Daily Archives: Friday April 12th, 2019

Will Santa Claus come this year?

Yesterday some of us were gathered to count down towards the deadline for submitting applications to the Research Council of Norway; 10 – 9 – 8 down to 0. At the deadline K2’ers had send a total of 35 applications to NFR. Thanks to all the applicants and the administration (Amra, Julie, Kate, Kjetil, Linn, Burhan,and Mia) who have all worked towards a common goal – to send the best possible applications to The Research Council. The department leadership is very pleased with the effort. Hopefully we will be inspired to eat another cate as Christmas approaches.

At the same time, we must all be aware that the “eye of the needle” is small, even though we received two FRIPRO, three BEHANDLING and one GLOBEVAC project last year. This might be a national record for a department of our size. It is also gratifying to see that so many of the younger researchers are applying this year. Twelve applications were written by researchers in temporary positions. Altogether 19 applications were written by women and 16 by men. This testifies to the ability and willingness of K2’ers to move forward to be leaders in their fields.

Knowing that only about 1 out of 20 applications are funded, the majority of the 35 will be successful. Nevertheless, the writing process and all the time spent is not at all wasted as it both sharpens the hypotheses and ideas of the scientific project, and because the application can be used for other calls, such as Helse Vest and EU.

Writing applications is a “stone upon stone” process that we, who thrive going uphill, are good at. So let’s hope that success breeds success – and that Santa Claus comes to visit early this year.

Eystein Husebye
Deputy K2

Important changes regarding parking outside the lab building

From April 1st, Q-park took over responsibility for control of unauthorized parking at UiB’s parking Spaces at the parking deck outside the lab building. This means a major change. Q-park controls the spaces almost daily and find those who are not electronically registered in their systems. This means that the registration number, name, telephone number and e-mail must be registered electronically at Q-park. This must be done by the reception or Irene Hjelmaas. Parking on the parking deck without confirmation that you have been registered is at your own risk no matter when during the day/week you are considering parking on the parking deck.

Deadline for registering your summer holiday and happy easter!

Dear colleagues,

I would like to inform you that deadline for registering your summer holiday is 1st May. At the same time I would like to remind those of you who are quickly approaching your easter holiday, to please register your easter holiday before exiting the office.

The holiday plan for the main holiday period shall be registered 1st May and applications for holidays must therefore be registered in Pagaweb well ahead of this date. All employees shall as a main rule take three weeks of holiday in the period between 1. June and 30th September, and preferably between the two school semesters.

Please remember that your holiday shall be in agreement with your closest leader and be registered in Pagaweb. I hope you can spare a couple of minutes to do this. You can always change the time of your holiday at a later time, should this be needed.

Wishing you all a very happy easter,

Best regards,



We have now posted the final scientific programs of CCBIO’s two international symposia in May 2019 at the Solstrand SPA hotel, on the event websites. Also note that registration deadline is extended to April 24th, as we can still make room for some more participants. If you have not registered yet: Please do not wait till the last minute as the list is rapidly filling.

-The 7th CCBIO Annual Symposium, May 13th-14th REGISTRATION

-The CCBIO 2nd Satellite Symposium, on Deep Tissue Profiling, May 12th REGISTRATION

7th CCBIO Annual Symposium May 13th-14th

The 2018 symposium was a success with more than 200 participants and we expect the 2019 symposium to be at least as good. We have secured a range of international and national speakers and some of the highlights will be the talks by Bob LöwenbergWilliam Foulkes,  Jonathan IrishMarta Bertolaso, and many other distinguished speakers. The last day will end on a high note with a lecture by Omid Farokhzad. This keynote address is part of the distinguished Volterra lectures series organized by our partner Digital Life Norway (DLN).

We will have two extended poster sessions where younger researchers can present their work (poster abstract deadline now April 17th), and ample time for interaction between the participants. The symposium is open for all, so please feel free to circulate this invitation.

The heavily subsidized registration fee is 2500 NOK/260 Euro per person. For the program, registration and the practical information sheet (obligatory reading before asking questions), please consult the links below:

Registration, within April 24th 2019.

Symposium website with final program.

Practical information

Satellite Symposium on Deep Tissue Profiling May 12th

The Satellite Symposium on Deep Tissue Profiling is initiated with lunch at 12.00 before the scientific program starts at 13.00.

The satellite symposium will consist of talks focusing on the opportunities inherent to new technology, in particular the Hyperion Imaging System, both in terms of technology and in use of this technology for research purposes. Speakers include e.g. Jonathan IrishKurt SchalperTeijo Pellinen and other distinguished experts.

The subsidized registration fee is 500 for the meeting incl. lunch and 1500 if you want to attend dinner and stay overnight at Solstrand. We have a total of 70 rooms available.

Registration, within April 24th 2019.

Satellite Symposium website with final program.

Practical information: See the info sheet for the CCBIO Symposium


CCBIO is happy to be inviting you to a two-day seminar in scientific writing, May 15th and 16th 2019. The seminar is open for all (requires registration).

The course is part of the CCBIO/INTPART program, where students’ education and research is promoted through collaboration between CCBIO, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School. Elisabeth Wik is coordinating the program. This two-day seminar in scientific writing  was first run in December 2017 and was a great success.

There is valuable input in the scientific writing program for both students, postdocs and professors. Lecturers are Christine Møller, an experienced lecturer in medical and scientific writing and assistant editor of APMIS, and Randy Watnick, associate professor at the Vascular Biology Program, Harvard Medical School.

WHEN: May 15 and 16, 2019.

WHERE: Auditorium B301, Sentralblokken 3rd floor, Haukeland University Hospital.

PROGRAM: You can find program here.

REGISTRATION: Please register within May 1st. Registration link here.

Questions can be forwarded to coordinator Elisabeth Wik.

Please feel free to circulate this invitation as all are welcome.


BMED904 is a five day course, running every 2 years, that includes lectures from local researchers and a number of internationally well-known researchers within the field of matrix biology as well as practical laboratory training. The course will cover various aspects of extracellular matrix (ECM) biology. A recurring theme will be the roles of the various ECM molecules and their functions in health and disease. All lectures are open to everyone interested.

When: June 3-7, 2019.

Where: Campus Haukeland University Hospital (tba), Bergen

Program and registration: available at this link

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 7 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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