Monthly Archives: May 2016


Ræder_portrettThe Department of Clinical Science is going to use the new strategic plan actively as emphasized in the editorial of Per last week. In one of the paragraphs on Recruitment Strategy (RIK1-T2), we wrote that:

Department of Clinical Science will stimulate group leaders to identify outstanding internal and external (foreign) candidates and submit names of potential candidates to the Department which will follow up these candidates with career counseling by the research advisor.

Aftergrowth is important for the Department. I encourage you all to let us know the names that may be relevant when the Department will plan future permanent academic positions. We wish to recruit outstanding candidates, whether they are located in Bergen or abroad. We have written merit-based criteria in addition to need-based criteria in the strategic plan. As merits we have emphasized high impact publications with high citation levels and key author roles, increasing trend in the publication quality and quantity, early achievement of a high h-index and demonstrated independence and ability to obtain external funding and teaching merits.


Lecture – Bass Hassan

Below the title of the two speeches as Professor Bass Hassan – a leading oncologist and researcher at Lincoln College and Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford. Place: Stort Auditorium, Sentralblokken, HUS June 1st 11.30 AM (1) and 1:00 PM (2).

The first lecture is particularly interesting for biologists and basic researchers and clinicians interested in translational cancer Research.

The second lecture is more geared toward physicians / clinicians and discusses the role that genomics can play in oncology subject.

The lectures are planned directly transferred to the Norwegian Radium Hospital and Stavanger University Hospital.

  1. Kl. 11.45 AM “Evolution and translation of the IGF2:IGF2R interaction”
    Focused on Bass Hassan’s main laboratory work: the evolution of the protein interaction between the products of two imprinted genes, genes that are also deregulated in cancer.
  2. Kl. 1:00 PM “Oncology in rare cancers, what we do and don’t know”
    A general update on oncology in rare cancers such as sarcoma which will include where genomics might and might not have impact.  Aspects of GIST as well as bone and soft tissue oncology will be presented, and discussion encouraged.


K1/K2 seminarseries 2016

We wish to invite you all to the next K1/K2 Seminar in 2016. Wednesday June 1!

Arnt-Ove Hovden, PhD, MSc, Medical Manager Respiratory, Boehringer Ingelheim Norway KS

A PhD completed –so what now? As an alumni of Gades institute (now a part of K2), I will talk about what to expect after graduating and for many -leaving the safe haven of academia. I will focus on the experiences that I have had after changing career path, first into the biotech sector and later into the pharmaceutical industry at Boehringer Ingelheim. As my current role is Medical Manager for a lung disease (Idiopathic lung fibrosis), I will also discuss that as to how a background from for instance the K2 institute, might be very valuable for the industry and how that has enabled me to work with a novel drug targeting FGFR, PDGF and VEGF. The main focus of my talk will, however, be the transferable skills that you develop during your studies and how that will serve you well in the rest of your professional career. Questions are encouraged, with the aim of broaden your horizons and perhaps give rise to new ideas of how to plan for the time to come!

Time: Onsdag , 1 juni, 14.15-15.00
Place: Stort Auditorium, 3 etasje, Sentralblokken
Chair: Silke Appel

Pizza is served between 14:05-14.15.
Everyone is welcome.

See attachment for abstract.

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

Lipodystrophy Due to Adipose Tissue Specific Insulin Receptor Knockout Results in Progressive NAFLD.
Softic S, Boucher J, Solheim MH, Fujisaka S, Haering MF, Homan EP, Winnay J, Perez-Atayde AR, Kahn CR.
Diabetes. 2016 May 10.

Adipose tissue is prominent in salivary glands of Sjögren’s syndrome patients and appears to influence the microenvironment in these organs.
Skarstein K, Aqrawi LA, Øijordsbakken G, Jonsson R, Jensen JL.
Autoimmunity. 2016 May 20:1-9.

Postinfectious and sporadic functional gastrointestinal disorders have different prevalences and rates of overlap: results from a controlled cohort study 3 years after acute giardiasis.
Wensaas KA, Hanevik K, Hausken T, Eide GE, Langeland N, Mørch K, Rortveit G.
Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2016 May 18.

Epidemiology and health related quality of life in hypoparathyroidism in Norway.
Astor MC, Løvås K, Debowska A, Eriksen EF, Evang JA, Fossum C, Fougner KJ, Holte SE, Lima K, Moe RB, Myhre AG, Kemp EH, Nedrebø BG, Svartberg J, Husebye ES.
J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016 May 17:jc20161477.

Personality and overweight in 6-12-year-old children.
Hampson SE, Vollrath ME, Júlíusson PB.
Pediatr Obes. 2015 Oct;10(5):e5-7.

The New K2 strategy plan 2016-18

Per BakkeThe new K2 strategy has been formally approved by the Institute board after the draft of the plan has been commented by various groups at K2. The plan is Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Realistic and Time specific (SMART). The plan comprises the following areas: research, teaching, recruitment, infrastructure and competence as well as dissemination.

You might argue that it’s OK with a strategy plan. However it should not influence me and my daily work.  My answer would be that the plan will affect all of us in one way or the other, be it new teaching- or student evaluation methods, K2 support for grant applications, recruitment plans, HSE initiative in the labs or assessment of the psychosocial environment.

The strategy plan covers slightly more than one page. I expect all of you to read it. I can promise that the institute will use it actively and provide an annual update as to the status of the implementation of the plan.


The HSE Corner

Remember to register HSE nonconfomities!

In the autumn of 2015 MOF introduced an electronic system for reporting HSE nonconformities. Knowledge of HSE nonconformities provides the basis for UoB to prevent and follow up harm to people, environment and property. We ask that everyone use the system to register HSE nonconformities.

Read more about the system and HSE nonconformities in the HSE portal,
and register nonconformities here.

Emergency Power Supply Test Moved to June 8

The emergency power supply test at Haukeland University Hospital is postponed from 1 June to 8 June. The reason for this is the need to test the emergency features of Marie Joy’s house in an ordinary emergency power supply test. This is to identify any problems that must be corrected before moving into Marie Joy’s House and this can’t be done before 8 June.

Drift/teknisk kundesenter, Drift/teknisk divisjon
Besøksadresse: Verkstedbygg 1. etasje
Åpningstider: mandag-fredag kl. 07:00-16:00
Tlf. 77100

New Price for “Coffee Sticks”

13271451_1020784874682947_1307456970_oIn the expedition you can buy “coffee sticks” for use in coffee machines in the halls of the lab building. You pay a deposit of 100 kr that you get back when you return the stick. In addition you pay for the value that is incorporated in the stick. Previously each stick contained 100 kr, and the total price was 200 kr. The sticks now contain 200 kr, and the new price is 300 kr.

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

Diffusion capacity and CT measures of emphysema and airway wall thickness – relation to arterial oxygen tension in COPD patients.
Saure EW, Bakke PS, Lind Eagan TM, Aanerud M, Jensen RL, Grydeland TB, Johannessen A, Nilsen RM, Thorsen E, Hardie JA.
Eur Clin Respir J. 2016 May 12;3:29141.

Analysis of Intracellular Ca(2+) Mobilization in Human NK Cell Subsets by Flow Cytometry.
Theorell J, Bryceson YT.
Methods Mol Biol. 2016;1441:117-30.

Vitamin B-6 catabolism and long-term mortality risk in patients with coronary artery disease.
Ulvik A, Pedersen ER, Svingen GF, McCann A, Midttun Ø, Nygård O, Ueland PM.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 May 11.

Expression of Heat Shock Protein 27 in Melanoma Metastases Is Associated with Overall Response to Bevacizumab Monotherapy: Analyses of Predictive Markers in a Clinical Phase II Study.
Schuster C, Akslen LA, Straume O.
PLoS One. 2016 May 11;11(5):e0155242.

PNKP Mutations Identified by Whole-Exome Sequencing in a Norwegian Patient with Sporadic Ataxia and Edema.
Tzoulis C, Sztromwasser P, Johansson S, Gjerde IO, Knappskog P, Bindoff LA.
Cerebellum. 2016 May 10.

Recurrent hormone-binding domain truncated ESR1 amplifications in primary endometrial cancers suggest their implication in hormone independent growth.
Holst F, Hoivik EA, Gibson WJ, Taylor-Weiner A, Schumacher SE, Asmann YW, Grossmann P, Trovik J, Necela BM, Thompson EA, Meyerson M, Beroukhim R, Salvesen HB, Cherniack AD.
Sci Rep. 2016 May 10;6:25521.

Wants to Make K2 International – again

Our April Fool jokeEystein 2 “Will make K2 international” was quite successful. Many thought the joke was funny, others reported that the idea was actually very good and wanted to join. Therefore, we will now consider the proposal – seriously this time. I can reassure everyone that the visit to an “elite university” in Hawaii is not included in the plan, but the department management will during 2016 visit UoBs new office in Brussels.

The head of the office, that is a collaboration with NTNU and SINTEF, is newly employed and his name is Kristof Vlaeminck. Vlaeminck has experience from both research and research funding and is currently national contact point for FP7 and Horizon 2020 and the Belgian delegate to the Horizon 2020’s program committee for the discipline “Secure Societies”.

The EU office has ambitions to keep UoB updated on the research developments in the EU, as well as being of concrete assistance to researchers who want to build networks or establish consortiums. They also have meeting rooms that can be used by researchers from UoB. The next few weeks Vlaeminck will visit UoB, and hopefully also our department, so that we can get “firsthand” knowledge of how best to utilize this opportunity.

The research department at UoB prioritises international networking and will provide support to researchers who want to establish contacts and write applications. Concretely K2 sent a COST action application this April, and the research department played a very central role in the writing process.

K2 is doing well in the international arena already, partly visible through numerous publications in very highly rated journals like the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature and Science in recent years. This illustrates the importance of international networks and how we can use these to become internationally leading.

Finally, we will use the leeway to employ a new research advisor, not to travel to Hawaii …

Good luck with network building!


The HSE Corner

Introduction EcoExposure

UoB are obliged to keep records of staff and students who are or may be exposed to substances that can cause serious illnesses over time. UoB and K2 will use EcoExposure as their exposure registry. Bente-Lise Lillebø from the HSE department will inform about the system and how to use it. Users will register exposures in EcoExposure but coordinators and administrators are to provide access to users in their group. The first meeting will be held in late May and is for administrators and coordinators. There will be separate information meetings for all users before the summer – information about the meetings are to come. Read more about EcoExposure by following this link.

New Names

DSC_0164We present Laura Minsaas, PhD in medical cell biology. Laura started as chief engineer at Mohn Cancer Research Laboratory in May 2016. If you want to say hello, you can find her on the 1M floor in the lab building.

New Names

fdsWe present Ksenia Lavrichenko, a PhD Candidate in bioinformatics (CBU at Høyteknologisenteret). Ksenia started as a researcher in the Genomics group at the Department of Clinical Science in May 2016. If you wish to greet her, she is located at the 6th floor, Laboratory building.

Solar Shading in the Lab Building

The solar protection on the outside of the windows of the lab-building does not work as it should, and the consequence is that the offices on the south side become very hot during the day.

HUS report that they have trouble with the control of the blinds, but they will carry out a test of the system at the end of May.

Energy. What will save us? Major social challenges

UiBDear Colleagues,
Saturday 21 May at 2 pm we will discuss the social challenge of energy restructuring in the University Aula.
Rector Dag Rune Olsen will hold the welcome speech and Professor Inga Berre will give us an update on new research. There will be a debate with Simona Petroncini (sun entrepreneur with experience from BKK), Terje Breivik (national politician), Håvard Haarstad (human geographer) and Lars-Henrik Paarup Michelsen (CEO of the Norwegian Climate Foundation).
See also this page .
This meeting is a collaboration between UiB and Bergens Tidende.
Hilde Sandvik leads the debate. Free entrance.

Knut Helland,
Dean, Professor
Faculty of Social Sciences


14th Annual CHFR Symposium on Heart Failure

Norheart CfHFR

September 21-23 2016, Holmenkollen Park Hotel, Oslo

You are invited to a symposium on recent advances in basic and clinical heart research. The symposium is open to all clinical and basic researchers, and provides a unique meeting place for regional, national and international interaction. PhD students of the PhD School of Heart Research (NORHEART) are especially encouraged to participate, and are entitled to receive study points and refund of travel expenses. Become a member of NORHEART here.
Registration (before August 15, 2016) Continue reading

Course for ERC Starting and Consolidator applicants for the 2017 or 2018 calls

UiBWe would like to draw your attention to a course for ERC Starting and Consolidator applicants for the 2017 or 2018 calls that we will have in Bergen on August 17th.
The course will be given by Beacontech and will consist of a half-day course plus the possibility to meet the consultants individually. Lunch will be provided, the course will take place at Hotel Ørnen in the center of Bergen.
Please forward this link to your departments, research groups and also individuals who might be interested to attend.

Registration closes on August 12th.
I hope that this is of interest to your younger researchers. Should they have other questions about ERC they can also consult the ERC pages  or contact Anja (

Please note that registration for our Advanced grant course on June 9th at Vilvite is still possible!

Research Leadership Programme – Starting Level

Research Leadership Programme – Starting level (RLP-Start):
University of Oslo (UoO) offers a new annual research leadership program. The course is open to applicants external to UoO and will be conducted in English. Application dead line is June 15th, 2016. It is particularly meant for those being in an early phase of their career as research leaders.
Read more here and here.

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

Does Roller Pump-Induced Pulsatile CPB Perfusion Affect Microvascular Fluid Shifts and Tissue Perfusion?
Elvevoll B, Lundemoen S, Svendsen ØS, Mongstad A, Grong K, Kvalheim VL, Husby P.
Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Apr 29.

Circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 and survival after diagnosis with kidney cancer.
Muller DC, Scelo G, Zaridze D, Janout V, Holcatova I, Navratilova M, Mates D, Midttun Ø, Ueland PM, Brennan P, Johansson M.
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Aug;24(8):1277-81.