Monthly Archives: May 2019

This week’s editorial

The faculty day is fast approaching: June 13th where you can “Meet the best!”

Søren Falch’s junior and senior prize will be awarded and the Falch lecture 2019 is held by  Professor Maiken Nedergaard, University of Copenhagen who has conducted exciting translational brain research, including underpinning the importance of the glymphatic system and sleep for brain health!

More awards to be handed out: this year’s publication, this year’s PhD, this year’s research group, prizes for internationalization, outstanding dissemination and teaching. K2 has previously received several prizes, which K2s are being honored this year?

And apropos teaching; since the faculty promotes the new title of “Excellent teacher” (which will actually lead to a salary increase!), here are some career planning tips:

Complete the basic module in pedagogy that was scheduled within two years of hiring in your main UiB position (and finish the compulsory written task/paper), anyone else but me who feel hit by the time-squeeze….?)

Remember to record consecutively in your teaching-portifolio any teaching activites you are contributing to, including teaching administration activities (student rounds, skill sessions, preparing written materials, semester boards, creating quizzes, preparing /evaluating exams), retrospective registration will often lead to missing bits..

Something else however still related to teaching: bioinformatics. This is an increasingly important part of much of our activity; with different “-omics”, both understanding and practical use of different computer science methods are required when we have large datasets with eg genetic data or “big-data” in general. K2 has employed an “own” bioinformatician: Anagha Joshi, but as per. today we have not implemented any structured bioinformatic teaching in our study programs. CBU; Computational Biology Unit runs interdisciplinary (informatics / mathematics / chemistry / biology) research and teaching at various study programs/levels and has initiated a joint call to identify what might be coordinated bioinformatic teaching also in medicine/pharmacy (our study programs).

Can our students benefit from existing courses, for example during elective periods or research-line students/PhD students during other parts of the terms? Is there a need for postgraduate courses in relation to your research/subject area?

Anaghi and I are interested in input that we will convey further. Anaghi will gladly contribute to developing courses, but we want to avoid duplication with already existing courses and rather promote courses “across” study-diciplines.

(Norwegian) Informasjon om Inkubatorbygget og konsekvenser for drift av Dyreavdelingen

Det skal bygges et nybygg på to etasjer på parkeringsdekket i 8. etasje i BB-bygget. Dette bygget, Inkubatorbygget, skal bl.a. huse innovasjonsvirksomhet ved Universitetet i Bergen, Helse Bergen og VIS Innovasjon AS (tidl. BTO AS).

Det vil i denne sammenheng være begrenset kapasitet på Dyreavdelingen i BB-bygget en periode i 2020.

Prosjektledelsen har informert om at bygganskaffelsen er kunngjort og i dens konkurransegrunnlag er det satt opp følgende dagmulktbelagte datoer* for byggeperioden:

Tiltak Dato*
Start riving parkeringsdekke 8. etasje BBB 23.03.2020
Start hullboring fundamentfot stålsøyler 04.05.2020
Slutt hulldekkemontasje/takelement 03.07.2020
Overtagelse alle fag før oppstart prøvedrift 01.09.2021
Oppstart prøvedrift 01.10.2021
Godkjent prøvedrift 01.10.2022

Det er forventet oppstart av byggearbeid fra mars/april 2020 – og ca. 3 måneder med total driftsstans på dyreavdelingen BB-bygget på grunn av støy i forbindelse med byggearbeid. Entreprenøren kan ta forbehold om fremdriften, som byggherren må akseptere. Da vil perioden med driftsstans bli lengre. Etter disse ca. 3 månedene vil det også pågå innvendige arbeider som også bråker. Det vil foretas prøver på aktuelle støyende aktiviteter og målinger av støygjennomgangen ned i 7. etasje. Brukerne må så ta stilling til om slike lyder vil være akseptable for dyrene.

Konsekvenser for forskere:

Forskere må:

  • Avslutte/fullføre så mye forsøk som mulig høsten 2019
  • Nedskalere all avl på Vivarium for å gjøre plass til forsøk fra BBB på Vivarium
  • Vurdere nedfrysing av alle linjer det ikke allerede finnes backup på
  • Vurdere å sette vekk til kontraktsavl i en periode

Eventuelle spørsmål om løsninger og tilrettelegging i byggeprosessen kan rettes

The Election to the Department Council group B at K2 has started

To staff in group B
The election of new members to The Department Council at Department of Clinical Science has started. There is to be elected one member from group B (temporary academic staff).

There are four candidates running for election:

Torsvik, Anja Postdoktor
Saghaug, Christina Skår Stipendiat
Ghila, Luiza Postdoktor
Petrovic, Aleksandra Stipendiat

The election is ongoing until  Tuesday 4. June 12:00 AM

You may vote here.

Best regards,
The Election Committee at the Faculty of Medicine

New names

Olivera Bozickovic started working in April as a biobank engineer in the Bergen Gynecological Cancer Research Group at the Women’s Clinic. She is a part of an exciting multinational study MoMaTEC2 on gynecologic cancer biology and the life quality of patients. Her office is situated on the 4th floor of the Women’s clinic or you can contact her on the following e-mail address:

New Names

Synnøve Yndestad started as a Postdoc at K2, at the KG Jebsen Center for Genome-Directed Cancer therapy in desember 2018. She works in the Mohn Cancer Research Laboratory located in 1M in the laboratory building. There she focuses on triple negative breast cancer, and how the cancer cells ability to repair DNA affects treatment outcome. Fell free to stop by, or email: Synnø

New Names

Rebecca Wangen started as a chief engineer for the Precision Oncology Research Group 01.02.19, with focus on leukemia. She has a BSc and MSc in molecular biology from UoB, and her special field is proteomics. Her office is located at third floor in the Lab building, room 3160. You can get in touch with her on mail:


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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Solstrand revisited: Status strategy plan

It has now been two months since our conference at Solstrand, and since then I have gathered all your input from the group work on K2s strategy plan.

All your suggestions amounted to four pages of suggestions on what we should keep from our current plan, and what new goals and measures should be included in our new plan. Among other things, your suggestions were a separate goal on innovation at K2 as well as environmental goals and a green strategy. According to your input, we are still in want of meeting places across internal groupings, and career planning for our younger researchers. I am very grateful for your group work at Solstrand and your good input to the new strategy plan.

The new plan will act for three years from 2020 and part of the leader group at K2 will be involved in editing the existing plan. A draft for the new strategy plan will be distributed to all you after the summer. I hope you will take the time both to read and comment when I send it to you.


The 2019 Brain Power Award

To all members of the Norwegian Association of Researchers (Forskerforbundet): NAR hereby announces the 2019 Brain Power Award. Send us your story about the importance of R&D work! Deadline for submission is Monday September 2, 2019.

The purpose of the award is to highlight the role of research and development (R&D) in our community, and to highlight the important job our members do in many areas. The contribution should be a story about why R&D work is important and what importance it has for society. The Brain Power Award aims at establishing a greater understanding that investment in R&D and knowledge are important investments for the future, and to highlight the importance of R&D for the future welfare, industrial and social development; locally, regionally, globally and nationally.

All members of NAR can submit entries for the award, regardless of their job position or place of work.

Contributions can be formulated in various genres and media, whether in the form of an article, an essay, a film, an exhibition or other ways to present the message of the importance of R&D activity. The entry should communicate well to the general public.

The award money is a total of NOK 200 000. A jury appointed by the Executive Board will select the best entries and allocate the award to one or more winners.

The jury will give the award to the contribution(s) that are found to be of the highest quality and with the best ability to disseminate research.

The winner(s) will be announced at our annual Research Policy Conference on November 12, 2019. The winner(s) will also be presented on our website.

More info, and guidelines for contributions here. 

Broegelmann Research Laboratory: Guest Lectures

Scott Lieberman, MD, PhD
Division of Rheumatology, Carver College of Medicine,
University of Iowa, IA, USA

Title:Sjögren’s syndrome in children and mice

Peter Gergely, MD, PhD
Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research,
Basel Switzerland

Title:  “Anti-CD40 therapy in immune-mediated diseases”

Time: Thursday, June 6th, at 14:15 – ca.16:00
Place: Birkhaugsalen, HUS

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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A bit about research education at the Department of Clinical Science

Last week, the Institute had a dialogue meeting with the medical faculty about the research education at the institute. It turns out that there is a minority of fellows who complete their doctorate within 4 years (36%), while a little more than half complete within 6 years (55%). K2 is thus below the average at the medical faculty, which is 65% (by the way, the target number of the Ministry of Education and Research is 80%). No one can say a lot about the reasons or what is more important, to finish the thesis within a given time frame or to deliver a work of good quality. But we do see that there are some fellows who struggle to finish their PhD.

It is always difficult to predict the results of experiments or clinical trials, but it is possible to make life at the end of the PhD period considerably less stressful if you start planning mandatory courses and dissemination points well in time. For example, MEDMET1 (Basic Course in Medical and Health Related Research) is one of the courses that is compulsory for all PhD fellows at the Faculty of Medicine, and it should be taken at the very beginning of the doctoral thesis to have some benefit. For those unfamiliar with MEDMET1, the purpose of the course is to provide an overview of the various stages of the research process including formulating a research question to be addressed, data collection, analysis methods, written and oral presentation of research data as well as research ethics. The course is given every semester. K2 also offers 8 different researcher courses under the umbrella of the two research schools at K2 (Research School in Clinical Medicine and Bergen Research School in Inflammation). Also the mid-term evaluation is compulsory and can be a good control checkpoint if one is on track with the project, and a possibility to ask for help. And remember that one can always contact Irene Hjelmås or me if there is anything one needs help with.

Last deadline for submitting your thesis before summer is set to 21.6., after that, the institute cannot guarantee that everyone who needs to sign anything is in place.

Lastly, I just want to mention that there will be a K2 PhD retreat also this year which I strongly recommend to participate in, not only to get to know your fellow PhD candidates, but not least for the feeling of not standing in everything alone, so stay tuned for more information!

I wish everyone a happy May 17!

National survey of bullying and harassment

Letter to all staff

In the period from 20 May to 31 May 2019, a comprehensive national survey of bullying and harassment among staff in universities and colleges will be carried out, and our institution is part of the survey.

Why are we doing this?

Until now there has been little knowledge about the extent of bullying and harassment in the higher education sector. The ARK intervention programme asks questions concerning the work environment but does not ask explicitly about bullying and harassment.

We take bullying and harassment seriously and are conducting this survey in order to gather data. The collected data will provide the basis for measures to help prevent and follow up cases of bullying and harassment.

Greater awareness of the issue will hopefully lower the threshold for reporting unwanted incidents and ensure that everyone is familiar with our reporting procedures.

We are asking you to participate

Your participation is important to ensure that the information collected by the survey is as reliable and accurate as possible. A survey is only useful if the response rate is high. We hope everyone responds as frankly as possible and, in that fashion, contributes to the gathering of reliable and accurate information. All responses are equally important even if you have not experienced any form of bullying or harassment.

You are anonymous

The survey is anonymous and is conducted at a national level. No names are given and the link between the e-mail address and responses will be deleted immediately after the survey is completed. No staff at individual institutions have access to the data. The collected data and subsequent analysis will be managed by Ipsos Norway. Ipsos read and analyse the data in a way that ensures anonymity in compliance with the personal data protection legislation.

What about the results?

This is a national survey and the results will be presented in June. A national-level report will be produced. Universities and colleges receive a report at institutional level. This means that we will receive results for the whole university, but not at Faculty or department level. The survey results will attract attention both at the national and local level.


If you need someone to talk to in connection with this issue, a helpline will be in operation for the duration of the survey. The Clinic for Crisis Psychology in Bergen is responsible for the helpline. Their phone number can be found on the questionnaire. You can also contact your immediate manager, the Division of Human Resources, and/or the university healthcare provider.

The survey – not a whistleblowing system

If you have experienced bullying or harassment in the workplace, we ask you to report it and follow our complaints procedures. Reporting through the survey is not possible since it is anonymous, and no one can track who responded in what way.


Kind regards

Rektor Dag Rune Olsen

Day of Immunology 2019

As every year we will mark the Day of Immunology. People that have missed an arrangement on april 29 are not to be dissapointed. Even though we are delayed, we will arrange a popular science seminar on May 29, 11:15-13:00 entitled “Cancer – chekpoint inhibitors”. The seminar is open and adjusted for everybody interested. But the presentations will be in Norwegian.

Program here.

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 2 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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The Teaching Day 2019

As is well known, K2 and K1 have a joint student administration. May 7, we had the annual Teaching Day. Although the attendance was good, it could certainly have been even better. I ask that more people set aside the next day – because the program was important and useful.

Eirik Søfteland (K1) first informed about how OSCE (objective structured clinical exam) in 2018 for the 6th semester was organized and implemented. Well over 300 people were involved in it. Although the OSCE day itself was a logistical challenge to complete both the practical and theoretical evaluation of all the students on the same day, it was without doubt the planning of this which was the biggest challenge. And it actually went smoothly without any special problems! A big thank you to everyone, especially the “OSCE General” Ketil Grong (K2) and Eirik Søfteland (K1).

Responsible for the implementation of this year’s OSCE for the 12th semester is Rune Nielsen (K2). He explained the plans. The date is Thursday, June 6th. This date, all K2 employees must in principle set aside in case they are needed for the implementation of this year’s OSCE. In any case, more examiners are needed. I participated as examinator last year and it was interesting, exciting, and fun. Come on: ask not what K2 can do for you, ask what you can do for K2!

Dean of Teaching Steinar Hunskår informed about the proposed qualification scheme for Outstanding Teachers and how K2 can implement this. In the future, there will be more focus on documented teaching – not just quantity but also quality. Everyone with an academic position must build up a teaching portfolio. Collect documentation about eg. invited lectures, presentations at meetings and seminars, lectures and group teaching, organization of teaching, and others’ evaluation of your efforts. The proposed accreditation scheme will, according to given criteria, designate people who excel especially for the title of Outstanding Teachers. In addition to their status, they will be provided with higher salaries. The proposal is now for review at the Departments. Be active and share your opinion on this matter! Send input directly to Julie Stavnes.

After lunch, Jone Trovik, Ingfrid Salvesen Haldorsen (K1) and Hans Kristian Flaatten (K1) demonstrated team-based learning (TBL). Participants on the Teaching Day were divided into groups for a TBL session where we used Socrative and at the same time learned multiple choice assignments. This was practical and very useful, and at least I learned a lot that I did not know before. A practical limitation on Socrative is that the free version can involve a maximum of 50 students. We are now investigating whether it is possible to purchase a common license for all teachers at K2 and K1 and where one can involve up to 150 students.

This year’s Teaching Award went to Bjørg Tilde Svanes Fevang (K2) and Anders Molven (K1). Congratulations to both – well deserved! In addition to honour and glory, the K2 Teaching Award comes with NOK 50.000.

A big thank you to the Vice Directors Jone Trovik and Ingfrid Salvesen Haldorsen (K1) for a well-executed teaching day. I certainly look forward to next time!

(Norwegian) HMS-kurs for ledere

Til instituttene, ber instituttledere og seksjonsledere som ikke har tatt obligatoriske kurs, prioritere dette nå.

I tillegg til instituttledere og administrasjonssjefer skal alle ledere som har delegerte personal- og HMS-oppgaver ta kurset.

I tillegg ber vi ledere so har tatt kurset før 2015 om å ta kurset igjen for oppfriskning.

Påmeldingsfrist for vårens kurs er 27.mai.

Mer info her.

Announcement – Marie Sklodowska-Curie, Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF)

About the program

The announcement for MSCA-IF is now open with a deadline 11 September 2019. The program supports talented and promising early stage researchers and applicants can come from around the world. MSCA-IF is open to all scientific disciplines with a bottom-up approach meaning that the applicant decides the research theme for the project. Two types of stipend exist, one where applicants can come to UiB for two years and another where researchers can travel to institutions outside Europe for two years and come back to UiB the third year.

Further information about the program can be found on the following pages: Guide for Applicants and Funding and Tenders Opportunities Portal.

FA offers MSCA-IF course

The Division of Research Management at UiB is, together with the faculties, in the process of setting up a plan for how to support researchers in the preparation of the application. A one-day course for MSCA-IF applicants and their mentors is scheduled on 28 May at 09.00-16.00. Here is la link to the application form for the course and the course program.

The course will be streamed via a Webinar and you will be able to participate online even if you have not signed up for the course in time or cannot come to Bergen.

UiB would like to have an overview of potential applicants in order to organize the application process. If you have relevant candidates please send an e-mail to by 19 May.

(Norwegian) Utlysning av midler fra Epidemisk avdelings videnskapelige fond, Haukeland universitetssykehus

Fondet vil dele ut midler i henhold til fondets formål med inntil NOK 50000 per søknad.

Det kan søkes om midler til «videnskabelig arbeide på de epidemiske sykdommers gebet» inkludert studiereiser og utstyr knyttet til Infeksjonsseksjonen, Haukeland Universitetssjukehus.

Søknad sendes til Alfred Halstensen.

Søknadsfristen:  20. mai 2019

New publication

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 2 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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