K.G. Jebsen Center for Diabetes Research

The centre will combine clinical research with genetic large-scale analyses and studies in different model systems. In this way, the scientists work to develop new diagnostic tools that can then be tested in population-based registers and biobanks with the aim of achieving better patient treatment.

Three main goals for the centre:

  • To identify genetic risk factors for diabetes and its complications
  • To uncover new disease mechanisms involved in diabetes
  • To develop and initiate targeted and improved treatment of diabetes

The centre has brought together expertise in clinical, genetic, epidemiological and experimental diabetes research in one laboratory located at the new Children’s Centre at Haukeland University Hospital. Located in close proximity to the Department of Clinical Medicine, the Basic Biology Building, the Laboratory Block and the Central Block at the University of Bergen and Haukeland University Hospital, everything is in place to develop the centre into a powerhouse of clinical, epidemiological and experimental research


Clinical Medicine (group leader: prof. PÅL R NJØLSTAD)

Molecular genetics (group leader: prof. ANDERS MOLVEN)

Biomarkers and functional studies (group leader: prof. GUNNAR MELLGREN) 

Cardiovascular complications (group leader: prof. OTTAR NYGÅRD) 

Epidemiology og biostatistics (group leader: prof. ROLV TERJE LIE)

Stemcell research (group leader: prof. Helge Ræder): 

Scientific board
Prof. Leif Groop, Lund University; Prof. Peter Arner, Karolinska Institute og Prof. Karen Temple, University of Southampton.

The centre in brief:

Leader: Pål R. Njølstad
Start: 2012
Host institution: Universitetet i Bergen
Funding: 16 + 9 MNOK
Home page: K.G. Jebsen center for Diabetes Research

Contact information:

KG Jebsen Center for Diabetes Research

Universitetet i Bergen
Barne- og ungdomssjukehuset, 6. etg., Blokk 2
Haukelandsbakken 15
N-5021 Bergen


Forskning.no, 31.8.2017:
Norske forskere et steg nærmere å kurere diabetes (Norwegian scientists one step closer to cure diabetes)

Dagens medisin, 17.9.2015:
Viktig å teste for sjeldne genvarianter ved diabetes 1 (Important to test for rare variants of genes for patients with diabetes 1)

uib.no, 12.02.2014:
Ny stor studie på arvelig diabetes
 (New big study on hereditary diabetes)

uib.no, 15.06.2012:
Åpning av K.G. Jebsen-senter for diabetesforskning
 (Opening of the K.G. Jebsen Center for Diabetes Research)

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