Monthly Archives: February 2016

Want some funding?

Eystein 2Well, then you must at least apply!

The intention of small assets (SMÅFORSK) is to support groups that do not have major funding, to enable them to start new projects. SMÅFORSK is a joint funding from the NRC and the University of Bergen and it has to be used the year it is granted. Applicants can ask for covering of costs of travels, workshops, courses, material, technical and administrative assistance and other operating expenses. In line with the intentions, it is a requirement that the applicant is a permanent employee and an active researcher at the Department of Clinical Science. The Department management will emphasize that the applicants have applied for funding from other sources over the last two years.

Criteria and requirements

  • The research group by its leader is the applicant and the purpose must be discussed and prioritized within the research group
  • It must be documented that the group applied for other external research funding in 2015
  • The funding is for one year and have to be used within the fiscal year, as the funds are not transferable to the next year.
  • The funds will be granted to research groups that do not already have large assets
  • Documentation on how the funds will be spent must be presented

Don’t do like he in the parable of the talents that buried it. Use SMÅFORSK to invest in larger future grants.

Good luck!

The Research Committee at the Department of Clinical Science allocates funds at the next meeting. Send applicaton forms to Siv Johnsen Eggereide
Deadline: 1st March 2016


Eystein Husebye
Deputy Manager

Changes in the introductory seminar

There are some changes in the introductory seminar for new international employees.
Instead of a full-day seminar there will be two half-day seminars.
Part 1 – runs about once a month. The topic is: Practical information and offers for international researchers at the University of Bergen and Obligations and rights as an employee at the University of Bergen.
In this section, Service Center for International Mobility (SIM) hosts the entire program. Continue reading

New Names

Jianhua HanWe present Jianhua Han, MSc in Molecular Medicine.
Jianhua started as a staff engineer in Emmet’s group of Translational Molecular Imaging in Cancer in Janurary 2016.
If you would like to say hello, you will find her on the 9th floor (room 9920) in the lab building.

Announcement of PhD and postdoctoral positions, spring 2016

New PhD and postdoctoral positions at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry:
This spring MOF announces the following grant-funded PhD and postdoctoral positions;
16 PhD positions
12 open positions
2 positions earmarked dentistry (community dentistry and maxillofacial radiology)
2 x 50% positions earmarked the double compentencies course in dentistry (oral surgery and endodontics)

3 postdoctoral positions
2 open positions
1 position earmarked the faculty’s core facilities (Core Facility for Metabolomics (CMB), Core Facility for Flow Cytometry, Molecular Imaging Center (MIC), Core Facility for Proteomics (PROBE), Genomics Core Facility (GCF), The Laboratory Animal Facility, Core Facility for Biostatistics and Data Analysis and Research Unit for Medical Examinations).

Announcements will appear in BT, Job Norway and Euraxess Sunday, 14 February. Application deadline 3 March 2016.

Exemption From Printed Chemical Database

UiB’s exemption from having a printed chemical database has been extended for 2 years.
As before, there are some requirements we must meet: Easy access to the electronic chemical database (PC, mobile, ipad, etc), and for those chemicals that have the assertion of “patient immediately to hospital” or “emergency medical attention required” (section 4 of SDS) the SDS should be available at the lab.

Bente-Lise Lillebø

Call for nominations: Johnny Ludvigsson Prize

The Swedish Child Diabetes Foundation is pleased to announce that nominations are now welcome for candidates for the 2016 Johnny Ludvigsson Prize for excellent research in childhood and adolescent diabetes.

Please note that nominations must be submitted to reach the Swedish Child Diabetes Foundation office by Friday 13 May this year, as 15 May is on a Sunday.

Please see the enclosed pdf-file for further details.

If you have any questions, please contact the Swedish Child Diabetes Foundation office by telephone +46 13 105690, or e-mail

Best regards,
The Swedish Child Diabetes Foundation

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

Structure – Function studies of HNF1A (MODY3) gene mutations in South Indian patients with monogenic diabetes.
Balamurugan K, Bjørkhaug L, Mahajan S, Kanthimathi S, Njølstad PR, Srinivasan N, Mohan V, Radha V.
Clin Genet. 2016 Feb 8.

Genetics of structural connectivity and information processing in the brain.
Giddaluru S, Espeseth T, Salami A, Westlye LT, Lundquist A, Christoforou A, Cichon S, Adolfsson R, Steen VM, Reinvang I, Nilsson LG, Le Hellard S, Nyberg L.
Brain Struct Funct. 2016 Feb 6.

Reply: Esmolol Added in Cardioplegia.
Dahle GO, Salminen PR, Moen CA, Eliassen F, Jonassen AK, Haaverstad R, Matre K, Grong K.
J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2016 Jan;30(1):e9-e10.

Participation in research bronchoscopy: a literature review.
Martinsen EM, Leiten EO, Bakke PS, Eagan TM, Grønseth R.
Eur Clin Respir J. 2016 Feb 3;3:29511.

Tetradecylthiopropionic acid induces hepatic mitochondrial dysfunction and steatosis, accompanied by increased plasma homocysteine in mice.
Berge RK, Bjørndal B, Strand E, Bohov P, Lindquist C, Nordrehaug JE, Svardal A, Skorve J, Nygård O.
Lipids Health Dis. 2016 Feb 5;15(1):24.

Myocardial function after polarizing versus depolarizing cardiac arrest with blood cardioplegia in a porcine model of cardiopulmonary bypass†.
Aass T, Stangeland L, Moen CA, Salminen PR, Dahle GO, Chambers DJ, Markou T, Eliassen F, Urban M, Haaverstad R, Matre K, Grong K.
Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Feb 2.

Proteome-wide survey of the autoimmune target repertoire in autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1.
Landegren N, Sharon D, Freyhult E, Hallgren Å, Eriksson D, Edqvist PH, Bensing S, Wahlberg J, Nelson LM, Gustafsson J, Husebye ES, Anderson MS, Snyder M, Kämpe O.
Sci Rep. 2016 Feb 1;6:20104.

Does endurance exercise cause atrial fibrillation in women?
Myrstad M, Aarønæs M, Graff-Iversen S, Nystad W, Ranhoff AH.
Int J Cardiol. 2015 Apr 1;184:431-2.

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.
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 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

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.