis of this tumor type reported to date, describing substantial inter- and intra-tumor heterogeneity. The clinical importance of these results, in particular with respect to the optimized use of immunotherapeutics for treatment of human cancers, was emphasized in a Research Highlight in the same issue of the journal.


Per O. Seglen awarded King Olav V's cancer research prize for 2017

Per Ottar Seglen received the award from H.M. King Harald V and was congratulated by Anne Lise Ryel and Gunn-Elin Aa. Bjørneboe
Per Ottar Seglen received the award from H.M. King Harald V and was congratulated by Anne Lise Ryel and Gunn-Elin Aa. Bjørneboe

King Olav V's cancer research prize for 2017 was on June 6th given to professor Per O. Seglen, formerly head of the Proteomics & Mammalian Cell Biology Section at the Institute for Cancer Research, OUH, currently a guest researcher at NCMM.

The prestigious prize is distributed annually by the Norwegian Cancer Society, and the winner receives NOK 1.000.000.


New mechanism for rare skin disorder discovered

Jan C. Sitek
Jan C. Sitek

Norwegian scientists have found the genetic cause of the skin disease KWE (keratolytic winter erythema) - a rare autosomal-dominant skin disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of palmoplantar erythema and epidermal peeling, usually triggered by cold weather, moisture, or stress.
In an article recently published in the American Journal of Human Genetics (journal impact factor 10.8) it is concluded that KWE is caused by tandem duplications in a non-coding genomic region containing an active enhancer element for CTSB, a gene encoding cathepsin B, resulting in upregulation of the protein in affected individuals.
The article was selected as "Editors choice" in AJHG for the month of May.
Head physician  and 2nd author of the paper Jan Cezary Sitek (photo) from the Dermatology Research Group at Oslo University Hospital initiated the research project six years ago, and treats several patients with KWE.