Monthly Archives: January 2023


Last week, the Government launched a new strategy for personalized medicine Strategi for persontilpasset medisin – . The strategy underscores the need to integrate research and clinical work as personalized medicine becomes an integrated part of the health services.

One of the three thematic aims is of particular relevance to those of us who teach: Personalized medicine is an evolving field, necessitating life-long learning as well as a continuous process of  updating the curriculum and programmes in which we teach, in line with adjustments in RETHOS. E.g. molecular biology and microbiology and advanced decision making algorithms and analyses based on artificial intelligence are examples of fields in probable need of expansion and development.

Please remember the upcoming deadline – Monday February 6th – for nominations to the Faculty Awards for research and teaching. Information was published in a previous K2-nytt.

Mette Vesterhus
Head of Teaching

Global Health Challenges and Solutions

MatchPoints Conference, 11–13 May 2023
Aarhus University, Denmark

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown how quickly a disease can spread across the globe with devastating consequences for people’s health and the world’s economies. And it’s unlikely to be a one-off. Whilst some infectious diseases are being eradicated, new and unknown diseases are emerging – and many diseases that can be treated in countries with advanced healthcare systems are spreading in parts of the world less able to handle them.

EMBO Young Investigator Programme

The EMBO Young Investigator Programme supports life scientists who have been group leaders for less than four years at the time of application in setting up their laboratories. Young Investigators receive financial support for networking for four years and benefit from training opportunities, support for their lab members and mentoring. They become part of an international network of more than 600 current and former EMBO Young Investigators, Installation Grantees and Global Investigators.

UIB Opp 2.15 Preparing for your next Horizon Europe proposal

This course will provide a practical guide on how to build on past and current projects funded by the EU, navigate the vast Horizon Europe framework program, and build core concept of research proposals.

The European framework program Horizon Europe supports is the EU’s main funding programme for research and innovation. Running from 2021 to 2027 with a budget of 95.5 billion euros, it is the most extensive research funding programme globally. It supports a wide range of research and innovation activities, including primary and applied research, innovation projects, and networking activities, and provides funding and opportunities for researchers in all fields and at all career stages.

28.02.2023 – 09.00–11.30
FIA sine lokaler, Jekteviksbakken 31, 2. etg.
Hiwa Målen

Påmeldingsfrist: 21.02.2023 – 12.00

Påmeldingsskjema UiB Opp 2.15

Editor-in-chief of the Lancet Lancet Regional Health – Europe to share insight on how to get published and make an impact in society

On the 6th of March Pooja Jha, Editor-in-chief of the Lancet Regional Health –Europe, visits Alrek to meet researchers and students.

06.03.2023 – 09.00–10.30
Midgard Auditorium. Alrek Helseklyngen
Andrea Magugliani

Påmeldingsfrist: 01.03.2023 – 16.00


Bergen Summer Research School 2023

Kindly disseminate widely the Bergen Summer Research School 2023!

Please take a closer look and invite, re-post, tweet and share in your respective networks, and please like and share what is shared!

Your positions and networks are highly valued, and also, hopefully your network’s PhDs may benefit a lot from BSRS 2023.

The application deadline is 1st February 2023.

All courses are developing extremely nicely and I would warmly recommend them for our PhDs near and far!

I recommend Counting every child for PhD candidates in child health and related

I recommend Food and nutrtion security in childhood for PhD candidates in child nutrition and related

I recommend Responsive caregiving in Complex emergencies for PhD candidates in child psychology, pedagogics and related

Those interested in sustainability, democratic processes, school and eduction, check this out

And lastly migration: Please check this out

It is an excellent opportunity to gather people in Bergen!


CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium   

We are happy to invite you to the CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium Thursday February 2, 2023, from 09:00-13:00, at B301, Sentralblokka, Haukeland University Hospital.

This seminar series is a perfect place to meet and interact with other young scientists. We anticipate lively and interesting discussion also this time. We are looking forward to the keynote lecture by CCBIO researcher Harsh Dongre, who will talk about how to make the jump of academic independence and establish your own research group. The program spans several exiting topics including small molecule drug discovery in prostate cancer, PDX models as preclinical tools for investigating myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), mitochondrial trafficking in the tumor microenvironment and the role of CEL in pancreatic disease. Join us for a perfect occasion for professional input and networking!

Please register within January 30th at 11.00 if you want the FREE LUNCH which is included. If you don’t need the lunch, you can also register later.

When: Thursday February 2, 2023, 09:00-13:00

Where: Auditorium B301, Sentralblokka, Haukeland University Hospital, 3rd floor.

Who: Mostly intended for PhD students and other young researchers, but open for all, and senior scientists are very welcome.

Registration: Use this link (also even if you have registered for CCBIO901 in Studentweb.) There is no charge.

General information: More information about the Junior Scientist Symposia can be found here.

ECTS: Part of CCBIO901, with 3 credits (participation in the program through 2 terms.) All are however welcome for non-ECTS drop-in on each individual symposium.

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[Innovators in Science Award] 2-Weeks Until Nominations Open on February 1, 2023

On behalf of the New York Academy of Sciences, I am pleased to invite University of Bergen to submit two nominations for the 2024 Innovators in Science Award.

Established in November 2016, the Innovators in Science Award is a global award recognizing a promising Early-Career Scientist’s and an outstanding Senior Scientist’s contributions to biomedical science and is intended to support their commitment to innovative research. Two prizes of US$200,000 are awarded each Award cycle to winning scientists who have distinguished themselves for the creativity and impact of their research in a designated therapeutic area.  The award is administered by the New York Academy of Sciences and sponsored by Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

To draw attention to the increasing global cancer burden, the 2024 Innovators in Science Award will recognize scientists from around the globe for their exceptional research in Cancer Immunology. Cancer remains the second leading cause of death worldwide, exacerbated by the difficulty in progressing novel therapeutics from the research lab to the clinic.

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By: Pål Njølstad

BOA record!

I am reporting some really good news: In 2022, K2 has set a record in terms of external funding with NOK 119.4 million. It is a fantastically great result, especially in these times of failing funding.

And it is significantly better than the other departments: IGS had 74 million, IBM 60 million, K1 50 million and IKO 40 million. This is also very good, but K2 is the strongest in terms of its competence to get external funds.

BOA is a very important source to keep the wheels turning when other funds are reduced. I would like to thank everyone who contributes, but also thank those who applied but did not make it. As is well known, those who do not apply get nothing. And with grant percentages that are very low, it can be random who gets it, at least if one is among the top 20-30%.

Ola Borten Moe wants a grant percentage threshold of 25 at NFR. It may make sense, and it will be exciting to see how this can be achieved without allocating more funds from the State. Personally, I hope that the solution will be that the allocated sum for the individual project will be smaller, and that the institutions will not decide who can apply.

Have a great weekend!


Dear all!

Do you/your research group/research group know anyone who has excelled in 2022, either on the research front (publication, research environment, PhD work, dissemination), as an innovation environment or in terms of teaching? The Faculty of Medicine has announced a number of prizes for 2022, so now you have the chance to nominate colleagues/environment (or yourself!). The categories are

  1. Publication of the Year (NOK 100 000)
  2. Research environment of the year (NOK 150 000)
  3. PhD work of the year (NOK 75 000)
  4. Dissemination award (NOK 75 000)
  5. Innovation award (NOK 150 000)
  6. Education Award (up to three awards for outstanding initiatives in education, a main prize of NOK 150,000 and up to two more prizes of NOK 50,000 each!)

We from K2 can put forward one candidate in each category, so do not hesitate to submit proposals (with supplementary reasons) by Monday 6 February. More detailed information can be found here.

Proposal for Publication/PhD/Group/Dissemination/Innovation

Suggestions for Education Awards

Have a nice weekend!

Small Animal MRI Course

MIC is happy to announce a basic course in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of small animals, with the aim of giving the participants knowledge on the principles, the theory and practical use of MRI.

The theoretical part of the course will cover multimodal imaging and the theoretical aspects of MRI. The participants will get hands on practical training on the instruments in the practical part and learn about basic image analysis of MR images.

After the course, the participants should be able to understand how to plan and perform MRI experiments on small animals.

For more information, please see flyer

Call for proposals: Innovation potential on Nordic patient records

Nordic Innovation will fund a project with the aim to demonstrate a concrete solution utilizing the context-rich information provided in patient journals records across Nordic countries in solving healthcare challenges.