Daily Archives: Friday November 13th, 2015

Appraisal Interview

Per BakkeAll permanent employees in main position shall anually be offered an appraisal interview. As department head, I have interviews with research group leaders, heads of platforms and permanent academic staff in main positions. Research group leaders must ensure that appraisal interviews are offered to other employees in the research group, including technicians. The head of administration will offer appraisal interviews to the administrative staff.

The appraisal interview is voluntary for the employee. The conversation will be confidential and address expectations both ways, as well as efforts and results. It should be very concrete, as that makes it easier to assess the impact of it. An important point is that both parties in advance think about what should be addressed.

The purpose of the interview is to help create a better working environment, at the same time as we improve, both as individuals and organization. Medical university work is carried out in a tight relationship. This makes the appraisal inerview particularly important.


New names

IMG_3595We present Ehsan Hajjar , PhD student at Department of Clinical Science. Ehsan started with his PhD work in November 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Bjørn Tore Gjertsen. If anyone wants to say hello, you can find him in the 3rd floor in the lab building.

Safety rounds and filling in checklist form

Hi all,
15th and 17th of December HSE rounds will be conducted in the Children’s Clinic, the Women’s Clinic and in the laboratory building. We therefore ask that everyone fills out and returns the enclosed forms (select the form that suits you). If you have nothing to remark with regards to your workplace, we want you to fill out the form and return it anyway.
Deadline for submission of the form is Friday 27 November.
Please contact us if you have questions.

The safety delegates and adm.manager

Julie Stavnes                                                            Attachments:
Head of Administration,                                           Form office
Clinical Institute 2                                                      Form lab-clinic-workshop 
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry                             Form personal-meeting-grouprooms
University of Bergen
Tel: +47 55 97 29 58

Election Announcement and invitation to submit nominations of group B to the Institute Council

K2 will elect a new representative to the departmental council of group B – Temporary staff in teaching and research positions.

Nominations must be sent or delivered to the administration manager Julie Stavnes within 3 pm on Friday 20 November 2015. Proposals must be signed by at least three voters in the respective constituency (the group). It must be evident from the proposal who have signed. For a proposal to be legally put forward, tit must meet these requirements: Continue reading

Annual inspection of safety benches (LAF benches) in the laboratory building Monday 16 November

Monday 16 November Bryn AS from Oslo will conduct the annual inspection of the LAF benches. Due to the short notice, we have tried to inform all users directly. If you should need to adapt the time of control, contact Ingvild in the reception on the eighth floor of the Lab-building.
Sorry for the short notice and thank you for cooperating during the control on Monday.


Ingvild Lekven Jonsvoll
Apprentice, Clinical Institute 2
Laboratory building 8. floor
Room 8425
Tel: 55973050

New system for HSE non-conformities

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry will start using a digital report system for HSE non-conformities on the 10th of November 2015.
The university wants all HSE non-conformities to be reported, in order to prevent and follow up injuries to people and harm to the environment and property. Knowledge about HSE non-conformities provides a basis for ensuring a fully satisfactory learning and working environment.

Employees and students who discover HSE non-conformities must fill out an electronic notification. The system is user-friendly and employees should be able to use the new system without training.

More information about HSE non-conformities and link to the system

Support from funds and endowments opens new doors

Now it’s time to apply for support from funds and endowments! Are you wondering whether you should apply? Postdoctoral Agnete Engelsen and research fellow Maria Omsland is not in doubt about what you should do, and are happy to share their experience from the application process. Read more here (in Norwegian).Stipendiat Maria Omsland (t.v.) og postdoktor Agnete Engelsen

Research fellow Maria Omsland (left) and postdoctoral Agnete Engelsen has profited from applying for financial support from funds and endowments at UiB, and call on young researchers to apply. Photo: Randi Holmås, UiB

Seminar on internal control and health research

The Integrity Committee at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry organizes a seminar focusing on internal controls and procedures for medical and health research projects at UiB. The seminar will deal with REC and the Health Research Act, internal control by MOF and UiB, as well as information on the research server at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care.
The seminar is aimed at project managers and others who process personal data in their research projects.

REC, Health Research Act – Ansgar Berg, Committee Chair in REC west
Internal control at UiB – Robert Bjerknes, Vice Rector for interdisciplinary activities Internal control at MOF – Eyvind Rødahl, vice dean for research at the MOF
Internal control at IGS – research server – Rolv Terje Lie, head of the IGS

Time: 11/27/2015 09:00 to 11:00 am
Location: BB-building, Auditorium

Announcement of residual funds from Hjørdis and Kjell T. Hansons fund and Sigurd Monsens endowment

In connection with the liquidation of the funds, the Board has decided to distribute residual assets under the Fund’s purpose. Approximately kr. 190 000 divided into portions up to kr. 25,000 will be distributed.
You can apply for funding for the operation of research projects including funds for equipment / materials, participation in conferences and seminars, visits to partner institutions, go on field work and study stays that are necessary for ongoing research projects.

The application deadline is 27 November 2015.

Link to the announcement and application form:

HMS: Hilarious Merry Society to meet in the University Aula 2nd of December

Jone Trovik, portrett til disputasLinda Eide (the one with the matching tracksuit and “Norske attraksjoner”) will contribute with the lecture “La deg begeistre!” (Be inspired!) The Grieg Academy sets the tone for a more balanced mood.

What does this have to do with HMS (Health-Milieu-Safety)? Of course this is well-founded; after all we are academic staff:

Health: “Humor is the best medicine,” though with some reservation, see (1, 2).

Milieu: To meet in the Aulas magnificent environment facilitates communication / interaction both with close and often somewhat distant colleagues in K2.

Safety: Will be attended there and then (instant security; escape routes will probably be demonstrated). The fact that we become better acquainted with each other and practice communication will undoubtedly contribute to increased safety when we are back at the respective workplaces.

We will be presented with the Working environment survey conducted in 2015. Based on the results of this survey thereafter we will work in groups and discuss what each of us can do to contribute to further development.

The HMS department will also hold more targeted posts, and there will be a good lunch (from Godt Brød)! Food as medicine was however too extensive to include in the reference list ….



1. R.E. Ferner og J.K. Aronson: Laughter and MIRTH (Methodical Investigation of Risibility, Therapeutic and Harmful): narrative synthesis, British Medical Journal 2013; 347
2. Svebak S: Forlenger god latter livet? Tidsskr Nor Lægeforen 1997; 117: 4360-1


Funds and Endowments at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

The application database for funds and endowments is open.
More information can be found here (in Norwegian).

Application deadline is December 1st, 2015.

Application database: https://fond.app.uib.no/main/

Information for employees (researchers):
October 20 the Board of the Meltzer Fund adopted the ollowing in Case 21/14 (Grants from the Meltzer Fund and proposed amendments to the guidelines for the allocation of scientific activities at UiB):

  • The Board agrees that the allocation for scientific activities at UiB will be done as a joint allocation to the University.
  • UiB provides support for scientific travel and sabbaticals.
  • Scientists are using the same web-based application system as before.
  • The application deadline is December 1, 2015.For information about the scientific journeys and forskningsterming, see information on UiB web pages.

Announcement of Funding from Shipowner R. Olsen and wife Johanne Georgine Olsens endowment

Announcement of funding for research on the use of new teaching and learning methods at the University of Bergen. The endowment funds will contribute to research-based teaching methods and measures that promote learning. Employees who contribute to educational development through testing and research on new teaching and learning methods will be prioritized. Staff, fellows and students can apply.

More information can be found here (in Norwegian): http://www.uib.no/ledelsen/82664/olsens-legat

The application deadline is December 1st, 2015.

Application Database: https://fond.app.uib.no/main/

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 elin.opheim@uib.no.

DNA methylation subgroups in melanoma are associated with proliferative and immunological processes.
Lauss M, Ringnér M, Karlsson A, Harbst K, Busch C, Geisler J, Lønning PE, Staaf J, Jönsson G.
BMC Med Genomics. 2015 Nov 6;8(1):73.

Hereditary hypophosphatemia in Norway; a retrospective population-based study of genotypes, phenotypes and treatment complications.
Rafaelsen SH, Johansson S, Raeder H, Bjerknes R.
Eur J Endocrinol. 2015 Nov 5.

Serum concentrations of kynurenines in adult patients with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): a case-control study.
Aarsland TI, Landaas ET, Hegvik TA, Ulvik A, Halmøy A, Ueland PM, Haavik J.
Behav Brain Funct. 2015 Nov 5;11(1):36

Gender in cardiovascular diseases: impact on clinical manifestations, management, and outcomes.
EUGenMed; Cardiovascular Clinical Study Group, Regitz-Zagrosek V, Oertelt-Prigione S, Prescott E, Franconi F, Gerdts E, Foryst-Ludwig A, Maas AH, Kautzky-Willer A, Knappe-Wegner D, Kintscher U, Ladwig KH, Schenck-Gustafsson K, Stangl V.
Eur Heart J. 2015 Nov 3.

Public PhD Defense, Week 48

Kine Susann W. EdvardsenKine Susann Waade Edvardsen will defend her PhD thesis on Friday November 27, 2015
Trial lecture: Friday, November 27, 2015, 09:15
Topic: ”Pathogenetic mechanisms of autoimmunity”
Place: Auditorium 1, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91
Public defense: Friday November 27 2015, 11:15
Place: Auditorium 1, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation:“Autoimmunity and viral immunity in Addison’s disease”
1st opponent Docent Päivi Saavalainen, Universitetet i Helsinki, Finland
2nd opponent: Professor Maria Jenmalm, Universitetet i Linköping, Sverige

Press release (in Norwegian)