The Research Group of Immunology and Rheumatology

Broegelmann Research Laboratory

Our group members have a mutual interest in translational research on chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Research performed spans from molecular and genetic studies, cellular studies and experimental models and studies on clinically well-characterized patient samples. Our ambition is to understand the molecular mechanisms active in different diseases and their subgroups, the underlying risk factors and triggers. We believe this paves the way for better, personalized treatment and ultimately to prevention of disease. We collaborate closely with clinicians and scientists at Haukeland hospital, within Norway, across Scandinavia and worldwide. We are also hosting the Bergen Research School in Inflammation.

Broegelmanns Forskningslaboratorium
Helena Harris

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Laboratory background

The laboratory was initiated in 1957 after a donation to the University of Bergen and is co-localized and integrated with the Department of Clinical Science (Klinisk Institutt 2). Internationally the unit is one of the leading groups on experimental, clinical and genetic studies of Sjögren's syndrome. The group and BRL are closely associated with the Scandinavian Journal of Immunology and the Bergen Research School in Inflammation.


The core financial support comes from the Broegelmann Foundation, with the fund managed by the The Broegelmann Research Board.

The BRL research board
The Broegelmann Research Board (1999) (from left to right). to right). Dagfinn Aarskog (Professor), Bjarne Bjorvatn (Professor), Bjørg Nilsson (Secretary), Jan Einar Greve (Chairman/Supreme Court Barrister)

The Broegelmann Research Board (2016)
H.R. advokat Jan Einar Greve, styreleder
Postboks 1970 Nordnes, N-5817 Bergen

Professor Robert Bjerknes Universitetet i Bergen, Klinisk institutt 2
Haukeland Universitetssykehus, N-5021 Bergen
tlf. +47 55975250, robert.bjerknes@uib.no

Professor Lars A. Akslen
Universitetet i Bergen, Klinisk institutt 1
Haukeland Universitetssykehus, Avdeling for patologi, N-5021 Bergen
tlf. +47 55973182, lars.akslen@gades.uib.no

Other major funding agencies are/have been the EU (ten contracts, five as coordinator), The Western Norway Regional Health Care (Helse Vest), The Research Council of Norway ("miljøstøtte" and GLOBVAC), the Foundation Health and Rehabilitation, the Cancer Foundation and Bergen Forskningsstiftelse. "Between 1962 and 2018, BRL has contributed to the finalization of more than 80 PhD/doctoral degrees and more than 15 Masters degrees. BRL has been the organizer of three international immunology meetings in Bergen 1997, 2001 and 2002, and the International Symposium on Sjögren’s Syndrome in 2015. Since 1999 the unit has been the main editorial office for the Scandinavian Journal of Immunology with Prof R. Jonsson as Editor-in-Chief 1999 - 2017.

Other sources:


We thank the contributors for their financial support!


Group leader:

Professor Helena Erlandsson Harris


Tel: (+47) 55 97 46 48

Fax: (+47) 55 97 58 17

E-mail: kate.froland@gades.uib.no


Broegelmann Research Laboratory

Department of Clinical Science

University of Bergen

The Laboratory Building, 5th floor

Haukeland University Hospital


Upcoming lectures

  • HUIMM901 Project Seminars, 12:00, 16.02.2022 (Seminar room 5th floor, Laboratory building), Thea Sjøgren, “Treg suppression assay in patients with endocrine organ-specific autoimmune disorders”. Join Zoom Meeting
  • HUIMM902 Journal Club, 14:00, 18.02.2022 (Seminar room 5th floor, Laboratory building), Join Zoom Meeting
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