CERG becomes K.G. Jebsen Center of Exercise in Medicine
On December 12, 2010, the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen foundation announced a grant of NOK 4 million per year for 4 years to Ulrik Wisløff's research group. "K.G. Jebsen Centre of Exercise in Medicine" is the name of the new research centre. The primary objective of the new centre is to find out why there is such a strong association between fitness and future heart health.
"There is no doubt that the grant from K.G. Jebsen will enable us to carry out projects of top international quality, with collaboration between researchers and doctors who have different areas of expertise focused on one common goal: improved cardiovascular health in the population. We expect that the research will improve the opportunities for diagnosis and treatment of heart disease through large population studies and studies of patients as well as experimental studies at the molecular and cellular level," says Ulrik Wisløff, Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine.
Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen is a foundation that was established by the family of the late ship-owner Kristian Gerhard Jebsen in 2009. Activities supported by the foundation include a number of projects in medical research and maritime research. The aim is to strengthen free and independent Norwegian research and to contribute to building strong international research communities. The only condition that the foundation sets is that the research must involve "medical translation research" – creating connections between the laboratory bench and the hospital bed.
In addition to the new centre at the Faculty of Medicine, another three research communities will receive grants from the foundation:
- Anne-Lise Børresen-Dale, University of Oslo (UiO): K.G. Jebsen Centre for Breast Cancer Research
- Jan Haavik, University of Bergen (UiB): K.G. Jebsen Centre for Research on Neuropsychiatric Disorders
- Finn Olav Levy, University of Oslo: Jebsen Cardiac Research Centre
The new centres will receive NOK 64 million in total. With grants made earlier this year, the foundation has provided funds totalling NOK 87.5 million in its first year of operation.
"What the K.G. Jebsen foundation is now doing is not typically Norwegian, and it is commendable that the foundation has not imposed restrictions on how the funds are to be used, but has allowed an international committee to select the best projects on the basis of applications from the researchers. The donation releases even more funding for research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), St. Olav's Hospital and the Central Norway Regional Health Authority, so that the total amount of ‘new money' for research per year, for our part, is as much as NOK 12-14 million," says Wisløff.