Introduction

By Anders Molven, Gade Laboratory for Pathology, University of Bergen, Norway

The pancreas serves both exocrine and endocrine functions in the body. Most of the organ’s mass consists of acinar and ductal cells, exocrine tissue that produces digestive enzymes and delivers them to the alimentary tract. The endocrine cells are found in the islets of Langerhans, which are dispersed as small, bead-like structures throughout the pancreas. The islets secrete the glucose-regulating peptides insulin and glucagon and other hormones.

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The pancreas is central in the pathogenesis of diabetes, a very common disorder with increasing prevalence worldwide and where chronically high blood sugar is the hallmark. Acute and chronic inflammations constitute another group of pancreatic disorders. The third main group is pancreatic cancer which is a very serious disease as it usually cannot be cured. Hence, pancreatic cancer is now the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the Western world although tumors occur much more frequently in many other organs of the body.


We study both endocrine and exocrine diseases of the pancreas at the molecular level. The research is divided into four main projects:


1) Molecular mechanisms in pancreatic adenocarcinoma
2) Genetics of pancreatic exocrine dysfunction and chronic pancreatitis
3) Congenital hyperinsulinism of infancy
4) Monogenic diabetes


Our research group in Bergen, Norway hosted the 51st Annual Meeting of the European Pancreatic Club in June 2019. There were 670 participants from 42 different countries. Information about the meeting and scientific program can be found here.

Potential master, PhD and exchange students are welcome to contact our group at any time.

We have recently published a review in Pancreatology on the CEL gene in pancreatic diseases. It can be accessed here. To see all publications by A. Molven, click here:               

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