Why conferences?

Every scientist who has a wish to be a part of the highest level of research and science should share and discuss her/his results and findings in a broad scientific spectrum. The best opportunity to do that is to attend scientific conferences, which enables one to get opinions andRead More

An extraordinary school day

In 2016 department of pathology and our laboratory moved to a new building that we share with the biggest science high school in Oslo, Ullern high school. Every morning we scientists use the same entrance to our facilities as the school kids. We pass by the kids, enter theRead More

Let’s move toward better science

Isaac Newton once said “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants” (cit. I. Newton). He could have never reached his personal achievements without the knowledge and discoveries from centuries before him, like Copernicus or Kepler or Galilei. Sharing data inRead More

Can we trick melanoma? Unveiling novel solutions to relapse.

Cancer is a heterogeneous disease. However, it has some common features across the different existing types. One of those is relapse. Relapse is defined as “to fall back into the state of illness after apparent recovery”. Every day, researchers are trying to understand why and how cancer returns, andRead More

Dat(a)s The Spirit! Managing data for Melanoma research

Pop quiz! What do the following items have in common? 2,120 Playstation 4 consoles 33,125 iPhones (32GB) 21 million mp3 music files And the answer is – 1060000000000000 bytes of data. That’s 1.06 petabytes-which is an awful lot of information! Interestingly, this also happens to be the amount ofRead More

Cancer epigenetic research as a bridge between academia–industry partnerships

Cancer epigenetics is an area of ongoing research that deepens our understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of cancer and creates new avenues for the identification of novel therapeutic targets. The term “epigenetics” was originally proposed by Conrad Waddington in 1942 to describe the molecular mechanisms independent of alterations inRead More

Enjoy the sun safely! Simple precautions to save your skin

The incidence of skin cancers has been increasing worldwide over the past decades in an alarming rate. One of the reasons is the thinning ozone sphere, causing overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. On the other hand, bad outdoor habits that are common nowadays help the increasing danger for melanoma development. BothRead More

Familial melanoma: Risk of disease as an inherited disorder

It is now widely appreciated that cancer may arise from multifactorial contributors both genetic and environmental. In approximately 10% of melanoma cases multiple family members are affected. Familial melanoma defines the occurrence of 3 or more melanomas in a family, 2 of which are found in first-degree relatives (Figure1).Read More