Historical background

A short history of Oslo Diabetes Research Centre

The Research Centre started as Aker Diabetes Research Centre by New Year 1990. Aker University Hospital has a proud history in Endocrinology and Diabetes.

An anonymous endowment of NOK 1 000 000 made Aker Diabetes Research Fund possible in 1989. Additional donations came from the Norwegian Diabetes Association, Novo Nordisk Pharma and Sev Dahl Insurance.

The Centre was officially opened March 27 th 1990 by Minister of Health and Social Affairs Wenche Frogn Sellæg. Dr. Hillary King from WHO in Geneva gave the key note speech: “Epidemiology of Diabetes. Why is research in Scandinavia so important?” (click link to see pictures).

The Centre was planned by Knut Dahl-Jørgensen,senior physician (now professor), Kristian F. Hanssen (now professor) and Professor Øystein Aagenæs (now professor emeritus) (click here to see the founding documents). Knut Dahl-Jørgensen was chairman of the centre until 1998. Thereafter Kristian F. Hanssen has been chairperson.

The Board of the centre included people from Pediatric Department (Øystein Aagenæs, Knut Dahl-Jørgensen) the Hormone Laboratory (Nils Norman, Egil Haug) Medical Department (Harald Frey, Kristian F. Hanssen) and from the administration of the hospital.

The centre changed name to Aker and Ullevål Diabetes Research Centre when the Pediatric department moved to Ullevål University Hospital in 1999.

When the three University Hospitals merged in 2009, the name changed to Oslo Diabetes Research Centre.

The centre has expanded thoughout the years and now comprises 10 research groups in alle three hospitals within Oslo University Hospital.

It is governed by a board. The leaders of the research groups comprise a steering committee.

The adminstrative organization is under consideration.