We have contributed to the establishment of glycobiology as a research field at the University of Oslo, with focus both on molecular biological and clinical aspects. We have also established studies nutrition and health for persons with intellectual disabilities as a research topic with extensive collaboration with several community health services and specialist health services.
Our studies in glycobiology have been expanded into research on extracellular matrix in relation to diet related diseases such as diabetes,obesity and atherosclerosis.
We have also published papers on the possible use of proteoglycans and extracellular matrix proteins as markers for kidney changes in diabetes and for endothelial stress.
We have initiated and performed studies on nutrition, health and physical activity in persons with intellectual disabilities, previously not addressed in Norway. We have also established a nation wide network for studies on nutrition and health for persons with intellectual disabilities in Norwegian municipalities.