Daily Archives: Friday April 28th, 2023


Servant leadership

Servant leadership is a management philosophy formulated by Robert K. Greenleaf in the 70s. The main idea is that the manager should serve the employees and the organisation, and differs from traditional leadership where the manager’s role is to promote the organisation’s interests.

A servant leader shares power, puts the needs of employees first and helps people develop and perform at their best. Instead of the people working to serve the leader, the leader exists to serve the people. Greenleaf put it this way: A servant leader must ask himself the question: “Are my employees growing as people? As they serve, do they become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely to become servants themselves?”

Do we have a serving leadership at UiB and for that matter the hospital we are an integral part of? As a scientific employee, many others and I experience that tasks that others previously did for us, now have to be done by us. We spend more and more time on documentation, filling in forms, organizing teaching and other administrative tasks. It feels like there are various administrative groups around us who are more concerned with leading us instead of serving us. This means that we have less time to do the university’s core tasks, namely research, teaching and communication.

We need a debate about this. I did not have Fredrik Solvang available, so as an introduction I asked ChapGPT if we had serving leadership at UiB. It answered, among other things: “There is a growing interest in servant leadership in higher education institutions around the world. Many universities have introduced servant leadership principles into their management structures and have seen positive results.

UiB has also taken initiatives to promote servant leadership. For example, they have organized seminars and workshops on the subject and have also included this as one of their core values. Furthermore, in its vision for 2022, UiB emphasizes that it wants to promote responsible management, including servant leadership.

We now need to discuss how this vision can be implemented in practical terms?

With warm wishes for a good the coming weekend

Eystein Husebye
Deputy leader K2

The 24th Broegelmann Lecture- Peder Olofsson

Peder S Olofsson is the Head of Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Departmentof Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutetand the Scientific Director of the StockholmCenter for Biolectronic Medicine will give the talk Reaching beyond innervation to map mechanisms of neural regulation of inflammation.

Speaker: Peder S Olofsson, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Departmentof Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet
Title: Reaching beyond innervation to map mechanisms of neural regulation of inflammation
Chair: Helena Harris
When: May 15th, 2023 at 3:00-4:00. Snacks and coffee will be provided prior to the lecture, remember to register!.
Registration: at this link  Deadline is May 8th at 12 AM
Place: Auditorium B302, Sentralblokken 3rd floor, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen

Short bio: Peder S. Olofsson, MD, PhD, trained in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, and is a Diplomate of the European Academy of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine with more than 10 years of clinical experience. Dr. Olofsson also holds a PhD in experimental medicine from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Research: Dr. Olofssons group focuses on the field of Bioelectronic medicine — the convergence of molecular medicine; neuroscience and biology; and electronics and computing to develop cures. It is hoped this field of study may change the future of therapies for a wide variety of diseases. This groundbreaking discipline is aimed at interfacing electronics with nerves to specifically target the biological processes underlying disease.

Studying neurophysiological and molecular mechanisms in the neural control of inflammation outside of the central nervous system, his lab uses genetic experimental animal models and pharmacological and neurophysiological interventions, and human studies, to map the homeostatic reflex control of inflammation physiology.

Dr. Olofsson’s work has been instrumental in the discovery that T cells relay neural signals in the inflammatory reflex, and that acetylcholine-producing T cells play key roles in regulation of blood pressure and anti-microbial defense through regulation of blood vessel physiology.

More information about Dr. Olofssons work can be found on his group page: Neural regulation of inflammation and metabolism | Karolinska Institutet (ki.se) and at the following link Bioelectronic Medicine – YouTube with a short video focusing on being able to monitor and stimulate the vital vagus nerve with short electrical pulses in order to treat inflammatory diseases in a targeted manner.

This seminar has been arranged by the Broegelmann Research Laboratory, NSI Bergen and the Bergen Research School in Inflammation

Call for Research Unit Proposals

The University of Bergen established the Norwegian Citizen Panel (NCP) 10 years ago, in 2013. Since the inception, the Digital Social Science Core Facility, DIGSSCORE, has supported 4-6 thematic research units who have organized most of the data collection in the NCP. These units have been central to the research infrastructure in many ways. They have ensured sustained attention to certain areas of research and have served as engines for new research projects. They have also helped incorporate new initiatives originating outside the units, advised early career researchers, and collaborated with national and international research partners.

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Disease X: The 100 Days Mission to End Pandemics

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is a huge Norwegian-initiated and largely Norwegian-funded funding mechanism (HQ in Oslo) which has been and is funding the development of new vaccines, including several of the corona-vaccines.

Kate Kelland, Chief Scientific Writer in CEPI, will visit Bergen and give an exciting lecture presenting the book “Disease X: The 100 Days Mission to End Pandemics” Tuesday 23 May at 11.15