Daily Archives: Friday March 28th, 2014

The Lab Animal Facility

Per BakkeThe Lab Animal Facility is a core facility at MOF, where K1 has operational responsibility and Aurora Brønstad is the director. At K2 there are several users of both large and small animal models. The activities of the Lab Animal Facility have changed over time. Several activities have expanded to a considerable degree, such as the use of transgene mouse models, whereas other activities such as testing with large animals have been reduced.

There is an increased need for prioritization of the facility’s tasks and two-way information between the facility and the users regarding what assistance the researchers may expect and what demands the researchers must adhere to. Research projects wishing to use the facility must contact Aurora as early as possible in order to ease the facility’s planning. All applications will be subjecte to prioritization. One cannot take for granted that access will be given as soon as the need arises. As is the case with other core facilities, the costs of the services given, must also be considered.

There has recently been a useful meeting between representatives from the Lab Animal Facility, K1, K2, IBM and the faculty based on an initiative from K1 where these issues were discussed. One course of action implemented subsequent to the meeting is that the academic advisory group at the Lab Animal Facility will be more active and advise on guidelines for prioritization of projects.

It is important that all users contribute constructively in the debate regarding the facility.


Heat and hot water will be shut down April 4

Advarsel skiltDue to repairs, heat and hot water will disappear Friday April 4 starting about 17:00. The work will continue through the evening and night before April 5, until the repairs are done. The heat will fall towards the evening and the end of work hours for most people.

How fast the heat will fall is dependent on the temperature outside, but will for most take a few hours before it is noticed.

In Barneklinikken extra measures will be taken to reduce the risk of cooling.

Correct address in publications

Advarsel skiltAfter having reviewed the publications for 2013, the administration has noticed that not everyone has used the correct address in their publications.  Thus we want to point out that it is very important that this is done in a correct manner.  The correct address which is to be used is Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen.

2014 Spring Exploratory pre-seed grants

NOVOThe exploratory pre-seed program is a stimulus fund established to accelerate commercialization of biomedical research findings and development of novel technologies within the life sciences. The goal of an exploratory pre-seed grant is to stimulate entrepreneurship and to explore the potential of research findings at a very early stage (pre-seed), and to prepare the project for a full pre-seed grant at a later stage. Application deadline is April 23. For more information.


Seminar “Intravascular imaging – finding and crushing the clot”

Next week there will be a new seminar in the seminar line “Perspectives in Translational Medicine”. Time and place: Wednesday April 2 at 14:15-15:00, Stort auditorium, Sentralblokken. Presentations will be held by Professor Lars Thomassen (Dep. of Neurology/UoB K1) and PhD-candidate Erlend Eriksen (Intervention cardiologist at the Heart dep.).

Seminars about July 22nd

logoConference: The memorabilia of July 22nd
Time: April 2, 9:00-16:00
Place: Riksarkivet, Oslo
Several thousand children and adults gave one last salute to those who lost their lives on July 22nd 2011. What can these salutes tell us? The national research ethics comittees, Hedmark University College and the National Archives (Riksarkivet) invites you to a conference about the memorabilia. Read more and register here (in Norwegian).

logo_forskningsetikkBreakfast seminar: Research on right extremism after July 22nd.
April 25, 8:00-10:00
Place: Litteraturhuset, Oslo
The biggest terror attack in Norwegian history was an attack from the extreme right. What knowledge do we have about the right extremist and racist circles in Norway and internationally, and what threat they pose. Read more and register here (in Norwegian).