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World Diabetes Day November 14

I am writing this editorial on the World Diabetes Day. This is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who was one of the discoverers of insulin in 1922.

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.

The World Diabetes Day campaign aims to be the platform to promote by International Diabetes Federation advocacy efforts throughout the year, and to be the global driver to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as a critical global health issue.

The campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that was adopted in 2007 after the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes. The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.

Every year, World Diabetes Day has a specific theme which runs over one or multiple years. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2018-19 is Family and Diabetes.

Several initiatives are also happening in Norway. One is to put emphasis on diabetes research. The Diabetes Association has a long tradition of distributing research funding to a wide range of diabetes research through the Diabetes Association Research Fund. The Diabetes Association’s Research Award was for the first time awarded in 2017, and aims to stimulate more Norwegian diabetes research. The award committee consists of recognized Nordic researchers.

Simon Dankel and I were invited as previous prize winners (Simon won the Research Award for Young Researchers in 2018, I the senior Research Award in 2017) at the award ceremony at the University of Oslo’s Aula and following dinner at Hotel Bristol. Professor Kåre Birkeland at the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital received the Diabetes Association’s Research Award, for his efforts to improve the treatment of type 2 diabetes and to understand the underlying mechanisms of the disease. Postdoctoral candidate Christine Sommer, who won the Research Award for Younger Researchers, has excelled in Norway and internationally for her research on gestational diabetes.

A very special honor was awarded to Professor Emeritus Kristian Folkvord Hanssen at the University of Oslo receiving the King’s Fortjenestemedalje for his long efforts to better treatment of diabetes. Of extra relevance to us here in Bergen is that his grandfather was Olav Hanssen, a former famous physician and researcher at Haukeland University Hospital. Congratulations to the three winners!!!

Enjoy the week end!


We are launching the service portal UiBhjelp

From November 11th you will find UiBhjelp on UiBhjelp is a self-service portal for employees and students at UiB.

UiBhjelp gives you as a user one way in, whether you need information about our services, need to report a computer problem, need to order something or you are looking for updated PowerPoint templates.

What happens on November 11th?

  • UiBhjelp replaces Issue-tracker as of November 11th
  • Issue-tracker will not shut down, but you may no longer register new issues here
  • As of November 11th you must use UiBhjelp to register your issue or request
  • If you have issues registered before November 11th, these will be resolved in Issue-tracker

UiBhjelp will not be complete when it is launched. You will find some information and services, and UiBhjelp will be supplied with more content and functionality as it comes into use.

To make UiBhjelp as user friendly as possible, we need your help. We hope you will contribute with your feedback and suggestions to how UiBhjelp may become better. You may do this in UiBhjelp or by participating in the open team UiBhjelp og Felles servicesenter (Microsoft Teams).

Do you want to know more?

Please go to the web pages of Prosjekt Tjenesteutvikling.

Prosjekt Tjenesteutvikling

(Norwegian) Ny kontaktinformasjon for Kortsenteret, Eiendomsavdelingen fra 11.november 2019

Som en del av ny felles tjenesteportal (UiBhjelp) og en vei inn til sentraladministrasjonen vil Kortsenteret være operative i UiBhjelp ( fra 11.november.

Alle henvendelser fra kortansvarlige, ansatte og studenter til Kortsenteret som f.eks. gjelder adgangskort, tilgang til bygg, åpning/lukking av dører mm. skal fra samme dato skje via UiBhjelp. Kortsenteret vil behandle og besvare alle henvendelser via UiBhjelp.

Foreløpig er det kun påloggende brukere (ansatte og studenter) som kan benytte UiBhjelp.

Diverse skjema som tidligere har lagt på ansattsidene er nå overført til UiBhjelp. Bla. bestilling av adgangskort for ansatte. Det vil bli opprettet egne skjema for bestilling av endrede åpningstider, bestilling av endrede tilganger for ansatte og studenter mm.
Det som gjelder adgangskort og tilgang til bygg finner dere informasjon om under menyene (kalles flisene) «Campus» og «Bestille noe».

Henvendelser på mail vil kun bli besvart med en henvisning til å legge saken inn i UiBhjelp.
Det er kun henvendelser fra eksterne som vil bli besvart per mail inntil disse også kan håndteres via UiBhjelp.

Kunnskapsdatabasen på UiBhjelp er under oppbygging. Informasjon, samt spørsmål/svar vedr. Kortsenterets ansvarsområder er lagt ut. Men vi håper ansatte og studenter vil bidra til å gjøre denne enda bedre ved å gi tilbakemeldinger via UiBhjelp på informasjon dere savner, som må korrigeres, som må tydeliggjøres etc.
Bruk muligheten for å gi tilbakemelding som ligger nederst på hvert kunnskapskort (informasjonsside med spørsmål/svar).

Vi ser fram til å fortsatt yte god service for våre brukere i et nytt, felles system ved UiB.

Vennlig hilsen

Seminar series centre for nutrition, Wednesday 20th November

The Centre for Nutrition at UiB invites to a new seminar in the series of lectures on nutrition. The series addresses key challenges in nutrition and health.

Time: Wednesday November 20th  at 14.30-15.30

Venue: Auditorium 4, BB Building, Jonas Lies vei 91

Obesity and cancer

Speaker: Nils Halberg

Moderator: Simon E. Nitter Dankel

Dr. Halberg completed his graduate studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2009. Working in the laboratory of Dr. Philipp Scherer at the UT Southwestern Medical Center he studied the functional role of hypoxia and fibrosis in obese white adipose tissue. He did postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Sohail Tavazoie at the Rockefeller University studying the mechanisms of metastatic secretory programs in breast cancer. In 2015, he moved to the University of Bergen to start his academic laboratory in the Department of Biomedicine. His laboratory seeks to better our understanding of the mechanistic connection between obesity and cancer.

Obesity and overweight is consistently linked to tumor initiation and progression across 13 tumors types. This currently rank obesity as the second leading preventable cause of cancer right behind smoking. Although the epidemiological evidence is overwhelming the cellular mechanisms behind the link between obesity and cancer has been elusive. We propose a model wherein cancer cell adaptation to an obese environment leads to a cell differentiation towards a cancer stem cell phenotype through chromatin remodeling.

There will be light refreshments.


The 56th Winter Contact meeting of the Norwegian Biochemical Society (NBS)

Dear all,
Winter Is Coming!
…and with it, the 56th Winter Contact meeting of the Norwegian
Biochemical Society (NBS).
For the first time, it will take place at the Park Hotel Vossevangen in
Voss, from January 23rd to 26th, 2020.
Registration and Abstract submission are now OPEN. We provide reduced
prices for Master and PhD students. All prices include registration fee,
hotel room and all meals – including the banquet dinner.
The board of the NBS Bergen branch is organizing the meeting and we are
happy to present a program with highly recognized international
speakers, including the EMBO Keynote lecture that will open the meeting.
Poster sessions and parallel mini symposia will cover all areas of
biological, biochemical, biomedical and bioinformatical research. These
provide opportunities to present your exciting new results, projects or
infrastructures of national interest.
The Annual Contact Meeting is a great opportunity to meet your
colleagues, network, share and present your data, and get inspired for
the next decisive experiment. There will also be the possibility for
skiing and using the brand new Voss Gondol :).

You find more information in the attached flyer and on the homepage.

See you all in Voss!
Best regards
The organizing committee, NBS Bergen

Public defense – Irene Valakerw

Irene Valakerw will defend her PhD thesis on Friday 29th November 2019

Trial lecture: Friday 29th November 2019 at 10.15.
Topic: «Mixed methods» eller «multi methods»? Definisjon, design og bruksområder
Place: Auditorium 4, BB-bygget, Jonas Liesvei 91

Public defense: Friday 29th November 2019 at 12.15.
Title of dissertation«Continuity of care across care levels in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention»
Place: Auditorium 4, BB-bygget, Jonas Liesvei 91

1st opponent: Førsteamanuensis Torstein Hole, NTNU
2nd opponent: Førsteamanuensis Edith L. Roth Gjevjon, Lovisenberg Diakonale Høgskole
3rd member of the comittee: Førsteamanuensis II Venny Lise Kvalheim, Universitetet i Bergen

The defense will be led by Professor emeritus Ernst Omenaas.

PhD defense – Ronja Kristine Hoddø Hesthammer

Ronja Kristine Hoddø Hesthammer will defend her PhD thesis on Friday 22nd November 2019

Trial lecture: Friday 22nd November 2019 at 10.30.
Topic: “Pathophysiology and complications in decompression sickness: aspects of saturation diving in human”
Place: Auditorium, AHH, Haukelandsveien 28

Public defense: Friday 22nd November 2019 at 12.30.
Title of dissertation: “Tetrahydrobiopterin and nitric oxide synthesis after exposure to hyperoxia and simulated diving. An experimental study in human endothelial cells and healthy humans”
Place: Auditorium, AHH, Haukelandsveien 28

1st opponent: Professor Thomas Nyström, Karolinska Institutet, Sverige
2nd opponent: Ph.d. Andreas Møllerløkken, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
3rd member of the comittee: Professor Linda Elin Birkhaug Stuhr, Universitetet i Bergen

The defense will be led by Professor Ketil Grong.

New publications

Here are recent publications with contributions from K2 based on last week’s search on PubMed (and optionally articles that have not been included in previous lists). This time the list includes in total 14 recent publications. The entries appear in the order they were received from NCBI. If you have publications that are not included in this or previous lists, please send the references to Hege F. Berg.

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How can you increase innovation in your lab? How can you combine being a scientist and a health innovator?

These are some of the topics that will be discussed at the innovation intro course for professors to be held in Trondheim at the end of this month. The School of Health Innovation is a collaborate initiative between UIO, NTNU and Karolinska Institute aiming to provide life science researchers and clinicians with tools and insight into how innovation can be put to work for the benefit of patients, the healthcare system and our society. The course was initiated in 2017 delivering courses to life science PhDs, post-docs and clinicians from Nordic universities. There is no course fee, and lunch/dinner is covered by the School of Health Innovation. Participants cover expenses for accommodation and travel. There are only 20 slots available for this course, so please sign up! If you are interested please register by 15 November, by sending your CV to Bjarte Reve, project manager for School of Health Innovation (HIS)

Program – School of Health innovation for professors(pdf)
Learning outcomes
After completion of the course the participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the opportunities of health innovation and entrepreneurship for utilization of research
  • Increase innovation and productivity in your lab/research group
  • Utilize incentives in order to increase innovation in your lab/department
  • Apply scientific background and knowledge of health innovation to address challenges and develop services and products within a clinical setting and a biopharma/medtech setting
  • Use various business tools for ideation and feasibility studies; to develop, prototype and test solutions to user needs
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the Tech Transfer Office and other innovation support actors can support the commercialization process
  • Apply the basics in financing a startup company from private and governmental funding bodies
  • Assess their skills in health innovation and reflect on the exploitation of their own research
  • Combine being a scientist and a health innovator/entrepreneur

When & where
Dates: 28-29 November 2019.
Venue:Det Kongelige Norske Vitenskapers Selskap, Elvegata 17,Trondheim
Hotel for participants: Quality Hotel Augustin

(Norwegian) Forskningsenhet for helseundersøkelser (FHU)

Forskningsenhet for helseundersøkelser (FHU) er en kjernefasilitet ved Universitetet i Bergen. FHU er et samarbeid mellom Det medisinske fakultetet (MF) og Haukeland universitetssykehus (HUS) og administrativt underlagt Klinisk institutt 2 (K2). FHU er etablert med økonomisk støtte fra Trond Mohn stiftelse (TMS).

FHU bistår forskningsgrupper innen ulike fagmiljøer og kan drive både observasjonsstudier, intervensjonsstudier, befolkningsstudier, longitudinelle studier, samt barnestudier. Studier utføres på friske personer og pasienter med lettere sykdomstilstander som ikke krever sykehusinfrastruktur.

Se video om FHU her.


PhD defense – Christel Gill Haanshuus

Christel Gill Haanshuus will defend her PhD thesis on Tuesday 12th November 2019

Trial lecture: Tuesday 12th November 2019 at 10.15.
Topic: “Diagnostikk av malaria: Metodologiske aspekter hos reisende og i endemiske områder”
Place: Auditorium 4, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91

Public defense: Tuesday 12th November 2019 at 12.15.
Title of dissertation:“PCR based Malaria diagnostics – Method development and application”
Place: Auditorium 4, BB-bygget, Jonas Lies vei 91

1st opponent: Associate Professor Michael Alifrangis, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2nd opponent: Professor Anna Farnert, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
3rd member of the comittee: Professor emerita Birgitta Åsjø, Universitetet i Bergen

The defense will be led by professor Ola Myklebost.

New publications

Here are recent publications with contributions from K2 based on last week’s search on PubMed (and optionally articles that have not been included in previous lists). This time the list includes in total 15 recent publications. The entries appear in the order they were received from NCBI. If you have publications that are not included in this or previous lists, please send the references to Hege F. Berg.

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A little more about the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology 2019

This year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology was awarded to William G. Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza for the discovery of how cells sense oxygen and adapt their metabolism to different oxygen levels. Their findings are of great clinical relevance and explain, among other things, how erythrocyte formation is regulated and the mechanism for the development of various cancers as also discussed in the K2-editorial in Week 42.

I think it is interesting that all the three award winners are clinicians and have approached the problem of oxygen sensing from different angles. The paediatrician Semenza and the nephrologist Ratcliffe studied erythropoietin regulation, while oncologist Kaelin’s approach was to understand a rare tumour syndrome characterized by stress hormone-producing tumours in the adrenal medulla (phaeochromocytoma), angioblastomas in the central nervous system, and multifocal renal cancer (von Hippel Lindau’s syndrome (VHL)). He found that the VHL protein forms a complex with hypoxia-inducible factor 1-alpha (HIF1a) that leads to degradation of HIF1a. Lack of VHL generates a hypoxic signal eventually leading to angiogenesis and tumour formation.

What can we learn from them? Perhaps one message is that it is difficult to predict where the next major medical breakthrough will come from, and that too much ear marking of research resources in specific directions (read research programs) is less fruitful than letting scientists choose their own problems to study. As one research leader put it: “We don’t care what you do; we want you to be one of the leaders in your field”. Another tenet is the power of translational research in which studies of rare monogenic diseases can lead to breakthroughs in the understanding of basic physiological mechanisms that, in turn, open up to the development of new exciting therapies.

Let this year’s Nobel Prize be an inspiration for good translational research


(Norwegian) Forespørsel om tema for bacheloroppgaver i human ernæring

Kjære kollegaer og stipendiater,

Våren 2020 skal studenter på bachelorprogrammet i human ernæring skrive en bacheloroppgave. Oppgaven skal utgjøre 15 studiepoeng, som tilsvarer ca. 6 uker fulltidsarbeid. Målet med oppgaven er å gi studentene erfaring med ernæringsvitenskapelig arbeid, i form av planlegging, gjennomføring og presentasjon av et vitenskapelig prosjekt. Oppgaven kan være en begrenset empirisk oppgave eller en litteraturoppgave (review). Litteraturoppgaver er anbefalt, og den skal helst være en ‘systematisk review’. Studentene får opplæring i litteratursøk og skriveteknikk som en del av emnet. Veiledningen vil i hovedsak fokusere på vitenskapelig innhold. Erfaringer fra i fjor viste at det er lurt å finne et begrenset tema med ukontroversiell litteratur.

I den forbindelse ønsker Programutvalg i ernæring forslag til ernæringsrelaterte temaer for bacheloroppgaver. Studentene begynner på oppgaven i januar 2020. Innlevering av oppgaven er fastsatt til tidlig i mai, og muntlig eksamen (inntil 30 minutt med presentasjon og diskusjon) skal holdes i slutten av mai.

Emnebeskrivelse for bacheloroppgaven finner dere her.

Programutvalget ber om en kort beskrivelse (max. 1/2 side) av aktuell(e) bacheloroppgave(r) innen 4. januar. Bruk gjerne denne malen og send den på e-post til

Oppgavene vil bli presentert for studentene på et møte tidlig i januar 2020. Det er ønskelig at veileder er tilstede på presentasjonen.

Informasjon om bachelorprogrammet finner dere på web her.

Hilsen Programutvalget i ernæring

(Norwegian) Forespørsel om tema for masteroppgaver i klinisk og human ernæring

I forbindelse med at studentene på masterprogrammene i klinisk og human ernæring skal skrive en masteroppgave, etterlyser Programutvalget for ernæring nye masteroppgaver i ernæring. Masteroppgaven skal gi 60 studiepoeng og er beregnet til to semester fulltidsstudium. Studentene velger oppgave innen april 2020, og arbeidet med oppgaven blir høsten 2020 – våren 2021. Studentene skal få oppnevnt maks to veiledere i forbindelse med arbeidet med masteroppgaven. Enten hoved- eller biveileder må være tilsatt ved Universitetet i Bergen.

Programutvalget ber om en kort beskrivelse (max. 1 side) av forskergruppe og aktuell(e) masteroppgave(r) så snart som mulig. Bruk gjerne denne malen og send på e-post til Oppgavene vil bli presentert for studentene på et møte 21. november, kl. 13-16. De som har sendt inn oppgaver tidligere år, men fortsatt ønsker studenter i tilknytning til prosjektet, bes sende inn oppgavene på nytt.

Programutvalget nedsetter en komité som skal godkjenne alle tema før de presenteres for studentene. Dersom oppgaven er av klinisk karakter bør det være en kliniker som er veileder. Det tillates normalt maks to studenter tilknyttet et prosjekt. Emnebeskrivelsen for masteroppgaven i de to masterprogrammene finnes her:

Vennligst spre forespørselen til aktuelle ved din avdeling/institusjon. Ta kontakt med leder for programutvalget, Jutta Dierkes: eller Sigrun Stefnisdottir: dersom dere har spørsmål.

Hilsen Siri

CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium November 7th

We have the pleasure of inviting you to our CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium (JUSS) November 7th, 2019!
The keynote speaker, Carina Strell from Karolinska Intitutet, Sweden, will present how the microenvironment affects cancer progression and treatment response. In addition, we will hear interesting studies from local junior researchers. Join us for a perfect occasion for professional input and networking!
Open for all and free, including lunch.
When: November 7th 2019 10.00-14:00
Where: Conference room, BB-building (across the hall from the auditoria)
Program: can be found in this poster
Registration: At Registration deadline: November 5th at noon.
Postdocs Kenneth Finne and Cornelia Schuster are chairs and can be contacted for questions.

MSD Lunch and Learn Seminar Invitation November 7th

Learn about the Mesoscale multiplex immunoassay platform. The platform offers solutions ranging from validated assays for research & clinical biomarkers to open platform assays allowing you to create your own multiplex/singleplex assays in Human, Rodent and NHP.

Date: Thursday, November 7th, 2019
Time: 11:30-12.30
Location: Seminar room 5.1/5.2, Laboratory building, 5th floor

Registration not needed – but if you sign up, no later than November 5th, we will provide a sandwich.
Registration: Janne Pleidrup Andersen

More information here.

Invitation to Single Cell and Spatial Transcriptomics Scientific Seminar November 19th

The Core facility for flow cytometry has received a 10x Chromium Controller instrument for single cell sequencing. The instrument is available for use through their booking system. In conjunction with the purchase, 10x will host a scientific seminar for researchers with an interest in single cell Gene Expression analysis and spatial transcriptomics.

Single cell sequencing has revolutionized life science research leading to a deeper understanding of biological processes in health and disease. Rapid technology advances are enabling large-scale projects for resolving single cell populations from 100s to millions of cells in a given study.

In this seminar we will introduce a combined workflow with optimized sample preparation and demonstrate a variety of single cell applications.

For registration and more information, visit

Date and Time
Auditorium 4, BB-building
Tue, November 19, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

New publications

Here are recent publications with contributions from K2 based on last week’s search on PubMed (and optionally articles that have not been included in previous lists). This time the list includes in total 17 recent publications. The entries appear in the order they were received from NCBI. If you have publications that are not included in this or previous lists, please send the references to Hege F. Berg.

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The OWLS prepare for landing…

It is hard to keep track regarding the variety of teaching and teachers affiliated with K2 and participating in the range of University initiated subjects within the programs of dentistry, medicine, nutrition and pharmacy. Each program are using teachers across departments. With K2’s organizational structure the Research group leaders are those formally “in line” but their main focus are regarding the group/participants’ research. To fully be aware of each of their group members’ participation and competence regarding teaching may not be on top of the leadership agenda.

K2 therefore has initiated a process to bring forward the teaching responsibilities we hold at our department and propose the function called UGLE (OWL); Norwegian UndervisningsGruppeLEder (Group leader for teaching/education). The UGLE should hold a permanent academic position and within the specified subject allocated, surveil all the teachers at K2 within this subject, across research groups.

The working group has proposed a mandate and suggested who will be honored with the first 2-year round of being an UGLE. We have also named their vice-UGLE who should step up during UGLE-absence and as UGLE for the following period.

I would ask all of You teachers to look through the mandate; are the functions amended to the UGLEs appropriate?  Are there teaching areas/subjects that we are unaware of? Do You find which UGLE cover your teaching area(s)? The working group really need Your feedback to correct the mandate before we release the UGLEs.

Another matter: as mentioned in K2-nytt before summer break: K2 will prioritize bioinformatics. We thus embark on a survey regarding what You as academics consider needed to be provided of bioinformatics education. Anagha Joshi (the K2 affiliated bioinformatician) will submit at questionnaire to the academic staff. I hope most of you will provide answers: WHAT are Your needs? Hopefully then we may tailor the bioinformatics education to the different needs within K2.