Daily Archives: Thursday February 27th, 2020

From Sjusjøen about RETTE

We have already written quite a lot about RETTE here, but since there are still many projects with lacking information in the system, I will write a bit more here.

The RETTE system was established by the UoB in order to comply with GDPR and ensure that we follow existing legislation. UoB shall have an overview and control of all research projects and student projects that process personal data. Medical/Health research projects need approval from REK. Some projects have consulting duty with data protection officer, and NSD can assist in considering assessing privacy. After assessment or approval, information from NSD and REK is transferred to the RETTE.

RETTE automatically transfers projects approved by REK. Several of you have probably received an email stating that you have one or several projects in RETTE. When you log in the system (https://rette.app.uib.no/) you can fill inn additional information about the project and answer certain questions before you confirm the project. This is the responsibility of the project leader. I can recommend looking at “Start the project wizard” and “Documentation” on the website where you will get some answers as to what needs to be registered.

We will also have a faculty lunch with RETTE as topic in the near future.

Greetings from sunny and snowy Sjusjøen


New GMO responsible at the faculty

Prof. Audun Nerland is appointed the responsibility for the faculty’s GMO-work

He will make sure that the work with gene modifies organisms (GMP) at the faculty will follow Genteknologiloven: https://lovdata.no/dokument/NL/lov/1993-04-02-38

The appointment is a follow-up of the risk and vulnerability analysis (ROS-analyse) the faculty performed in 2018 on its GMO-work. The responsibility for the GMO-work includes counseling, inspections, teaching among other things.

Seminar on bioinformatics March 24.

Are you using bioinformatics in your research or plan to do so in the future? Are you looking for bioinformatics research partners or in need of bioinformatics support? The Computational Biology Unit (CBU.uib.no) may have the skills and knowledge your project requires. Come to the CBU day at the Medical Faculty to learn more!

When and where? Tuesday March 24, 12:00-16:00, BBB auditorium 2

See CBU event at MedFac for program and more information.

Courses and seminars arranged by CCBIO/Harvard INTPART

The CCBIO/Harvard INTPART collaboration is continuing, and we are happy to present new dates for some of the successes in the program:

  • Scientific Writing & Communication Seminar May 14 and 15
  • CCBIO907 Cancer-related vascular biology course September 21 to October 2.

In these events, participants will get the unique opportunity to learn from experienced Harvard lecturers, right here in Bergen.

You are very welcome to register – registration is open for both.

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On the morning of Wednesday 3/6 from 9-12 with a free lunch afterwards, we will arrange a meeting for researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine to look at exciting opportunities for research collaboration, education and innovation. A working group from the two faculties aims to develop a creative meeting place for exchange of ideas with potential stakeholders. From MED, Becky Cox, K2, Kristin Mohn, K2 and Bjarne Robberstad, IGS will be participating.

Examples of interfaces between SV and MED are health economics and epidemics, but also registry and cancer research. SV, has for example good expertise in health economics, behavior, population studies and politics. We believe a collaboration with SV can enhance MEDFAK projects starting with from basic science, through to the clinic, behavior, decisions and health economics to priorities / policies. We believe that such knowledge could increase the social benefits of our projects and strengthen the competive opportunities for funding.

Think outside the box about the possibility of collaboration with SV environments, it may pay off in the next application round. This also applies to people in the basic sciences.

If you have something to contribute / gain from such a collaboration, please contact:

Becky rebecca.cox@uib.no

Kristin kristin.greve-isdahl.mohn@helse-bergen.no

or Bjarne Bjarne.Robberstad@uib.no

or just set the date and show up 3/6.

The meeting will be advertised in due course.

Becky, Kristin, Bjarne

This week’s employee – Maria Omsland

What do I work with:
I am working as a CCBIO postdoctoral fellow in the research group headed by Prof. Bjørn Tore Gjertsen where I started autumn 2019. The research focus of the group is cellular signaling in Hematological malignancies. In my project I will focus on investigating cell-to-cell communication and signaling in the bone marrow compartment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) before and during treatment with tyrosine kinase inhibitors. The main methods used are imaging mass cytometry (IMC) and 2-photon microscopy of living small research animals. Since I began my Post Doc period I have mainly spent time planning the project in detail and familiarized myself with new methods in addition to writing applications for ethical approval to REK and FOTS for animal research. I have also been part of the process in getting a multi-photon microscope for the animal facility at the institute in collaboration with Prof. Emmet McCormack. It is great to be employed as a Post Doc, as this employment represent the transitioning from PhD towards an academic career with more responsibilities. It’s a position where you still have the time and responsibility to execute experiments and research. In addition, you gain increased supervising responsibilities and learn more about the administrative duties following the job as a researcher.

What do you enjoy working at K2?
I just moved back to Norway in June 2019 after a 2-year position as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US. I chose to return to K2 and the research group I was affiliated to during my MSc and PhD degrees because I wanted to continue performing research in Hematology and I also knew that the working environment was great and the people working in the research group and the institute are kind and collaborative people. The close collaboration between Haukeland University Hospital and K2 is a great asset and allows exciting translational cancer research.

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 9 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 Oda Barth Vedøy.

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