Monthly Archives: March 2019

Do we see you at Solstrand – there is room for K2’ers

This year’s highlight – the K2 meeting at Solstand – is approaching. The seminar is a prime opportunity for the research groups to present themselves and get to know others. We will hear more about communication, innovation and future plans, and our strategy for the future will be hammered out. K2 employees in Bergen, Stavanger and Haugesund will be represented. The whole session will be led by Pål Njølstad who will be back from Boston full of inspiration and ideas.

You don’t want to miss that do you?

There is still room for more participants. We know that some group leaders will be unable to come, but we want all the groups to be represented and presented.

Help us make an impact for the future.

Eystein Husebye
Acting head of institute

Seminar series The Centre for Nutrition, Wednesday March 20th

The Centre for Nutrition at UiB invites to a new seminar in the series of lectures on nutrition. The series addresses key challenges in nutrition and health.

Time: Wednesday March 20th at 13.30-15.30

Venue: Auditorium 4, BB Building, Jonas Lies vei

Dietary assessment: Challenges and future directions & Biomarkers for dietary intake
Speakers: Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick and professor Jutta Dierkes

Dietary assessment: Challenges and future directions
In nutritional research, we depend on self-reported dietary data to be able to study associations between diet and health. These data have many limitations, and it is challenging to gather precise dietary data. Several investigators even clams that self-reported data is so unreliable that it cannot be used in research. But is it really the case?

Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick leads a public health nutrition research program based at the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Her research primarily focuses on understanding dietary patterns in populations and influences on these patterns, using a systems thinking lens to consider the array of factors at play. Dr. Kirkpatrick also has longstanding interests in food access among marginalized populations. She was named a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics in 2017 and 2018, and has received merit awards from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Waterloo.

Biomarkers for dietary intake
Biomarkers for dietary intake could be a tool for limiting misclassification in nutrition research where self-reported dietary intake data are used, thus biomarkers are extensively used in research today. But are they reliable?

Jutta Dierkes is professor in Clinical Nutrition at the Department of Clinical Medicine at the University of Bergen. She is the chairman of the board of the Mohn Nutrition Research Lab, and also the chariman of the program committee for nutrition at the Faculty of Medicine.

Moderator: Hanne Rosendahl-Riise

There will be light refreshments.



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 Hege F. Berg.

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This week’s editorial

Considering most people are on winter vacation, I will try to keep this short and sweet. In September last year I communicated anticipated changes in the research council of Norway, funding application system including; changing the organization of calls, templates, evaluation process, dates, etc. and this has affected particularly the FORNY program.

The Research Council has announced commercialization funding for milestone projects aimed at completing the next, most critical milestone phase to clarify key questions essential for determining which course to pursue. This call is targeted towards proposals for new projects that have not previously been awarded commercialization funding from the Research Council. This call for proposals is part of a collaborative effort between the BIOTEK2021, NANO2021, IKTPLUSS, Transport 2025, MAROFF, BIONÆR, SAMANSVAR and FORNY2020 programs.

The closing date for submission of applications for this call is 5 April 2019. A new call for proposals will be available in May.  The projects may apply for funding of between 200.000 – 500. 000 NOK each with project duration of 3 – 12 months. The final decisions on allocations for milestone projects will be announced as soon as possible and by at the latest three months after the application was submitted (Applications will be assessed by the FORNY programme administration).

If you feel that April 5this too soon, the RCN has also published that it will have new commercialization project funding in the Autumn with deadline of 25thSeptember. Lykke til!

(Norwegian) Impact Challenge Innovasjonsprogram

Våren 2019 vil Impact Challenge programmet samle representanter fra ulike kunnskapsmiljøer, brukere, pårørende, studenter, akademikere, arbeidsgivere og ansatte innen helsevesenet for å lete etter løsninger som kan bidra til bedre psykisk helse.

Med innovasjonsmetodikk, forretningsutvikling og designtenkning som verktøy arbeider deltakere frem nye løsninger i samarbeid med dem som kjenner utfordringene aller best. I tre faser vil programmet by på Innsikt, Ideutvikling og Inkubasjon for å forstå utfordringene, lete etter mulige løsninger og se om de beste løsningene lar seg realisere.

Datoene for programmet er:

Del 1 – Innsikt
28. Mars: Dypdykk 1: Ungdom og utdanning
28. April: Dypdykk 2: Individ og samfunn
28. April: Dypdykk 3: Arbeidstaker og bedrift

Del 2 – Ideutvikling
9. Mai: Tenkemiddag med levende bibliotek
24-26 Mai: Innovasjonscamp

Del 3 – Inkubasjon

Interessert? Meld deg på her.



BRuSH kick-off seminar Analyses of the human microbiome; challenges and opportunities

Date and time: 15th of March 2019 09:30-14:00.

The seminar is open for everyone; no registration or registration fee.

Venue: Auditorium BUS1 (room 1106), Barne- og ungdomsjukehuset, Haukeland University Hospital, Haukelandsbakken 15, 5009 Bergen

Chair: Randi J Bertelsen, UiB

09:30 ANCOM and other biostatistical methods for analyzing microbiome data (35+5)
Professor Shyamal Peddada (University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA, USA)
10:10 From operational taxonomic units to amplicon sequence variants: experiences with new methods for clustering 16S rRNA amplicon sequences (35+5) Assistant professor Ian Marshall (Aarhus University, Aarhus, DK)
10:50 Reduced metagenome sequencing for strain resolution analyses of the human gut microbiota (20+5) Professor Knut Rudi (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo, NO)
11:15 Functional analysis and Ig-sequencing to identify disease-associated bacteria (35+5) Professor Susanne Brix (Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, DK)
12:00 – 12:45 Break 12:45 Challenges with analyzing low-biomass airway microbiota samples (20+5) Associate professor Rune Nielsen (UiB/HUS, Bergen, NO)
13:10 Infants under double attack; interaction between toxicants and the gut microbiome (20+5) Senior researcher (PhD, MD) Merete Eggesbø (Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, NO)
13:35 And Last but not Least – the Yeast (20+5) PhD-fellow (MD) Kasper Schei (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, NO)






This seminar is part of a project (Acronym: BRuSH) that has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’sHorizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 804199 BRuSH, awarded Randi J Bertelsen (Department of clinical science, University of Bergen, Norway).

(Norwegian) Midler for samarbeidsprosjekter innen Globale samfunnsutfordringer 2019

Globale samfunnsutfordringer har avsatt midler til stimulering av faglig tverrfakultært samarbeid i 2019. Søknadsfrist 25. mars for vårsemesteret og 25. september for høstsemesteret.

Målgruppen for søknad om midler er vitenskapelige ansatte ved Universitetet i Bergen.

Formål for midlene:
Å stimulere til tverrfakultært forskningssamarbeid eller utdannings-samarbeid.


  • Tema skal være en global samfunnsutfordring innen migrasjon, helse eller ulikhet.
  • Minst to fakultet skal delta i arbeidet.
  • Aktiviteten som det bes om midler til må utføres i 2018.
  • Det bevilges midler til møter, seminarer eller reiser som kan fremme tverrfakultære undervisningstiltak eller utvikle nye søknader om forskningsprosjekter.
  • Det kan bevilges fra kr 10 000 til kr 100 000 per søknad.

Søknadsfrist 25 mars for vårsemesteret og 25 september for høstsemesteret.

Søknader kan sendes til Bente E. Moen, Senter for internasjonal helse.

Kontakt: Marit Bakke; Tore Sætersdal; Bente E. Moen.

New names

Hi! My name is Elise Orvedal Leiten. I started as a PhD student in September 2018.
In medical school, I took part in the Medical Student Research Programme, and became involved in the Micro COPD study where I have
investigated the complications and discomfort associated with bronchoscopy.
Now my work is focused on the microbiome of the lung, and its relation to exacerbations of COPD.
I can be contacted at my office in BUS1, or you can email me:

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 3 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 Hege F. Berg.

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