Monthly Archives: February 2016

K2 Strategy for 2016-18

Per BakkeThe new K2-strategy for 2016-18 is under development. The strategy plan is based on the suggestions brought forward at the K2 strategy seminar in January. At the seminar the leaders of the research groups and the platforms, as well as the members of the institute council participated. Afterwards, the department management has developed the plan further. The architect behind the plan is Vidar Steen. The plan is divided into sections on research, teaching, recruitment, infrastructure and competence, as well as HSE. Vidar has argued that the various aims in the strategy plan should be Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Realistic and Time specific (SMART). The plan covers slightly more than one-1- page. This is so short that we will  hopefully remember it and make use of it.

The strategy plan attached to this editorial is the current version of the plan. It should be stressed that it is not final. I want everybody, you included, to read it and comment on it. All comments are welcomed. Send you comments to Irene within Friday, March 4th. The department management will then revise the plan and discuss it with the extended management team of the department. The final version of the plan will be approved by the Institute Council.


Internal announcement of UNESCO Professorship

UNESCOAs you known, UiB has signed an agreement with UNESCO about a UNESCO Chair at the University of Bergen, which will be organizationally affiliatied with the Centre for the Studies of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) at the Faculty of Humanities. Only permanent employees are eligible to apply, and the position is therefore advertised internally.
See SVT’s website using this link.

Best regards
Susanne Ostendorf
Section Manager HR and Service
Faculty of Humanities
University of Bergen
Tel: (+47) 55 58 80 95


UiB increases the number of apprentices

Ingvild Lekven Jonsvoll , lærling i kontor- og administrasjonsfaget på Klinisk institutt 2, som ligger under Det medisinsk-odontologiske fakultet.Today there are 9 apprentices at UiB, but the plan is to increase this number in the future. Accepting apprentices is an important part of our responsibility to the society – especially in times with difficult conditions in the job market, like now, says Lise Gundersen, senior advisor at the HR department at UiB. Read more here (in Norwegian).

Ingvild Lekven Jonsvoll, apprentice at the Department of Clinical Science

Pubilc PhD Defence, Week 9



Alexander Hellesen  will defend his PhD thesis on Friday March 4 , 2016
Trial lecture: Friday March 4 2016, 10:30
Topic: “Are regulatory T cells self-reactive?”
Place: Aud. 1, Bygg for biologiske basalfag, Jonas Lies vei 91
Public defense: Friday March 4 2016, 12:15
Place: Aud. 1, Bygg for biologiske basalfag, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: “Immuno-endocrine interactions in autoimmune Addison’s disease”
1st opponent: Professor Urs Christen, Klinikum der Goethe Universität, Tyskland
2nd opponent: Seniorforsker Alexandre Corthay, Oslo Universitetssykehus

Press release (in Norwegian)

Pubilc PhD Defence, Week 9

siw_helen_eger_pressemeldingSiw Helen Westby Eger  will defend her PhD thesis on Friday March 4 , 2016
Trial lecture: Friday March 4 2016, 09:15
Topic: “Intrauterin veksthemming; er betydningen for barnets prognose avhengig av gestasjonsalder ved fødsel?”
Place: Barneklinikkens auditorium, Jonas Lies vei 65
Public defense: Friday March 4 2016, 11:15
Place: Barneklinikkens auditorium, Jonas Lies vei 65
Title of dissertation: “Significance of intrauterine growth, and abnormal fetal blood flow for neonatal and long term outcome in preterm infants”
1st opponent: Professor Vineta Fellman, Universitetet i Lund, Sverige
2nd opponent: Professor Anne Eskild, 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

Single-cell proteomics: potential implications for cancer diagnostics.
Gjertsen BT, Gavasso S, Gullaksen SE, Skavland J.
Expert Rev Mol Diagn. 2016 Feb 19.

Carbamylated LL-37 as a modulator of the immune response.
Koro C, Hellvard A, Delaleu N, Binder V, Scavenius C, Bergum B, Główczyk I, Roberts HM, Chapple IL, Grant MM, Rapala-Kozik M, Klaga K, Enghild JJ, Potempa J, Mydel P.
Innate Immun. 2016 Feb 15.

Why did the authors perform a meta-analysis of studies with primary endpoints they consider clinically unimportant?
Kessler J, Yli BM, Stray-Pedersen B, Jacobsen AF, Saugstad OD, Henriksen T.
Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2016 Feb 16.

TLR-7 and -9 Stimulation of Peripheral Blood B Cells Indicate Altered TLR Signalling in Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome Patients by Increased Secretion of Cytokines.
Karlsen M, Jonsson R, Brun JG, Appel S, Hansen T.
Scand J Immunol. 2015 Dec;82(6):523-31.

Complement Activation Correlates With Disease Severity and Contributes to Cytokine Responses in Plasmodium falciparum Malaria.
Berg A, Otterdal K, Patel S, Gonca M, David C, Dalen I, Nymo S, Nilsson M, Nordling S, Magnusson PU, Ueland T, Prato M, Giribaldi G, Mollnes TE, Aukrust P, Langeland N, Nilsson PH.
J Infect Dis. 2015 Dec 1;212(11):1835-40.

Vitamin D status was not associated with ‘one-year’ progression of coronary artery disease, assessed by coronary angiography in statin-treated patients.
Degerud E, Løland KH, Nygård O, Midttun Ø, Ueland PM, Seifert R, Strand E, Bleie Ø, Dierkes J.
Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2015 May;22(5):594-602.

Noli turbare circolos meos!

Helge-Do not disturb my circles ! (Arkimedes, Syrakus, 212 BC) These famous last words of Arkhimedes were used as he sat in the sand in front his house in Syracuse in Sicily trying to solve his scientific questions when one of the soldiers of the Roman enemy approached him. (Syracuse war part of Magna Graecia). The soldier disliked his answer and killed him with the sword.

It is probably unwise to protect one’s circles in other situations also, as territorial thinking is often an obstacle inside an organization. An important task for the K2 department is to monitor the use of resources, including the use of lab space and equipment, so that we have efficient use of these. In terms of lab space, we have established floor contacts with whom we can now interact directly to optimize the use of lab areas. In addition, K2 will update the list of the more expensive equipment that each group possesses so that we can share this information on the website. Hence we hope it may be easier to know whom to contact if you want to collaborate with someone who has the required equipment. These are sensible use of resources, an opportunity to increase interactions internally at the department, and an opportunity for more “eureka’ moments.

Helge Ræder

NRC: Application Process Spring 2016

This Spring’s most beautiful adventure is about to start

It’s time to sharpen your pen and write applications to the NRC and other associations which distribute grants. Department of Clinical Science will as earlier focus on collectively preparing good applications to the NRC.

All project applications that emanate from the department must have an approved budget and the signature of the Head of Deparment. Our economists are under pressure in general , and even more so in May, with many applications. Be early if you want your application to be sent. Below you will find the schedule for this year’s application work.

Good luck
Eystein Husebye
Deputy Head
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Invitation to seminar and demonstration with Meso Scale Discovery

MSDMSD will present and demonstrate their multiplex immunoassay instrument at the Department of Clinical Science (K2), and all research groups are hereby invited to participate. This technology could be of interest to all who analyze biomarkers with platforms such as ELISA and Luminex.

The seminar will be held Wednesday March 2nd at 13:00-14:00, in Auditorium B301 on the 3rd Floor of the Main Hospital Building.
The demonstration of the instrument will take place on the 5th Floor of the lab building, Tuesday March 15th. Continue reading

Contributions to Debate in Studvest

We are very interested in getting more professors and researchers to write articles and reader’s letters in Studvest. Many of you are already active in this kind of writing in both BA and BT, but I think it may be advantageous to use Studvest too, as a direct portal to students. With over 13,000 weekly readers you can reach many students through our channels.

Debate Guidelines Studvest:
Reader’s letter – 2500 characters
Article – 4500 characters
Send contributions to
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Norwegian Flow Cytometry meeting at Solstrand

Norsk FlowCytometriForening LogoThe Norwegian Flow Cytometry Association organizes its VIII national meeting and a flow cytometry course in Bergen, 18-20 May 2016!
See attached invitation.
The course in flow cytometry (ExCyte: will be held prior to the meeting (18 and 19 May).
The meeting will be held at Solstrand Hotel & Bad 19-20 May 2016.

For information and registration for the course and the meeting click here.

Bergen Summer Research School 2016

Water, Climate and Society is the overarching theme for next summer’s Bergen Summer Research School, with Professor Terje Tvedt as scientific leader.

From June 13-24, 2016, some of the top international experts on water will gather in Bergen to create a multidisciplinary venue for exploring water as a global challenge.

Seven parallel three-day courses will span disciplines within within natural sciences, health disciplines, social sciences and the humanities: Continue reading

FORNY2020 – Proof-of-Concept funding – Deadline 1 March


BTOBergen Technology Transfer (BTO) would like to inform you that you now have the opportunity to apply for FORNY Proof-of-Concept funding.
We ask researchers with relevant projects to contact BTO as soon as possible and before 1 March for initial project discussions. In other words, time is scarce.
More info here.

Kjetil Myhren-Berge
Communications Manager
Bergen Technology Transfer (BTO)
Phone: +47 452 06 896

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

The molecular structure of thio-ether fatty acids influences PPAR-dependent regulation of lipid metabolism.
Lund J, Stensrud C, Rajender, Bohov P, Thoresen GH, Berge RK, Wright M, Kamal A, Rustan AC, Miller AD, Skorve J.
Bioorg Med Chem. 2016 Jan 23.

The Carnitine-butyrobetaine-trimethylamine-N-oxide pathway and its association with cardiovascular mortality in patients with carotid atherosclerosis.
Skagen K, Trøseid M, Ueland T, Holm S, Abbas A, Gregersen I, Kummen M, Bjerkeli V, Reier-Nilsen F, Russell D, Svardal A, Karlsen TH, Aukrust P, Berge RK, Hov JE, Halvorsen B, Skjelland M.
Atherosclerosis. 2016 Feb 5;247:64-69.

The MDM4 SNP34091 (rs4245739) C-allele is associated with increased risk of ovarian-but not endometrial cancer.
Gansmo LB, Bjørnslett M, Halle MK, Salvesen HB, Dørum A, Birkeland E, Hveem K, Romundstad P, Vatten L, Lønning PE, Knappskog S.
Tumour Biol. 2016 Feb 11.

Novel SLC19A3 Promoter Deletion and Allelic Silencing in Biotin-Thiamine-Responsive Basal Ganglia Encephalopathy.
Flønes I, Sztromwasser P, Haugarvoll K, Dölle C, Lykouri M, Schwarzlmüller T, Jonassen I, Miletic H, Johansson S, Knappskog PM, Bindoff LA, Tzoulis C.
PLoS One. 2016 Feb 10;11(2):e0149055.

BMI and BMI SDS in childhood: annual increments and conditional change.
Brannsether B, Eide GE, Roelants M, Bjerknes R, Júlíusson PB.
Ann Hum Biol. 2016 Feb 10:1-17.

Maternal plasma folate impacts differential DNA methylation in an epigenome-wide meta-analysis of newborns.
Joubert BR, den Dekker HT, Felix JF, Bohlin J, Ligthart S, Beckett E, Tiemeier H, van Meurs JB, Uitterlinden AG, Hofman A, Håberg SE, Reese SE, Peters MJ, Kulle Andreassen B, Steegers EA, Nilsen RM, Vollset SE, Midttun Ø, Ueland PM, Franco OH, Dehghan A, de Jongste JC, Wu MC, Wang T, Peddada SD, Jaddoe VW, Nystad W, Duijts L, London SJ.
Nat Commun. 2016 Feb 10;7:10577.