In Januar 2021, Institute PhD fellow Erlend Skaga successfully defended his thesis Drug sensitivity and resistance testing of brain tumor stem cells for individualized functional precision medicine. During his years as a PhD fellow, Dr. Skaga has presented his work in both national and international conferences. In the Annual Norwegian Neurosurgical meeting of 2016 his abstract was listed among the top four best presentation. The following year he was awarded the prize for best presentation. His work was also selected for oral presentation and plenary commentaries during the Society for Neuro-Oncology conference in the US in 2019. Dr. Skaga has been supervised by MD/PhD Einar O. Vik-Mo in the research group of Professor Iver A. Langmoen, Vilhelm Magnus Lab. The results of his work has been obtained in close collaboration with the Finnish Institute for Molecular Medicine at the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki University Hospital, Finland.