NCMM Tuesday Seminar: Gunnveig Grødeland and Marc Vaudel

NCMM Associate Investigators, Gunnveig Grødeland (Institute of Clinical Medicine, UiO and Oslo University Hospital) and Marc Vaudel (Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen), will present their research as part of NCMM's Tuesday Seminar series

Gunnveig Grødeland (Institute of Clinical Medicine, UiO and OUH): "Next generation vaccine development"


The present SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has highlighted both strengths and weaknesses for state of the art vaccine development. Vaccines against Covid-19 have been developed at an unprecedented speed, and are safe and efficient. However, the strategy may not hold against the next pandemic threat. How can we fill current knowledge gaps to improve future prophylaxis against emerging viruses?

Marc Vaudel (Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen): "Precision pediatrics to nip metabolic disorders in the bud"


Can diabetic children avoid insulin shots? Recent research has provided an unprecedented understanding of the spectrum of diabetes, beyond the historical Type I vs. Type II classification. Identifying the genetic and signaling mechanisms underlying the different forms of diabetes can enable the transition of patients to oral treatment – a life-changing event for patients providing decreased burden on the daily life, better glucose management, and in turn reduced prevalence of complications.

What influences the growth of babies? A multitude of factors impact the corpulence of babies at birth and during early growth, which can rapidly spiral towards uncontrolled over- or underweight. Understanding the genetic, metabolic, and environmental factors sustaining growth is key to act early against weight management disorders, and break the course of the obesity epidemic.

In this presentation, I will introduce how research in precision medicine is shedding light on these questions by combining biobank-scale multidimensional data. I will present results on Norwegian family-centric cohorts, showing how Nordic countries are playing a central role in the development of precision pediatrics. Finally, I will describe envisioned ways forward, hoping to foster a lively discussion and future collaboration.

For information on how to join the seminar, please email Please note that only NCMM researchers and Associate Investigators are invited.

Published Feb. 10, 2021 3:32 PM - Last modified Mar. 1, 2021 3:49 PM