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.

Gunnar Sæter<br>Scientific director
Gunnar Sæter
Scientific director

Scientific production - Institute for Cancer Research

  Publications Doctoral theses
 2016  so far  
2015 220 21
2014 176 25
2013 197 27
2012 175 18
2011 201 22

Annual report 2015 (pdf format)


Latest news

H.M. the King's Gold Medal to Marina Vietri


Marina Vietri from Institute for Cancer Research and Centre for Cancer Biomedicine is awarded H.M. the King's Gold Medal for best thesis of the Faculty of Medicine.

She will receive the medal at the annual celebration of the University of Oslo in the University Aula on 2nd September.


Call for applications 2017

Annuncement of research funding from South-East Norway regional health authority for 2017


The South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority hereby announces a call for applications for research projects and research activities starting in 2017.

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

Application deadline is Tuesday, September 6th 2016 kl. 16:00.


Oslo University Hospital has awarded 6 excellent articles for the second half-year of 2015

Award winners of excellent article prize
Award winners of excellent article prize

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 2015 during a ceremony June 17th. Each group was given 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.


South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority brings attention to innovation:

Atle Bjørnerud "Innovator of the Month"

Atle Bjørnerud
Atle Bjørnerud

Professor Atle Bjørnerud from the Intervention Centre at Oslo University Hospital has been selected "Innovator of the Month" by the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority for the month of May.
The main focus of the research performed in his group is perfusion analysis of brain tumors with the overall aim of providing better tools for early, accurate diagnosis and monitoring treatment response.


Oslo University Hospital honouring outstanding scientific work:

The 2016 Excellent Research Awards to Pål Aukrust, Therese Seierstad and Espen Melum

Excellent researchers 2016: Pål Aukrust (Excellent Researcher Award) (center) flanked by  Therese Seierstad og Espen Melum (both Early Career Awards).(photo Børge Einrem)
Excellent researchers 2016: Pål Aukrust (Excellent Researcher Award) (center) flanked by Therese Seierstad og Espen Melum (both Early Career Awards).(photo Børge Einrem)

Three scientists received awards for their outstanding research activities at a ceremony taking place at Oslo University Hospital May 27th.

The major prize - the "Excellent Researcher Award" - went to professor Pål Aukrust.
Therese Seierstad and Espen Melum both received the "Early Career Award".

The prize money - 300.000 and 150.000 NOK respectively - is earmarked for research activities. This prize is distributed anually in order to honour excellent scientific work.


Strønen and Olweus publish article in Science on the use of donor immunity to target cancer

Strønen and Olweus
Strønen and Olweus

Erlend Strønen and Johanna Olweus from the Department of Immunology at the Institute for Cancer Research and the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Cancer Immunotherapy are first and joint last author respectively on a paper recently (May 19th) published in Science (journal impact factor 33.6), entitled "Targeting of cancer neoantigens with donor-derived T cell receptor repertoires".
The international research team - based in Oslo, Amsterdam and Copenhagen - has made a breakthrough methodological development in generating broad and tumour-specific T-cell immune responses based on a novel allogeneic approach. This is a powerful technological advancement which can in the relatively near future be subjected to clinical testing.