Monthly Archives: March 2016

IT service maintenance on Saturday, March 12

Because of the easter holiday, this month’s IT maintenance Saturday – normally the third of the month – has been moved to March 12th!
The maintance we perform this Saturday whould not have major effects for most users, but please note that:
– There will be short interruptions in the network services VPN and UiB-Guest around 4 PM (1600).
-The connection to some administrative services will be lost for a period during the morning. This includes FS, MyIP, Oracle Financials and BasWare.

The IT Department

Call for applications – Exploratory Pre-Seed Grants – Spring 2016

For the Novo Nordisk Foundation I hereby forward the 2016 Spring call for applications for the initiative Exploratory Pre-seed Grants.

The exploratory pre-seed program is a stimulus fund established to accelerate commercialization of biomedical research findings and development of novel technologies within the life sciences. The goal of an exploratory pre-seed grant is to stimulate Continue reading

Postdoctoral position

Dear everyone,
There’s currently a postdoc position available through the EU Scientia Fellows program studying innate immunity (NK cells, MAIT cells, ILCs) in bile duct inflammation. The position is initially funded for two years and is a shared position between my lab at Karolinska Institutet and the Norwegian PSC Centre at Oslo University and the labs of Tom Karlsen and Espen Melum. Follow this link for more information and how to apply.
Deadline for the application is April 29th. Please spread the information to anyone who might be interested.

Best regards,
Niklas Björkström, Associate Professor, MD PhD
Center for Infectious Medicine
Karolinska University Hospital
Karolinska Institutet

Public PhD Defence, Week 11


naesgard_patrycjaPatrycja Anna Næsgaard will defend her PhD thesis on Tuseday March 15th, 2016
Trial lecture: Tuseday March 15th, 2016 09:15
Topic: “Vitamin K in cardiovascular disease – supply or suppress?”
Place: Aula 2. etasje, Sydbygget, Stavanger Universitetssykehus
Public defense: Tuseday March 15th, 2016 10:30
Place: Aula 2. etasje, Sydbygget, Stavanger Universitetssykehus
Title of dissertation: “Prognostic impact of vitamin D in coronary chest pain populations with high and low dietary intake of omega-3; comparison of a subtropical and a Nordic population”
1st opponent: Professor Eva Swahn, Universitetet i Linköping, Sverige
2nd opponent: Professor Rolf Jorde, 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

Functional Effects of Schizophrenia-Linked Genetic Variants on Intrinsic Single-Neuron Excitability: A Modeling Study.
Mäki-Marttunen T, Halnes G, Devor A, Witoelar A, Bettella F, Djurovic S, Wang Y, Einevoll GT, Andreassen OA, Dale AM.
Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2016 Jan 1;1(1):49-59.

Mental Health in Children Born Extremely Preterm Without Severe Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.
Fevang SK, Hysing M, Markestad T, Sommerfelt K.
Pediatrics. 2016 Mar 4.

Novel Mad2-targeting miR-493-3p controls mitotic fidelity and cancer cells’ sensitivity to paclitaxel.
Tambe M, Pruikkonen S, Mäki-Jouppila J, Chen P, Elgaaen BV, Straume AH, Huhtinen K, Cárpen O, ‘Lønning PE, Davidson B, Hautaniemi S, Kallio MJ.
Oncotarget. 2016 Mar 2.

VRK2 gene expression in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and healthy controls.
Tesli M, Wirgenes KV, Hughes T, Bettella F, Athanasiu L, Hoseth ES, Nerhus M, Lagerberg TV, Steen NE, Agartz I, Melle I, Dieset I, Djurovic S, Andreassen OA.
Br J Psychiatry. 2016 Mar 3.

Comments on paper: “Quantitative determination of estrone by liquid chromatography – tandem mass spectrometry in subcutaneous adipose tissue from the breast in postmenopausal women” by Vihma et al.
Lønning PE.
J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2016 Feb 26.

Non-fasting triglycerides predict incident acute myocardial infarction among those with favourable HDL-cholesterol: Cohort Norway.
Egeland GM, Igland J, Sulo G, Nygård O, Ebbing M, Tell GS.
Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2015 Jul;22(7):872-81.


Research applications

Per BakkeDrafts for the Jebsen applications have been assessed by an external committee and four of the applicants have been invited to submit full applications. These are Eva Gerdts, Per Eystein Lønning, Eystein Husebye and Bjørn Tore Gjertsen. Even if this is just the first hurdle to pass and no success is guaranteed I am pleased to note that all of them are researchers at K2.

In a previous editorial Eystein has described the K2-review process for those who have submitted drafts of NFR applications. The review process includes an open meeting at which the applicants will be given feedback on their draft from experienced researchers. I encourage also those of you who have not submitted a draft, to attend the meeting. It is highly possible that that you may pick up valuable advices as to how to write an application. This applies to whether you are a PhD, post doc or sit in a fixed position.



Call for proposals – Cooperation Agreement BKK/UiB

You will find the calls for proposals and the application forms as attatchments at the bottom of this post.

For research projects the announcement states that “The funds are intended to contribute to new knowledge about technological, natural science and social issues related to the development and utilization of renewable energy, energy restructuring and future-oriented infrastructure.” Continue reading

Registration of Holidays 2016

It’s time to start planning your holidays.
The Department has set the following deadlines for application for holidays for 2016:

Holiday Deadline for request Fixed holiday
Easter Holiday (week 12) 11.03.2016 15.03.2016
Winter Holiday (week 13) 11.03.2016 15.03.2016
Summer holiday (at least 3 weeks between (15.05-15.09) 01.04.2016 15.04.2016
Autumn Holiday (week 41) 15.08.2016 01.09.2016
Any leftover Holidays 01.10.2016 15.10.2016

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Marie Curie Road-show – Mobilization for the Future

Marie Curie Actions LOGOThe Marie Curie mobilization (the road show) is now ready for launch and our plan is to reach as many people as we can during the mobilization period.

The plan is to visit all the faculties and possibly some individual groups and centres. This means that we will be dependent on faculty- and institute advisors to arrange contact with the various groups. Continue reading

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

Inflammatory evidence for the psychosis continuum model.
Mørch RH, Dieset I, Færden A, Hope S, Aas M, Nerhus M, Gardsjord ES, Joa I, Morken G, Agartz I, Aukrust P, Djurovic S, Melle I, Ueland T, Andreassen OA.
Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2016 Feb 17;67:189-197.

Sjögren’s syndrome patients with ectopic germinal centers present with a distinct salivary proteome.
Delaleu N, Mydel P, Brun JG, Jonsson MV, Alimonti A, Jonsson R.
Rheumatology (Oxford). 2016 Feb 26.

4D left ventricular resultant wall motion and blood flow assessed by phase-shift velocity mapping at high-field 3T MRI.
Samnøy SF, Cuypers J, Greve G, Larsen TH.
Clin Physiol Funct Imaging. 2016 Feb 27.

Serum trans fatty acids, asymmetric dimethylarginine and risk of acute myocardial infarction and mortality in patients with suspected coronary heart disease: a prospective cohort study.
Borgeraas H, Hertel JK, Seifert R, Berge RK, Bohov P, Ueland PM, Nygård O, Hjelmesæth J.
Lipids Health Dis. 2016 Feb 27;15(1):38.

Cellular immune activity biomarker neopterin is associated hyperlipidemia: results from a large population-based study.
Chuang SC, Boeing H, Vollset SE, Midttun Ø, Ueland PM, Bueno-de-Mesquita B, Lajous M, Fagherazzi G, Boutron-Ruault MC, Kaaks R, Küehn T, Pischon T, Drogan D, Tjønneland A, Overvad K, Quirós JR, Agudo A, Molina-Montes E, Dorronsoro M, Huerta JM, Barricarte A, Khaw KT, Wareham NJ, Travis RC, Trichopoulou A, Lagiou P, Trichopoulos D, Masala G, Agnoli C, Tumino R, Mattiello A, Peeters PH, Weiderpass E, Palmqvist R, Ljuslinder I, Gunter M, Lu Y, Cross AJ, Riboli E, Vineis P, Aleksandrova K.
Immun Ageing. 2016 Feb 25;13:5.

Inhibiting Notch activity in breast cancer stem cells by glucose functionalized nanoparticles carrying γ- secretase inhibitors.
Mamaeva V, Niemi R, Beck M, Özliseli E, Desai D, Landor S, Gronroos T, Kronqvist P, Pettersen IK, McCormack E, Rosenholm JM, Linden M, Sahlgren C.
Mol Ther. 2016 Feb 26.

Low levels of short-and medium-chain acylcarnitines in HIV-infected patients.
Waagsbø B, Svardal A, Ueland T, Landrø L, Øktedalen O, Berge RK, Flo TH, Aukrust P, Damås JK.
Eur J Clin Invest. 2016 Feb 23.

Hypothalamic CaMKKβ mediates glucagon anorectic effect and its diet-induced resistance.
Quiñones M, Al-Massadi O, Gallego R, Fernø J, Diéguez C, López M, Nogueiras R.
Mol Metab. 2015 Oct 22;4(12):961-70.

Continued decline in hip fracture incidence in Norway: a NOREPOS study.
Søgaard AJ, Holvik K, Meyer HE, Tell GS, Gjesdal CG, Emaus N, Grimnes G, Schei B, Forsmo S, Omsland TK.
Osteoporos Int. 2016 Feb 22.