Center for Diabetes Research

Center for Diabetes Research group picture

Welcome to the Center for Diabetes research

Our aim is to uncover novel disease mechanisms in diabetes development and to establish tools for differentiating specific subgroups of patients, thus facilitating individualized care. 

The center has six principal investigators  Professor Stefan Johansson, PhD; Professor Pål R. Njølstad, MD PhD; Professor Valeriya Lyssenko, MD PhD; Professor Simona Chera, PhD; Professor Helge Ræder MD PhD; Professor Anders Molven, PhD.

The main objectives of the group are:

1) Find new genetic risk factors for diabetes and its complications

2) Reveal novel disease mechanisms in diabetes development

3) Develop and implement improved targeted treatment of diabetes.


The Center for Diabetes Research is a collaboration between different groups at the University of Bergen and Haukeland University hospital. We are located at the Children and Youth Hospital building, 6th floor, Block 2, Haukelandsbakken 15, 5021 Bergen, Norway.

Altered CEL protein accumulates inside the cells (yellow-green color). Cell nuclei are stained blue.

New fusion gene identified

Researchers at the University of Bergen have discovered a gene variant that increases the risk of chronic pancreatitis

Pål Njølstad

Pål Rasmus Njølstad received The Norwegian Diabetes Association's Research Prize 2017

New award for outstanding diabetes Research from The Norwegian Diabetes Association.

Blood sample to test a patient for diabetes, used as part of an article in the UiB Magazine on diabetes research.

Research in front: Solving diabetes

What roles do diets and genetics play in the development of obesity and diabetes?

Pancreas cells

Human cells can change job to fight diabetes

For the first time, researchers have shown that ordinary human cells can change their original function. The UiB-resarch published in Nature may give new hope for diabetes patients.

New publication at biorxiv

Genome-wide association study reveals a dynamic role of common genetic variation in infant and early childhood growth

Major milestone for our studies in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort study (MoBa). Preprint describing the first GWAS to emerge from an ongoing  nationwide initiative to create a genotype resource for the entire Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, capitalizing on a wealth of phenotypic data...

Publications from the KGJ Centre of Diabetes Research can be found here.

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We Thank the KG Jebsen Foundation for supporting important diabetes research in Bergen. We also thank UoB, Helse Vest, RCN, BFS, Novo Nordisk and ERC (EU).