Research biobanks and related research projects

research biobank is a collection of human biological samples used for research. A research biobank is established when material is removed from a diagnostic or treatment biobank for a specific research project, or when new biological material is collected prospectively for research purposes. The latter is referred to as a general or thematic biobank without a specific research project attached to it; the goal is that research projects will be able to apply to use this material.

Research biobanks must have external approval from REC, internal approval from the department, and written patient consent allowing use of samples for research purposes.

Our department has a number of ongoing REC-approved biobank-based research projects, as well as REC-approved general (thematic) biobanks. They are listed here:

Project owner(s)   

Research project title

REC#; project period

Per Arne Andresen

Polyps as precursors of colon cancer; mechanisms for stem cell differentiation and cell cycle arrest induced by DNA damage

2013/1325 (side-project to NORCCAP study: S-98190, 2009/2021)   20.12.09-31.12.2019

Per Arne Andresen

Malignant melanoma: risk genes in patients with multiple primary melanoma (MPM)

2010/2805a; 28.02.11-20.12.2020

Per Arne Andresen (OUS); Halvfdan Sørbye (Haukeland Universitetssykehus)

Poorly-differentiated neuroendocrine carcinomas in the gastrointestinal tract; morphology and genomics

2012/940; 02.07.2012-01.08.2020

Klaus Beiske

Biological markers in neuroepithelial CNS tumors in children

2011/1903; 01.08.2011 - 31.12.2027

Klaus Beiske

Biological markers in neuroepithelial CNS tumors in adults

2011/1329; 01.08.2011 - 01.01.2030

Ben Davidson

Uterine sarcomas in Norway. A histopathologic, prognostic, immunohistochemical and molecular biological survey of a total population from 1970 to 2000, including 421 patients

2009/2510 S-04298;

Ben Davidson

Signaloverføringsveier som vedrører kreftcellers overlevelser i serøse væsker


Ben Davidson

General (thematic) research biobank – Gynecological tumors

2016/2237; start date for collection of material: 01.07.2003

Paula De Angelis

Cell biological investigations of gastrointestinal tract neoplasias

2015/628;  17.04.2015-31.12.2025

Paula De Angelis

Cell biological characterizations and prognostic markers of skin neoplasias 

2015/1213; 23.06.2015 - 31.12.2025

Vivi Flørenes

General (thematic) research biobank –  Malignant Melanoma

2014/2208; start date for collection of material: 06.06.2006

Vivi Flørenes

Molecular and functional characterization of malignant melanoma

2015/2434; 01.01.2016 - 01.01.2025

Guttorm Haraldsen

Blood vessel changes in inflammation and cancer (Endothelial cell biobank)

2014/298 S-05152a;                 02.07.2015 - 31.12.2025

Frode Jahnsen

T-lymfocytter: sentrale aktører ved øvre luftveisallergi

2010/1753 S-06272a; 01.11.2006 -                   25.10.2018

Frode Jahnsen

The turnover of antigen presenting cells in the transplanted kidney

2014/1383; 30.09.2014               - 31.08.2019

Frode Jahnsen

Studies on graft-versus-host-disease in bone marrow transplanted patients

2016/1990; 01.09.2016 - 31.12.2024

Frode Jahnsen

Studies on the local immune system in the gut

2017/2256; 01.12.2017               - 31.10.2027

Jon Lømo/Øystein Garred

Oslo Breast Cancer Research Consortium (OSBREAC) (Oslo 2 studie)


Henrik Reims/                          Bård Røsok (Kir. avd.)

Thematic research and quality register with biobank for diseases of liver and bile ducts at Oslo University Hospital

2013/425; approval granted until 31.12.2030

Henrik Reims/                   Arild Nesbakken (Kir. avd.)

SMART--included in quality records with biobank for diseases of liver and bile ducts at Oslo University Hospital

2010/592, 2010/359 and 2010/1805; approval period 2005 - 2027

Finn Reinholdt

Karakterisering av gener som uttrykkes i lårhalsen og er korrelert med bentetthet  og brudd


Finn Reinholdt

Langtidsresultater etter henholdsvis kombinert nyre-pancreastransplantasjon og transplantasjon av nyre fra levende giver hos personer med type-1 diabetes

2016/2330 (tidligere 2015/55 og S-05154);

Hege E. Giercksky Russnes/Elin Borgen

Oslo Breast Cancer Research Consortium (OSBREAC)--underprosjekt "Molecular heterogeneity of breast carcinomas, clinical implication of tumor subclones"


Zhenhe Suo                          

Molecular mechanisms in the development and progression of ovarial cancer

2016/1569; 13.09.06 - 31.12.2027

Gitta Turowski/Line Slettner (UiO)

Prediktorer for svangerskapsdiabetes og fostervekst i en multietnisk befolking (STORK Groruddalen studie)


Caroline Verbeke

Cancer Cell – Stromal Stellate Cell Interactions in Human Pancreatic Adenocarcinomas 


Caroline Verbeke

Pancreatic biobank



Please contact the project owner directly about collaboration possibilities. Note: REC must be informed about all project changes, including the addition of new collaborators.

More information about research biobanking can be found at, courtesy of the Department for Research Administration & Biobanking (Research Support Unit at Oslo University Hospital).

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