Monthly Archives: March 2018

K2-News Week 12

The University of Bergen should deliver on four social issues, namely: research, education, dissemination and innovation. Previously, K2´s leadership had a strong focus on the fact that the Institute’s research would benefit society and K2 is therefore an institute that has thus far maintained its reputation in the field of innovation. The institute contributes many innovative projects where cooperation with both the hospital and the business community is central, among other things within drug development, medical technology and nutrition. Many will probably think that running innovation takes time from research and teaching and should just be a secondary consideration at UiB. However, the development of research ideas with commercial potential can be an excellent way to expand both networking and funding potential for project financing. The development of products and processes can also contribute to new research ideas. In K2, news no. 4, Amra focused on the importance of planning the application processes towards external funding sources. This is also true for innovation and commercialization projects.

The University of Bergen has set up Bergen Teknologioverføring AS (BTO) to help handle the further development of research ideas with social or commercial potential. Very often, in the development of these ideas and projects, its critical to apply for funds, just as in research. BTO has gradually gained experience with applications towards the various different funding programs availible. First and foremost, it is very important to get started as soon as possible with the application. The fact that these projects often also have more external partners only reinforce the importance of starting early. Furthermore, it is extremely important not just to describe the research or technical aspects, but also the usefulness and the commercial aspect. Business developers at the TTOs know how to best describe this. In addition, they often seek advice and assistance from external advisors to review the applications and provide feedback. BTO also cooperates closely with our administration at K2 and with the research advisors in the application processes. Here are some of the most important programs where UiB collaborates with BTO to get project funding, but there are of course many others, depending on the subject area and themes. Start by checking out these and see if there are some opportunities for financing some of your great ideas:

BIOTEK 2021 Optimizers: Project ideas with a commercial potential in biology and biomedicine can receive funding at a relatively early phase for further development. It is UiB which is the applicant institution, but it is mandatory to have a TTO onboard (in UiBs case, BTO), to ensure that the project evolves in a commercial direction.

STUDENT: Students with a good idea can earn up to NOK 1 million to further develop their idea commercially. It is UiB, which is the sender of an application to the Research Council of Norway. The scheme is aimed at those who are (or almost) at the master’s level. BTO assists both in the application process and after the project has been granted.

FORNY 2020 is the Research Council’s own verification program. The projects must be at a more mature stage of development than is the case with Biotek2021 Optimalization, but still the early “high risk” phase.

So if you have a good idea, please contact BTO right away!

Emmet Mc Cormack
Randi Taxt, Vice-director BTO



Members in Group B shall be elected to the Institute Council at Clinical Institute 2. The election is authorized by the University’s electoral rules. The Institute Council shall have members elected by and among:

  • Group A: Fulltime employed in teaching and research positions (including department managers)
  • Group B: Temporary employes in teaching and research
  • Group C: Technical and administrative staff
  • Group D: Students

Deadline for proposals of members (Group B) is set
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Proposals must be sendt to the election board’s secretary, Irene Hjelmaas, departmental administration irene.hjelmaas@uib.noby kl. 15:00 Tuesday 10 April 2018.

The Institute Council shall have the following composition:

Group   Amount Function Period
Group B Temporary employes in teaching and research 1 + 3 deputy 1 Year – 01.08.2018 – 31.07.2019

The proposal must be in writing (on paper with physical signatures) and must be signed by at least three voters in the respective group. No one can sign on more than one suggestion.

The proposal must contain at least one and a maximum of four candidates. The suggested must be eligible. If the proposal is promoted to more than one candidate, it is encouraged to take gender balance into account.

In order to have the right to vote and to be eligible for Group B, one must have been employed before March 1 the election year in such post category as to be voted in and have a minimum of 50% position at the Clinical Institute 2, Faculty of Medicine.

information on incentives

The academic environment that want to apply for incentives will do this to the faculty on the attached application form. The faculty transmits applications collected to UiB. We request that applications from program committees and department will be sent to the faculty by 3 April 2018.

Guidelines Click HERE (only in norwegian)
Application form click HERE (only in norwegian)



Holidayinformation 2018

It’s time to start planning your leftover holidays.
The Faculty of Medicine has set the following deadlines for application for holidays for 2018:

Holiday Deadline for request Fixed holiday
Winter Holiday 01.02.2018 15.02.2018
Easter Holiday 01.03.2018 15.03.2018
Summer holiday (at least 3 weeks between (15.05-15.09) 01.04.2018 15.04.2018
Autumn Holiday 018 01.09.2018
Any leftover Holidays 01.10.2018 15.10.2018

Application for leftover holidays should be sent in PAGA no later than 01.10.2018.

Information about holidays and how to register holidays can be found here:

If you have any questions regarding Holidays and registering please contact Personnel Consultant:

Elin Myhrvold – Email: Phone: 55972954


Invited talk by Prof. C. Ronald Kahn, Harvard Medical School.

One of the world’s—if not the world’s—leader in insulin signaling.

Date: Wednesday April 18th

Time: 09:00

Place: Auditorium @ Armauer Hansens hus, Haukeland University Hospital

Professor C. Ronald Kahn from Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School is a world recognized expert in diabetes and obesity research, as well as a preeminent investigator in the area of insulin signal transduction and mechanisms of altered signaling in diabetes and metabolic disease.

Prof. Kahn has received more than 70 awards and honors, including the highest honors of the American Diabetes Association, U.S. and British Endocrine Societies, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and election to the National Academy of Science and Institute of Medicine. He has authored more than 600 original publications and 200 reviews and chapters.

A recent study from Prof. Kahn has identified viruses that can produce insulin-like hormones that are active on human cells.  This novel discovery brings new possibilities for revealing biological mechanisms that may cause diabetes, as well as autoimmune disease, metabolic conditions or cancer.

Viruses known to infect fish and amphibians, could possibly expose humans to viral insulins. Prof. Kahn and his colleagues at Joslin have found that various viruses can produce peptides that are similar in whole or in part to 16 human hormones and regulatory proteins. Four viruses interestingly have insulin-like sequences, and show ability to bind to and stimulate human insulin receptors and receptors for a closely related hormone called IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1). The viral peptides could this way potentially stimulate all signaling pathways inside the cells that are stimulated by human insulin and IGF-1, including glucose uptake and cellular growth.


Dear all,

Please see below the updated links for external funding:

External funding opportunities:

Funding opportunities for education:

The webpages are updated every second week. New calls are marked as NEW.

New for this week are the opening of the call for Innovative Medicines Initiative and the announcement of deadlines for ERC Starting Grant and ERC Synergy Grant. Please also note that if you have collaboration with researchers in Switzerland, you can be funded through their research council.

Kind regards,
Amra, Ramune, Itana and Kaia

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 26 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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NORPART – Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation

SIU has launched a new announcement through NORPART for the period 2019-223. The program supports academic partnerships and student mobility with an emphasis on Master and PhD level between higher education institutions in Norway and selected developing countries. The deadline is 31 May 2018 at 15:00.

PS: Please click here to find the letter regarding internal UiB guidelines for all applicants to NORPART 2018.

New Names

K2 presents Kadri Madissoo.
She was newly appointed 12.02.18 as a Senior Engineer and works at the research laboratory at KK.
She belongs to the research group G17 Gynecological Oncology, also known as Bergen Gynecological Cancer research group. She will also work with the research bio bank at the Women’s Clinic and is a safety representative.
If you wish to contact her or say hi, she can be contacted by mail or she can be reached by phone at 55976336


K2-News Week 11

It’s time to honor our best in research, teaching and dissemination 2017!

Prizes will be awarded for the year’s publication, the research group of the year, the year’s PhD work, and excellent research dissemination.

K2 can promote up to two candidates in each category. The proposals needs to be detailed. The individual proposal should be on 1/2-1 page. We ask research group leaders to submit proposals o by Friday 6 April 2018.

The Publication of the Year
-describe quality, originality, and innovation
– if relevant, consequences for further knowledge acquisition, clinical use or innovation
– should represent the department’s own research
-the original article as nominated should be enclosed as a pdf file of the printed article

The PhD Thesis of the Year
-describe quality, originality, and innovation
– if relevant, consequences for further knowledge acquisition, clinical use or innovation
-candidate’s own contribution to the work needs to be explained
-four printed copies of the thesis should be sent to the faculty (will only be returned on request).

The Research Group of the Year
-describe research production and quality
-should have close collaboration and not have the character of being a loosely linked network
-contributions to national and international research collaboration, networking and contributions to recruitment and education of researchers recruited

The Dissemination Price
-descrube how the researcher or research group has been able to convey recent research in an excellent way to a broad audience
-research dissemination must be of high quality in terms of professional content, design and execution
-should engage, awaken curiosity, give inspiration and new knowledge
-the dissemination must respond to society’s need for information and knowledge about research and higher education.

K2 has launched a teaching price of 50,000 NOK. The prize is awarded once a year to a lecturer who has particularly excelled for outstanding efforts in student education within subjects in the program of medicine, pharmaceuticals, dentistry or nutrition belonging to K2.We ask for proposals sent to by April 13, 2018.The prize will be awarded at the Examination and Teaching Seminar on 2 May.

Matters that are especially emphasized in the assessment of proposed candidates for the K2 tuition fee:

-student evaluation of teaching
-remarks for good education
-development of new student activating teaching methods
-use of new digital teaching or examination methods
-production of textbooks / textbooks
-internationalization of teaching
-other teaching or exam-related projects with clear transfer value



Monday 26 March and Tuesday 27 March, the internal mail will go as usual.
Wednesday, March 28, it will not be any mail pickup or delivery

Campus Bus:
The campus bus run during Easter week. That means, the last day the bus goes is Friday the 23rd. The bus goes back to normal, after Easter, Tuesday the 3rd of April

Material Units / Other Transport Assignments:
These 2 units end up holidaying in Easter week.
No transport assignments are thus expedited / performed in Easter week.
Transport is back as usual Tuesday 3rd of April

Network Luncheon for all PhD fellows

Dear all,

The Postgraduate School of Clinical Medicine is preparing a new Network Luncheon for all PhD fellows and researchers at K1 and K2 departments.

Now is the time to sign up as a presenter, if you would like to present your latest results, engage in discussion with other PhD students and practice your presentation skills.

The upcoming Network Lunch will take place;

Thursday April 12th , Laboratory building, room 9.1/9.2, from 11:30-13:00.

Registration link:

Take a break from your daily lab-routine and enjoy a free lunch, socialize and hear talks from fellow PhD students, and on top of all that, earn one ECTS point!

If you would like to earn one ECTS ( , please contact:

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!

Looking  forward to see you
Irene and Yasaman

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 24 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.

Continue reading

Info on startup of BUS 2 – Child and Youth Hospital Step 2

In connection with the start of construction work at the Children’s and Youth Hospital, Step 2, we would like to provide brief information about what will happen in the next few weeks:

Going now: Creation and establishment of construction site.
12th of March: Start-up of excavation and transport of masses from construction site.
19th of March: Startup of drilling and blasting.

Blasting 2 times per day in the time window at 12:30 to 13:00 and at 15:30 to 16:00. Explosion will be notified by signal.

An invitation will be sent to a information meeting regarding the project in the near future.

With best regards
Helse Bergen

Desperately seeking … TEACHERS

At K2 we do have many teaching contributions: pharmacy, nutrition, molecular biology and dentistry, but the most comprehensive is the medical curriculum with all its facets from the basal anatomy, physiology and biology to the whole panorama of diseases (in addition, contributions from the university for the education of medical specialists are being asking for). As university employees we ALL have to contribute as teachers/facilitators, although at different levels. The academics hold the responsibility for lecturing, but specific student courses may need assistance from technicians/non-medical scientists. Students will also need mentoring during specific projects in handling instruments/machines and statistics.

PhD students with UiB scholarships are to fulfil a proportion of compulsory service/work. With relevant medial background I will ask for their appropriate time/share to be allocated for teaching. PhD students with other scientific backgrounds will be prioritized for other needy/worthy tasks. It is important that each mentor inform their PhD candidates accordingly regarding these UiB expectations and actively encourage them to participate in teaching activities. Other “non-UiB scholarship” candidates are encouraged to participate in teaching activities. During their PhD training, the candidate shall participate in academic dissemination. Teaching activities will be one way of fulfilling this. In addition, planning for future scientific employment, teaching experience is important. Hopefully I will be informed of who may be included as teacher from the new pool of PhD candidates.

The teaching day 2 May has a teaching portfolio as a theme, precisely to enable us to document and visualize teaching skills.

OSCE (Objective Structured Clincal Exam), or station exam in Norwegian, is used for pharmacy already, while in Medicine 2015 it will be held for the first time in full scale for a full litter of students on 20 June. We need that teachers from the first to the sixth semester make exam paper proposals. This must be reported to K1 OSCE responsible, professor Eirik Søfteland.

K2 shall be responsible for implementing the final OSCE for the 12th semester. There, we need to find a person with an interest in teaching/evaluation that will help lead the work towards the first exitOSCE in June 2019. Do you have experience (graduated from e.g. the Netherlands or the UK?), or just want to take the challenge with a new part of the educational range: contact me! Or tell me someone you think will suit this; “tip phone” =


Announcement of competence funding for group C (technical / administrative staff)

Funding for development and competence raising has been budgeted also for 2018. It is possible to apply for funding for professional development and competence raising measures up until NOK 5000.

The criteria for allocation of funds are:

  1. The application must be professionally relevant and supported by the research group leader.
  2. The research group must contribute with 50% of the costs.

Link to application form here.

Written applications can be sent to Julie Stavnes.