Monthly Archives: October 2015

Core Facilities at Department of Clinical Science

Roland Jonsson

A core facility is a collection of scientific equipment and highly qualified technical staff made widely available to the research community. The three current core facilities at the Department of Clinical Science: Flow Cytometry Core Facility, Genomics Core Facility and Metabolomics Core Facility, cover important common functions by MOF and UiB as well as regionally and nationally. They are available to all academic users on the same favorable terms and for commercial users of the University’s conditions for contract research.

The department administers the Faculty’s policy regarding sharing of costs and co-authorship when faculty core facilities are used. This policy means that all higher education researchers in Norway, health trusts included, gain access on equal terms, including the same price. More on this see: (in Norwegian).

The economy of all core facilities will be partially secured through user fees, and through operating models which address the need for reinvestment and equipment renewal.

To ensure that the core facilities are able to provide the best possible service to the communities it is a goal that they are tightly integrated with scientists who are leaders in their fields. Use of core facilities should thus be a more attractive option than buying your own equipment and pay own technical staff, both cost-wise and methodical. Experience has shown that core facilities are the best way to give researchers in Norway access to an updated and maintained instrument park, and to the methodological knowledge they do not have themselves and equipment and staff they could not afford.

The way the core facilities at MOF are operated is based on experiences from the NRC FUGE initiative. The core facilities are operated and financed by the Department / MOF in cooperation with the University of Bergen, Helse Bergen, Helse Vest, the Faculty of Science, Bergen Research Foundation, NRC, and individual groups of researchers.

Important to remember – If the use of a core facility forms part of the basis for a scientific publication the core facility should be mentioned in the acknowledgment section of the publication, for example: “Parts of the work was carried out at the NAME OF CORE FACILITY and was thus supported by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Bergen and its partners “.

Two great new additions to be especially mentioned are: CyTOF – Mass cytometry with single-cell proteomic opportunities – for Flow (equipment has been delivered and is being tested), and NRC infrastructure funds for equipment for complete human genome sequencing to Genomics.


Illegal logging devices on PC, Mac and Linux

October 2nd 2015 Bergens Tidende reported that logging devices have been found on PCs at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). In connection with this, we would like to inform about this kind of surveillance and which measures we can take as an organization.

See information on

The IT Department

Seminar on new Curriculum in Medicine November 4th

logo ny planAttached you will find an invitation (in Norwegian) to a half-day seminar on the new curriculum in medicine Wednesday November 4th at 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Place: Large auditorium, 3rd floor, Sentralblokken, Haukeland.
We meet for joint discussions and teaching input in dealing with the new curriculum. The main part of the seminar contains presentations of sketches by semester chairmen for 3. – 6. semester. The sketches will be sent to departments and other semester boards before the seminar, so the seminar will be the venue for discussions ahead of the program selection processing November 11th. Registration before 26 October.

Kristin Walter
Project Secretary New Curriculum Medicine
Medicine and Dentistry
University in Bergen
Tel. 55 58 65 59

New Publications

Based on last week’s search for “Department of Clinical Science AND Bergen”. If you have publications which are not covered by this search, send the reference to

Menopause as a predictor of new-onset asthma: A longitudinal Northern European population study.
Triebner K, Johannessen A, Puggini L, Benediktsdóttir B, Bertelsen RJ, Bifulco E, Dharmage SC, Dratva J, Franklin KA, Gíslason T, Holm M, Jarvis D, Leynaert B, Lindberg E, Malinovschi A, Macsali F, Norbäck D, Omenaas ER, Rodríguez FJ, Saure E, Schlünssen V, Sigsgaard T, Skorge TD, Wieslander G, Zemp E, Svanes C, Hustad S, Gómez Real F.
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Oct 1. pii: S0091-6749(15)01243-9.

High incidence of heterozygous ABCC8 and HNF1A mutations in Czech patients with congenital hyperinsulinism.
Rozenkova K, Malikova J, Nessa A, Dusatkova L, Bjørkhaug L, Obermannova B, Dusatkova P, Kytnarova J, Aukrust I, Najmi L, Rypackova B, Sumnik Z, Lebl J, Njølstad PR, Hussain K, Pruhova S.
J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Oct 2:jc20152763.

Common Variants at the CHEK2 Gene Locus and Risk of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer.
Lawrenson K, Iversen ES, Tyrer J, Weber RP, Concannon P, Hazelett DJ, Li Q, Marks JR, Berchuck A, Lee JM, Aben KK, Anton-Culver H, Antonenkova N; Australian Cancer Study (Ovarian Cancer); Australian Ovarian Cancer Study Group, Bandera EV, Bean Y, Beckmann MW, Bisogna M, Bjorge L, Bogdanova N, Brinton LA, Brooks-Wilson A, Bruinsma F, Butzow R, Campbell IG, Carty K, Chang-Claude J, Chenevix-Trench G, Chen A, Chen Z, Cook LS, Cramer DW, Cunningham JM, Cybulski C, Plisiecka-Halasa J, Dennis J, Dicks E, Doherty JA, Dörk T, du Bois A, Eccles D, Easton DT, Edwards RP, Eilber U, Ekici AB, Fasching PA, Fridley BL, Gao YT, Gentry-Maharaj A, Giles GG, Glasspool R, Goode EL, Goodman MT, Gronwald J, Harter P, Hasmad HN, Hein A, Heitz F, Hildebrandt MA, Hillemanns P, Hogdall E, Hogdall C, Hosono S, Jakubowska A, Paul J, Jensen A, Karlan BY, Kjaer SK, Kelemen LE, Kellar M, Kelley JL, Kiemeney LA, Krakstad C, Lambrechts D, Lambrechts S, Le ND, Lee AW, Cannioto R, Leminen A, Lester J, Levine DA, Liang D, Lissowska J, Lu K, Lubinski J, Lundvall L, Massuger LF, Matsuo K, McGuire V, McLaughlin JR, Nevanlinna H, McNeish I, Menon U, Modugno F, Moysich KB, Narod SA, Nedergaard L, Ness RB, Noor Azmi MA, Odunsi K, Olson SH, Orlow I, Orsulic S, Pearce CL, Pejovic T, Pelttari LM, Permuth-Wey J, Phelan CM, Pike MC, Poole EM, Ramus SJ, Risch HA, Rosen B, Rossing MA, Rothstein JH, Rudolph A, Runnebaum IB, Rzepecka IK, Salvesen HB, Budzilowska A, Sellers TA, Shu XO, Shvetsov YB, Siddiqui N, Sieh W, Song H, Southey MC, Sucheston L, Tangen IL, Teo SH, Terry KL, Thompson PJ, Timorek A, Tworoger SS, Van Nieuwenhuysen E, Vergote I, Vierkant RA, Wang-Gohrke S, Walsh C, Wentzensen N, Whittemore AS, Wicklund KG, Wilkens LR, Woo YL, Wu X, Wu AH, Yang H, Zheng W, Ziogas A, Coetzee GA, Freedman ML, Monteiro AN, Moes-Sosnowska J, Kupryjanczyk J, Pharoah PD, Gayther SA, Schildkraut JM.
Carcinogenesis. 2015 Sep 29. pii: bgv138.

Nutrition in allogeneic stem cell transplantation – Clinical guidelines and immunobiological aspects.
Tvedt TH, Reikvam H, Bruserud Ø.
Curr Pharm Biotechnol. 2015 Sep 30.

Glycogenin-2 is dispensable for liver glycogen synthesis and glucagon-stimulated glucose release.
Irgens HU, Fjeld K, Johansson BB, Ringdal M, Immervoll H, Leh S, Søvik O, Johansson S, Molven A, Njølstad PR.
J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 May;100(5):E767-75.

The tuberculin skin test in school going adolescents in South India: associations of socio-demographic and clinical characteristics with TST positivity and non-response.
Uppada DR, Selvam S, Jesuraj N, Bennett S, Verver S, Grewal HM, Vaz M; TB Trials Study Group.
BMC Infect Dis. 2014 Nov 18;14:571.

Academic pillar, not pillow …!

Jone Trovik, portrett til disputasThe new curriculum in medicine has already been introduced. The first class started this fall, before most clinical departments were ready to wind up their summer vacation.
K2 is primarily responsible for three semesters;
5th semester with pathology, pharmacology, medical biochemistry, preclinical course and circulation / respiration (“Medicine”)
9th semester with gynecology / obstetrics, pediatrics and genetics
12th semester with integrated clinical training and ending with a practical exam

New in this curriculum is that in addition to the medical sciences, “academic pillar” is also emphasized and placed as independent entities on the curriculum. What does that mean?
The objectives can be summarized as providing the student with knowledge of medical science and research, research and ethics, skills in evaluating medical literature, dissemination of scientific results and how to perform statistical analysis. In other words: topics the scientists at K2 know a lot about and that it is nice to communicate and pass on to the younger generation! Teaching in academic subjects is scattered throughout many semesters and “belong” not only to the institute which is responsible for just that specific semester.

I do not know who holds specific expertise in the various academic subjects or how you personally want to contribute, but I hope to find good teachers to the various topics when we get them elaborated from the study planning committee. We don’t want IGS to have a monopoly on research teaching, do we?

This week the first part of this autumn’s teaching day for K1 / K2 was held, the final part will be on October 14th, welcome!


Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan): Await installation

appleApple released a new operating system X 10.11 (El Capitan) September 30th.
Users with Macs set up by the IT department should not upgrade to this version until we’ve tested it against our systems. We can not guarantee that the new version works against UiB services like printing and connecting to storage areas.
The upgrade is also not recommended for users with Macs they operate themselves if the computer will be used against our systems. This is until we have clarified “El Capitan” works with the University’s systems.

– The IT department

Guest lecture Monday October 5th

Date: Monday 5 October 2015 Venue : Auditorium 4, BB-building, Jonas Liesvei 91
Time: 09.00 – 09.30
Presenter: Professor G. Balakrish Nair, Director Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, India ( )
Topic: “The inside story of the impoverished gut”

Time: 09.35 – 10.10
Presenter: Professor Christoph Tang, University of Oxford
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Topic: “Meningococcal immune evasion”

You are all welcome!

Call for proposals: The Pasteur Endowment

PasteurDecember 27 this year the Pasteur Endowment will award grants to Norwegian scientists who intend to study topics like infectious agents, chemistry or the fermentation industry.
Grants are preferably given to young, active and promising researchers below doctoral level. Emphasis is placed on documentation of preliminary results and evaluations of their efforts. Priority is on specific operational and equipment needs, rather than travel, accommodation, general financial support and publication expenses. Continue reading