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Our research is mainly focusing on the following four topics: skin cancer, skin inflammation, skin microcirculation and quality of life/epidemiology.

About the group

The research group represents a selection of researchers in the Department of Rheumatology, Skin and Infection Diseases (RHI) at the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital.

Our research focuses on to main areas; skin inflammation and skin cancer. We perform both translational and clinical research, and our research registry (Dermareg) and biobank (RHI biobank) form the basis for the current research activity. 

The activities of the Dermatology Research Group are closely integrated with the clinical work at the Department of Dermatology, Oslo University Hospital.

The department is a tertiary referral center for patients with skin disease, both adults and children, in the South-East Health Region of Norway (population: appr. 2.9 million). The academic staff is also responsible for teaching medical students at the University of Oslo.

We have collaborations with several clinical and basic research groups, both at the Oslo University Hospital and at other institutions in Norway and abroad. Our aim is to increase collaborations in the future to perform high-quality Research.

The group's projects are divided into four themes

  • Skin cancer. Cancer of transplanted, metastases of spinocellular carcinoma, micrometastases of malignant melanoma, D vitamin level of transplanted and cutaneous T cell lymphoma.
  • Inflammation of the skin
  • Cutaneous physiology / epidermis
  • Quality of life / interaction



  • Rheumatology Research Group, OUS
  • ORAACLE - Oslo Research group of Asthma and Allergy in Children, the Lung and Environment
  • PreventADALL
  • K. G. Jebsen Inflammation Research Centre
  • Department of Pathology, OUS Radiumhospitalet.
  • Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, OUS
  • Institute for Internal Medicine Research, OUS Rikshospitalet
  • Department of Medical Genetics, OUS
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, OUS Ullevål
  • Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Women’s Health, OUS
  • Department of General Practice, UiO


  • Janssen-Cilag AS, Oslo
  • Department of Rheumatology, Diakonhjemmet Hospital, Oslo
  • Cancer Registry of Norway, Oslo
  • Haukeland University Hospital, Centre for Medical Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Bergen
  • The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority, Østerås


  • Nijmegen University Hospital, The Netherlands
  • University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • University of Halifax, Canada.
  • SCOPE network (Skin Care in Organ-transplanted Patients Europe)
  • EADV Task Force Pruritus
  • European Society of Psychiatry and Dermatology

Selected Key Publications

  • Lossius AH, Berents TL, Saetre F, Nilsen HR, Bradley M, Asad S, Haraldsen G, Sundnes O, Holm JØ (2020) Early transcriptional changes after UVB treatment in atopic dermatitis include inverse regulation of IL-36γ and IL-37. Exp Dermatol, 30 (2), 249-261. DOI 10.1111/exd.14217, PubMed 33067891
  • Skjerven HO, Rehbinder EM, Vettukattil R, LeBlanc M, Granum B, Haugen G, Hedlin G, Landrø L, Marsland BJ, Rudi K, Sjøborg KD, Söderhäll C, Staff AC, Carlsen KH, Asarnoj A, Bains KES, Carlsen OCL, Endre KMA, Granlund PA, Hermansen JU, Gudmundsdóttir HK, Hilde K, Håland G, Kreyberg I, Olsen IC et al. (2020) Skin emollient and early complementary feeding to prevent infant atopic dermatitis (PreventADALL): a factorial, multicentre, cluster-randomised trial Lancet, 395 (10228), 951-961  DOI 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)32983-6, PubMed 32087121
  • Pietka W, Sundnes O, Hammarström C, Zucknick M, Khnykin D, Haraldsen G (2020) Lack of interleukin-33 and its receptor does not prevent calcipotriol-induced atopic dermatitis-like inflammation in mice  Sci Rep, 10 (1), 6451 DOI 10.1038/s41598-020-63410-z, PubMed 32296080
  • Lundborg M, Holm JH, Sandvik L, Lossius AH, Rehbinder EM, Sitek JC, Berents TL (2020) Multidisciplinary educational programme for caregivers of children with atopic dermatitis- in South East Norway - an observational study BMC Dermatol, 20 (1), 20 DOI 10.1186/s12895-020-00119-6, PubMed 33298043
  • Lossius AH, Lorentzen M, Austad J, Bergersen TK. Contact allergy in patients with chronic venous leg ulcers. Contact Dermatitis. 2020 Dec 27. doi: 10.1111/cod.13770. Online ahead of print.Contact Dermatitis. 2020. PMID: 33368388 
  • Alfonso JH, Martinsen JI, Weiderpass E, Pukkala E, Kjaerheim K, Tryggvadottir L, Lynge E. Occupation and cutaneous melanoma: a 45-year historical cohort study of 14·9 million people in five Nordic countries. Br J Dermatol. 2020 Jul 6. doi: 10.1111/bjd.19379..Br J Dermatol. 2020. PMID: 33026672 
  • Alfonso JH, Afanou AK, Holm JØ, Stylianou E Skin bioengineering in the diagnosis of occupational protein contact dermatitis.  Occup Med (Lond). 2020 Jun 20;70(4):282-285. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqaa005.Occup Med (Lond). 2020. PMID: 32009172 


Published Aug. 10, 2018 10:22 AM - Last modified May 31, 2021 10:30 AM


Group leader


  • Astrid Haaskjold Lossius
  • Eva Maria Rehbinder
  • Jan Øyvind Holm
  • Petter Gjersvik
  • Tone Kristin Bergersen
  • Anne Lise Ording Helgesen
  • Evelina Buinauskaite
  • Ingrid Roscher
  • Jan Sitek
  • Jose Hernan Alfonso
  • Kim Advocaat Endre
  • Kristin Hortemo
  • Linn Landrø
  • Mohammad Rizvi
  • Olaf Antonsen
  • Olav Gramstad
  • Olav Sundnes
  • Teresa Løvold Berents
  • Siri Hansen Stabell
  • Øystein Sandanger
Detailed list of participants