Monthly Archives: December 2015

Public PhD Defense, Week 51

madsen_andreAndré Greger Madsen   will defend his PhD thesis on Friday December 18, 2015
Trial lecture: Friday December 18, 2015, 09:15
Topic: “Brown and Beige Fat: Physiological Roles beyond Heat    Generation”
Place: Auditorium 1, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91
Public defense: Friday December 18 2015, 11:15
Place: Auditorium 1, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation:“Function and regulation of Steroid Receptor Coactivator 2 Transcriptional regulation of cellular metabolism”
1st opponent: Førsteamanuensis Lars-Arne Haldosen, Karolinska Institutet, Sverige
2nd opponent: Professor Jens Petter Berg, Universitetet i Oslo

Press release (in Norwegian)

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

Infant Growth and Risk of Childhood-Onset Type 1 Diabetes in Children From 2 Scandinavian Birth
Magnus MC, Olsen SF, Granström C, Joner G, Skrivarhaug T, Svensson J, Johannesen J, Njølstad P, Magnus P, Størdal K, Stene LC.
JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Dec 7;169(12):e153759.

Children Born Preterm at the Turn of the Millennium Had Better Lung Function Than Children Born Similarly Preterm in the Early 1990s.
Vollsæter M, Skromme K, Satrell E, Clemm H, Røksund O, Øymar K, Markestad T, Halvorsen T.
PLoS One. 2015 Dec 7;10(12):e0144243.

Long-term prognostic utility of pentraxin 3 and D-dimer as compared to high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and B-type natriuretic peptide in suspected acute coronary syndrome.
Mjelva ØR, Pönitz V, Brügger-Andersen T, Grundt H, Staines H, Nilsen DW.
Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2015 Dec 3.

Sleep in octogenarians during the postoperative phase after transcatheter or surgical aortic valve replacement.
Amofah HA, Broström A, Fridlund B, Bjorvatn B, Haaverstad R, Hufthammer KO, Kuiper KK, Ranhoff AH, Norekvål TM; CARDELIR Investigators.
Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2015 Dec 3.

A genome-wide association study identifies risk loci for spirometric measures among smokers of European and African ancestry.
Lutz SM, Cho MH, Young K, Hersh CP, Castaldi PJ, McDonald ML, Regan E, Mattheisen M, DeMeo DL, Parker M, Foreman M, Make BJ, Jensen RL, Casaburi R, Lomas DA, Bhatt SP, Bakke P, Gulsvik A, Crapo JD, Beaty TH, Laird NM, Lange C, Hokanson JE, Silverman EK; ECLIPSE Investigators, and COPDGene Investigators.
BMC Genet. 2015 Dec 3;16(1):138.

The prevalence of anemia and iron deficiency is more common in breastfed infants than their mothers in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
Chandyo RK, Henjum S, Ulak M, Thorne-Lyman AL, Ulvik RJ, Shrestha PS, Locks L, Fawzi W, Strand TA.
Eur J Clin Nutr. 2015 Dec 2.

Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies identifies common susceptibility polymorphisms for colorectal and endometrial cancer near SH2B3 and TSHZ1.
Cheng TH, Thompson D, Painter J, O’Mara T, Gorman M, Martin L, Palles C, Jones A, Buchanan DD, Ko Win A, Hopper J, Jenkins M, Lindor NM, Newcomb PA, Gallinger S, Conti D, Schumacher F, Casey G, Giles GG, Pharoah P, Peto J, Cox A, Swerdlow A, Couch F, Cunningham JM, Goode EL, Winham SJ, Lambrechts D, Fasching P, Burwinkel B, Brenner H, Brauch H, Chang-Claude J, Salvesen HB, Kristensen V, Darabi H, Li J, Liu T, Lindblom A, Hall P, de Polanco ME, Sans M, Carracedo A, Castellvi-Bel S, Rojas-Martinez A, Aguiar Jnr S, Teixeira MR, Dunning AM, Dennis J, Otton G, Proietto T, Holliday E, Attia J, Ashton K, Scott RJ, McEvoy M, Dowdy SC, Fridley BL, Werner HM, Trovik J, Njolstad TS, Tham E, Mints M, Runnebaum I, Hillemanns P, Dörk T, Amant F, Schrauwen S, Hein A, Beckmann MW, Ekici A, Czene K, Meindl A, Bolla MK, Michailidou K, Tyrer JP, Wang Q, Ahmed S, Healey CS, Shah M, Annibali D, Depreeuw J, Al-Tassan NA, Harris R, Meyer BF, Whiffin N, Hosking FJ, Kinnersley B, Farrington SM, Timofeeva M, Tenesa A, Campbell H, Haile RW, Hodgson S, Carvajal-Carmona L, Cheadle JP, Easton D, Dunlop M, Houlston R, Spurdle A, Tomlinson I.
Sci Rep. 2015 Dec 1;5:17369.

Kardiologi, Klinisk veileder, Kapittel 11 Hypertensjon
Lund-Johansen P, Kjeldsen SE.
Oslo, Gyldendal Norsk Forlag (2015): 152-164.

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, 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)

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

Metabolic Serum Profiles for Patients Receiving Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation: The Pretransplant Profile Differs for Patients with and without Posttransplant Capillary Leak Syndrome.
Reikvam H, Grønningsæter IS, Ahmed AB, Hatfield K, Bruserud Ø.
Dis Markers. 2015;2015:943430.

HTLV-1 infection of the three monocyte subsets contributes to viral burden in humans.
de Castro-Amarante MF, Pise-Masison CA, McKinnon K, Washington Parks R, Galli V, Omsland M, Andresen V, Massoud R, Brunetto G, Caruso B, Venzon D, Jacobson S, Franchini G.
J Virol. 2015 Nov 25.

Immune Responses in Acute and Convalescent Patients with Mild, Moderate and Severe Disease during the 2009 Influenza Pandemic in Norway.
Mohn KG, Cox RJ, Tunheim G, Berdal JE, Hauge AG, Jul-Larsen Å; Norwegian Pandemic Group, Peters B, Oftung F, Jonassen CM, Mjaaland S.
PLoS One. 2015 Nov 25;10(11):e0143281.

Cosinor modelling of seasonal variation in 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations in cardiovascular patients in Norway.
Degerud E, Hoff R, Nygård O, Strand E, Nilsen DW, Nordrehaug JE, Midttun Ø, Ueland PM, de Vogel S, Dierkes J.
Eur J Clin Nutr. 2015 Nov 25

Impact of neuraminidase inhibitors on influenza A(H1N1)pdm09-related pneumonia: an IPD meta-analysis.
Muthuri SG, Venkatesan S, Myles PR, Leonardi-Bee J, Lim WS, Mamun AA, Anovadiya AP, Araújo WN, Azziz-Baumgartner E, Báez C, Bantar C, Barhoush MM, Bassetti M, Beovic B, Bingisser R, Bonmarin I, Borja-Aburto VH, Cao B, Carratala J, Cuezzo MR, Denholm JT, Dominguez SR, Duarte PA, Dubnov-Raz G, Echavarria M, Fanella S, Fraser J, Gao Z, Gérardin P, Giannella M, Gubbels S, Herberg J, Iglesias AL, Hoeger PH, Hoffmann M, Hu X, Islam QT, Jiménez MF, Kandeel A, Keijzers G, Khalili H, Khandaker G, Knight M, Kusznierz G, Kuzman I, Kwan AM, Amine IL, Langenegger E, Lankarani KB, Leo YS, Linko R, Liu P, Madanat F, Manabe T, Mayo-Montero E, McGeer A, Memish ZA, Metan G, Mikić D, Mohn KG, Moradi A, Nymadawa P, Ozbay B, Ozkan M, Parekh D, Paul M, Poeppl W, Polack FP, Rath BA, Rodríguez AH, Siqueira MM, Skręt-Magierło J, Talarek E, Tang JW, Torres A, Törün SH, Tran D, Uyeki TM, van Zwol A, Vaudry W, Velyvyte D, Vidmar T, Zarogoulidis P; PRIDE Consortium Investigators, Nguyen-Van-Tam JS.
Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2015 Nov 25.

World Workshop on Oral Medicine VI: A systematic review of medication-induced salivary gland dysfunction.
Villa A, Wolff A, Narayana N, Dawes C, Aframian DJ, Lynge Pedersen AM, Vissink A, Aliko A, Sia YW, Joshi RK, McGowan R, Jensen SB, Kerr AR, Ekström J, Proctor G.
Oral Dis. 2015 Nov 25.

Increased cytotoxicity and streptolysin O activity in group G streptococcal strains causing invasive tissue infections.
Siemens N, Kittang BR, Chakrakodi B, Oppegaard O, Johansson L, Bruun T, Mylvaganam H; INFECT Study Group, Svensson M, Skrede S, Norrby-Teglund A.
Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 25;5:16945.