Vision and organization
Diabetes affects approximately 5% of the Norwegian population. The frequency of diabetes in Norway is steadily rising, which is considered problematic due to the many severe complications of the disease. Center for Diabetes Research is an interdisciplinary research center that integrates clinical investigations with large-scale genetic analyses and different model systems.
The main aim for Center for Diabetes Research is to develop new diagnostic tools that can be tested in population-based registries and biobanks before being used in clinical practice, thus facilitating individualized diabetes care. To reach this goal, we are working to:
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
We have gathered expertise personnel in clinical, epidemiological and experimental diabetes research in one laboratory located at the Children and Youth Hospital, close to the institute of clinical medicine, the building for basic biological sciences, the laboratory building and the central building at the University of Bergen and Haukeland University Hospital.
Center for Diabetes Research is organized in six research groups:
1. The Clinical Medicine group (group leader: Professor Pål R. Njølstad, MD PhD) works to improve clinical characterization of diabetes and analyze health registries and biobanks to discover new diabetes genes and risk factors.
2. The Stem Cell Research group (group leader: Professor Helge Ræder, MD PhD) create mature stem cells and prepare pancreas cells to study diabetes and pancreas failure.
3. The Cell Fate group (group leader: Professor Simona Chera, PhD) works with cell fate mechanisms in relation to regenerative strategies employed in biological systems.
4. The Molecular Genetics group (group leader: Professor Anders Molven, PhD) use large-scale genetic analyses on various patient material and test new genetic variants in families and registries.
5. The Causes and Mechanisms of Disease group (group leader: Professor Stefan Johansson, PhD) investigates how genetic variation contribute to disease using multiple approaches.
6. The Diabetic Complications group (group leader: Professor Valeriya Lyssenko, MD PhD) study the many complications of diabetes.
The scientific advisory board for Center for Diabetes Research includes Professor Leif Groop, PhD MD (Lund University), Professor Peter Arner, PhD (Karolinska Institute) and Professor Karen Temple, PhD (University of Southampton).
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