Awards from Oslo University Hospital to outstanding research

Five of the award winners
Five of the award winners

On Friday April 26th nine research awards were distributed to scientists from Oslo University Hospital. The prizes were given out by Bjørn Erikstein, managing director at the hosptital during a ceremony taking place at Rikshospitalet, Gaustad.

Awards went to six excellent research articles. For the first time, prizes also were given to three individual researchers. The "Excellent Researcher Award" was won by Harald Stenmark. The two "Early Career Awards" went to Guro Elisabeth Lind and Tom Hemming Karlsen.

Prize category overview:

  • one "Excellent Researcher Award". 300.000,- NOK
  • two "Early Career Awards", each amounting to 150.000,- NOK
  • six "Excelllent original articles" published second half-year of 2012. 50.000,- to each research group behind the articles.

Harald Stenmark - the winner of the "Excellent Researcher Award" - give a short presentation of his work.

Six of the best papers authored by scientists working on the hospital (first or last author must be affiliated to OUS) has been selected every half-year since 2011. The nomination takes place through the research panel of each division. The final selection process is performed by an external committee. A sum amounting to NOK 50.000 normally goes to the research group of which the first author represents.

The awards are meant to inspire the research communities at OUS and bring publicity to the excellent work performed by scientist at the hospital. The new prizes to the individual researchers come as a consequence of these ambitions.

In order to stimulate excellent research and draw attention to the hospital's extensive research activity, Oslo University Hospital reward outstanding publications regularly.

Excellent Researcher Award: Harald Stenmark

Head of Department of Biochemistry, the Norwegian Radium Hospital. Director, Centre for Cancer Biomedicine. Professor, the Medical Faculty of the University of Oslo.

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Early Career Award: Guro Elisabeth Lind

Researcher and group leader of the Epigentics group at the Department of Cancer Prevention, Institute for Cancer Research, OUS. Associate Professor - Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo

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Early Career Award: Tom Hemming Karlsen

Leader of Norwegian PSC Research Center, Group leader at Research Institute for Internal Medicine, MD at Department of Transplantation Medicine, Divison of Cancer Medicine, Surgery and Transplantation, OUS

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Award winning articles published during the second half-year of 2012: (research group representatives receiving prizes in bold)

Institute for Cancer Research
Divison of Cancer Medicine, Surgery and Transplantation
ColoGuidePro: a prognostic 7-gene expression signature for stage III colorectal cancer patients.
Sveen A, Ågesen TH, Nesbakken A, Meling GI, Rognum TO, Liestøl K, Skotheim RI, Lothe RA.
Clin Cancer Res. 2012 Nov 1;18(21):6001-10.

Department of Transplantation Medicine
Divison of Cancer Medicine, Surgery and Transplantation
Extended analysis of a genome-wide association study in primary sclerosing cholangitis detects multiple novel risk loci.
Folseraas T, Melum E, Rausch P, Juran BD, Ellinghaus E, Shiryaev A, Laerdahl JK, Ellinghaus D, Schramm C, Weismüller TJ, Gotthardt DN, Hov JR, Clausen OP, Weersma RK, Janse M, Boberg KM, Björnsson E, Marschall HU, Cleynen I, Rosenstiel P, Holm K, Teufel A, Rust C, Gieger C, Wichmann HE, Bergquist A, Ryu E, Ponsioen CY, Runz H, Sterneck M, Vermeire S, Beuers U, Wijmenga C, Schrumpf E, Manns MP, Lazaridis KN, Schreiber S, Baines JF, Franke A, Karlsen TH.
J Hepatol. 2012 Aug;57(2):366-75.

KG Jebsen Centre for Psychosis Research
Division of Mental Health and Addiction
Up-regulation of NOTCH4 gene expression in bipolar disorder.
Dieset I, Djurovic S, Tesli M, Hope S, Mattingsdal M, Michelsen A, Joa I, Larsen TK, Agartz I, Melle I, Røssberg JI, Aukrust P, Andreassen OA, Ueland T.
Am J Psychiatry. 2012 Dec 1;169(12):1292-300.

Department of Pediatric Research
Women and Children's Division
Does bronchial hyperresponsiveness in childhood predict active asthma in adolescence?
Riiser A, Hovland V, Carlsen KH, Mowinckel P, Lødrup Carlsen KC.
Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012 Sep 15;186(6):493-500.

Institute for Experimental Medical Research
Division of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Diseases
Syndecan-4 signaling via NFAT regulates extracellular matrix production and cardiac myofibroblast differentiation in response to mechanical stress.
Herum KM, Lunde IG, Skrbic B, Florholmen G, Behmen D, Sjaastad I, Carlson CR, Gomez MF, Christensen G.
J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2013 Jan;54:73-81.

Department of Microbiology
Division of Diagnostics and Intervention
ALKBH5 is a mammalian RNA demethylase that impacts RNA metabolism and mouse fertility.
Zheng G, Dahl JA, Niu Y, Fedorcsak P, Huang CM, Li CJ, Vågbø CB, Shi Y, Wang WL, Song SH, Lu Z, Bosmans RP, Dai Q, Hao YJ, Yang X, Zhao WM, Tong WM, Wang XJ, Bogdan F, Furu K, Fu Y, Jia G, Zhao X, Liu J, Krokan HE, Klungland A, Yang YG, He C.
Mol Cell. 2013 Jan 10;49(1):18-29.

Representatives from the award-winning research groups:
fom left Kai-Håkon Carlsen, Ole A. Andreassen, Trine Folseraas, Kate M. Herum, Anita Sveen. Not present during the photo session: John Arne Dahl. Photograhper: Ram Gupta, Oslo University Hospital.


News article with from the Oslo University Hospital home page (in Norwegian), including interviewes with the individual prize winners and summaries of the main findings of each awarded paper:

"Sykehuset deler ut tre nye forskningspriser"

To news articles about previous distributions of half-yearly awards to excellent OUS research:

First half-year of 2012

Second halv-year of 2011

First half-year of 2011

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