Monthly Archives: August 2022


Start of the semester – new possibilities

The start of the semester always seems filled with a special energy. The students seem particularly motivated this year. Hopefully your batteries are full after the summer vacation. Maybe this is the time to try out some new teaching techniques?

The first group of “Vestlandslege students” counting 200 students are now entering into clinical courses. MED3 and MED4 have been revised to handle increased student numbers and to improve teaching and learning. Change is never completely smooth, and I hope we will all work together to provide the best possible teaching and overall experience for the students. Then we may adjust the plans along the way.

K2 wishes to put together a working group to look into possibilities for developing postgraduate educational courses as a means of income to help turn the economy around. Please tell us if you have any good ideas!

The deadline for nominations to the Helse Vest Teaching Award 2022 is September 20th: : Kven er din kandidat til Utdanningsprisen i Helse Vest? – Helse Vest RHF ( .

Mette Vesterhus
Head of Teaching

The Research Council Innovation Award

The Research Council’s Innovation Award is given to an individual, business or public entity that has achieved innovation through the strategic use of research. To be eligible, the candidate must have received Research Council funding.

For the award, we are always looking for candidates who are involved in moving boundaries for what is possible within a field. The winner receives honor and glory and half a million kroner. The money will be used for innovation activities.

Eitri Medical Datathon

Dear all,

We are hosting the Eitri Medical Datathon, September 16-19, 2022 and are looking forward to seeing many of you there!

The event will consist of two parts – the Datathon during the weekend and the Datathon conference on Monday September 19.

During the datathon, we will form teams of clinicians, data scientists and other enthusiasts. The teams together with mentors/experts from US, Singapore, France, and UK will solve health challenges using real world data and AI. It is an excellent opportunity to work with world leaders in the field!

The conference will bring together clinicians, data scientists, industry, policy makers, and other experts to talk about AI use in healthcare – opportunities and challenges.

For more information, please, check out the website, or email us ( or

To participate in the datathon, sign up here:

To participate in the conference, sign up here:

Hope to see many of you at the event!

Best wishes,


Welcome to the new semester!

Then it’s on again! Hope everyone had a nice holiday and recharged their batteries.

At the time of writing, the students have already started, and many K2 employees are busy again with teaching. It is often in a hurry to get started after the holidays. Transitioning from holiday to hectic university life can be a bit brutal and takes time. New cohorts of students entail additional work at the start. Research never takes a vacation. Although many have picked their e-mails and got rid of the most urgent, for most it has piled up with tasks that now have to be sorted out.

This autumn, K2 must focus on finances. As previously mentioned, for various reasons we now have a large deficit – a development that we must reverse. If we stand together, we will be able to get through this, hopefully even stronger. It is often in adversity that one becomes innovative and completely new ideas are created. So I repeat the call before the summer: Help us figure out how we can manage with slightly fewer areas, slightly fewer people and slightly less funds via K2, and how we can create more income that shows up in K2’s budgets.

Good luck with a new term!

New Horizon Europe calls

Horizon Europe work programme for 2023-24 in the health cluster has been published. Many interesting opportunities for K2 researchers to apply for Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) in all destinations:

  • Destination 1 – Staying healthy in a rapidly changing society
  • Destination 2. Living and working in a health-promoting environment
  • Destination 3. Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden
  • Destination 4. Ensuring access to innovative, sustainable and high-quality health care
  • Destination 5. Unlocking the full potential of new tools, technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society
  • Destination 6. Maintaining an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive health industry

Many pandemic related calls included. Also personalized medicine. Interdisciplinary approach and collaboration with social sciences and humanities (SSH) often requested. Contact your research advisor ( for more information.

MRCRM Seminar Series

Mesenchymal stem cell transplantation in limbal stem cell deficiency – Development of precision medicine

Limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) causes discomfort and reduced vision and is a major problem in ophthalmology. Today, the treatment is transplantation of allogenic limbal stem cells, but this has its limitations.

Mesenchymal stem cells are now emerging as a promising treatment option. The phase 1 clinical trial using these cells in patients with end-stage LSCD will be presented.

Cecilie Bredrup, MD, PhD at HUH og Associate professor at K1, UiB

30th of August, 14.30-15.30

Birkhaugsalen, 3rd floor in Sentralblokken, HUH

Welcome to the first seminar this semester in the seminar series of Mohn Research Center for Regenerative Medicine (MRCRM)!

This seminar is open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

MRCRM seminar series – August 2022 – Helse Bergen (

CCBIO Startup Seminar for Carina Strell, August 2

Dear all,

We hope you have all had a good summer!

CCBIO has the pleasure of inviting you to a special startup seminar for Carina Strell to celebrate the initiation of her TMS starting grant, and to kickstart our dissemination activities after the summer break.

The seminar will take place in the auditorium in Armauer Hansens Hus, Thursday, August 25, 2022, 13.00-16.00.

Coffee/tea will be served before the seminar, followed by tapas and beverages afterwards. The event is open to all and you are welcome to circulate this invitation.

We would appreciate if as many as possible would register.

Title: Startup seminar for Carina Strell: Perspectives on early breast cancer – molecular biology and epidemiology.
Speakers: Carina Strell, Therese Sørlie, Solveig Hofvind, followed by plenary discussions.
Chair: Lars A. Akslen
Time: Thursday, August 25, 2022, 13.00-16.00
Where: The auditorium in Armauer Hansens Hus, Haukelandsveien 28, Bergen.


More information:

We hope to see as many of you as possible!

Best wishes,
Camilla Tvedt Ekanger
Seminar coordinator/PhD student
Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO
The University of Bergen
Mobile +47 465 29 280

Opening of the Mohn Research Center for Diabetes Precision Medicine (PRECISE-DIA) on Thursday 25 August

Dear friends and colleagues.

Welcome to the opening of the Mohn Research Center for Diabetes Precision Medicine (PRECISE-DIA) on Thursday 25 August from 12-4pm in the auditorium, Glasblokkene, Haukeland University Hospital.

The cCenter is supported by the Trond Mohn Foundation as well as the University of Bergen and Haukeland University Hospital. The goals are better and targeted diagnostics and choice of treatment for patients with diabetes in Norway.

Hope many have the opportunity to come to the opening!

Best regards
Pål R. Njølstad


It is now possible to create short-term guest accounts in UiBtilgang

The function for short-term guest account (up to 30 days) in UiBtilgang has been unavailable until now.

The function is now in place, and it should be possible to create short-term guest accounts for visitors who need access to log on to a PC, print and/or access the Internet. See guide:

Please make sure that you use short-term guest account in cases where it is appropriate, and do not use long-term guest account unless strictly required. Long-term guests get more entitlements and trigger licensing costs.

The IT division

Innovative Health Initiative launches new calls for proposals

The Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) has now launched IHI – calls 1 and 2.

IHI – call 1 is a single-stage call for proposals with the following topics:

  • Topic 1: An innovative decision-support system for improved care pathways for patients with neurodegenerative diseases and comorbidities
  • Topic 2: Next generation imaging and image-guided diagnosis and therapy for cancer
  • Topic 3: Personalised oncology: innovative people centred, multi-modal therapies against cancer
  • Topic 4: Access and integration of heterogeneous health data for improved healthcare in disease areas of high unmet public health need

Deadline for full proposals: 20 September 2022
Call web page:

IHI – call 2 is a two-stage call for proposals with the following topics:

  • Topic 1: Cardiovascular diseases – improved prediction, prevention, diagnosis, and monitoring
  • Topic 2: Setting up a harmonised methodology to promote uptake of early feasibility studies for clinical and innovation excellence in the European Union

Deadline for short proposals: 20 September 2022
Call web page:

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