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This weeks Editorial

The rearrangement of the NFR deadlines in combination with a new lockdown in Bergen and one of the coldest, but most beautiful winters I have experienced, certainly has brought a novel twist to 2021 thus far. While most of us come up for air after the NFR deadline, there are many more deadlines for funds, positions and positioning right around the corner, it’s a case of hold on to something tight and here we go! Firstly, I would like to highlight the possibility to apply for small research funds, which has a deadline of 14.02.21 and here are the application criteria:

  • Funding for researchers who do not have large funding.
  • You can apply for 15 000-150 000 NOK.
  • The funds have to be used within 2021 and cannot be transferred to 2021.
  • Recipient has to be an active researcher with a permanent position, prof II or II
  • The recipient must have applied for external funding during the past years

Do not forget the application deadline for PhDs (9 positions) and Postdocs (2 positions) at the Medical faculty also with a deadline of 14.02.21.

Finally, 2 exciting application possibilities in conjunction with the Trond Mohn Foundation have been published. In collaboration with Haukeland hospital, the medical faculty will fund a new center of regenerative medicine. This center will build on the existing efforts of the Bergen Stem Cell Consortium (BSCC) and the new ex vivo clean room facility at the laboratory building of the culture of cells to be utilized for clinical trial. The center will be supported by the Trond Mohn Foundation over a 5-year period and the foundation has set off 20 MNOK to support 3-4 research project within the field of regenerative medicine. Additionally, the foundation has also put aside 5 MNOK funding for collaborative projects between a Bergen – and Oslo environment in core facilities for genetically modified cell therapies in Oslo. Application details can be found here:


In another initiative, the Trond Mohn Foundation has in collaboration with the University of Bergen, Haukeland University Hospital and Stavanger University Hospital established the West Norwegian Center for Antimicrobial Resistance (CAMRIA). The center is led by Professor Nina Langeland at K2, University of Bergen. The centre aims to shed light on the spread of resistant bacteria in hospitals, by combining new and predictive mathematical approaches with advanced molecular biology. This intersection of disciplines will allow the unprecedented characterisation and prediction of AMR spread and outbreak dynamics and the identification of optimal control strategies using the paradigm of “precision medicine”. In parallel, new logistic, and policy research will provide a change in our ability to intervene in outbreaks. The center is now announcing funding for 3-4 projects that can help achieve the center’s objectives. For more details on this call and application templates please contact The deadline for this call is March 15th, 2021.


INVITATION: CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium February 25, in Zoom

We have the pleasure of inviting you to our CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium (JUSS) February 25, 2021! This is an online event in Zoom.

Keynote speaker Hrvoje Miletic will introduce us to the exciting world of translational research in brain cancer: “Glioblastoma treatment resistance – is there a way out?”. Local junior researchers will present their intriguing findings in endometrial carcinoma, breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Additionally, we will hear reflections how cancer research is presented in the media.

Join us for a perfect occasion for professional input and digital networking! Open for all.

When: Thursday February 25, 2021 at 09:00 – 12:00 (Norwegian time)
Where: Digital event in Zoom (logon details will be sent to registered participants)
Program: can be found here.
Registration: At (Even if you have registered for CCBIO901 in Studentweb.)
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. Perhaps you spot an interesting topic? Just remember to register!

Any questions can be addressed to chairs Cornelia and Maria.

Feel free to forward this invitation as all are welcome! (Not restricted to junior scientists.)


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


The practical station exam OSCE8 for medical students should actually have been completed in June 2020, but this was postponed until February 2nd due to the corona pandemic. Although there was sufficient time to plan the exam, for many it was still a hectic rush last week.

There are several reasons for this. The ROSA analysis was delayed, there were new challenges in the infection situation, and there were personnel challenges partly due to many sick leaves at the study section K1 / K2 in the most critical phase, but also due to the need for extra reserve personnel if someone urgently had to be quarantined. Nevertheless, OSKE8 was carried out, and my impression is that it happened in a very good way, professionally, administratively, and in terms of infection control. It was just extremely impressive! And the students were very happy that the exam could be completed!

Many of you in a very short time lined up as extra markers, examiners, examiners and administrative people, and many worked day – and in fact night – to facilitate the exam. There is certainly a lot we can learn from this round and which we should probably address in the next round this spring when OSKE8 and OSKE12 will be held again, but I want to praise all of you who lined up, both electively and ad hoc, so that this became possible. THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH!!

Have a great weekend. Hope you have a surplus in your mental account for a ski trip or two J

Disputas Dag Heiro Yi – 17. februar

Foto: Jørgen Barth

Prøveforelesning:      Onsdag 17. februar 2021 kl. 10.15
For tilgang til digitalt møterom: se pressemelding

Oppgitt emne:                “The role of B-Cells in anti-tumor immune responses. Current results and future treatment options”

Disputas:                     Onsdag 17. februar 2021 kl. 12.15
For tilgang til digitalt møterom: se pressemelding

Avhandlingens tittel:      “Monocyte-derived dendritic cells in cancer immunotherapy. Considerations on their applicability”

  1. opponent: Susanne Rittig, Charité, Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  2. opponent: PhD Else Marit Inderberg, Oslo Universitets sykehus
  3. medlem av komiteen: Professor Oddbjørn Straume, Universitetet i Bergen

Disputasen blir ledet av professor Ola Myklebost

Åpent for alle interesserte

Dissertation Lydia Johnsen – February 18th

Lydia Johnsen

Prøveforelesning:      18. februar 2020 kl. 9.15
For tilgang til digitalt møterom: se pressemelding 

Oppgitt emne:    “Erfaringer med bruk av ultralyd i karkirurgi, og hva karkirurgiske poliklinikker bør tilby av ultralyddiagnostikk”

Disputas:         18 .februar 2020 kl. 11.15
For tilgang til digitalt møterom:  Se pressemelding

Avhandlingens tittel:      “Ultrasound in follow-up after endovascular aneurysm repair”

  1. opponent: Førsteamanuensis Jarlis Wesche, Universitetet i Oslo
  2. opponent: Avdelingssjef Torbjørn Dahl, St. Olavs hospital
  3. medlem av komiteen: Professor Mai Tone Lønnebakken, Universitetet i Bergen

Dissertation – Anders Krogh Aarebrot, February 19th.

Anders Krogh Aarebrot. Foto: Jørgen Barth

Prøveforelesning:      19. februar 2020 kl.  9.15
For tilgang til digitalt møterom: Se pressemelding

Oppgitt emne:                “Biomarkers and personalized medicine in autoimmunity”

Disputas:                     19. februar 2020 kl. 11.15
For tilgang til digitalt møterom: Se pressemelding

Avhandlingens tittel:      “Single cell signalling and immune cell profiling in psoriasis”


  1. opponent:               Førsteamanuensis Liv Eidsmo, Karolinska Institute, Sverige
  2. opponent:       Professor Björn Runar Ludviksson, The University Hospital of Iceland
  3. medlem av komiteen: Professor Anne Christine Johannessen, Universitetet i Bergen

Disputasen blir ledet av professor Harald Wiker.

Åpent for alle interesserte



Dear Researchers of the Department of Clinical Medicine (K1), Department of Clinical Science (K2), and Helse-Vest,

The week of the 15th Annual Research Presentations by the Research School in Clinical Medicine has finished with great success.

Despite the limitations coming with a pandemic, we had a satisfactory number of participants in Research School Presentations 2021.

On the first day of the event, 23 projects were presented as a Poster Presentation in three sessions: Diabetes/Obesity/Nutrition, Cardiovascular/Pulmonology/GE, and QoL/Neurologic/Genetic/Basic Science.

The second day of the event was held with 13 projects presented as an Oral Presentation in three sessions:  Basic Science/Cellular, Epidemiology/Clinical Trials, and Cancer/Autoimmunity.

All projects were awarded a Certificate for Successful Participation.

Three projects presented by PhD candidates were awarded “The Best Poster Presentation Award”

  • First place winner:  10 000 NOK

Philipp Strauss: “Transcriptomic Characterization of Renal Cell Carcinoma Patients with Progressive Disease Despite Low Initial Risk of Progression”

  • Second place winner: 5000 NOK

Martha Haugstøyl: “Pro-inflammatory adipose tissue macrophages are associated with insulin resistance in morbidly obese subjects”

  • Third place winner: 3000 NOK

Tonje Bårdsen: “Lung function in extremely preterm born adults over three decades”

Three projects presented by PhD candidates were awarded “The Best Oral Presentation Award”

  • First place winner:  10 000 NOK

Karine Eid: “Perinatal Depression and Anxiety in Women with MS: A Population-Based Cohort Study”

  • Second place winner: 5000 NOK

Elvira García de Jalón: “Repurposing 18F-FMISO for clinical PET/CT imaging of nitroreductase gene-directed enzyme prodrug therapy”

  • Third place winner: 3000 NOK

Vibeke Fosse: “CD24-targeted intraoperative fluorescence image-guided surgery leads to improved cytoreduction of ovarian cancer in a preclinical orthotopic surgical model”

Projects presented by Postdoctoral Researchers/Scientists were nominated for the “Open Class Award”

  • Open Class Award: 10 000 NOK

Helga Midtbø: “Fitness is associated with lower inflammatory markers in obesity: The FATCOR study”

Project received the most votes from the audience was awarded “The People’s Choice Award”

  • “The People’s Choice Award”:

Aishwarya Pavithram: “Functional characterization of HNF1B variants enhance precision medicine in diabetes”

For more details about presented Projects and Award Ceremony, please,  see the files attached to this email.

On behalf of the organizing committee, we extend our congratulations to all participants and winners.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you and your projects in the 16th Annual Research Presentations by the Research School in Clinical Medicine in January 2022.


Mona, Nils, and Nigar



The HSE handbook has now been updated with instructions for importing and working with infectious material. Look here.

A committee for biosafety was established in December 2020. The committee shall be an advisory and approving body at UoB for the import and use of biological risk factors, including genetically modified organisms. More information about this will come later.

Have a great HSE weekend 😊 regards to Siv Lise


Who deserves K2’s Teaching Award?

Teaching is one of our core activites and we want to stimulate GOOD teaching at K2!

This year, we focus on raising awareness about the requirement for teaching education, which now applies to all scientific staff both for novel employees and for applications for the renewal of temporary positions (20% positions). The decree demands 200 hours of courses (about 8 study points). We are working on sharing information regarding courses in teaching and learning, and on finding god solutions for how to facilitate the acquisition of the required education for those in need. “Enhet for læring” (the learning center) at the Faculty of Medicine offers a selection of courses that may be recommended.

Our institute wishes to honour a teacher or teaching environment who has demonstrated an extraordinary effort within the field of teaching or development of innovative teaching and learning programs, by forwarding the K2 Teaching Award (NOK 50’000). Think of a nominee an e-mail the name of your candidate and a brief explanation to by March 15th.

RETHOS is active from 2022. All UGLE must revise descriptions within their fields accordingly, securing that they comply with the requirements in RETHOS as regards form and content. Contact Harald Wiker for help.

The K2 Teaching Award is awarded at the TEACHING DAY May 19th – save the date!

New round of KG Jebsen centers for medical research

A new round of KG Jebsen Centers for Medical Research( is now being announced.  The foundation says it will create two new centers from 2022.

Together with Helse Bergen, the Faculty of Medicine can submit 4 applications to the foundation with an application deadline of May 6. We must therefore have an internal process with fairly short deadlines to select the 4 initiatives invited to the full application (see below). In cooperation with Renate Grüner (research director at Haukeland), Marit Bakke has created a template that is mandatory in the prequalification round  and an evaluation form to be used by the external committee for the sketches in the prequalification round (LINK). The application template and evaluation form are based on what is used by the foundation, but it is still encouraged to read the application form/evaluation criteria to be used for the applications in the second round also now in the first place so that you know what the foundation emphasizes. An application to KGJ must be more focused than an SFF, and the translational aspect must be clear.  Prequalification applications that do not use the specified template or that are missing attachments, or that come in after the deadline will not be considered.

Here’s the plan for this year’s announcement:

  1. January 2021: Announcement published
  2. March 1, 2021 (12:00): Deadline for prequalification application
  3. March 1, 2021: Prequalification applications are submitted to external committee (3 international evaluators)
  4. March 23: Feedback from the committee
  5. No later than March 26: Invitation to 4 academic environment for full application
  6. May 6: Final application deadline for full application
  7. You will find the KGJ Foundation’s further schedule in the announcement text.


  1. KGJ-MED_to-be-announced-3

2. Evaluation criteria and template for the prequalification round at The faculty of Medicine

3. Final template for prequalification

4. SKGJ_Research_plan_template_v0-1-2


The 15th Annual Research Presentations by the Research School in Clinical Medicine

Dear Researchers of the Department of Clinical Medicine (K1), Department of Clinical Science (K2), and Helse-Vest,

We are happy to announce that, the week of the 15th Annual Research Presentations by the Research School in Clinical Medicine has arrived.

As it was previously announced, due to the COVID19 restrictions, all sessions will be held online. Please, click here to join the meeting.

The conference program will be as follows:

  • Wednesday 27th of January 2021, 08:30 – 13:00 – Poster Presentations
  • Thursday 28th of January 2021, 08:30 – 12:30 – Oral Presentations
  • Friday 29th of January 2021, 12:00 – Award Ceremony

You can find more details about the presentations from the InfoPoster.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Annual Research Presentations 2021.

Yours Sincerely,

Mona, Nils, and Nigar

People’s Choice Award: The 15th Annual Research Presentations by the Research School in Clinical Medicine

Dear Researchers of the Department of Clinical Medicine (K1), Department of Clinical Science (K2), and Helse-Vest,

As in previous years, one project selected based on the votes from the audience will be awarded the “People’s Choice Award”.

Everyone is welcome to participate in voting during the event.

Due to the online fashion of the event, this year votes from the audience will be accepted via online poll.

To support your favorite project, please follow the poll link:

Yours Sincerely,

Mona, Nils, and Nigar

Research School Presentation_ InfoPoster 2021

This weeks editorial

Hi everybody!

It is time for the allocation of small research funds (SMÅFORSK). The funds are a joint effort between NFR and UiB. The intention is that the funds should be given to research groups that have not received large grants so that they can start new projects. It can be applied to cover expenses for travel, seminars, courses, materials, technical-administrative assistance and other operating costs.

Requirements for application and criteria for allocation:

– The funds go to researchers who do not have large operating assets already.

– The size of the individual grants is between 15 000-150 000 NOK.

– The funds must be used by 2021  and cannot be transferred.

– Recipients must be active researchers in a permanent scientific position, Prof. II or II.

– Recipients must have applied for external funds in recent years.

Since we have experienced that is does not work optimally to limit the application to research group leaders, as last year all permanent scientific employees (including scientific employees in 10-50% position) can apply. It is done via this link ( Deadline is 14.2.2021

Trond Mohn Research Foundation (TMS) has announced a new round of recruitment grants with a final deadline of March 8 2021. Since there is a limit to the number of nominated candidates each department can promote, we ask interested applicants to submit a 1-2 page sketch describing the candidate, project, research community and candidate’s CV (TMS wants a CV of up to three pages that includes the most important and relevant publications).

The internal deadline is February 1 2021. The sketch and CV can be sent to and

It is worth noting that this scholarship provides an opportunity to bring in external candidates, something both the Foundation and the Faculty of Medicine strongly encourage.

In addition, I want to inform you of the PhD and postdoc positions from the medical faculty for spring 2021. There will be 9 PhD positions (2 of those MNT positions, i.e. reserved for mathematics, natural sciences and technology, and 1 within odontology) and 2 postdoc positions. The ads will be available online and in BT today with an application deadline 14.2.2021.

Have a nice week-end!

Supervisors for main assignments: Think about publishing!

Medical students can write the master’s thesis as an article manuscript, if they and the supervisor so wish. It can be difficult to get the theses up to a level for international publication, so there is no requirement that the manuscript be accepted in the journal for the thesis to be approved. However, the manuscript is required to be submitted for publication.

It is also possible to invest in publication in Norwegian journals. Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association is an opportunity that is highly relevant. In addition, the journal “Kirurgen” has informed us that they are very interested in publishing articles from students. So all supervisors in surgery: also think about the possibility of trying to publish main theses in “Kirurgen”! See «».
Best regards
Arne Tjølsen

CCBIO Research School courses

We are happy to announce the following 3 CCBIO Research School courses for the spring term, and note that if you will join and need the ECTS, registration deadline is February 1st. Registration for ECTS participation is the same for all 3 courses:

  • If you are already enrolled at the University of Bergen (UiB), you apply/register through Studentweb.
  • If you are not enrolled at the UiB but want the ECTS, you apply/register through Søknadsweb, where you simultaneously apply for UiB guest student status.

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Many application opportunities in 2021

We have received the results of last year’s applications to the Research Council, but there is no time to rest. The application deadline for groundbreaking research (FRIPRO) is already 10 February, so applicants must report to the department management so that a project economist can be assigned. It is also possible to get help from our research advisor. In addition to FRIPRO, there is also a call for young research talents, persons under the age of 40 years and between 2 and 7 years after PhD. A three-year research project with international mobility is a brilliant opportunity to work and gain experience abroad. In addition, funding is announced for the use of health data for sustainable health and welfare and global health that could suit some of K2’s research groups.

Of larger calls, we find Large interdisciplinary research project and a new call for K.G. Jebsen Centres in translational medical research. The latter has an application deadline in May and is a 2-step process. UiB and HUS have the opportunity to submit an application for 4 centers in this round.

The Norwegian Cancer Society also has an early application deadline this year, namely 10 March. The same date is also the deadline for Helse Vest’s announcement of innovation projects for 2021. You can apply for funding for new projects at your own company or idea transfer between the full companies.

Last but not least, there will be good opportunities to apply for EU funding this year. The new research program Horizon Europe starts this year with the first announcements this autumn. Many of the calls will suit K2’s researchers

We hope all the research groups at K2 will send applications this year.


Good luck



Vice head, K2

Courses in Supervision in the clinical workplace

Available places in Supervision in the clinical workplace – (

Monday January 25th,  09-12
Monday February 1st, 09-12
Monday February 8th, 09-12

Workshops in creating “Pedagogisk mappe” is offered February 22nd and April 14, 9-12

Ca. 2 houres of preperation must be expected.


NB! These offers are for all scientific staff across program and department affiliations!


(Norsk) Disputas Noreen Butt

Trial lecture:      Friday 22th of January 2021, at 10:15

Subject:            “What can we do to further reduce mortality from coronary artery disease in Norway?”

Dissertation:                    Friday 22th of January, at 12:15

Subject:      “Inflammation and cardioprotection in ST- elevation myocardial infarction”

  1. opponent: Professor Rune Wiseth, NTNU
  2. opponent: Førsteamanuensis Bjørn Bendz, Universitetet i Oslo
  3. member of the comitee: Professor Mai Tone Lønnebakken, Universitetet i Bergen

The dissertation will be led by professor Hartwig Kørner

Open for all.

Digital meetingroom :

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