Daily Archives: Friday November 15th, 2019

World Diabetes Day November 14

I am writing this editorial on the World Diabetes Day. This is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who was one of the discoverers of insulin in 1922.

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.

The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to be the platform to promote by International Diabetes Federation advocacy efforts throughout the year, and to be the global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue.

The campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.

Every year, World Diabetes Day has a specific theme which runs over one or multiple years. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2018-19 is Family and Diabetes.

Several initiatives are also happening in Norway. One is to put emphasis on diabetes research. The Diabetes Association has a long tradition of distributing research funding to a wide range of diabetes research through the Diabetes Association Research Fund. The Diabetes Association’s Research Award was for the first time awarded in 2017, and aims to stimulate more Norwegian diabetes research. The award committee consists of recognized Nordic researchers.

Simon Dankel and I were invited as previous prize winners (Simon won the Research Award for Young Researchers in 2018, I the senior Research Award in 2017) at the award ceremony at the University of Oslo’s Aula and following dinner at Hotel Bristol. Professor Kåre Birkeland at the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital received the Diabetes Association’s Research Award, for his efforts to improve the treatment of type 2 diabetes and to understand the underlying mechanisms of the disease. Postdoctoral candidate Christine Sommer, who won the Research Award for Younger Researchers, has excelled in Norway and internationally for her research on gestational diabetes.

A very special honor was awarded to Professor Emeritus Kristian Folkvord Hanssen at the University of Oslo receiving the King’s Fortjenestemedalje for his long efforts to better treatment of diabetes. Of extra relevance to us here in Bergen is that his grandfather was Olav Hanssen, a former famous physician and researcher at Haukeland University Hospital. Congratulations to the three winners!!!

Enjoy the week end!


Archiving and open access to research articles – instruction

We have received new instructions on requirements for archiving and open access to scientific articles from UiB centrally.
This means that all scientific articles funded by public funds should be openly available.

For scientific staff at K2, this means:

  • All scientific publications related to a project funded by the Research Council, the EU or other financiers requiring open access shall be included in the project number of the financier in Cristin.
  • The researcher is to ensure that a peer-reviewed full-text version of all scientific articles has been uploaded to Cristin’s post. Author’s accepted version should be uploaded, unless author confidently knows that publisher allows publishing of published version.

Publications without full upload will not be approved for reporting.

The deadline for uploads is February 1, 2020!

In the coming week, The Department will send out lists to each researcher of the publications this applies so far in 2019.

The instructions can be found here (norwegian only)

A link to the upload guide can be found here.

We are launching the service portal UiBhjelp

From November 11th you will find UiBhjelp on https://hjelp.uib.no. UiBhjelp is a self-service portal for employees and students at UiB.

UiBhjelp gives you as a user one way in, whether you need information about our services, need to report a computer problem, need to order something or you are looking for updated PowerPoint templates.

What happens on November 11th?

  • UiBhjelp replaces Issue-tracker as of November 11th
  • Issue-tracker will not shut down, but you may no longer register new issues here
  • As of November 11th you must use UiBhjelp to register your issue or request
  • If you have issues registered before November 11th, these will be resolved in Issue-tracker

UiBhjelp will not be complete when it is launched. You will find some information and services, and UiBhjelp will be supplied with more content and functionality as it comes into use.

To make UiBhjelp as user friendly as possible, we need your help. We hope you will contribute with your feedback and suggestions to how UiBhjelp may become better. You may do this in UiBhjelp or by participating in the open team UiBhjelp og Felles servicesenter (Microsoft Teams).

Do you want to know more?

Please go to the web pages of Prosjekt Tjenesteutvikling.

Prosjekt Tjenesteutvikling

(Norwegian) Ny kontaktinformasjon for Kortsenteret, Eiendomsavdelingen fra 11.november 2019

Som en del av ny felles tjenesteportal (UiBhjelp) og en vei inn til sentraladministrasjonen vil Kortsenteret være operative i UiBhjelp (hjelp.uib.no) fra 11.november.

Alle henvendelser fra kortansvarlige, ansatte og studenter til Kortsenteret som f.eks. gjelder adgangskort, tilgang til bygg, åpning/lukking av dører mm. skal fra samme dato skje via UiBhjelp. Kortsenteret vil behandle og besvare alle henvendelser via UiBhjelp.

Foreløpig er det kun påloggende brukere (ansatte og studenter) som kan benytte UiBhjelp.

Diverse skjema som tidligere har lagt på ansattsidene er nå overført til UiBhjelp. Bla. bestilling av adgangskort for ansatte. Det vil bli opprettet egne skjema for bestilling av endrede åpningstider, bestilling av endrede tilganger for ansatte og studenter mm.
Det som gjelder adgangskort og tilgang til bygg finner dere informasjon om under menyene (kalles flisene) «Campus» og «Bestille noe».

Henvendelser på mail vil kun bli besvart med en henvisning til å legge saken inn i UiBhjelp.
Det er kun henvendelser fra eksterne som vil bli besvart per mail inntil disse også kan håndteres via UiBhjelp.

Kunnskapsdatabasen på UiBhjelp er under oppbygging. Informasjon, samt spørsmål/svar vedr. Kortsenterets ansvarsområder er lagt ut. Men vi håper ansatte og studenter vil bidra til å gjøre denne enda bedre ved å gi tilbakemeldinger via UiBhjelp på informasjon dere savner, som må korrigeres, som må tydeliggjøres etc.
Bruk muligheten for å gi tilbakemelding som ligger nederst på hvert kunnskapskort (informasjonsside med spørsmål/svar).

Vi ser fram til å fortsatt yte god service for våre brukere i et nytt, felles system ved UiB.

Vennlig hilsen

Seminar series centre for nutrition, Wednesday 20th November

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 November 20th  at 14.30-15.30

Venue: Auditorium 4, BB Building, Jonas Lies vei 91

Obesity and cancer

Speaker: Nils Halberg

Moderator: Simon E. Nitter Dankel

Dr. Halberg completed his graduate studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2009. Working in the laboratory of Dr. Philipp Scherer at the UT Southwestern Medical Center he studied the functional role of hypoxia and fibrosis in obese white adipose tissue. He did postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Sohail Tavazoie at the Rockefeller University studying the mechanisms of metastatic secretory programs in breast cancer. In 2015, he moved to the University of Bergen to start his academic laboratory in the Department of Biomedicine. His laboratory seeks to better our understanding of the mechanistic connection between obesity and cancer.

Obesity and overweight is consistently linked to tumor initiation and progression across 13 tumors types. This currently rank obesity as the second leading preventable cause of cancer right behind smoking. Although the epidemiological evidence is overwhelming the cellular mechanisms behind the link between obesity and cancer has been elusive. We propose a model wherein cancer cell adaptation to an obese environment leads to a cell differentiation towards a cancer stem cell phenotype through chromatin remodeling.

There will be light refreshments.



The 56th Winter Contact meeting of the Norwegian Biochemical Society (NBS)

Dear all,
Winter Is Coming!
…and with it, the 56th Winter Contact meeting of the Norwegian
Biochemical Society (NBS).
For the first time, it will take place at the Park Hotel Vossevangen in
Voss, from January 23rd to 26th, 2020.
Registration and Abstract submission are now OPEN. We provide reduced
prices for Master and PhD students. All prices include registration fee,
hotel room and all meals – including the banquet dinner.
The board of the NBS Bergen branch is organizing the meeting and we are
happy to present a program with highly recognized international
speakers, including the EMBO Keynote lecture that will open the meeting.
Poster sessions and parallel mini symposia will cover all areas of
biological, biochemical, biomedical and bioinformatical research. These
provide opportunities to present your exciting new results, projects or
infrastructures of national interest.
The Annual Contact Meeting is a great opportunity to meet your
colleagues, network, share and present your data, and get inspired for
the next decisive experiment. There will also be the possibility for
skiing and using the brand new Voss Gondol :).

You find more information in the attached flyer and on the homepage.

See you all in Voss!
Best regards
The organizing committee, NBS Bergen

Public defense – Irene Valakerw

Irene Valakerw will defend her PhD thesis on Friday 29th November 2019

Trial lecture: Friday 29th November 2019 at 10.15.
Topic: «Mixed methods» eller «multi methods»? Definisjon, design og bruksområder
Place: Auditorium 4, BB-bygget, Jonas Liesvei 91

Public defense: Friday 29th November 2019 at 12.15.
Title of dissertation«Continuity of care across care levels in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention»
Place: Auditorium 4, BB-bygget, Jonas Liesvei 91

1st opponent: Førsteamanuensis Torstein Hole, NTNU
2nd opponent: Førsteamanuensis Edith L. Roth Gjevjon, Lovisenberg Diakonale Høgskole
3rd member of the comittee: Førsteamanuensis II Venny Lise Kvalheim, Universitetet i Bergen

The defense will be led by Professor emeritus Ernst Omenaas.

PhD defense – Ronja Kristine Hoddø Hesthammer

Ronja Kristine Hoddø Hesthammer will defend her PhD thesis on Friday 22nd November 2019

Trial lecture: Friday 22nd November 2019 at 10.30.
Topic: “Pathophysiology and complications in decompression sickness: aspects of saturation diving in human”
Place: Auditorium, AHH, Haukelandsveien 28

Public defense: Friday 22nd November 2019 at 12.30.
Title of dissertation: “Tetrahydrobiopterin and nitric oxide synthesis after exposure to hyperoxia and simulated diving. An experimental study in human endothelial cells and healthy humans”
Place: Auditorium, AHH, Haukelandsveien 28

1st opponent: Professor Thomas Nyström, Karolinska Institutet, Sverige
2nd opponent: Ph.d. Andreas Møllerløkken, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
3rd member of the comittee: Professor Linda Elin Birkhaug Stuhr, Universitetet i Bergen

The defense will be led by Professor Ketil Grong.

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 14 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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