Daily Archives: Friday December 4th, 2015

HMS – Health, Environment and Safety

Most ofEystein 2 us associate HMS with just that; health, environment and safety. If you look up the Norwegian abbreviation HMS in korrekturavdelingen.no, it is synonymous with health, environment and safety – that makes it easy for people who have Norwegian as their mother tongue to understand. A similar search in English will result in over 100 definitions of HMS. One of the more well-known is the Harvard Medical School. One may first think of Her Majesty’s Ship or be inspired by 007 Her Majesty’s Service, or the more unfamiliar might be the Hybrid Male Sterility and Happy Mask Salesman

Where am I heading with this commentary? K2 is becoming more and more international, and the department has a significant number of foreign staff and students – therefore how we communicate is of the utmost importance.

This years HMS seminar was (unlike the previous meetings) held in English, which was very well received. Communication was a main theme in the group work. In the plenary session, Silke Appel had a proposal that all Ph.D. defences should be held in English. Rebecca Cox called for proper translation of K2Nytt into English – she occasionally had to consult the Norwegian translation to understand the English… However, everybody agreed that K2Nytt is useful, and most employees read it. There were calls for an improved “layout” and easy access to earlier editions of the newsletter.

We also discussed meeting places within the department. Shared meeting places that were highlighted where the scientific K1 / K2 seminars and the K2 HMS seminar. These are good venues to meet departmental colleagues for an informal chat, but they sometimes have poor attendance. Serving wine was suggested as a possible incentive to attend – it apparently worked in Denmark. One of the more specific forums the “Faculty lunch” has been initiated. There is also a plan to resurrect the Technical Forum. The K2 management will summarize all comments from the HMS day and will focus on implementing many of the suggestions.

Two important issues were presented by the HMS department at UiB; the new portal for reporting of adverse events and a new tool for risk assessment. These topics could potentially be very dry, but they were elegantly and inspiringly presented by Johannesen, including a Kohoot quiz, and Bjørn Arild Petersen from the Geophysical Institute (link).

There was also time for good breaks, including Godt Brød for lunch, a grand piano performance and the journalist Linda Eide spoke unrestrictedly on the theme “Ekte begeistring er ingen spøk” (Genuine enthusiasm is no joke). All in all, the HMS day was very successful, including a fire alarm rehearsal, all superbly directed by Irene, Ingvild and Julie. Those of you that did not come missed out on a good day!

Finally, let this seminar be a reminder that we all have responsibility for our occupational health, safety and environment. I wish you all a good weekend.


K1/K2-seminar Wednesday 9 December

You are welcome to attend the final K1/K2 SEMINAR in 2015.
Held by Professor Per Magne Ueland.
Section for pharmacology, Department of Clinical Science (K2)
Title: “Targeted profiling of metabolites related to vitamin status,
nutrition, lifestyle and inflammation at BEVITAL”.
When: Wednesday 9th December, 14:15 – 15:00.
Where: Stort Auditorium, 3rd floor, Sentralblokken

Coffee/tea will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend!
See attachment for abstract.

The seminar is part of the course FSKLI902 «Perspectives in
translational medicine», 1 studiepoeng (1ECTS).

Course: Cardiac Imaging in Research

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NORHEART and UiB invite you all to join us in Bergen on February 2-4 for a state-of-the-art insight into non-invasive cardiac imaging for researchers!
This course will cover the major non-invasive imaging modalities used in research, including 2D and 3D echocardiography, strain imaging, magnetic resonance imaging and computer tomography. Lectures will be given by national and international experts, and participants will get to present their own research. Continue reading

Public PhD Defense, Week 50

olivera_bozickovicOlivera Bozickovic  will defend her PhD thesis on Friday December 11, 2015
Trial lecture: Friday December 11, 2015, 10:15
Topic: “The function of long non coding RNA in transcriptional regulation”
Place: Auditorium 1, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91
Public defense: Friday December 11 2015, 12:15
Place: Auditorium 1, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: “Regulation and function of steroid receptor coactivator 2 in hepatoma and breast cancer cells”
1st opponent Associate Professor Jason Matthews, Universitetet i Toronto, Canada.
2nd opponent: Professor Ole Morten Seternes, Universitetet i Tromsø

Press release (in Norwegian)