The Norwegian Center for Stem Cell Research is a center dedicated to basic and translational stem cell research, technical training, and public education

Our mission is 4-fold:

  1. To carry out internationally competitive basic and translational research into human stem cell biology
  2. To maintain state-of-the-art technological platforms for the production, characterization and differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells
  3. To facilitate the use of human stem cells in clinical experiments and trials
  4. To provide expertise and knowledge about human stem cell biology, technology and use to Norwegian researchers and clinicians, patients and their support groups, and health and government policy makers  


The Norwegian Center for Stem Cell Research was established in 2009 at the Oslo University Hospital-National Hospital (Rikshospitalet) through a directive from the Norwegian Ministry of Health, with funding administered by the Norwegian Research Council.

The center's principal objectives are to increase the pace of existing stem cell research in Norway, establish a platform for human pluripotent stem cell research, and build translational bridges that facilitate the clinical use of stem cells to treat patients. 

In addition to being a driving force for Norwegian stem cell research, the center plays a national role in training researchers, disseminating knowledge about human pluripotent stem cells to researchers, clinicians, and the general public, and increasing collaboration between Norwegian and international stem cell research communities.

Housed in facilities located at Domus Medica, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, within the Department of Biochemistry, the center contains several individual research laboratories and a core facility for the production and characterization of human pluripotent stem cells. The center is headed by Director Joel C. Glover, Professor at the Department of Physiology, University of Oslo, and Vice-director Philippe Collas, Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oslo.


Contact information for general requests:
Phone: +47 22851578

Media inquiries:
Inquiries from the media should be made to Hege Brincker Fjerdingstad by email or telephone.

Patient inquiries:
All patient inquiries should be made by email to Hege Brincker Fjerdingstad. The center can not administer patient inquiries made through any other channels.

Current news and events

We congratulate Jan Brinchmann and Lars EngebretsenNews 2019: Prestigious grant awarded to Stem Cell Center researchers

Group leader Jan Brinchmann and associate member Lars Engebretsen, together with Helena Brisby of the University of Gothenburg, have been awarded 10 million NOK by the Olav Thon Stiftelsen to support their translational studies employing genetic manipulation of cartilage to prevent the progression of arthrosis, and stem cells and tissue engineering to generate laboratory-made cartilage for the clinical repair of damaged cartilage in the knee joint.

We congratulate project leader Lars Engebretsen and Jan Brinchmann for this prestigious award!

More about the project can be seen here:

Announcement: Conference at Soria Moria15th Annual Norwegian Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Networking Conference September 17-18, 2018

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the 15th Annual Norwegian Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Networking Conference to be held at Soria Moria Hotel on September 17th-18th, 2018, Oslo.

This is the premiere conference for stem cell and regenerative medicine research in Norway, and provides an excellent opportunity for stem cell researchers throughout the country to interact both scientifically and socially.

The conference is organized by the Norwegian Center for Stem Cell Research and the Center of Excellence Hybrid Technology Hub, and sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council and the University of Oslo Life Science Program.

The scientific program will include presentations by participating PhD candidate, postdocs, and by our invited international speakers. In addition, there will be several company exhibitions.

The best PhD student presentation will be awarded with a plaque and a NOK 1000 prize!

Registration deadline is 15th of August. Please note that only a limited number of hotel rooms will be available for participants from outside Oslo. 

For registration please follow the link below:  


On behalf of the organizing committee,

Naiyereh Nelly Mohammadzadeh

+47 93 99 69 41