Daily Archives: Friday March 24th, 2023


Joint Research Day UiB – Helse Bergen 170323 – and UiB – Helse Stavanger in the autumn!

Last Friday, the Joint Research Day for UiB and Helse Bergen got off the ground. The aim was to stimulate increased research collaboration between the hospital and the university. This was a success. We counted 160 people present in the room – i.e. more than the maximum number at registration. Consequently, there were not enough chairs, and some had to stand. There is nothing quite like feeling that something is so popular that it is cramped for space 🙂

CEO at Helse Bergen Eivind Hansen and Vice Chancellor at UiB Gottfried Greve opened the seminar together. They emphasized that today’s culture of collaboration is very good and little governed by what is difficult, but that you must constantly work to overcome the challenges that arise. Together we are stronger 🙂

This was followed by great, scientific talks on the corona pandemic by Professor and Senior Physician Nina Langeland, on rhythmic hormone diagnostics by Professor and Senior Physician Eystein Husebye, on possibilities for treating a rare cause of blindness by Associated Professor and Senior Physician Cecilie Brederup, and finally on mechanisms of action in anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders by Associated Professor and Senior Physician Olga Therese Ousdal. The research that was presented represented some of the best we have at Haukeland Campus, i.a. based on articles in the Nature, Science, and Lancet class.

The research seminar should definitely be repeated! If we e.g. aim for seminars four times per year, one can imagine themes such as patient cases with translational aspects, clinical studies, new techniques and methods, interdisciplinary studies, as well as presentations by  young, promising researchers.

In connection with the half-yearly meeting of the Joint Education Council between the Faculty of Medicine and Helse Stavanger last Monday, the implementation of the first step for the new course of study Vestlandslegen at Helse Stavanger from the autumn was on the agenda. There was no doubt that the students will be well received with concrete plans for teaching for the coming 4th year in Stavanger.

Before the corona pandemic, we had planned a research seminar between UiB and Health Stavanger with the same goal as the meeting we had last week at Haukeland Campus. The corona pandemic caused this seminar to be cancelled, but now the initiative has been brought back to life. There was still great interest in such a meeting in Stavavanger, and I certainly believe that it is mutual when it comes to researchers in Bergen. There is much we can learn from each other with opportunities to create new research collaborations for mutual benefit and fun. We are therefore planning such a meeting in connection with the first meeting of the Joint Education Council in the autumn.

Have a great weekend!

Online COST Info Day

May 24, 2023
10:00 – 11:30 CET

This online COST Info Day is open to all researchers and innovators at any career stage and from any field of research, especially young researchers, as well as R&I staff. The aim is to inform researchers and innovators about how to connect with COST Actions or submit a COST Action proposal, the role and impact of the COST programme, and the benefits of participating in COST for researchers’ careers, with a focus on young researchers.

Programme overview
10:00 | Welcome and introduction | Director of the COST Association
10:10 | What is COST and how to participate in a COST Action? | COST Policy Officer
10:30 | How to submit an application? Tips & tricks | COST Science Officer
10:40 | Which activities are funded? | COST Administrative Officer
11:00 | What are the benefits of participating in COST? | COST Action Chair
11:15 | Q&A
11:30 | End of the session


1st Workshop “Modelling Immuno-Oncology”

CCBIO PI Emmet McCormack is organizing a meeting for the COST Action “Modelling immunotherapy response and toxicity in cancer”, fostering research and innovation in the field of preclinical immuno-oncology models with the ultimate goal of advancing in the treatment of cancer patients by improving their outcomes and quality of life.

The COST action group is pleased to invite you to the first online workshop of the COST Action “Modelling immunotherapy response and toxicity in cancer” (IMMUNO-model) to be held on the 30th March 2023. See scientific program here.

The IMMUNO-model COST Action aims at fostering research and innovation in the field of preclinical immuno-oncology models with the ultimate goal of advancing in the treatment of cancer patients by improving their outcomes and quality of life.

The “Modeling Immuno-Oncology” workshop will focus on in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro models. Please find attached the program.

Internationally renowned speakers will present their work on a rich selection of topics such as targeted therapies, the role of select pathways and translational patient models.

To register in advance for this workshop please follow this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting.

If you are a participant of this COST Action, you will also receive an invitation through the e-COST platform: please accept the invitation and then follow the link to sign up for the meeting by filling in the Zoom registration form.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

More information

INVITATION: 11th CCBIO Annual Symposium at Hotel Solstrand & Online, May 8-10, 2023

Dear all,

A kind reminder of the invitation to the 11th CCBIO Annual Symposium May 8-10 at Hotel Solstrand close to Bergen – this is booking well, so if you have not registered yet, make sure to do that now while we still can accommodate you at the lovely Solstrand hotel. Deadline is March 31. The symposium is open for all, so please feel free to circulate this invitation.

The 2022 symposium was a success with more than 240 participants, and we expect the enlarged 2023 symposium to be even better with its generous time frame and two overnight stays. You can choose between attending online for scientific updates, or in-person at Hotel Solstrand in order to also enjoy the company of colleagues and the informal and mutually fertilizing scientific crosstalk in the breaks and the evenings.  We expect the symposium to become fully subscribed, and we strongly recommend you to register early and within the deadline of March 31.

We have secured a range of international speakers: Alexander Swabrick, Amy Leblanc, Anniina Färkkilä, Benno Schwikowski, Douglas Lauffenburger, Frederic Amant, Iain McNeish, Ian Mills, Ingrid Hedenfalk, Klaus Pantel, Michael Rogers, Caroline Heckman, Rameen Beroukhim, Robert D’Amato, Stephane Terry, Catherine Panabieres and Jean Paul Thiery. See prefinal program here.

Younger researchers are offered slots for 3-minute speed-talks as well as extended poster sessions with ample time for interaction between the participants. There is still time to register for speed talks and/or poster.

The heavily subsidized registration fee is 3000 NOK/300 Euro per person for the three days and two overnight stays with full board. In order to enable us to accommodate 200+ participants in the 138 rooms available, we are dependent upon as many as possible sharing rooms (up to four).  So, please indicate if, and with whom, you are willing to share your room when you register online.

For an overview of speakers, registration and the practical information sheet (obligatory reading before asking questions), please consult the links below:

Symposium website: www.ccbiosymposium.no

Registration: please use this link

Practical information: on this link

Further information about CCBIO:  www.ccbio.no

We look forward to seeing you at our symposium!

On behalf of CCBIO’s Director, Lars A. Akslen

With best regards
Eli Synnøve Vidhammer
Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO
University of Bergen