The KG Jebsen center for diabetes research has moved into new locations within the BUSP building. The event was marked with a symposium last week, and the leader of the Center, Pål Njølstad, should be congratulated. The establishment of the UoB attached KG Jebsen center for diabetic research within the hospital building of BUSP is an example of the good collaboration between the hospital and the university. However, it is also indicative of the strategic skills and entrepreneur ability of Pål.
KG Jebsen center for diabetes research was established based on funding from the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Foundation. Since then Pål and his team have shown an impressive scientific production with papers in journals like Nature Genetics, New England Journal of Medicine and Cell, just to mention some. As important is the fact that the center has been able to recruit stellar researchers like Valeriya Lyssenko and Simona Chera.
A good collaboration between the hospital and the university is a prerequisite and necessity in order for Bergen to compete with the Oslo dominance within medical research. The future success of the center will not only be measured in high-ranking publications, but also in the ability of the center to promote the next generation researchers.
Good luck in the years to come!