Daily Archives: Friday February 5th, 2016

Per Bakke


Tuesday was Helga’s funeral. The church at Storetveit was full to the brim. Several hundred people attended. The funeral was a beautiful, warm and a dignified farewell to Helga. For me the lasting memory is of her husband Pål and their fantastic sons who all held moving eulogies for Helga.

I have thought a lot about what Pål said in the church: Helga left life, but she did not leave us.

These are strong words. Although Pål might have meant their family by using the word “us”, I think it applies to us all. And that we should all try to follow up her example. Helga was exceptional at seeing those around her and giving them positive feedback. We can all learn from her.

Academia is very competitive, and so it should be. However, while fighting for positions and resources we should not forget that we are all vulnerable human beings. We must all try to take care of each other, including those who seem to always excel. That would be a dignified and fitting way to honour Helga’s legacy.

New Names


We present Steffen Aleksander Slettevoll, MSc in Medical Biology.
Steffen started as a PhD student at the Influenza Centre – Rebecca Cox in February 2016.
If you would like to say hello, you will find him on the 5th floor in the lab building.

Incorrect parking

As a consequence of frequent incorrect parking we will remind you that the parking places “on the roof” outside the laboratory building are reserved. Cars parked in the wrong place create a lot of frustration and time lost for those affected. Parking places can not be used without prior agreement with the person who has been allocated the space, or with parking responsible Ingvild Lekven Jonsvoll. If this problem continues, fines and tow-aways will be effected.

Ingvild Lekven Jonsvoll
Department of Clinical Science
University of Bergen

Apple withdraws adapters

appleApple withdraws a specific type of power adapter that has been in use for Mac machines (and some iOS devices) in recent years. Follow the link below to read more about this, and instructions for how to check whether you have an affected adapter. http://www.apple.com/no/support/ac-wallplug-adapter/
If you have one of the affected adapters you can bring it to the IT department in order to receive a new one. Please contact the https://bs.uib.no/ before coming so that we can arrange to have a new one ready.
PS. Remember to bring your old adapter so that we can deliver it on to our supplier.

The IT department

Research Presentations 2015

forskerskolen_2Last week, this year’s research presentations were held. The three best presentations in the categories oral and poster were awarded, and one from each category also won the “People’s favorite award”. First place for oral presentations went to Simon Dankel from K2, while Anna Berg, also from K2, won first place for her poster presentation.
For more information and the names of the rest of the winners, see here.

Invitation to “The 4th Norwegian Microbiology Meeting” (NoMi-16)

NOMIWe have the pleasure to invite all master students, PhD students and post-docs to the 4th Norwegian Microbiology Meeting on the 13-15th april
2016 at Quality Hotel & Resort in Sarpsborg.

The goal of the Norwegian Microbiology meeting (NoMi) is to gather junior scientists in
Norway who work within the field of microbiology and to create an environment Continue reading

Chinese University of Hong Kong – the announcement of scholarships for guest researchers

PhD candidates and researchers at the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) member universities (including the University of Bergen) are invited to apply for funding for a guest researcher stay at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in the period 1 August 2016 – 31 July 2017.
Deadline: 8 April, 2016.

Further details of the announcement, application, contact etc. can be found on the website:
PhD Candidates

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.

Drug Information Services Today: Current Role and Future Perspectives in Rational Drug Therapy.
Amundstuen Reppe L, Spigset O, Schjøtt J.
Clin Ther. 2016 Jan 28.

Cardiac surgery for infective endocarditis in patients with intravenous drug use†.
Østerdal OB, Salminen PR, Jordal S, Sjursen H, Wendelbo Ø, Haaverstad R.
Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2016 Jan 29.

A study protocol for a randomised controlled trial evaluating clinical effects of platelet transfusion products: the Pathogen Reduction Evaluation and Predictive Analytical Rating Score (PREPAReS) trial.
Ypma PF, van der Meer PF, Heddle NM, van Hilten JA, Stijnen T, Middelburg RA, Hervig T, van der Bom JG, Brand A, Kerkhoffs JL; PREPAReS Study Group.
BMJ Open. 2016 Jan 27;6(1):e010156.

Hydroxyurea synergizes with valproic acid in wild-type p53 acute myeloid leukaemia.
Leitch C, Osdal T, Andresen V, Molland M, Kristiansen S, Nguyen XN, Bruserud Ø, Gjertsen BT, McCormack E.
Oncotarget. 2016 Jan 23.

Atherosclerosis in Sjögren’s syndrome: evidence, possible mechanisms and knowledge gaps.
Valim V, Gerdts E, Jonsson R, Ferreira GA, Brokstad KA, Brun JG, Bergljot Midtbø H, Mydel PM.
Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2016 Jan 20.

Early Life Origins of Lung Ageing: Early Life Exposures and Lung Function Decline in Adulthood in Two European Cohorts Aged 28-73 Years.
Dratva J, Zemp E, Dharmage SC, Accordini S, Burdet L, Gislason T, Heinrich J, Janson C, Jarvis D, de Marco R, Norbäck D, Pons M, Real FG, Sunyer J, Villani S, Probst-Hensch N, Svanes C.
PLoS One. 2016 Jan 26;11(1):e0145127.