Many Jebsen Centres at the Faculty of Medicine
With the new Centre for B cell malignancies, the Faculty now hosts six active K.G. Jebsen Centres.
Dean Frode Vartdal. Photo: Øystein Horgmo
The "Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen" foundation gives large sums to medical research. The foundation seeks to enable projects that would otherwise not be implemented, and donates money to a small number of larger projects.
Six active centres
“Our Faculty is fortunate to have as many as six active K.G. Jebsen Centres,” says Dean Frode Vartdal. “A lot has to fall in place before a grant for a centre is given, so we are very proud of the fact that we have six. These research groups are at the very forefront of their field of research,” he continues.
All of the faculty’s six Jebsen Centres are located at the Institute of Clinical Medicine. The Centres conduct research in the fields of immunology, psychiatry and cardiology. They immerse themselves in key illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, psychotic disorders and coeliac disease, and focus both on basic research and treatment. One of the Centres develops vaccines.
"The academic breadth is the result of the Faculty’s focus on many fields," Vartdal explains. “You can’t be the best in everything, but with a broad approach you can achieve outstanding results in many fields. We are therefore proud of the range our Jebsen Centres represent,” he says.
"Naturally, we are very excited about the foundation’s contribution to the Faculty’s research. Their extensive commitment to research is producing results that will benefit many,” says Vartdal.
The Faculty’s six active centres
K. G. Jebsen Centre for Psychosis Research (Norwegian), headed by Ole A. Andreassen
The goal of the Centre is to find out more about the causes of psychotic disorders. The researchers are mapping the genetic and environmental causalities of psychotic disorders, and are observing how the illnesses evolve over time.
K.G. Jebsen Centre for Influenza Vaccine Research, headed by Bjarne Bogen
The Centre wants to develop a general influenza vaccine that works year after year against all types of influenza viruses. The Centre also wants to contribute to the rapid development of effective vaccines in dangerous pandemic situations.
K.G. Jebsen Centre for Cancer Immunotherapy, headed by Johanna Olweus
The Centre for Cancer Immunotherapy is developing new treatment strategies against cancer. Using novel technologies for overcoming immunological tolerance, its aim is to discover and produce new immunotherapeutic strategies.
K.G. Jebsen Coeliac Disease Research Centre, headed by v Ludvig M. Sollid
The Centre does translation research to exploit the basic understanding of the mechanism of the illness in order to improve diagnostics and treatment of coeliac disease.
K.G. Jebsen Center for Cardiac Research, headed by Ivar Sjaastad
The Centre researches the mechanisms of heart failure. Its main aim is to identify key factors responsible for diastolic dysfunction.
K.G. Jebsen Centre for B cell malignancies, headed by Ludvig A. Munthe
The Faculty’s newest centre aims to provide new knowledge about B cell malignancies and transfer it from laboratory to clinic.
Centres that have completed their work
"We were awarded some of the first Jebsen Centres, which have now reached the end of their time as centres," Vartdal concludes.
The three K.G. Jebsen Centres that have completed their work are the Centre for Breast Cancer Research, the Inflammation Research Centre and a former Centre for Cardiac Research.