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Convergence environments

UiO:Life Science funds convergence environments – interdisciplinary research groups that address major challenges within health and environment. 

Convergence environments II – 2019–2023

These convergence environments start in 2019. They were selected in an application process in 2018/2019. Read the news about the results 26 March 2019: Eight new convergence environments from dating across disciplines.

  • Artificial Biomimetic systems- the Niche of Islet Organoids (ABINO) wants to develop future models for diabetes research by using new strategies for stem cell differentiation.
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  • Availability and function of donor organs: Debating the dead donor rule (3DR) wants to increase availability and function of donor organs for transplantation and to create societal awareness and debate on ethical issues using Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD).
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  • Consciousness and brain states: neuroscience studies and conceptual innovation (ConsciousBrainConcepts) wants to further develop the consciousness concept to solve fundamental issues in consciousness research.
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  • Linguistics-driven machine learning to decipher the molecular language of immunity (ImmunoLingo) wants to decipher how disease and antigen recognition is encoded in the immune system and to perform experiments in silico to improve intervention and treatment of human diseases.
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  • Medical, legal and lay understandings of physical evidence in rape cases (Evidently Rape) wants to study how physical evidence matters and can matter in how the crime of rape is met by medical and criminal justice institutions.
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  • MultiModal Mental Models: converging approaches from genomes to mental illness and interplay with psychosocial stressors (4MENT) wants to better understand the etiology and disease mechanisms of severe mental disorders, focusing on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and related mental phenotypes.
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  • Protons contra cancer (PROCCA) wants to create an excellent platform for collaborative efforts in proton therapy in Oslo and among other issues study how biological short term and long term side effects of radiation therapy can be reduced. 
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  • Rediscovery of medicinal plant usage in the “Age of Exploration”: From cultural historical heritage to innovative pharmaceuticals (REA:Life) wants to unveil the processes that have shaped the social and cultural development of medicine and identify bioactive compounds in historical medicinal plants with cutting edge methods.
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Convergence environments I – 2017–2021

These convergence environments were established in 2017. They were selected in an application process in 2016/2017.

  • Combining natural and social sciences to understand and manage global anthropogenic toxicants (AnthroTOX)  wants to understand how environmental and social processes and their relationships dictate flows and impacts of anthropogenic toxicants from electronic waste. This will be studied within and across societies and ecosystems. Results from Tanzania will be compared to data from the Arctic. 
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    Watch video with AnthroTox
  • Comparative immunology of fish and humans (COMPARE) wants to find out how the peculiar immune system of the codfishes function in detail and what its implications are for human immune disease. The results will affect future aquaculture, human medicine as well as providing a social sciences case for our awareness of the future possibilities of gene modifications of fish and humans.
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  • Epigenetics and bioethics of human embryonic development wants to understand the epigenetic reprogramming of early embryo development and its significance for human reproduction both scientifically and ethically. An overarching theme will be the understanding of epigenetic information in the passing of life from one generation of humans to the next.
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  • Organ on a chip and nano-devices (CHIP) wants to develop an “Organ on a chip” interface. This will provide a powerful new platform for understanding and testing of physiological functions and therapeutic interventions.
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  • Personalised cancer therapies (PERCATHE) wants to develop a new approach to personalised cancer therapy, based on mathematical, statistical and biological methods. It will also study the ethical, societal and regulatory perspectives.
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  • Programmable Cell-like Compartments wants to develop cell-like compartments which can in the future be assembled and programmed to track and deactivate hazards such as pathogenic microorganisms, migrating cancerous cells, plastics micro-particles, or heavy metal sediments.
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Published May 2, 2017 3:34 PM - Last modified May 6, 2019 8:03 PM