Monthly Archives: January 2018

Application process spring 2018

A new year and an earlier deadline from Research Council of Norway (RCN) means it is time to plan the application process for spring. We will continue the K2 tradition with submission of application sketches and a joint meeting for applicants to the programs BEDREHELSE, BEHANDLING, HELSEVEL and FRIMEDBIO. Thursday 15 February is the proposed deadline for the sketch and we have reserved Wednesday 7 March at 13-16 (seminar room 7th floor) for the meeting. The intention with this meeting is to present the sketch and receive constructive feedback from experienced colleagues which is useful for the preparation of the final proposal. You can send your sketch to

Last years’ results from RCN showed the importance of applying in the program that fits the research project. I therefore want to draw your attention to a seminar in Bergen on 7 February where representatives from RCN will present the programs BEHANDLING, BEDREHELSE, HELSEVEL og HORIZON 2020 (Program). They will present what is expected from the various programs, so I encourage you to attend if you have the possibility to do so.

Other relevant deadlines during the coming months are GLOBVAC, Novo Nordisk, Kreftforeningen og Extrastiftelsen, to name a few. I also want to remind you about BFS Starting Grant, a program aiming to recruit and develop excellent research leaders at UiB, where the deadline to send a sketch and CV is 12 February, as presented in the newsletter last week. Research advisors also want to join the digitalization processes taking place at UiB. Relevant research deadlines will therefore be published on this page, while announcements relevant for education can be found here. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement please let me know.

Tuesday this week RCN visited Bergen to talk about possibilities for the public sector in research. There will be an increased emphasis on this subject, so if you have any contacts in the municipality I want to remind you about “Offentlig ph.d.”. The municipality and RCN fund the candidate 50-50 while we are a partner representing the educational institution. More information will be made available during March and the deadline will most likely be beginning of April.

Finally, I would like to advertise a bit for myself. I would be happy to assist you in one or all of the areas represented below. I am at your assistance until deadline 25 April at 13, but it is best to give us more time. This I will leave up to you as to what fits best.


New Publications

Here are recent publications with contributions from K2 based on last week’s search on PubMed (and optionally articles that have not been included in previous lists). This time the list includes in total 33 recent publications. The entries appear in the order they were received from NCBI. If you have publications that are not included in this or previous lists, please send the references to Johnny Laupsa-Borge.

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Mobility seminar

International Centre UiB invites researchers and PhD candidates who are going on research mobility in 2018 to seminar.

The mobility seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Information regarding UiB routines
  • Forms to the Norwegian government
  • Financing possibilities
  • Insurance
  • Practicalities

This is a nice opportunity to get to know other outbound researchers and share experiences.
It will be time to ask questions.
22.02.2018, 09:00-11:00

Link to calendar:
Sign up here:

Regarding visits to section for pathology

Section for pathology in Sentralblokken has since January 2018 permanently locked all the entrance doors to the section.

This is necessary due to accreditation. Previously, the doors in the second floor have been unlocked during normal working hours.

Those of you who need to visit or contact people in the pathology environment, should from now on make an appointment before visiting. Alternatively, you can approach the reception at the section on the second floor. There is a door bell with instructions by the entrance door.

Should you require repeated visits to the section, you can ask to be given access. Please bring your HUS employee key card.

On behalf of Anders Molven,

Head of section, pathology

The Annual Research Presentations

I am writing to you to encourage participation at the upcoming week´s event, the Annual Research Presentations by the Research School in Clinical Medicine.

What is The Research School in Clinical Medicine?

It is an arena for PhD students from K1, K2 and Helse-Bergen to socialize and present own research to fellow students. The research school also organizes courses that may be included as part of the mandatory training component of the PhD program, and a seminar series where current research from the faculty is presented by excellent speakers.

Our own Professor Stefan Johansson is the current leader. The team also includes Researcher Kristoffer Haugarvoll (K1), Leader of the Research Unit for Children, Camilla Tøndel (Helse Bergen), Researcher Stian Knappskog (K2), Professor Thomas Halvorsen (K2), Solveig Lund Witsøe (K1), PhD Student Torbjørn Kråkenes (K1), and PhD Student Andreas Venizelos (K2).

The poster presentations will take place Wednesday 24 January in the reception foyer, floor 0, Sentralblokken, Haukeland University Hospital; oral presentations Thursday 25 January in Birkhaugssalen, floor 3, Sentralblokken, while the award ceremony will be Friday 26 January 12:00–12:30 in the reception foyer, floor 0, Sentralblokken.

The research school was founded by Professor Emeritus Amund Gulsvik and has been a great success. I take the opportunity to thank him, and all following leaders and staff members for organizing this important event. But what is more, the Research School would be nothing if it were not for the participants, presenters and audience; my sincere thanks to them, too. My high school teacher said I should post the following sentence over my bed: ”Never a day without a line (to read)”. There is always something new to learn. So come! And please, do not only read: Also ask a question. Not to show the others that you can ask a question, but because there is something you want to learn. We learn from questions because that urges us to find out why. Novel knowledge arises.


Pål Rasmus Njølstad

BFS Starting Grant

BFS has announced a new round of the recruitment stipend with final deadline 15 March. Since there is a limitation in the number of nominated candidates from each department, we kindly ask interested applicants to send a project sketch of about two pages and their CV (BFS asks for a CV of maximum three pages, including the most important and relevant publications) within 12 February. Please send this information to, cc’ing Pål Njølstad and Julie Stavnes.

Seminar on announcements of the Research Council of Norway

Haukeland University Hospital, together with UiB and the Research Council of Norway, invite to a seminar on the announcements HELSEVEL, BEHANDLING and BEDREHELSE with deadline 25 April 2018. Part of the program will cover health relevant EU calls, and information about user involvement and how that can strengthen a project.

In addition, representatives from RCN offer one-to-one sessions on specific EU calls. If this is of interest, please send a «Project Outline» (link in the right margin) to one week before the seminar takes place.

Time: 7 February 2018 at. 10:30–15:00.
Venue: Bikuben, Haukeland University Hospital.

Information and program.

If you have any questions, please contact Amra Grudic-Feta at K2: / 55 97 46 71.

Lecture on the brain’s waterways | 30 January

The Norwegian Academy of Technical Sciences (Norges Tekniske Vitenskapsakademi, NTVA) and Tekna invite to a lecture in Bergen about “The waterways of the brain”.

Lecturer: Marie Rognes, Head of Department, Simula Research Laboratory.
Time: Tuesday 30 January at. 19:00.
Venue: Nansensenteret at Marineholmen, Thormølens gate 47, Bergen.

The meeting is open to all interested parties.

Those who want to attend a single meal after the lecture, must sign up by e-mail not later than Thursday 25 January. The meal is free.

Details of the lecture can be found here. (Link in Norwegian.)

With best regards,
Lars Thomas Dyrhaug
General Secretary NTVA

New publications

Here are recent publications with contributions from K2 based on last week’s search on PubMed (and optionally articles that have not been included in previous lists). This time the list includes in total 11 recent publications. The entries appear in the order they were received from NCBI. If you have publications that are not included in this or previous lists, please send the references to Johnny Laupsa-Borge.

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A fruitful new teaching year

To all K2 employees: Welcome to a fruitful new teaching year! We need you, at all the different levels/programs we conduct; from planning, facilitation (administrative or practical) to the actual performing of teaching. Thanks to everyone!

New this year in the medical curriculum is “Elective period”: In these four first full weeks each year (January), students may choose between different courses of two to four weeks duration. These span from molecular biology to cardiac ultrasound, from learning practical pedagogy with student-driven OSCE stations at the Medical Skills Center to Medicine for the Future. Probably the most extrovert (literally out-doors) is the course in Mountain Medicine, where one student definitely ended up in “deep water”; a (voluntary) student jumped in ice water on the Landås mountain to be rescued and taken care of by fellow students! K2 has prepared several exciting courses, but we need more. We would encourage each of our academic communities / research groups to offer one annual elective course.

The annual study day for K1 / K2, aiming to inspire and improve our teaching, will be held on 2 May (AFTER this spring’s most important research application deadline). There we will demonstrate examples of good student activating teaching, learn how to build a teaching portfolio (to document your own teaching experience / competence), and discuss how to make good station examinations (OSCE). Please note the date in your calendar already.

Apropos OSCE: 20 June, the first really qualifying OSCE exam (objective structured clinical exam) will be held for all 3rd year / 6th semester medical students. Then 160 students will pass through 5 parallel stations, which require contribution from the vast majority of scientific employees and teaching administrators at the medical faculty engaged in the teaching within these 6 semesters. We need you! So, neither dissertations, summer holidays nor congress permissions should be planned for this date.


75 million for a research program in nuclear medicine

The Tromsø Research Foundation and the Bergen Research Foundation jointly announce a research program in nuclear medicine. This is an initiative from Bergen and Tromsø Research Foundation, and has a budget of up to NOK 75 million for a period of 3–5 years.

The universities and university hospitals in Tromsø, Trondheim and Bergen are invited to nominate a joint application from each city. Applications are prepared by the relevant academic communities and coordinated by theme:

  • Bergen: PET Radiofarmaka
  • Trondheim: Clinical studies
  • Tromsø: Preclinical studies

Link to the announcement text for the Nuclear Medicine / PET program can be found here.

Haukeland University Hospital and the University of Bergen wish that as many academic environments as possible should have the opportunity to collaborate on the application. They therefore invite to an open meeting:

Time: 31 January, at. 09:00–11:30
Location: Bikuben, Haukeland University Hospital.
No registration required.

For more information, contact Tom Christian Adamsen, Center for Nuclear Medicine / PET.

Call for SPIRE funds 2018

The Research Administration Department at UiB has announced funds in the University’s Strategic Program for International Research and Educational Cooperation (SPIRE) for 2018. The program aims to support UiB’s internationalization strategy 2016-2022. This is an important instrument for strengthening the university’s allocation of external research funds and enhancing academic quality through international cooperation.

SPIRE funds can be applied in two categories:

  • SPIRE funds for international networking and partnership cooperation
  • SPIRE-guest researcher funds

Scientific staff at UiB can apply for SPIRE funds. Applications are sent through the department to the faculty. The faculty sends all applications together to the Research Administration Department. Only applications that have been assessed, rated and submitted by the faculty within the application deadline will be processed.

See Guidelines for Applicants. And use a specific application form. (Links in Norwegian only.)

Deadline for application: 15 February.

Due to work on K2 before this deadline, the department requests applications to be sent to the head of department no later than Monday 12 February.

Evening meeting on digitization of health services and the Leader Conference 2018

The Norwegian Hospital and Health Service Association (NSH) invites to an evening meeting on digitizing health services followed by the annual leader conference.

Evening meeting: Digitization of health services | 7 February

  • Innovation in healthcare and health technology, Naeem Zahid, Telenor
  • Digitalization of health services – who controls this? Christine Bergland, Directorate for e-Health
  • What are the authorities’ concerns about new solutions? Bjørn Erik Thon, The Norwegian Data Protection Authority
  • Much new – has this come to be? Is the physician’s role on its way out as we know it today? Is the specialist health service affected? Thorleif Jansen in Kry, Daniel Sørli in Dr. Drop In m.fl.
  • When does the new technology come in hospitals? How should hospital management think about this? Grethe Aasved in Aleris, Marit Lind at the University Hospital Nord-Norge, and others.

Program and registration.  (Link in Norwegian.)

Leader Conference 2018 | 8 and 9 February

The leader conference is a major and important meeting place for healthcare leaders. Every year, hundreds of leaders gather for professional refills, social gathering and networking.

  • The Minister of Health’s report to health service leaders and the award of NSH’s healthcare prices
  • OUS – Norway’s largest hospital: opportunities and challenges, Bjørn Erikstein, Oslo University Hospital
  • Management of hospitals – through change and development, Eivind Hansen, Haukeland University Hospital
  • Quality bureaucracy – does it help? Anne-Lise Kristensen, ’Pasient- og brukerombudet’ in Oslo and Akershus
  • When something goes wrong – what did the eye department at St. Olavs Hospital? Marit Fagerli
  • Mission first, safety always, Geir Arne Mathiesen, Norsk Luftambulanse

Program and registration. (Link in Norwegian.)

Do you want to be an exhibitor? Send an e-mail to


With best regards,
The Norwegian Hospital and Health Service Association

Kine Martinez
const. Secretary General

Meeting about medical incubator | 8 March

Bergen and Western Norway will get a new medical incubator. As an admission to this, an open meeting will be held on Thursday 8 March at Haukeland University Hospital, where stakeholders in research, clinics, industry, business development and finance will be gathered. The purpose of the event is to gather a wide range of stakeholders to a medical incubator, to inform about the plans, and to establish a broad ownership of a further process.

The medical incubator will be placed close to a number of academic research environments with a short distance to well-run clinical environment. The activities of an incubator will further strengthen research collaboration across the academic environment, including actors outside the public organizations.

A number of significant research groups have been established within medical and biomedical subjects. We believe there will be a golden opportunity for industry to participate here, including Start-up companies from research activity.

At the meeting, you will hear lectures from local, national and international actors who share their experiences and present wishes for a new, enthusiastic commitment to a professionally exciting area.

Time: 8 March, at. 14:00–18:00.
Location: Bikuben, Haukeland University Hospital.

Helge Ræder                        Bjørn Tore Gjertsen             Jens Reigstad
UiB                                         HUS                                        BTO

Higher success rate in Horizon2020 with a COST network


Your chance to succeed in Horizon2020 doubles if you are a member of a COST network, from the European average of 14 % to 28 %. COST brings together researchers across nations into networks covering specific research areas.

On this page, you can find ongoing COST networks, and it can be worth looking through those ending 2019-2021. If you find an interesting network, there are two ways to join:


  • Each country can have two representatives in each network. If the two seats are not taken, you can show interest.
  • If Norway already has two representatives, you can contact the network.

Are there no COST networks within your research field? You can submit a proposal to establish a new network. Multi- and interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. The deadline is 20 April 2018.


Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology | June 2018

The Summer School on Modern Methods in Biostatistics and Epidemiology aims to provide introductory and advanced courses in medical statistics and epidemiology, and their application to clinical and etiology research and public health.

The course teachers come from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, Bocconi University, University of Milano-Bicocca, and other European Universities.

Time: 3–16 June 2018.
Location: Castello Brandolini Colomban, Cison di Valmarino, Treviso, Italy.

Information and registration.

Deadline: registration is now open, and the deadline for early registration is 21 March 2018.

Best regards,
Pia Holmberg
Course Administration, Summer School

The Swedish Barndiabetesfonden allocates a large amount of research funding

(In Norwegian only.)

I desember 2017 besluttet Barndiabetesfonden i Sverige å tildele 13 millioner svenske kroner til forskning innen diabetes hos barn og unge. Dette er mer enn stiftelsen har delt ut tidligere.

Midlene skal fordeles i henhold til anbefalinger fra Barndiabetesfondens vitenskapelige råd etter fjorårets utlysning og søknadsprosess.

Les mer her.

New publications

Here are recent publications with contributions from K2 based on last week’s search on PubMed (and optionally articles that have not been included in previous lists). This time the list includes in total 15 recent publications. The entries appear in the order they were received from NCBI. If you have publications that are not included in this or previous lists, please send the references to Johnny Laupsa-Borge.

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Happy New Year!

Christmas and the holiday season at the end of the year are over. It has been a busy time – everything must be fixed and arranged for a few, intense days. However, for most people it has been a precious holiday with time together with the ones we love, as well as an opportunity for contemplation and reflection.

Just before Christmas, the K2 Leadership Team was in place. Besides myself, it will be:
– Deputy Leader: Eystein Husebye, M.D., Ph.D.
– Deputy Leader Research: Silke Appel, Ph.D.
– Deputy Leader Teaching: Jone Trovik, M.D., Ph.D.
– Deputy Leader Innovation: Emmet Mc Cormack, Ph.D.
– Administration Manager: Julie Stavnes, M.Ba.

Eystein Husebye is well known to most. He is a professor and consultant physician in endocrinology, leads the Research Group for Endocrine Medicine, and heads KG Jebsen-Center in Autoimmune Diseases. He has been a vice-chairman for several years, and has been acting leader, thus ensuring continuity in the Leadership Team.

Silke Appel is professor, Group Leader at Broegelmann Research Laboratory and Head of the Core Center for Flow Cytometry. She is also a member of the Department Council.

Jone Trovik is a professor, consultant physician in gynecology and obstetrics, and belongs to the Research Group for Gynecological Cancer. She has been Acting Leader at K2 this fall, and before that, she was Deputy Leader for Education.

Emmet Mc Cormack is a professor and leader of galenic pharmacy. In addition, he has experience with regard to the establishment and operation of research-based companies.

Julie Stavnes is also well known. She is MBA from NHH, and has been Administration Manager at K2 since 2015.

I take this opportunity to thank them for being willing to spend time and effort for K2. The team extends widely academically, involving both physicians and non-physicians, including pharmacy, which is an example of the many non-medical education subjects. Furthermore, we have introduced a Deputy Leader for Innovation since there is currently a focus on innovation, as well to match this focus at the faculty level. I welcome you all to the Leadership Team, and am looking forward to working with you and the Management Team of K2 in the years to come!


Guidelines for dealing with cases of possible violation of recognized ethical standards of research ethics

The faculty has presented a draft of new guidelines for dealing with cases of possible violation of recognized ethical standards of research ethics.

The case is attached here. (Link in Norwegian.)

The faculty requests that department heads and management leaders carefully read the case, forward the guidelines to their own department, and include questions / comments to one of the first institute meetings in the new year, where the guidelines and research ethics will be discussed.

Announcement of Erasmus + Mobility in the world 2018-19

The European Commission and SIU have announced Erasmus + for 2018. The announcement opens for, e.g., an application for funding for Erasmus + International Credit Mobility (Mobility in the World). The most important changes in the arrangements in the year’s announcement compared to last year are as follows:

  • The program opens up for practice space mobility both to and from the partner country
  • Scholarship for students has increased from 850 € to 900 €
  • Scholarship for supplementary (tuition or training) has increased from 160 € to 180 € per day.

Process towards UiB application

The following will take place towards the submission of applications:

  • 10 January. Deadline for institute / faculty to apply to SA in ephorte relevant country project to be included in the application. Participation in the application must be supported by the department / faculty.
  • 12 January at 13:00–14:30. Workshop in the Meeting Room, International Center. This will be offered to those who will make the texts for land projects.
  • 24 January. Deadline for submission of texts to the application to SA.
  • 1 February. Deadline for submission of application.

For questions regarding Erasmus + Mobility in the world, please contact Helge Bjørlo at the Department of Studies.

Invitation to a course for new leaders | 21 February and 7 March

The HR department wishes to invite all new leaders at UiB to participate in a course for new leaders (‘kortprogrammet’). This is a program / course for all new managers with staff responsibility (employee last 12 months). Participants will get an overview and practical introduction to support systems from central departments. The course lasts two full days, and participants are expected to attend both days.

Theme: Leadership tasks within research administration, study administration, finance, personnel, communication, IT and real estate.

Time: 21 February and 7 March: both days at. 09:00–15:45
Venue: Muséplass, meeting room A + B (basement)

More information and registration (link in Norwegin)

With best regards,
Grete Birkenes
senior consultant, HR department
University of Bergen
Tel.: 55 58 29 96

SLATE | Center for the Science of Learning and Technology | Guest lecture

SLATE (Center for the Science of Learning and Technology) collaborates with a large and important research environment at the University of Maastricht, working on simulation / training in health / medical sciences. Professor Jeroen van Merrienboer and Anneke van der Niet (postdoctoral fellow) are coming to Bergen in January. In this regard, SLATE invites to a guest lecture:

Affordance perception in a simulated emergency care situation using eye-tracking and video data

Lecturer: Anneke van der Niet
School of Health Professions Education, Maastricht University

Time: 11 January, at 14:15–15:30
Venue: SLATE, Vektergården, Christiesgate 13, 3rd floor

Everyone with an interest in simulation and new technology in education is encouraged to come.

With best regards,
Professor Steinar Hunskår, MD, PhD
Vice Dean for Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Bergen, Norway

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Pedagogy for employees in small part-time positions

In spring 2018, the Faculty offers a course in medical didactics (5 ECTS credits) aimed at the academic staff. This is a university education course that is approved as part of basic competence.

The course provides an introduction to university pedagogical principles and tools for scientific staff at MED. It is especially aimed at employees in a 50% position or less. This employee group has a lot of teaching tasks, but due to the small part-time position, there is no requirement for pedagogical basic competence, as for employees in positions of more than 50%.

Information about the course.
Deadline for registration: 1 February.

With best regards,
Monika Kvernenes
ass. professor, medical pedagogy
Unit for learning, Faculty of Medicine, UiB
Tel: 55 58 65 99