Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen

K.G. Jebsen Centers for Medical Research

Since the start in 2011 Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen has established 16 K.G. Jebsen Centers for Medical Research  in collaboration with Norwegian medical faculties and university hospitals. 12 of these centers are now active.

The K.G. Jebsen centers form part of the foundation’s program for translational medicine. The long-term aim is to facilitate the transfer of new understandings into the development of new or improved methods for diagnosis, therapy, and prevention. Each K.G. Jebsen-center for medical research consists of research groups with complementary expertise and great potential in relation to translational medical research. Translational research will in the context of a K.G. Jebsen center require a clear and functional cooperation between clinical research groups and lab-based research groups or vice versa.

K.G. Jebsen Centers for Medical Research receives NOK 4 – 4.5 million per year for 4 – 6  years from the foundation, as well as resources from the host institution. Research at the centers is consistent with the host institution’s own academic strategies and resource priorities. It is an essential requirement from the foundation that its contribution is part of a joint effort in which the institution’s share of the budget is in line with the foundation’s, and includes fresh funds in addition to the resources that were allocated to this research before the establishment of the center.

ACTIVE K.G. JEBSEN CENTERS FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH

K.G. Jebsen Centre for Cardiac Research
Principal Investigator: Ivar Sjaastad
Start Year: 2017

Host: University of Oslo
Grant: 18 million NOK
The main aim of K.G. Jebsen Centre for Cardiac Research is to identify key factors responsible for diastolic dysfunction.
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K.G. Jebsen Coeliac Disease Research Centre
Principal Investigator: Ludvig M. Sollid
Start Year: 2016

Host: University of Oslo
Grant: 18 million NOK
The primary objective of the KG Jebsen Coeliac Disease Research Centre is to translate recent huge advances in the basic understanding of the pathogenesis of coeliac disease to the clinic – to improve disease diagnostics, to implement novel treatments and to identify new therapeutic targets for this common disease.
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K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology
Principal Investigator: Kristian Hveem
Start Year: 2016

Host: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Grant: 18 million NOK
K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology studies genetic variation in populations to better understand reasons for illness and health. The center is based on data from the Health Survey of Nord-Trøndelag (HUNT).
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K. G. Jebsen TREC – Thrombosis Research and Expertise Center
Principal Investigator: John-Bjarne Hansen
Start Year: 2014
Host: University of Tromsø
– Grant: 16 million NOK
The Center aims to identify new novel genetic and environmental risk factors, and to expand our understanding of the pathogenesis of Venous thromboembolism.
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K.G. Jebsen Brain Tumour Research Centre
Principal Investigator: Rolf Bjerkvig
Start Year: 2014
Host: University of Bergen
Grant: 16 million NOK
The primary goal of the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Brain Tumour Research Centre is to provide better and more predictable treatment of patients with malignant brain tumors.
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K.G. Jebsen Colorectal Cancer Research Centre
Principal Investigator: Ragnhild A. Lothe
Start Year: 2014
Host: Oslo University Hospital
Grant: 16 million NOK
Research at the K.G.Jebsen Colorectal Cancer Research Centre aims to bring about better diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer.
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K.G. Jebsen Centre for Cancer Immunotherapy
Principal Investigator: Johanna Olweus
Start Year: 2013
Host: University of Oslo
Grant: 16 million NOK
The overall focus of the centre is to develop novel technologies and immunotherapeutic strategies that overcome immunological tolerance to cancer. In particular, the centre is focusing on leukemia and lymphoma.
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K.G. Jebsen Inflammation Research Centre
Principal Investigator: Guttorm Haraldsen
Start Year: 2013
Host: University of Oslo
Grant: 16 million NOK
With the goal of improving treatment, the vision of The K.G. Jebsen Inflammation Research Centre (JIRC) is to address some simple, but big and yet unresolved questions essential for understanding mechanisms of chronic inflammatory diseases.
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K.G. Jebsen Centre for Influenza Vaccine Research
Principal Investigator: Bjarne Bogen
Start Year: 2013
Host: University of Oslo
Grant: 16 million NOK

The center focuses on developing a general flu vaccine that works year after year against all types of influenza viruses. Moreover, emphasis is placed on rapid development of effective vaccines in dangerous pandemic situations. The center consists of researchers at the University of Oslo, Oslo University Hospital, University of Bergen and the Institute of Public Health in Oslo.
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K.G. Jebsens Center for Diabetes Research
Principal Investigator: Pål R. Njølstad
Start Year: 2012
Host: University of Bergen
Grant: 16 + 9 million NOK

KG Jebsen Center for Diabetes Research aims to find new diabetes genes, identify new mechanisms of how diabetes develops and establish targeted and improved treatment.
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K.G. Jebsen Center for Psychosis Research
Principal Investigator: Ole A. Andreassen
Start Year: 2012
Host: University of Oslo
Grant: 16 + 9 million NOK
K.G. Jebsen Center for Psychosis Research aims to find out more about the causes of psychotic disorders. Researchers will identify genetic and environmental causes of psychotic disorder and how diseases develop over time.
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K.G. Jebsen Center for Exercise in Medicine
Principal Investigator: Ulrik Wisløff,
Start Year: 2011

Host: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Grant: 16 + 8 million NOK
Research at K.G. Jebsen Center for Exercise in Medicine is focusing on identifying the key cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of physical exercise on the heart, arteries and skeletal muscle in the context of disease prevention and management through experimental, clinical and epidemiological studies. Identifying the cellular and molecular mechanisms associated with aerobic fitness is important, because it may help us develop new and better methods to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease..
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K.G. Jebsen Centre for Research on Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Principal Investigator: Jan Haavik
Host: University of Bergen
Grant 16 + 8 million NOK
The Centre is studying causes and mechanisms for common mental disorders, with emphasis on ADHD and related conditions with impaired impulse control.
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PREVIOUS K.G. JEBSEN CENTERS FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH

K.G. Jebsen Center for Myeloma Research
Principal Investigator: Anders Sundan, NTNU
Center Period 2012-2016
Grant: 16 million NOK
K. G. Jebsen Center for Myeloma Research aims to identify biological subgroups of the disease, thereby facilitating more individual treatments of patients.
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K.G. Jebsen Center for Breast Cancer Research
Principal Investigator: Anne-Lise Børresen-Dale
Center Period 2011-2015
University of Oslo
Grant: 16 MNOK
The aim of the Centre is to identify molecular factors in breast tumors, in order to acquire knowledge of the individual tumor that can lead to more tailored treatment for individual patients.
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K.G. Jebsen Cardiac Research Centre
Principal Investigator: Finn Olav Levy
Center Period 2011-2015
Host: University of Oslo
Grant: 16 million NOK
The center’s research focuses on new opportunities for diagnosis and treatment of heart failure based on research into the mechanisms at the molecular and cellular level and testing of this in clinical trials in patients with heart failure.
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K.G. Jebsen Center for MS Research
Principal Investigator: Kjell Morten Myhr
Center Period 2011-2015
Host: University of Bergen
Grant: 16 million NOK
K.G. Jebsen Center for MS research aims to identify new biomarkers that could improve the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis patients, and to define the pathogenesis of the disease and thus come closer to an explanation of the cause of disease.
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