Daily Archives: Friday May 26th, 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: adrianna.jebrzycka@uib.no

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.