Monthly Archives: June 2019

HAPPY SUMMER VACATION!

At the time of writing, the OSCE was just finished. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your great efforts in planning and implementing this. Many have been involved, and in particular I would like to emphasize all administrative employees who have participated in time-consuming preparations and execution of the day. As last year, I participated this year as a sensor on a task in pediatrics. In addition to being exciting to see how the students solved the task, it was inspiring to learn that they liked this exam form. A student actually wanted several OSCE exams. Furthermore, it is fun to be part of such an event. One can also meet employees at the faculty across departments and type of employment in an exciting setting. Lunch and plenty of coffee promote small talk and a cheerful atmosphere.

We have recently submitted the budget proposal for 2020. It is an ambitious budget that takes into account the challenges we see in the coming year when it comes to education, research, innovation and dissemination. The finance department needs a big thank you for solid work on the budget.

As discussed at Faculty Lunch and announced in previous K2 News, we now want to look at adjustments in the research groups. This is necessary because of natural retirement and changes in activity for some of the groups now when it is six years since the groups were formed. We have therefore initiated a process of changing the composition of some of the research groups. Permanent scientific staff for relevant groups are summoned. We hope for a constructive dialogue and cooperation in this process and that the outcome provides a better everyday life for the individual. Feel free to contact us by mail regarding input in this process.

After an unusually warm April we had to pay back with a cold May. Now the heat comes slowly but surely, and we are preparing for the summer holidays. For most, it has been busy times with applications, OSCE and all the meetings at the end of the semester. Hence, it will be good to get some weeks off to do completely different things. It is important to recharge the batteries so that we can start the autumn with new energy and inspiration. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their great efforts this year. Have a really good summer holiday!

(Norwegian) Ny søknadsfrist for opprykk til professor

Fristen for å søke opprykk til professor blir i år endra til 31.8. Endringa gjeld berre for 2019.

Bakgrunn for ny søknadsfrist
Kunnskapsdepartementet har fastsett endringar i Forskrift om ansettelse og opprykk i undervisnings- og forskerstillinger. Dei nye forskriftsreglane gjeld fastsetting av kriterium for utdanningsfagleg kompetanse og korleis denne skal dokumenterast. Endringane trer i kraft 1.9.19. Det er ikkje fastsett overgangsreglar.

Reglementsendringar ved UiB er under arbeid. Fastsetting av nye reglar vil tidlegast kunne skje i universitetsstyremøtet i august 2019. For at vurdering av opprykk skal kunne skje etter gjeldande reglar, er det vurdert som naudsynt å endre fristen for dette året.

I dette tilfellet vil innføring av nye kriterium og krav til dokumentasjon like i forkant av fristen 15.9. kunne få konsekvensar både for søkarane og for arbeidet i dei sakkunnige komiteane. På dette grunnlaget har rektor gitt si godkjenning til at fristen for å søke opprykk til professor for 2019 blir endra til 31.8.

(Norwegian) Nytt om navn

Silje Skrede begynner 01.07. i stilling som professor i farmakologi ved K2. Hun er cand. med. fra UiB, har PhD innen psykofarmakologi og blir nå tilknyttet forskningsgruppen i farmakologi og farmasi (G4), som holder til i 9. etasje i laboratoriebygget. Samtidig blir hun ny fagansvarlig for undervisning i farmakologi ved medisinstudiet. Arbeidsplass blir i 9. etasje ved laboratoriebygget, og hun kan nås på silje.skrede@uib.no.

(Norwegian) Nytt om navn

Anne-Lise Bjørke Monsen er spesialist i barnesykdommer og medisinsk biokjemi. Hun arbeider med vitaminer, sporelementer og miljøgifter, med et spesielt fokus på betydningen av mors status for spedbarnets nevrologiske utvikling. Hun har frem til nå hatt en 100% overlegestilling ved Avdeling for medisinsk biokjemi og farmakologi og en 20% stilling som førsteamanuensis på Klinisk institutt 2. Fra 1. oktober har hun en 100% førsteamanuensis stilling ved K2.

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 4 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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Prizes to K2

The faculty day focus on employees who have distinguished themselves in various ways. The department leadership takes this opportunity to congratulate all the award winners this year, in particular K2’s prize winners. Birgitta Åsjö became the first woman to receive Falch’s senior prize for her AIDS research. Bergithe Oftedal won the Falch Prize for younger researchers and illustrated in an exemplary manner how research stays abroad can be used in building research networks and career. More people should takes such opportunities. Per Eystein Lønning received the award for this year’s research group on behalf of the breast cancer research group – a very well deserved prize.

Joint events such as the faculty day are not always prioritized by the researchers, but are very important for getting to know what is happening at the faculty. Maybe you don’t have to travel to Seatlle or Boston to learn a technique that is already running on campus. Such meetings stimulate new ideas and exchange of concepts that can benefit everyone. We need to establish more such arenas, not only within the faculty but also in collaboration with departments at the hospital. Instead of the university and the hospital being competitors, we should collaborate more on research so that we are better equipped in the competition against other environments in Norway and internationally.

Have a nice weekend

Eystein Husebye

(Norwegian) 10 kjappe om Campylobacter

Campylobacter-bakterien er påvist i et drikkevann på Askøy. Mange har blitt syke, og man mistenker et dødsfall på grunn av forurensningen. Vi har spurt infeksjonsekspert professor Nina Langeland om denne bakterien.

Professor Nina Langeland ved Klinisk institutt 2 er ekspert på infeksjonssykdommer.
Foto: Wikipedia/UiB.
Publisert: 12.06.2019

1. Hva slags bakterie er Campylobacter-bakterien har gjort folk syke på Askøy?
– Bakterien er en ganske vanlig årsak til diaré, som smitter særlig via mat eller vann.

2. Hva er de vanlige måtene slike bakterier havner i drikkevann?
– Det vanligste er at vannet blir forurenset i tillegg sviktende barrierer for rensing av vannet.

3. Er det vanlig å bli smittet av denne bakterien i Norge?
– Den er en ganske vanlig årsak til matbåren smitte.

4. Hvor farlig er den, kan man dø av den?
– Feber, magesmerter og diaré er vanlig, dødsfall er sjelden.

5. Er den like farlig for unge, voksne og gamle?
– Generelt er eldre sårbare, men alle aldersgrupper blir syke.

6. Må man drikke mye forurenset vann for å bli syk eller er det nok med ett glass vann?
– Det kommer an på hvor mye bakterier det er i vannet.

7. Er det farlig å dusje, vaske seg eller pusse tennene i vann som er forurenset av bakterien?
– Dusjing går bra.

8. Hva bør man gjøre dersom man tror man er smittet?
– De fleste blir friske av seg selv, men det kan være lurt å levere avføringsprøve til legekontor, og være nøye med personlig hygiene.

9. Hvordan behandler man folk som har blitt syke?
– Pasientene får rikelig med væsketilførsel. Noen kan trenge antibiotika.

10. Hva kan man gjøre for å unngå å bli smittet dersom man er nødt til å bruke det forurensede vannet der man bor?
– Koke vannet

Public PhD defense – Sahba Shafiee

Sahba Shafiee will defend her PhD thesis on Thursday 20th June 2019

Trial lecture: Thursday 20th June 2019 at 11.15.
Topic: “Preclinical models of myelodysplastic syndromes – overview, obstacles and future perspectives”
Place: Auditorium, AHH, Haukelandsveien 28

Public defense: Thursday 20th June at 13.15
Title of dissertation: “Translational Development of Preclinical Models and Therapies in Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)”
Place:  Auditorium, AHH, Haukelandsveien 28

1st opponent: Assistant Professor Petter S. Woll, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
2nd opponent: Professor Wieslaw Jedrzejczak, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland)
3rd member of the comittee Førsteamanuensis, Mette Vesterhus, Universitetet i Bergen

The defense will be led by Professor Einar Klæboe Kristoffersen.

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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Deadlines

Dear all,

Please see below the updated links for external funding:

External funding opportunities: http://www.uib.no/en/med/112772/external-funding-opportunities

Funding opportunities for education: http://www.uib.no/med/113987/funding-opportunities-education

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

Kind regards,

Amra, Ramune and Kaia

New names

Benedicte Sjo Tiselvoll is a PhD fellow at K2. She started in the fall of 2018 and was before this a research line student and completed her medical studies in the spring of 2018. She works at Bjørn Tore Gjertsen’s research group (Ths signaling-targeted therapy group), focusing on early treatment response in acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) using mass cytometry (CyTOF) ). If you want to say hello, she can be contacted by email: benedicte.tislevoll@uib.no

The research groups at the Department of Clinical Science

In 2013, a new organizational structure was introduced at K2. The most important elements are that

  • all scientific staff at the department must belong to a research group
  • Head of Department appoints and terminates research groups and approves their leaders
  • the research group leader must report directly to the Head of Department
  • the research groups will as a rule consist of a minimum of six persons and will be headed by faculty personnel (at least 50% position)
  • the groups should have published at least five articles annually over the last three years

The purpose of the research groups is to conduct research according to the regulations, ethical guidelines, and the Environment, Health, and Security (EHS) requirements that apply at UiB.

The tasks are among others to

  • stimulate good research and optimal publishing and dissemination practices
  • coordinate funding of the research group’s activity
  • contribute to building up the institute’s infrastructure and expertise
  • make sure that any UiB technician associated with the research group is used optimally
  • ensure that annual appraisals with technical and temporary staff take place
  • make sure that the research group’s publications are registered according to UiB’s requirements
  • be responsible for the members of the research group contributing in the department’s teaching tasks and research training
  • distributing assets to those who have generated the funds
  • participate in the extended management group after appointment from the Head of Department

It is now six years since this structure was introduced. After site visits during spring 2018, it became clear that adjustments are necessary due to natural retirement and changes in activity for some of the groups. We have therefore initiated a process to chane the composition of some of the research groups. Permanent scientific staff for relevant groups will be called. Key questions for discussions will be

  • Are the size of the group according to the intention?
  • Are the composition of the scientific staff appropriate?
  • Are there tasks the group wants to take on which can be suited for a platform service at K2
  • Are there educational challenges that can be improved by a change?
  • Are there other groups that are appropriate for potential merging?

After a discussion with the relevant groups, some new groups will be formed and leaders appointed. Feel free to contact me by mail regarding input in this process.

Happy Hilydays!

Public PhD defense – Agnethe Lund

Agnethe Lund will defend his PhD thesis on Thursday 13th June 2019

Trial lecture: Thursday 13th June 2019 at 10.15.
Topic: “Intrauterine fetal death in pregestational diabetes mellitus – incidence and etiology?”
Place: Auditorium, KK, Jonas Lies vei 92

Public defense: Thursday 13th June at 12.15
Title of dissertation: “Maternal diabetes mellitus and fetal venous liver flow —a longitudinal study”
Place:  Auditorium, KK, Jonas Lies vei 92

1st opponent: Professor Emeritus Gerard Visser, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2nd opponent: Ph.d. Ane Moe Holme, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo
3rd member of the comittee: Associate Professor Eirik Søfteland, Universitetet i Bergen

The defense will be led by Professor Nils-Halvdan Morken

Public PhD defense – Audun Osland Vik-Mo

Audun Osland Vik-Mo will defend her PhD thesis on Friday 14th June 2019

Trial lecture: Friday 14th June 2019 at 09.15.
Topic: “Etiological and neuropathological basis/causes of NPS in Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia with Lewy bodies”
Place: Aulaen psyk. helsevern, Stavanger Universitetssykehus,Gerd-Ragna Bloch Thorsens gate 8

Public defense: Friday 14th June 2019 at 11.00.
Title of dissertation: “Neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia: long-term course and neuropathology”
Place:Aulaen psyk. helsevern, Stavanger Universitetssykehus,Gerd-Ragna Bloch Thorsens gate 8

1st opponent: Professor Gill Livingston, University College London
2nd opponent: Ph.d. Karin Persson, Norwegian National Advisory Unit for Ageing and Health, Oslo
3rd medlem av komiteen: Førsteamanuensis Bjarte Stubhaug, Universitetet i Bergen

The defense will be led by Dennis Nilsen.

Public PhD defense – Brita Skodvin

Brita Skodvin will defend her PhD thesis on Friday 14th June 2019

Trial lecture: Friday 14th June 2019 at 09.15.
Topic: “Antimicrobial stewardship – rationale, current challenges and prospects for the future”.
Place: Auditorium, AHH, Haukelandsveien 28

Public defense: Friday 14th June 2019 at 11.15.
Title of dissertation: “Addressing the threat of AMR in Norway: optimizing antibiotic prescribing and microbiology testing in hospitals”
Place: Auditorium, AHH, Haukelandsveien 28

1st opponent: Ph.d. Jeroen Schouten, Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands
2nd opponent: Professor Jan Frich, Universitetet i Oslo
3rd member of the comittee: Forsker Marianne Øksnes, Universitetet i Bergen

The defense will be led by Professor Elling Ulvestad.

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 32 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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