Monthly Archives: May 2023

The BiB conference 2023 – winners

BildeThis week, the Bioinformatics in Bergen conference organized by the Computational Biology Unit gathered more than 60 researchers interested in bioinformatics as well as renown international speakers. The conference was a tremendous success. A Master’s student and a PhD candidate were awarded with prizes for poster and talk… and both are from K2! Please join us in congratulating Lorensha Naidoo and Kira Hoeffler!

We look forward to welcoming you in 2024, for an iteration that will be held together with the Norwegian Bioinformatics Days.

Heart disease in women – Meeting with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Heart disease in women – Meeting with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation
Place: Meeting room 8.1 Laboratory building, 8th floor
Time: 08.06.23 kl. 10-11 CEST
Chair: Professor Bente Moen

Nancy Zions, Jewish Healthcare Foundation: Introduction about the Foundation and motivation for the visit to Norway (10 min)
Postdoctoral researcher Hilde Halland: Hypertension in women: Lots of knowledge but lack of implementation (15 min)
Associate professor Dana Cramariuc: Sex and gender disparities in heart valve disease (15 min)
Tea and coffee will be served☕️


Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research – General Assembly

Agenda General Assembly

Tuesday 13 June 2023 at 13:00-14:00 on Zoom

Welcome by the Forum Chair

  1. Appointment of Chair for the meeting
  2. Appointment of tellers 
  3. Approval of the agenda
  4. Approval of minutes from General Assembly 24 November 2022, hosted online and at OsloMet
  5. Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research 2022; activities and finances by Jon Øyvind Odland
  6. Activities of Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research 2023 – ECTMIH symposium in Utrecht, November 2023, Jon Øyvind Odland
  7. Global Health Norway and Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research. Introduction by Jon Øyvind Odland and Ane-Marthe Solheim Skar: future plans and perspectives
  8. Elections, presented by the Election committee:
    9 board members
    5 substitute members
    3 members of election committee
    3 substitute members for election committee

End of meeting

Minutes from last years GA here.

Boost your research potential with innovation perspectives

Course 6 June 9.00-12.00 Alrek Helseklynge

Most funding schemes incorporate innovation perspectives into their application templates. These are especially visible in the chapters on impact but go beyond and should be found as a red line throughout a good research project – or rather, research and innovation project.

Increasing your literacy on the innovation topic will not only increase your abilities to succeed with grants, but also help you make your research more relevant to society. In this course, we will discuss what “innovation” in academia actually means, get inspiration from good examples, learn about ways to increase your innovation potential, talk about innovation management in practice and about ways to collaborate with partners outside of academia; oftentimes a prerequisite for successful innovation.

•    Topic 1: Innovation in academia – examples and concepts
•    Topic 2: How to boost your innovation potential
•    Topic 3: Innovation management in collaborative research projects
•    Topic 4: Collaboration with partners outside of academia

Target group
Suitable for researchers who want to boost their innovation potential to increase the impact of their research.

Shape the Future of Healthcare at our Hackathon

Invitation from Open DIPS and Haukeland University Hospital

ImageWe’re excited to extend an invitation to you to participate in an event that promises not just to be intriguing, but also carries the potential to transform the way health services are delivered.

Open DIPS in collaboration with Haukeland University Hospital is hosting a two-day Hackathon on Tuesday 6th June from 08:00 to 15:30, and Wednesday 7th June from 08:00 to 13:30. The event is to be held at Eitri, Haukelandsbakken 31, 5009 Bergen.

Sign up here.

Why should you participate? We’re glad you asked!

  • Real-World Impact: This Hackathon provides a unique opportunity for you to contribute to the enhancement of health services. Your innovative solutions could potentially make a significant difference in the lives of healthcare personnel, patients, and hospitals.
  • Access to Advanced Tools: You’ll gain access to Open DIPS’s digital health service development ecosystem. Through theirdeveloper portal and open sandbox, you can experiment with your own apps and data tools specifically tailored for the health service.
  • Collaborative Innovation: You’ll work alongside clinicians, developers, designers, and students. DIPS and Haukeland University Hospital will be on hand to provide resources and support, ensuring a robust and collaborative environment.
  • Flexibility: While we will provide some predefined tasks, we also encourage participants to propose their own.

We hope that through this Hackathon, we can bring together a diverse set of minds and ideas to innovate and create solutions that revolutionize health services.

Registration closes on 31st May 2023. We encourage you to register early and secure your place in this pivotal event.

Let’s join hands in this exciting venture, paving the way towards a healthier, brighter future.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Best, Eitri

Public Consultation on the SRIA for the future European Partnership for Rare Diseases

The Public Consultation on the Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda of the future European Rare Diseases Partnership is now open. You can share your voice here by the 09/06/2023.

Under Horizon Europe, the European Commission together with Member States and Associated Countries decided to implement the Rare Diseases Partnership which brings a unique vision that aims at leaving no one behind by supporting robust patient need-led research, by utilising and maximizing the power of health and research data, by engaging and coordinating regional, national, EU and international alignment in order to accelerate the development of new treatments and diagnostic pathways.

To build its strategy on the voice and input of all stakeholders and as part of the preparatory process of this future Rare Diseases Partnership (foreseen start in 2024) the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the RD Partnership is now open for public consultation.

We hope to gather the inputs of all types of stakeholders to make sure that the actions of the partnership will fit the needs and expectations of rare diseases community.

Both organisations and individuals can participate in this hearing.

Young researchers need to have fun!

The annual K2 Junior Retreat for PhD candidates, post docs and researchers were held at Alrek on 27th of April. The aim of the retreat is to connect young researchers at the institute, and the program included speed dating exercises and elevator talks. Psychologist Andreas Schei, from the UiB HR department, held a session about the ups and down during the PhD.

He shared some worrying numbers and observations on mental health problems among young researchers, indicating that 25 – 50% will qualify for a mental disorder at some point during their research, and that there is a close connection between well-being, mental disorders, and dropout. However, the good news is that you can avoid emotional overwhelm by taking good care of yourself.  Social interaction and belonging are some of the best ways to boost our emotional strength to meet these challenges.

Following on Scheis´ advise: “It is harder to rebuild than to do preventive measures”, we are starting up a social committee at K2, to arrange fun get-togethers and create an arena to meet your fellows in a relaxed atmosphere.  We strongly advise you to join and to build a social network together with us. We hope many of you would also like to be part of the social committee, if so please get in touch with Adrianna, e-mail:

The Bergen International Conference on Hansens Disease

2023 marks the 150 years anniversary of the discovery of leprosy bacillus. To commemorate this, the University of Bergen, in collaboration with Sasakawa Health Foundation, is proud to host an official anniversary conference in Bergen Norway, 20-22. June 2023. The conference is free and open for all. Read the whole program here and register before June 14.


Recently employed – Sabrina Moyo

I’m Sabrina John Moyo and I work on the Fifth floor at Clinical Institute 2 (K2).

From January 2023, I started working as a Researcher, but I worked previously from 2010 to 2014 as a Research Fellow followed up by a post-Doctoral position here at UiB.

My work involves conducting research on various infectious diseases with emphasis on Antimicrobial Resistance, overseeing and supervising our ongoing research projects in developing countries, publications of our research results, writing grant applications and supervising PhD students.

What I like most about my job is the flexibility and the ability of doing a variety of tasks with good collaboration from colleagues.

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My work involves different things therefore how I spend most of my day at work will depend on the task at that time e.g., writing or reviewing manuscripts for publications, virtual or physical meetings of our research projects with all collaborators, performing or supervising laboratory work when needed as well as applications for ethical approval for our research projects.

I have been enjoying all the years that I have worked at K2. I like my job because first of good colleagues, teamwork and collaboration within the research group which allows us to achieve our goals. And the goals of the institute in general.  Secondly, is positive and safe working environment at K2.


Dear everyone!

There were many from both UiB and Haukeland hospitals who competed for the 4 final places in order to apply to K.G. Jebsen centers for medical research. As many as 3 out of 4 researchers who were invited to send a full application are from K2: Eva Gerdts, Bjørn Tore Gjertsen and Stian Knappskog. Congratulations! We are very proud and wish good luck!

Foto: ukjent                           Foto: Øystein Fykse/Haukeland universitetssykehus      Foto: Melanie Burford

May 17th is approaching with great steps, and all UiB employees are invited to participate in the main procession (departure from Museplassen at 9:30, or meeting at 10:15 at Koengen, kolonne 4). We will keep an eye on the weather forecast, but so far it looks promising 😊 With the Ascension of Christ the day after May17th, there are probably many who take a long weekend. There will therefore be no K2nytt next Friday.

Have a nice weekend!

FALCH LECTURE 2023 Alberto Ascherio

The Epstein-Barr virus as the leading cause multiple sclerosis and the possible viral etiology of other neurodegenerative diseases.

Wednesday May 24, 2023 at 11.30-13.00 in the auditorium at Armauer Hansens Hus.

The Faculty of Medicine and Neuro-SysMed are happy to invite you to this year’s Falch Lecture, presented by Professor Alberto Ascherio from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. You are also invited to an informal networking lunch before the lecture (lunch 11.30-12.00). No charge, just remember to register here.

Complete event poster and full abstract here.


Norwegian Society of Immunology (NSI) Bergen Event

24th May: NSI gathering with talk by virologist Florian Krammer. Pizza and quiz after the talk
When: Wednesday 24th May at 14.00 in Auditorium 1, BB-building.

Food and quiz (please register!): 15.00 in the Seminar room under the stairs in the BB-building.

Metabolism in the single cell era

This workshop will present the last technical developments allowing the quantification of cellular level metabolism in rare cell populations up to the single cell level. These techniques will be presented applied to a large panel of research fields.

Phase I: Critical assessment
20-22 September, Bordeaux

Phase II: Technical workshop
October, Marseille and Lyon

For more info here.

Inclusive training K2-Administration.

In May 2022, we started hiking up Ulriken from K2. Since then, we have been a group from the K2 Administration who have hiked up Ulriken every week, regardless of the weather. So far, we have completed 54 trips from K2 to Ulriken, and those of us who have participated every week have naturally gotten into top hiking shape. To join, send an email to


Temporary report on RCN’s upcoming evaluation

In recent decades, RCN has carried out two evaluations of Norwegian research. Now a third round is underway. In November, two of the evaluations started: life sciences and natural sciences. In 2023, the remaining subjects are due, organized in two rounds: One evaluation for medicine and health, EVALMEDHELSE, in which the Faculty of Medicine is involved, and one for mathematics, IT and technology.

The main aim of the evaluation is to evaluate the quality and framework conditions for life science research in Norway.

Two levels are planned for evaluation: Administrative units and research groups. The administrative units for the Faculty of Medicine will be the institutes, i.e. K2 for us. When it comes to research groups, it is a big advantage for K2 that we all have defined research groups. The RCN has decided that the minimum requirements for a research group must be that there must be at least five researchers, of which at least three are permanent and as main position (at least 50%)  and they must have existed for at least three years. Here, of course, there is room for individual definitions. NFR states that it is not necessary to register everyone who is employed at an institute. It is also possible to merge groups that fit together. The division can thus be strategic, and one will naturally report on those who are good.

NFR will set up several expert panels that will report to a smaller number of evaluation committees. These in turn report to a national report committee.

The evaluation criteria include that the research must be relevant to society, be relevant for institutional purposes, work for diversity and equality and have a solid research output.

There will be more information about the evaluation at the Faculty Lunch on Wednesday 10 May.

The Department’s management will, in collaboration with the environment, define the research groups to be evaluated. A self-evaluation must be made for K2 and for each research group. Here it is important that the groups themselves come up with proposals for which research groups should be defined.

RCN will hold a webinar on 15 May 14-15. Follow here for more information.

The first deadline for schematic feedback to the faculty is 5 June. The evaluation itself will have a deadline of mid-September.


Boost your research potential with innovation perspectives

Most funding schemes incorporate innovation perspectives into their application templates. These are especially visible in the chapters on impact but go beyond and should be found as a red line throughout a good research project – or rather, research and innovation project.

6 June 2023 at 9.00-12.00

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 Stockholm Center 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!
Place: Auditorium B302, Sentralblokken 3rd floor, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen

Registration: at this link  Deadline is May 8th at 12 AM