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On March 12th, 2018, Arnar Gudjonsson successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled: “Improving antibody responses of cDC1 targeted vaccines”. Arnar’s work was supervised by Bjarne Bogen and Even Fossum. Arnar's research has identified a method for directing vaccines specifically to dendritic cells for enhancements of antibody responses after vaccinations of mice. Specifically, targeting of dendritic cells in a way that does not promote rapid uptake and degradation of the vaccine will polarize immune responses towards antibody responses that can protect against influenza infection. This method of targeting may be applicable also to other diseases and vaccine strategies. Congratulations and well done, Arnar!
On March 2nd 2018, Tor Kristian Andersen successfully defended his thesis for PhD entitled “APC-targeted DNA vaccines against pandemic influenza.” Tor Kristian’s work was supervised by Bjarne Bogen and Gunnveig Grødeland. The thesis covered a study of an APC-targeted DNA vaccine against avian influenza H7 and a mechanistic study of the underlying immunological responses to antigen targeted to antigen presenting cells (APCs). By targeting these essential cells of the immune system, the immune response was enhanced, which could translate to protection against avian influenza H7 in mice. Congratulations and well done, Tor Kristian!
The recent meeting with Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen and the Norwegian K.G. Jebsen Centres displayed excellence in science, music and food. Like science, excellent cooking and piano playing necessitates hard work and passion. So does development of an inspirational haven, as found in Austevoll.
This September we were reminded of nature's splendor during our Retreat at Finse. We met for two days of fun scientific lectures and discussions. Two of our scientific advisors, Adolfo Garcia-Sastre and Guus Rimmelzwaan, were also able to join us, contributing both keynote lectures and relevant feedback to the different JIV projects presented. This year we are in our 4th year as a K.G. Jebsen Centre, and this is visible both by the number of joint scientific endeavours and the social unity that was apparent during the Retreat. Thank you to all participants for a great time!
On November 17, medical student Ane Marie Anderson had her exam for the medical research programm. This is a programm where medical students spend a full year on research, and then continues the research in parallell with the medical studies. Anderson's research was supervised by Bjarne Bogen and Gunnveig Grødeland, and demonstrated a novel concept for how broad immunity against influenza can be achieved. Congratulations, Ane!
The number of people suffering from various allergies or astma is increasing. Current vaccine strategies require several injections over three to five years. However, by using the same vaccine principle that we have previously demonstrated to be efficient for cancer and influenza, we hope to also be able to increase the efficacy of vaccination against allergy and asthma. The last issue of forskning.no features JIV members Bjarne Bogen, Even Fossum and Sonja Bobic on a project where novel vaccines against allergies have been developed.
At present, the K.G. Jebsen Foundation funds 14 K.G. Jebsen Centres in various fields of medicine. This October, we all met at Sommerøya outside Tromsø for discussions on the theme of Research Communication. During two days, we covered topics ranging from open access publications to knowledge distribution through flickr, and actor Kjetil Høegh gave a thurrow demonstration on the power of conscious communication. Public dissemination of scientific results is important, and could particularly be of significance with respect to providing the population with reliable information on the subject of vaccination.
What do you want to be when you grow up? In an effort to clarify possible career paths, Naturviterne organized a Career day where some future perspectives and possible paths were outlined. Here, Even Fossum presented the path to becoming a scientist. In his title, he posed the question "Scientist - just a job?". The answer we suspect is still up for debate.
Rebecca Cox and Kristin G-I Mohn, members of the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Influenza Vaccine Research, have taken a stand against ignorance.
Fan Zhou won the poster award during the 2015 GlobVac conference. Congratulations!
March brought the opportunity to meet in person with all the groups in the K.G. Jebsen Center for Influenza Vaccine Research (JIV). We combined an internal seminar in Oslo with the annual GlobVac conference, and was rewarded with inspiration for future scientific work together.
Matt Parson, Canada, has received a young investigator award from GLOBVAC on a project based on HIV vaccines and Vaccibodies. The project will be carried out in Bjarne Bogen's lab in JIV.
Bjarne Bogen and Even Fossum from JIV are featured in the news (April 26, NRK), discussing different angles towards the eradication of tuberculosis, and presenting current efforts to construct effective vaccines against tuberculosis.