Monthly Archives: September 2015

The psychosocial work environment

Per BakkeThe administration at K2, in consultation with the HSE Committee, wants to conduct a survey of the psychosocial work environment at the department. An email will be sent to all asking you to answer two questions: What is good about the psychosocial environment and what is bad. The questions are standard questions used in such investigations. It is emphasized that the answers are anonymous. Nor is it possible to find out who has and has not responded to the survey. The psychosocial environment at our workplace is important. I would therefore urge everyone to respond. The more who answer, the more representative the survey will be for the actual situation. The results of the survey will be presented at the HSE-seminar on December 2nd. The survey will form the basis for looking at the strengths and challenges of the psychosocial work environment in K2. It is important for all of us.


New Study Coordinator at K2 / K1

My name is Tore LTore Lillebø 1illebø and I am the new study coordinator for the “Common Academic Administration of K1 and K2.” This means that I supervise the student administration, and we are managing subjects that K1 and K2 are responsible for. Among my tasks are planning for / and operation of study programs, communication with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Helse-Bergen, as well as the secretary of EUU on K1 and K2.

NORM announces funds for research. Deadline October 1st 2015.

norm_logoNorwegian surveillance system for antibiotic resistance in microbes (NORM) is announcing funding for research with the following objectives:
• identify resistance to antimicrobial agents in microbes
• promote knowledge of the causes of the development of resistance in microbes
• enhance quality of preventive measures against the development and diffusion of resistance Continue reading

EASO NEWS: EOS2016 Call for Symposia

eco_2016_logo_128Help us to design a programme you want to see!

We are delighted to announce that in 2016 the congresses of EASO (ECO2016) and the IFSO European Chapter (2016 IFSO-EC Annual Congress) will merge to create the inaugural European Obesity Summit (EOS2016). This exciting congress will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 1 to 4 June 2016. Continue reading

External work

Per BakkeThe university management has recently conducted an internal audit concerning side tasks and roles in business. Three departments at UiB have been reviewed, including K2. In our department 70 employees were selected. Their registered external work was compared with information in Proff Forvalt, that is engaged in credit and financial information for the business community. Of the 70 persons 20 were registered in Proff Forvalt with roles that were not registered as external work at UiB. Examples that were not registered was the proprietor of sole proprietorships (n = 8), roles in business life like director of a condominium, housing cooperative or sports club (n = 8), duty in a corporation (n = 5).

The university management and faculty administration take lack of registration of external work seriously. It is the employee’s responsibility to register their external activities. K2 is one of the largest departments at UiB and are highlighted in many contexts. We want it to be in a positive slant, and must keep order in our own accounting, including the external work.

Wednesday an e-mail was sent out to everyone telling you to check your external activities and register whatever might be missing. In the e-mail it is indicated what should be registered. If you have questions or have problems registering, please contact as indicated in the e-mail.

I expect everyone to do this now!


Course at UiO: “Hva er sykdom?”

October 5.-9. the University of Oslo gives the course “Hva er sykdom?” with course code MF9260. There are still seats left, extended deadline to September 29. We wish to inform PhD candidates at other medical faculties that it is possible to sign up for this. Info about the course and registration:

Remember Teaching Day(s)

You can now sign up for K1 and K2s joint education days! K1 and K2 have a lot of teaching together, and this year we joint each other for teaching days. The teaching days will be 2 half days, the 1st and 14th of October. We encourage all teachers at K1 and K2 all the study administration to hold the dates. (Starts at.9 am and ends with lunch.) Registration deadline 20 September.


Registration link

Public PhD Defense, Week 39

berg_aseÅse Berg will defend her PhD thesis on Tuesday September 22, 2015
Trial lecture: , September 22, 2015, 15:00
Topic: “ Development of vaccines against malaria; the past, present and future”
Place: Aula, 2. etasje Sydbygg, Stavanger Universitetssykehus
Public defense: Wednesday, September  23, 2015, 09:15
Place: Aula, 2. etasje Sydbygg, Stavanger Universitetssykehus
Title of dissertation: “Falciparum malaria and HIV – 1 in adult inpatient in Maputo, Mozambique. Clinical presentation, cytokine-pattern and complement activation.”
1st opponent: Professor Anna Färnet, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
2nd opponent: Professor Britt Nakstad, Universitetet i Oslo.

Press release

Keep track of the equipment

Eystein 2Good, modern equipment is important to keep us in the forefront of research and for us to be able to use the latest techniques to test hypotheses. Limited funding means equipment purchases must be prioritized. At K2, we have tried to make the utilization of these funds better partly by making a complete overview of the major items of equipment at the institute, and partly by introducing a more standardized reporting of equipment needs. That way, equipment that may have many users could be prioritized. Meanwhile, one can avoid unnecessary equipment purchases if similar equipment already exists in the department or the faculty.

If equipment gets broken, it’s a long process to replace it. The actual tendering process takes its time, but often it is more difficult to find funding quickly. One solution is that the department has a reserve fund from which one could “borrow” to quickly replace essential equipment. K2 will work to find a solution like this.

Good equipment utilization requires discipline and cooperation. Those who “own” the device must be willing to share equipment, and those who borrow equipment must show responsibility by learning how to handle the equipment correctly, use the logbook, and if necessary use from their own funds if upgrade and repair is required.

Equipment wishes can be reported continuously and will be processed in the extended management team.

I wish you all a nice weekend.

Eystein Husebye