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Domain names discontinued

We are planning completion of a long process of shutting down the server “Elle”. It will be shut down on 18 June 2016. This will make the domain names listed below invalid.

If some of these domains shall still be used, they need to be moved to another server. Those who want to have their domain names redirected to another site/location should register  an issue to that effect in Issue-tracker.

All traffic from will be redirected to the new portal

Please feel free to contact Michael Eric Menk ( if you have any questions regardin the discontinuation.

The IT Department Continue reading

UiB’s representative in Tokyo comes to MOF Friday 17 June

Friday 17 June at 9 am Dr. Hiroshi Matsumoto, the University’s representative in Tokyo, will visit the Faculty. He wants to meet researchers with cooperation or interest in Japan.

The aim of the meeting is primarily to introduce Hiroshi Matsumoto and his work in Tokyo and get a briefing on the faculty’s activities, but he would also like to meet interested researchers.

Those wishing to attend the meeting should contact Torunn Olsnes at the research section by 13 June.

Candidates for NRC’s awards

The Research Council’s awards, deadline June 17th, To be submittet through the Institute.

The Research Council bestows four prestigious awards on researchers and innovators each year: the Award for Outstanding Research, the Award for Young Outstanding Researchers, the Award for Excellence in Communication of Science and the Innovation Award. For more information follow this link.

Information Meetings Digital Life and Infrastructure

Information meetings regarding Norwegian Research Council calls on Digital Life and Infrastructure. Also schedule regarding applications to Infrastructure. More information here

For more on the information meeting 6 June regarding Digital Life, please follow this link.
For more on the information meeting 16 June regarding Infrastructure see here, and for time schedule see here.

New Publications

Based on last week’s search for “Department of Clinical Science AND Bergen”. If you have publications which are not covered by this search, send the reference to

Laryngeal response patterns influence the efficacy of mechanical assisted cough in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Andersen T, Sandnes A, Brekka AK, Hilland M, Clemm H, Fondenes O, Tysnes OB, Heimdal JH, Halvorsen T, Vollsæter M, Røksund OD.
Thorax. 2016 May 12

Readmission and mortality one year after acute hospitalization in older patients with explained and unexplained anemia – a prospective observational cohort study.
Abrahamsen JF, Monsen AL, Landi F, Haugland C, Nilsen RM, Ranhoff AH.
BMC Geriatr. 2016 May 24;16(1):109.

Blue-blocking glasses as additive treatment for mania: a randomized placebo-controlled trial.
Henriksen TE, Skrede S, Fasmer OB, Schoeyen H, Leskauskaite I, Bjørke-Bertheussen J, Assmus J, Hamre B, Grønli J, Lund A.
Bipolar Disord. 2016 May;18(3):221-32.

Maternal plasma total neopterin and kynurenine/tryptophan levels during pregnancy in relation to asthma development in the offspring.
Magnus MC, Karlstad Ø, Midtun Ø, Håberg SE, Tunheim G, Parr CL, Nafstad P, London SJ, Nilsen RM, Ueland PM, Nystad W.
J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2016 Apr 20.

Humoral, T-cell and B-cell immune responses to seasonal influenza vaccine in solid organ transplant recipients receiving anti-T cell therapies.
Héquet D, Pascual M, Lartey S, Pathirana RD, Bredholt G, Hoschler K, Hullin R, Meylan P, Cox RJ, Manuel O.
Vaccine. 2016 May 21.

New Publications

Based on last week’s search for “Department of Clinical Science AND Bergen”. If you have publications which are not covered by this search, send the reference to

Lipodystrophy Due to Adipose Tissue Specific Insulin Receptor Knockout Results in Progressive NAFLD.
Softic S, Boucher J, Solheim MH, Fujisaka S, Haering MF, Homan EP, Winnay J, Perez-Atayde AR, Kahn CR.
Diabetes. 2016 May 10.

Adipose tissue is prominent in salivary glands of Sjögren’s syndrome patients and appears to influence the microenvironment in these organs.
Skarstein K, Aqrawi LA, Øijordsbakken G, Jonsson R, Jensen JL.
Autoimmunity. 2016 May 20:1-9.

Postinfectious and sporadic functional gastrointestinal disorders have different prevalences and rates of overlap: results from a controlled cohort study 3 years after acute giardiasis.
Wensaas KA, Hanevik K, Hausken T, Eide GE, Langeland N, Mørch K, Rortveit G.
Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2016 May 18.

Epidemiology and health related quality of life in hypoparathyroidism in Norway.
Astor MC, Løvås K, Debowska A, Eriksen EF, Evang JA, Fossum C, Fougner KJ, Holte SE, Lima K, Moe RB, Myhre AG, Kemp EH, Nedrebø BG, Svartberg J, Husebye ES.
J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016 May 17:jc20161477.

Personality and overweight in 6-12-year-old children.
Hampson SE, Vollrath ME, Júlíusson PB.
Pediatr Obes. 2015 Oct;10(5):e5-7.

The New K2 strategy plan 2016-18

Per BakkeThe new K2 strategy has been formally approved by the Institute board after the draft of the plan has been commented by various groups at K2. The plan is Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Realistic and Time specific (SMART). The plan comprises the following areas: research, teaching, recruitment, infrastructure and competence as well as dissemination.

You might argue that it’s OK with a strategy plan. However it should not influence me and my daily work.  My answer would be that the plan will affect all of us in one way or the other, be it new teaching- or student evaluation methods, K2 support for grant applications, recruitment plans, HSE initiative in the labs or assessment of the psychosocial environment.

The strategy plan covers slightly more than one page. I expect all of you to read it. I can promise that the institute will use it actively and provide an annual update as to the status of the implementation of the plan.


The HSE Corner

Remember to register HSE nonconfomities!

In the autumn of 2015 MOF introduced an electronic system for reporting HSE nonconformities. Knowledge of HSE nonconformities provides the basis for UoB to prevent and follow up harm to people, environment and property. We ask that everyone use the system to register HSE nonconformities.

Read more about the system and HSE nonconformities in the HSE portal,
and register nonconformities here.

Emergency Power Supply Test Moved to June 8

The emergency power supply test at Haukeland University Hospital is postponed from 1 June to 8 June. The reason for this is the need to test the emergency features of Marie Joy’s house in an ordinary emergency power supply test. This is to identify any problems that must be corrected before moving into Marie Joy’s House and this can’t be done before 8 June.

Drift/teknisk kundesenter, Drift/teknisk divisjon
Besøksadresse: Verkstedbygg 1. etasje
Åpningstider: mandag-fredag kl. 07:00-16:00
Tlf. 77100

New Price for “Coffee Sticks”

13271451_1020784874682947_1307456970_oIn the expedition you can buy “coffee sticks” for use in coffee machines in the halls of the lab building. You pay a deposit of 100 kr that you get back when you return the stick. In addition you pay for the value that is incorporated in the stick. Previously each stick contained 100 kr, and the total price was 200 kr. The sticks now contain 200 kr, and the new price is 300 kr.

New Publications

Based on last week’s search for “Department of Clinical Science AND Bergen”. If you have publications which are not covered by this search, send the reference to

Diffusion capacity and CT measures of emphysema and airway wall thickness – relation to arterial oxygen tension in COPD patients.
Saure EW, Bakke PS, Lind Eagan TM, Aanerud M, Jensen RL, Grydeland TB, Johannessen A, Nilsen RM, Thorsen E, Hardie JA.
Eur Clin Respir J. 2016 May 12;3:29141.

Analysis of Intracellular Ca(2+) Mobilization in Human NK Cell Subsets by Flow Cytometry.
Theorell J, Bryceson YT.
Methods Mol Biol. 2016;1441:117-30.

Vitamin B-6 catabolism and long-term mortality risk in patients with coronary artery disease.
Ulvik A, Pedersen ER, Svingen GF, McCann A, Midttun Ø, Nygård O, Ueland PM.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 May 11.

Expression of Heat Shock Protein 27 in Melanoma Metastases Is Associated with Overall Response to Bevacizumab Monotherapy: Analyses of Predictive Markers in a Clinical Phase II Study.
Schuster C, Akslen LA, Straume O.
PLoS One. 2016 May 11;11(5):e0155242.

PNKP Mutations Identified by Whole-Exome Sequencing in a Norwegian Patient with Sporadic Ataxia and Edema.
Tzoulis C, Sztromwasser P, Johansson S, Gjerde IO, Knappskog P, Bindoff LA.
Cerebellum. 2016 May 10.

Recurrent hormone-binding domain truncated ESR1 amplifications in primary endometrial cancers suggest their implication in hormone independent growth.
Holst F, Hoivik EA, Gibson WJ, Taylor-Weiner A, Schumacher SE, Asmann YW, Grossmann P, Trovik J, Necela BM, Thompson EA, Meyerson M, Beroukhim R, Salvesen HB, Cherniack AD.
Sci Rep. 2016 May 10;6:25521.

Wants to Make K2 International – again

Our April Fool jokeEystein 2 “Will make K2 international” was quite successful. Many thought the joke was funny, others reported that the idea was actually very good and wanted to join. Therefore, we will now consider the proposal – seriously this time. I can reassure everyone that the visit to an “elite university” in Hawaii is not included in the plan, but the department management will during 2016 visit UoBs new office in Brussels.

The head of the office, that is a collaboration with NTNU and SINTEF, is newly employed and his name is Kristof Vlaeminck. Vlaeminck has experience from both research and research funding and is currently national contact point for FP7 and Horizon 2020 and the Belgian delegate to the Horizon 2020’s program committee for the discipline “Secure Societies”.

The EU office has ambitions to keep UoB updated on the research developments in the EU, as well as being of concrete assistance to researchers who want to build networks or establish consortiums. They also have meeting rooms that can be used by researchers from UoB. The next few weeks Vlaeminck will visit UoB, and hopefully also our department, so that we can get “firsthand” knowledge of how best to utilize this opportunity.

The research department at UoB prioritises international networking and will provide support to researchers who want to establish contacts and write applications. Concretely K2 sent a COST action application this April, and the research department played a very central role in the writing process.

K2 is doing well in the international arena already, partly visible through numerous publications in very highly rated journals like the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature and Science in recent years. This illustrates the importance of international networks and how we can use these to become internationally leading.

Finally, we will use the leeway to employ a new research advisor, not to travel to Hawaii …

Good luck with network building!


The HSE Corner

Introduction EcoExposure

UoB are obliged to keep records of staff and students who are or may be exposed to substances that can cause serious illnesses over time. UoB and K2 will use EcoExposure as their exposure registry. Bente-Lise Lillebø from the HSE department will inform about the system and how to use it. Users will register exposures in EcoExposure but coordinators and administrators are to provide access to users in their group. The first meeting will be held in late May and is for administrators and coordinators. There will be separate information meetings for all users before the summer – information about the meetings are to come. Read more about EcoExposure by following this link.

Solar Shading in the Lab Building

The solar protection on the outside of the windows of the lab-building does not work as it should, and the consequence is that the offices on the south side become very hot during the day.

HUS report that they have trouble with the control of the blinds, but they will carry out a test of the system at the end of May.

Energy. What will save us? Major social challenges

UiBDear Colleagues,
Saturday 21 May at 2 pm we will discuss the social challenge of energy restructuring in the University Aula.
Rector Dag Rune Olsen will hold the welcome speech and Professor Inga Berre will give us an update on new research. There will be a debate with Simona Petroncini (sun entrepreneur with experience from BKK), Terje Breivik (national politician), Håvard Haarstad (human geographer) and Lars-Henrik Paarup Michelsen (CEO of the Norwegian Climate Foundation).
See also this page .
This meeting is a collaboration between UiB and Bergens Tidende.
Hilde Sandvik leads the debate. Free entrance.

Knut Helland,
Dean, Professor
Faculty of Social Sciences


14th Annual CHFR Symposium on Heart Failure

Norheart CfHFR

September 21-23 2016, Holmenkollen Park Hotel, Oslo

You are invited to a symposium on recent advances in basic and clinical heart research. The symposium is open to all clinical and basic researchers, and provides a unique meeting place for regional, national and international interaction. PhD students of the PhD School of Heart Research (NORHEART) are especially encouraged to participate, and are entitled to receive study points and refund of travel expenses. Become a member of NORHEART here.
Registration (before August 15, 2016) Continue reading

Course for ERC Starting and Consolidator applicants for the 2017 or 2018 calls

UiBWe would like to draw your attention to a course for ERC Starting and Consolidator applicants for the 2017 or 2018 calls that we will have in Bergen on August 17th.
The course will be given by Beacontech and will consist of a half-day course plus the possibility to meet the consultants individually. Lunch will be provided, the course will take place at Hotel Ørnen in the center of Bergen.
Please forward this link to your departments, research groups and also individuals who might be interested to attend.

Registration closes on August 12th.
I hope that this is of interest to your younger researchers. Should they have other questions about ERC they can also consult the ERC pages  or contact Anja (

Please note that registration for our Advanced grant course on June 9th at Vilvite is still possible!