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'Research of the highest quality'

5 of CCBIO's Principal Investigators received recently 9 million NOK in total from the Norwegian Cancer Society.

Gruppebilde av forskerne som fikk milliongaven fra Kreftforeningen 30.10.14, sammen med Anne Lise Ryel og Dag Rune Olsen, rektor ved UiB
Forskerne som fikk milliongaven fra Kreftforeningen 30.10.14, sammen med Anne Lise Ryel og Dag Rune Olsen, rektor ved UiB
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Karl Kristian Langeland

The Cancer Society has distributed 173 million NOK to research this year. Anne Lise Ryel, Secretary General at the Cancer Society, has travelled around the country and surprised researchers who has applied for funding for their research. Now it was Bergen's turn.

 Quality research

- The most important criterium to be awarded funding is the quality of the research. This is a recognition of the fact that the research is of the highest quality, says Ryel to Bergens Tidende.

Largest allocation

CCBIO's Helga Salvesen was allocated the largest funding, of almost 5 million NOK. Her group is mapping different tumor types of gynaecologic cancer, to be able to provide better and more targeted treatment to the affected women.

- This is fantastic. I didn't know anything until they were here, Salvesen says. She has done research in this field for 25 years. Contributions from the Cancer Socielty has been important  ever since she started her research.

- The hope of making a difference is important in research. We are continuously moving forward, even if research takes time, Salvesen says.

As many as 5 of CCBIO's Principal Investigators were awarded funding for their research projects within cancer. Besides Helga Salvesen these were Lars Akslen, Bjørn Tore Gjertsen, Karl-Henning Kalland and James Lorens.

Read more in Bergens Tidende.

Also read about the Cancer Society's funding in Oslo.