Monthly Archives: August 2017

Application for project funds from Extrastiftelsen / Save the Children

logoSave the Children is a member of the Extrastiftelsen, which announces project funding each year. In autumn 2017, Save the Children invites research and professional communities, organizations and other relevant partners to apply for funding for new health projects through them. (Research projects have first deadline 1 June 2018.)

Initially, you are invited to send a sketch of 1–2 pages, which briefly describes the project idea and objectives. The project sketch should be sent by e-mail to Stina Eiet Hamberg at Save the Children. Questions can be addressed to the same e-mail address or by phone (995 50 054).

Deadline for application: 20 August 2017.

Read more about guidelines for applying for funding for health projects here.

Ingenuity Pathways Analysis

k2nytt_uke-33_anne-kristin-stavrumIs anyone interested in buying a license for the data analysis software Ingenuity Pathways Analysis?, asks postdoctor Anne-Kristin Stavrum on behalf of her group, and writes on:

At the beginning of July, we received some funding (Smådriftsmidler) from the institute, and we would like to spend this money on a license for the data analysis software Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA). A brief description of the program is given below.

The funds we received from the institute do not cover the full amount of the license, so we have to add a little by ourselves. There are different types of licenses. The most relevant are licenses for one user or five users. Since a license for five users is only “a bit” more expensive than a single-user license, we would like to know if someone else at the institute might be interested in sharing the costs for a five-users-license.

Exact price per license will depend on any additional packages that can be purchased, and any offer we may receive from Qiagen. The price will probably amount to NOK 13–15,000 per license, after deducting the amount we were awarded from the institute. The license will be valid for one year.

Interested parties may contact Anne-Kristin Stavrum at the latest on Thursday 24 August.

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Workshop on applications for research and development projects

The Regional Research Fund Vestlandet and the Research Council of Norway arrange a workshop for you working with an idea or application for a research and development project. The intention with the workshop is to provide the participants with skills to develop a research project and write a good application. The participants are expected to work with their own ideas and projects.

Time: 6 September at 10–15.
Venue: Statens hus, meeting room 11th floor, Kaigaten 9, Bergen.

Deadline for registration: 1 September.
Registration form.

The workshop is free of charge, but accepts a limited number of participants.

Think it, want it, do it

Ultrafiolett EysteinMany of us witnessed how Karsten Warholm became world champion and won 400 meters hurdle in London on Wednesday. An amazing achievement that shows how a talent can, with systematic work, set the highest goals and reach them

Let this be an inspiration for us at K2. UiB, like Ulsteinvik, is not the metropolis for science and sport, but we can still deliever achievements in the top international level in research, teaching and dissemination. Although Warholm’s success is first and foremost his own profit, it is also the result of good helpers and an organized environment. Therefore, it is important that the university, the faculty and the department all make it possible for talent to develop and showcase. K2 will work for everyone at the department to be among the best in their area, and the new head of department will be central to this work.

When the application deadline for the position as Head of Department expired on August 4th, 4 highly qualified individuals had applied. Now the committee will look forward to finding the best suitable applicant, whom we hope to get to work on September 1st. Until then I will lead the Department.

With the hope of a productive autumn


Acting head of department

Congratulations on your publication in JAMA


Stavanger University Hospital has, as the only Norwegian hospital, participated in a European cardiac arrest study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Although the study did not show that the 48 hour cooling period yielded significantly better results than the standard 24 hour cooling, there was still an interesting difference in 6-month survival that could indicate that a major study should be conducted to clarify the question.

In 2013, Professor Eldar Søreide (K1) and Professor Alf Ingen Larsen (K2), as leaders of the Emergency Medical and Cardiological Research Group at SUS, entered into a research agreement with Aarhus University Hospital. One of the results is

Targeted Temperature Management for 48 vs 24 Hours and Neurologic Outcome After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
Kirkegaard H, Søreide E, de Haas I, Pettilä V, Taccone FS, Arus U, Storm C, Hassager C, Nielsen JF, Sørensen CA, Ilkjær S, Jeppesen AN, Grejs AM, Duez CHV, Hjort J, Larsen AI, Toome V, Tiainen M, Hästbacka J, Laitio T, Skrifvars MB.
JAMA. 2017 Jul 25;318(4):341-350. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.8978.

Wchich recently was published in JAMA

The study was duly commented on in a management article by one of the foremost experts in the field, Professor Cliffton Callaway of Pittsburgh University.

Targeted Temperature Management After Cardiac Arrest: Finding the Right Dose for Critical Care Interventions.

Callaway CW. JAMA. 2017 Jul 25;318(4):334-336. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.8977.

Callway pointed out that although the study failed to show a statistically significant 15% absolute difference in survival between the Groups, the results indicated that there could be a minor but still interesting difference in favor of the longer cooling period. This will only confirm a much larger study. Futhermore, the study was famed for both good data quality and good follow up of the patients. Survival in both study Groups was also much higher than reported in previous similar studies. This may be due to serveral factors,  not to mention that both prehospital and hospital treatment have gereally improved over the years.

The two Norwegian co-authors of the study wish to thank all involved healthcare professionals in general and the families and patients who said yes to participate in particular. They think this publication illustrates the possibilities and importance of collaboration between research groups and between institutions in several countries. That way, they hope the publication can serve as inspiration for younger colleagues.

Register now for the course ‘Large genetic studies in biobanks: from registries screening, to interpretation of GWAS and beyond’

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the NORBIS course ‘Large genetic studies in biobanks: from registries screening, to interpretation of GWAS and beyond’, which will take place at University of Oslo October 23-27, 2017. This course will cover challenges facing the use of biobanks and registries for large scale genetic analyses, and is organised by Stephanie Le Hellard.

You will find more details about the course and how to register here:

Registration ends September 15. NORBIS members will have priority, and we will cover travel expenses for our members, as usual. Note that this course runs without a UiO course code. We will provide a diploma describing the work load after the course, to be approved at your local institution. Also note that we need 15+ registered participants in order to run this course.