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
2015 so far  
2014 176  
2013 197 27
2012 175 18
2011 201 22
2010 221 11
2009 182 21
2008 152 11

Annual report 2014 (pdf format)


Latest news

Recognition of outstanding scientific work:

Kaisa Haglund receives the Jahre prize for young medical researchers

Kaisa Haglund
Kaisa Haglund

Kaisa Haglund from Harald Stenmark's group at the Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo University Hospital, and Centre for Cancer Biomedicine, University of Oslo is awarded the Anders Jahre's prize for young medical researchers for the year 2015 in recognition of her outstanding scientific work on cellular mechanisms regulating cell division and cancer development. Haglund shares the prize with Professor Pernilla Lagergren from Karolinska Institutet. The prize sum is NOK 400,000.


New English version of "The Research Handbook- from idea to publication" is available


An new English version of "The Research Handbook- from idea to publication" is available on Oslo University Hospital website as of August 27 2015.
The website presents both a Norwegian and English updated version of the Handbook, including simple "Downhill Ski Tracks" for Researchers, PhD students and their projects.

The Research Handbook is designed to provide guidance to hospital personnel,health researchers and biomedical researchers who would like to convert an idea into a high quality research project.


Oslo Cancer Cluster Innovation Park officially opened

Norum (left) and Einarsson during the opening ceremony (photo Anders Beyer)
Norum (left) and Einarsson during the opening ceremony (photo Anders Beyer)

Early 2000, Jónas Einarsson, CEO at the Radium Hospital Research Foundation, and Kaare Norum, former principal of the University of Oslo, realized that a natural cluster for cancer research, development and innovation emerged in the Oslo-area. Together they established Oslo Cancer Cluster, a research and industry cluster within cancer.

Oslo Cancer Cluster Innovation Park AS was officially opened August 24th 2015 by the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg.


Chronicle on personalised cancer medicine in Aftenposten

Illustration photo: Aftenposten
Illustration photo: Aftenposten

Norway's largest newspaper Aftenposten recently printed a chronicle on personalized cancer medicine, entitled "Should every cancer patient become their own research project"? Here, leader of the National Cancer Genomics Consortium, professor Ola Myklebost, and colleagues professors Per Eystein Lønning, Bjørn Tore Gjertsen and Ragnhild A. Lothe point out that in "personalized medicine", cancer patients remain the largest and increasing group that may benefit most from new treatment strategies.
The authors emphasize the importance of increase in national clinical trials and participation in high quality international studies for the benefit of the Norwegian cancer patient and to strengthen the Norwegian professional development and research.


Training course August 25:

Preparing for the upcoming health calls for Horizon 2020


New calls for EUs Work Programme 2016–2017 - "Health, demographic change and wellbeing" - will be published in September/October 2015. The first deadlines for proposal submissions are most likely in Q1 2016. The call text has a wide scope but also clear priorities. It is a challenge to interpret the text and decode how individual ideas and research can match the text.
A training course will be held by The external funding team at the Dept for Research Administration & Biobank at OUS on Tuesday August 25th.
The Norwegian Research has published an article containing useful advices for the application process, based on experiences from SINTEF during the first round of Horizon 2020 calls.


Novel method reveals new knowledge about G1-phase

First author Tine Weise Håland
First author Tine Weise Håland

A recent collaborative study from the Department of Radiation Biology (Håland, Boye, Stokke, Grallert, Syljuåsen) describes a novel method to simultaneously measure minichromosome maintenance proteins (MCMs) loading and passage through the RB1-dependent restriction point in single cells.
The results are recently (August 6th) published in Nucleic Acids Research (journal impact factor 9.1).