Monthly Archives: March 2020

Time to apply for founding from the Research Council

The Covid-19 pandemic has upturned our daily lives and much of the research, both clinically and experimentally, has stopped. On the other hand, the work situation provides the opportunity to work well with applications.

The application forms from the Research Council are now available and at the same time the deadline for the Research Council has been moved to May 20, giving extra time for application writing. Already, those who intend to apply must contact the economist they have been assigned to plan the budget work. Amra will help with application writing and will give priority to those who have announced that they will apply.

This year, the Researcher Project for Scientific Renewal is open to all research areas; further Research Project for Young Talents (age less than 40 years), 2-7 years after dissertation and Three-year Researcher Project with International Mobility.

Good luck



Thanks to everyone at K2 who contributed with spare protective gear. Parts of the equipment has been delivered to Legevakten, and the rest will be delivered to HUS this Friday.

Both are very grateful for our contribution!

Admission to digital ph.d courses

The Faculty of Medicine is concerned that we will have a course offer for PhD candidates who are in different phases of ph.d run.
Therefore, we are encouraged to be flexible when it comes to enrolling students in the various courses. This means flexible enrollment deadlines , and possibilities for external students to attend.

Application for course admission for PhD candidates from external academic institutions

Refunding of travel and tickets

We are receiving questions concerning how to write and post cancelled travels and tickets.

The criteria are that you first follow the instructions as described in UiB’s website, Coronavirus – information for students and employees (contact travel insurance, cancellations etc.). If the guidance is followed and there still are costs that must be paid, this will be covered by UiB. This must be documented in the travel claim. Contact your economist if you have any doubts about how to post your travel claim/reimbursement.

Link to the guidance for cancelling travels and tickets:

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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About taking care of each other and precautions when lending personnel

Dear employees of K2

We are in an unreal time with an uncertain future. We do not know how severe the coronavirus epidemic will strike in Norway, we do not know how long the epidemic will last. Many people work around the clock to minimize the impact of the epidemic. We have reason to be proud of the enormous efforts the authorities, health workers and many others make. What we can all do, is loyally to follow up on all the advices and orders given by the authorities.

The need for information is of course huge. There are general guidelines that the information channels be relatively few in order to avoid opposing advice and orders. Therefore, the management at K2 has been careful to send out too many mails or newsletters. The disadvantage can be that local conditions might not be addressed in the general information. Please, let us know if there are things you are wondering about, and that we should be informed about.

The University wants most of our information to be collected at In addition, we relate to Helse Bergen and FHI’s information pages.

Lending personnel
One subject that will become increasingly relevant is that you may be asked to serve in health care organizations or municipalities. Agreements have now been made with health authorities throughout the Helse Vest and the Bergen Municipality. Please, refer to the Norwegian version of this newsletter for further details.

Take care of each other
The Prime Minister calls for unity and care for each other. It is extremely important to work together now towards a common goal. Furthermore, there are many who can be anxious, feel lonely, and need practical help with childcare, grocery shopping, etc. Here, we can all make an effort!

I am impressed by the positive, constructive, and innovative attitude I have experienced from the staff last week. Professional meetings are already held with presentations for up to 33 participants (!) via Skype or Zoom, teaching is done via Skype or Zoom, and practical training is replaced by You Tube videos, TBL material online, and alternative material from eg. Harvard Medical School. I’m very proud of what you have achieved so far! We learn something new every day, much of what I think will be used even after the coronavirus epidemic is over.

There seem to be a few days without rain coming up. Enjoy the good weather – not at the cabin of course, but perhaps on a hike over Vidden or Fløyen where it should not be a problem to keep 2 meters distance to other people.

Make the best of your weekend!


Det har vært en rekke situasjoner med tilfeller av mulig smitte og faktiske smitte blant ansatte og studenter. Vi må regne med at det kommer flere tilfeller i tiden som kommer og det er viktig at vi håndterer dette likt.  Sonja Dyrkorn koordinerer oppfølging av ansatte ved smitte og Christen Soleim koordinerer oppfølging overfor studenter. I alle sakene konsulterer vi vår bedriftslege som gir råd og presiseringer i samsvar med de retningslinjene som er gitt fra norske helsemyndigheter. Når det gjelder informasjon om smitte på enheter er det viktig at dere ivaretar personvernhensyn til de smittede og har dialog med dem om detaljnivå på den informasjonen dere går ut med.

Noen generelle råd når man skal ta kontakt med en ansatt eller student

Dersom du har en ansatt eller student som er smittet/mulig smittet:

  • Ta kontakt på telefon for å høre hvordan det går og kartlegge situasjonen. Har det vært direkte kontakt med andre ansatte eller studenter må dette undersøkes nærmere.
  • Be den ansatte eller studenten om å holde seg oppdatert på nettsiden . Husk at informasjon og råd kan endre seg fort.
  • Ansatte eller studenter som har fått påvist smitte eller har vært i direkte kontakt med personer som har fått påvist koronasmitte, skal melde fra om dette omgående på skjema som finnes på nettsiden.

Ved karantene

Ansatte eller studenten i karantene skal følge rådene og påleggene som er gitt av helsemyndighetene.

De som er i hjemme-karantene vil ikke lenger bli testet for korona-virus og skal heller ikke kontakte helsevesenet – med mindre de har behov for helsehjelp.

Å være i karantene omfatter å:

  • ikke gå på jobb eller skole
  • unngå reiser og ikke ta offentlig transport
  • unngå andre steder der man lett kommer nær andre

Les mer om hjemmekarantene på Folkehelseinstituttet sine nettsider

Ansatte eller studenter som har symptomer på sykdom og trenger helsehjelp må ta kontakt med fastlegen ved telefon eller e-konsultasjon, eller ringe legevakt på telefon 116 117. Begrens nærkontakt med andre mennesker.

UiBs Informasjonstelefon for studenter og ansatte: 555 88 555

Election notice and invitation to propose candidates

Election notice and invitation to propose candidates from group B for the department council and the faculty board is found here: Dept council K2 2020 and Faculty Board K2 2020.

Proposals must be received by the Electoral secretary, Gjert Bakkevold, within 03:00PM Tuesday 31 March 2020.

The election will take place from Thursday 7 May ( 09:00AM ) to Wednesday 13 May 2020 (12:00AM )


Disputas – Sjur Lehmann

Sjur Lehmann will defend his PhD thesis on Tuesday 24th March 2020 at 11:15

Trial lecture: Tuesday 24th March 2020 at 09.15.
Topic:  “Caesarean section: evolution of indications and practice in Scandinavia”
Place: Digital defence via Skype

Public defense: Tuesday 24th March 2020 at 11.15.
Title of dissertation: “Trial of labor after a previous cesarean section, Norway 1989-2014: A justified practice?”                                                                                                                                        Place: Auditorium 1, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91

1st opponent: Professor Tine Brink Henriksen, Aarhus Universitetshospital, Danmark
2nd opponent: Postdoktor Ingvil Krarup Sørbye, Oslo Universitetssykehus
3rd member of the committee: Professor Francisco Gomez Real, Universitetet i Bergen

The defense will be led by professor Jone Trovik

Link to defence.

Norwegian: Innkalling av leger til klinisk arbeid

Helse Bergen kan innkalle leger som har permisjon fra Helse Bergen for å arbeide som stipendiater og forskere. Disse kan bli innkalt direkte fra aktuell avdeling. I så fall må de gi beskjed til Gerd Johannessen. Ordningen gjelder IKKE leger som har hovedstilling på UiB, dvs 50% eller over. Fakultetet holder på å lage en avtale med Helse Bergen for disse legene.

Mer informasjon finner du her: Forskere og stipendiater til klinisk stilling

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 11 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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The corona virus epidemic: K2 closes, but does not stop

Dear all employees at the Department of Clinical Science

We are experiencing a dramatic time with no parallel in Norway at peace. But we have to deal with this. We have over 350 employees with large resources in many different ways. Now it is important to use these in a good and constructive way. This is going to cost; it is changing daily life for all of us. But I already notice that you are taking this in a positive way. Thank you so much! Although most of us do not need to worry about the infection itself, it can mean a long illness and even death for old people and those with serious chronic illnesses. And if the hospitals are unable to maintain the basic staffing, it will hit everyone anyway. Henceforth, we must faithfully follow all the advice and orders of the authorities to prevent and prevent the spread of infection. Here are some clarifications and practicalities for K2:

K2 is physically closed
As you are informed by email from Pro-Rector Margareth Hagen and Dean Per Bakke, the entire university is physically closed from yesterday at 18. All activities on campus will be stopped as soon as possible and at the latest during the weekend. With few exceptions, no one should come to work. All activity must now be done digitally. For those premises that have the Helse Bergen IDs card as an access cards, these will function as before. It is possible that doors operated by UiB’s ID cards will be closed to those who cannot access by exception. This is unclear at the time of writing.

What about equipment and special laboratory experiments?
There are certain exceptions when it comes to people who need to inspect or repair instruments as well as special laboratory tests. I have delegated to the research group leaders, that today they will decide which people and what trials will be involved in stopping the trials over the weekend, which persons and trials must continue to be of special importance in terms of scientific and financial importance , and what equipment and people are needed to inspect and if necessary repairing important instruments in the labs, as well as making a list of these issues.

How is Management reached?
The Management has from now on home office, but Julie Stavnes, Eystein Husebye and I will physically be able to get into the buildings in emergency situations. Use mail or phone to reach us.

What are the Management´s phone numbers?
Pål R. Njølstad 481 41 578
Julie Stavnes 995 91 846
Eystein Husebye 994 04 788
Silk Apple 410 80 067
Jone Trovik 924 25 171
Emmet McCormack 482 03 610

What about economy and staff functions?
These should be taken care of as far as possible through a home office.

How do we do it with signatures from the Head of Department?
Signature documents must be sent to me or Eystein in electronic format. If something is urgent, make sure we are available via sms.

As communicated before, this must be done digitally, and here you have to be creative. It is referred to previous mails from the Faculty and K2.

How can I set up Skype or video conferencing from home?
For help setting up Skype or video conferencing from home, see

Who is the contact person for equipment?
This is Eystein Husebye

It will be a different weekend and time ahead of us. Take good care of each other.


Incubator Building

The work on the Incubator building has now started, and since the building is so close to the Laboratory building, this has some consequences for those who have their workplace there. Among other things, the door on the 8th floor is closed and the parking spaces have been moved, in addition  it might be expected some noise for those who are situated close to the construction site.

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Norwegian: Koronavirus: tiltak i ph.d.-programmet

I forbindelse med det pågående virusutbruddet, ser vi at også ph.d.-utdanningen vil bli
rammet på ulike måter. Det medisinske fakultet har mange ph.d.-kandidater som berøres
enten ved at de skal disputere i vår eller ved at de skulle reist på ulike større kurs eller
konferanser som nå avlyses eller utsettes.

K2 har satt siste frist for innlevering av disputaser til 30.mars for disputaser som ønskes gjennomført før sommeren 2020.

Har du allerede en foreløpig dato så ta kontakt med instituttet ved Irene Hjelmaas slik at instituttet er informert om at innlevering kommer.

–  Skal inntil videre gå som planlagt på følgende måte:
– Gjennomføres med 1 . og 2. opponenten på skype med 3. opponent, Custos og doktorand fysisk tilstede.
– Publikum følger disputas digitalt

Norwegian: Hovedoppgaver til medisinstudiet

Det er tid for at fakultetet igjen må etterspørre hovedoppgaver til medisinstudiet. Mer informasjon finner du her: hovedoppgaveveiledere i medisinstudiet . Innmelding av hovedoppgaver fylles ut av oppgaveveileder her.

Fristen for innmelding er 20. mars.

Vi gjør dog oppmerksom på at veiledere også har anledning til å sende inn oppgaveforslag kontinuerlig hele tiden, og disse vil straks gjøres tilgjengelig for studenter. Men da nå et helt kull (kull 17) er på jakt etter oppgaveprosjekter denne våren, håper vi å få inn en del forslag til nye hovedoppgaver nå.

Norwegian: Utlysning av intensivmidler for utdanning 2020

Universitetet i Bergen lyser ut til sammen 2,1 millioner kroner i søkbare insentivmidler for kvalitetshevende tiltak i utdanningene. Utlysningsteksten finner du her: Intensivmidler. Retningslinjene finner du her: Retningslinjer insentivmidler oppdaterte i januar 2020 og søknadsskjema finner du her: Søknadsskjema insentivmidler. Søknadsfrist: 3. april.

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 6 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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The corona virus epidemic

This is to refer to the information sent out from the University Director and the Faculty of Medicine February 28 on handling the coronavirus at UiB (

Since we work in a health institution, we must also follow the guidelines of Helse Bergen, which in turn follows the advice of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. We therefore ask all employees who have been in areas with a persistent spread of coronavirus to stay home from work for 14 days after returning home. The purpose is to reduce the risk of infection to patients and employees in the health and care service. The health and care service is particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of infection that can affect vulnerable patient groups. This council has retroactive effect for travelers returning home after February 17.

Travelers who develop respiratory symptoms during the first 14 days after returning home should isolate themselves at home and contact their GP on the phone. If you do not get in touch with your GP, call an emergency room on telephone 116117.

Symptoms of corona virus infection are fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other respiratory symptoms.

Sustainable sites include mainland China, Iran, South Korea, Italy (all regions of Italy north of Rome – Valle d’Aosta, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Emilia-Romagna, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Tuscany), Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

The University management wants to be constantly updated on which employees we have at all times. Employees may have stayed in risk areas even in their spare time, but it is still important that this information is shared.

We hence ask you to register your own travel activities in the following form whether you have stayed, are staying or will be staying in areas with the spread of the coronavirus in the form that you find here: php? id = 8138964

We do not yet know the extent of the epidemic and whether it will be a pandemic. If there are many who have to stay home without being particularly ill, I urge you to be inventive in meeting the most important university assignments. Mail is probably handled 24/7 for most of you anyway, but it is also possible to hold lectures or group lessons via Skype or similar platforms so that students get the education they need. Lectures and meetings that were scheduled in or outside Bergen can be conducted with video or telephone conferences if planned. As mentioned, it´s just to be innovative 

Have a nice (corona free) weekend!

Pål Rasmus Njølstad

Changed access to the Laboratory building

In connection with construction starts on the parking deck outside the eighth floor of the Laboratory Building, the entrance on the eighth floor is closed for regular access. The exit is however still the escape route for the eighth and ninth floors, and will be opened automatically upon evacuation. An emergency door opener has been installed.

New mustering place is at the parking lot by Ulriksbanen.