Monthly Archives: November 2015

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:

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):

The application deadline is December 1st, 2015.

Application Database:

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

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)

Public PhD Defense, Week 48

nilsen_vegardVegard Nilsen will defend his PhD thesis on Tuesday  November 24, 2015
Trial lecture: Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 10:15
Topic: “Metoder for å fremme atferdsendring i klinisk hverdag”
Place: Undervisningssenteret, Sørlandet Sykehus, Kristiansand
Public defense: Tuesday November 24 2015, 12:00
Place: Undervisningssenteret, Sørlandet Sykehus, Kristiansand
Title of dissertation:“Lifestyle intervention in patients at risk of type 2 diabetes”
1st opponent Professor Carl Johan Sundberg, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm
2nd opponent: Professor Sigmund Alfred Anderssen, Norges Idrettshøgskole

Press release (in Norwegian)

New Names

We present Dr. Indu Dhar, Postdoctoral fellow at KG Jebsen Center for Diabetes research, Department of Clinical Science. Indu started with her postdoctoral project in August 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Ottar Kjell Nygård. If anyone wants to say hello, you can find her in the 4th floor in the lab building.

Inspection of auditoriums and classrooms

Ingvild Jonsvoll from the K2 reception has started with an inspection of the University auditoriums in Sentralblokken, KK and BKB 1-2 times a month, to check that the IT equipment work and that there are enough chalk, etc. in the rooms. She also ensures that the auditoriums have updated contact information to both IT Assistant and the K2 reception.
The reception by Ingvild can be contacted if there are lacks in equipment other than the IT equipment.

Contact Ingvild if you have suggestions or questions regarding this inspection.

Invitation to PhD-relay 2015 Wednesday 9 December

The Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK), University of Bergen invites all PhD-candidates writing dissertations on gender related themes to the seminar.
All Ph.D.-candidates writing dissertations with a theme that empirical or theoretical, deals with gender, are welcome to an interdisciplinary seminar on Wednesday, 9. December.
The PhD-relay is a full-day seminar where everyone gets 15 minutes to present their projects. Then we have allotted at least 15 minutes afterwards for discussion of the presentation. This gives the candidates the opportunity to form useful contacts across disciplines and to get input from the professionals at SKOK.
If you are interested in participating, sign up and upload abstract here by 1. December.

Please contact if you have questions or need more information. Time: Wednesday 9. December 2015
Venue: Ida Blom’s hus, Allégaten 34, the Seminar Room, 3rd floor.

Invitation to the first Learning Conference at UiB: Vil Vite November 10th 2015 8.30am-4.00pm

We would like to inform everyone about The Learning Conference 2015 organized by the environment for university teaching at UiB.
As part of the programme there will be a separate session on the University’s upcoming learning platform, Canvas, and the opportunities inherent in this for educators at UiB. Participation is free.
Please register here.

Best regards
Ørjan Leren
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Bergen
Tel: +47 55 58 64 85

Midwayevaluations week 46

Maria Omsland
Thursday November 12th at 09:00-10:00
Place: Conference room 5.1/5.2. 5th Floor Laboratory building
More information

Guro Kristin Melve
Thursday November 12th. at 12:45-13:45
Place: Conference room 5.1/5.2. 5th Floor Laboratory building
More information

Kai Triebner
Thursday November 12th. at 14:45-15:45
Place: Conference room 5.1/5.2. 5th Floor Laboratory building
More information

Public PhD Defense, Week 46

brannsether-ellingsen_benteBente Brannsether- Ellingsen  will defend her PhD thesis on Friday November 13, 2015
Trial lecture: Friday, November 13, 2015, 09:15
Topic: “Pubertal timing; secular trends, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects”
Place: Aulaen, 2. etasje Sydbygg, Stavanger Universitetssykehus
Public defense: Friday, November 13, 2015, 10:30
Place: Aulaen, 2. etasje Sydbygg, Stavanger Universitetssykehus
Title of dissertation: “Overweight and obesity in children: a study of weight-related anthropometric variables in childhood”
1st opponent:Professor Anders Juul, Universitetet i København, Danmark
2nd opponent:Førsteamanuensis Rønnaug Ødegård, NTNU, Trondheim

Press release (in Norwegain)

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

Salivary IgA from the sublingual compartment as a novel noninvasive proxy for intestinal immune induction.
Aase A, Sommerfelt H, Petersen LB, Bolstad M, Cox RJ, Langeland N, Guttormsen AB, Steinsland H, Skrede S, Brandtzaeg P.
Mucosal Immunol. 2015 Oct 28.

Circulating Concentrations of Vitamin B6 and Kidney Cancer Prognosis: A Prospective Case-Cohort Study.
Muller DC, Johansson M, Zaridze D, Moukeria A, Janout V, Holcatova I, Navratilova M, Mates D, Midttun Ø, Ueland PM, Brennan P, Scelo G.
PLoS One. 2015 Oct 27;10(10):e0140677.

A genome-wide analysis of the response to inhaled β2-agonists in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Hardin M, Cho MH, McDonald ML, Wan E, Lomas DA, Coxson HO, MacNee W, Vestbo J, Yates JC, Agusti A, Calverley PM, Celli B, Crim C, Rennard S, Wouters E, Bakke P, Bhatt SP, Kim V, Ramsdell J, Regan EA, Make BJ, Hokanson JE, Crapo JD, Beaty TH, Hersh CP; ECLIPSE and COPDGene Investigators; COPDGene Investigators—clinical centers; COPDGene Investigators-clinical centers.
Pharmacogenomics J. 2015 Oct 27.

Metabolic Tumor Volume on 18F-FDG PET/CT Improves Preoperative Identification of High-Risk Endometrial Carcinoma Patients.
Husby JA, Reitan BC, Biermann M, Trovik J, Bjørge L, Magnussen IJ, Salvesen ØO, Salvesen HB, Haldorsen IS.
J Nucl Med. 2015 Aug;56(8):1191-8.

HIV patients with latent tuberculosis living in a low-endemic country do not develop active disease during a 2 year follow-up; a Norwegian prospective multicenter study.
Pullar ND, Steinum H, Bruun JN, Dyrhol-Riise AM.
BMC Infect Dis. 2014 Dec 17;14:667.