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Broegelmann lecture

Dear all,

This year’s Broegelmann lecture will be held the 30th May. It is given by Professor Marie Wahren Herlenius, Professor at KI and Professor II at UiB. She has a longstanding interest in Sjögren’s syndrome and has used Sjögren’s patient material to dissect underlying molecular mechanisms of sexual dimorphism in autoimmune diseases. We can look forward to an interesting seminar!

Best regards,


Improve Your Academic Writing and Presentation skills in English

Mastering academic English is as important as mastering your discipline itself. This is a Course for PhD candidates and Postdoctoral fellows who want to improve their academic writing and presentation skills in English. We will group participants from the faculties according to the list below as far as possible.

More information here

Joint MRCRM-TOR seminar on May 19

Mohn Research Centre for Regenerative Medicine (MRCRM) and Center of Translational Oral Research (TOR) at IKO-UiB welcome you to our upcoming joint seminar on May 19, 2022.

How close are we to biofabricated steak meat?

Please note the forthcoming (digital) speaker Prof. Shoji Takeuchi, a world-leading researcher in biofabrication and biohybrid systems.

He will update us on his latest developments on realizing steak meat with its original texture in his talk entitled “From lab to fork: 3D tissue engineering for meat production”.

Time: May 19, 11:30-12:30 CET
Venue: Auditorium Armauer Hansens hus (AHH) or digital at Teams.
Link to the abstract: “From lab to fork: 3D tissue engineering for meat production”.

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served outside the auditorium (no registration required).

New publications from K2 colleagues

Najafian B, Silvestroni A, Sokolovskiy A, et al. A novel unbiased method reveals progressive podocyte globotriaosylceramide accumulation and loss with age in females with Fabry disease. Kidney Int. Published online April 26, 2022:S0085-2538(22)00341-6.

Strand K, Stiglund N, Haugstøyl ME, et al. Subtype-specific surface proteins on adipose tissue macrophages and their association to obesity-induced insulin resistance. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2022;13:856530.

Have you recently published a paper? Send it to me, and I will include it in the next newsletter.



Dear all of you!

I will use this week’s leader to remind you of two things: RETTE and the teaching day.

I am responsible to follow-up projects at K2 in RETTE, therefore I just have to ask everyone to check that all the necessary information has been transferred from REK (and as of today there are some projects that require change in RETTE). When you log in to the system (, you will have the opportunity to fill in more information about the project and answer some questions and then confirm the project. It is the project managers who are responsible for doing this.

RETTE was established by UiB to comply with GDPR and to ensure that key legislation is followed. UiB shall have an overview and control of all research projects and student assignments that process personal data. Medical/health research projects need approval from REK. Some projects have a consulting duty with the data protection officer, and NSD (Norwegian Centre for Research Data) can help to assess privacy. After assessment or approval, information from NSD and REK is transferred to RETTE.

Finally, I want to remind all of you of The Teaching Day 18 May at 12-15:15 which I hope many will attend. The program for the day can be found in K2nytt today. Remember to sign up:


Have a nice weekend!

CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium May 12, Aud Glasblokkene (incl. lunch) and in ZOOM.

Dear all,

May boasts of great CCBIO events, including the upcoming CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium May 12, 2022 (deadline May 9 at 11.00 for onsite participation). Open for all!

We are very excited that Henriette Christie Ertsås (Forskning Til Folket) will be the keynote presenter this time, asking if scientific discovery can ever be compatible with the reigning publishing model, without science and society falling prey. Local junior researchers will present topics related to breast cancer, including how AGR2 relates to aggressive features and the relationship between tumor hypoxia and metastasis. And maybe we will learn where to find fantastic antibodies against the influenza virus?

We are very pleased to be able to meet in person, but the symposium will also be open for digital attendance. Please register within May 9th at 11.00 for those of you who want to attend in person. There is no registration deadline for digital attendance.

When: May 12, 2022, 09:00-12:45 (Norwegian time)

Where: Auditorium Glasblokkene (Haukelandsbakken 15), and also available in Zoom (logon details will be sent to registered participants)

Program: can be found here.

Registration: At (Also 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 Maria and Hanna.

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

Datathon in Bergen / Eitri Medical Incubator 16. – 19. September

Eitri Medical Datathon 2022 is an effort to unleash the potential of data in healthcare and takes place from September 16th to 19th 2022 at Eitri in Bergen, Norway.

Leo Celi from MIT will help facilitate the workshop/datathon. Celi is best known for bringing together clinicians and data scientists to collect and analyze data routinely collected during the healthcare process.

The aim of the Eitri datathon is to utilize previously admitted patients’ data  from the emergency room to answer important clinical research questions.

“An equally important aim is to bring together clinicians, data scientist, engineers, industry, and investors for interdisciplinary collaboration aiming to provide better healthcare in the Bergen Hospital, and to the world”, says Director of Eitri, Torleif Markussen Lunde.

Key stakeholders from Haukeland Hospital, HVL, University of Bergen, Curie and Eureka student organizations, have agreed to participate. Clinicians, students, industry, and professors are invited to participate, nationally and internationally.

Read more here

Disputas – Mette Engan

Prøveforelesning: Torsdag 19. – mai 2022 kl. 9.15

Sted: Auditorium 4, BB Bygget, Jonas Liesvei 91

Oppgitt emne «Med søkelys på fysisk aktivitet og tilhørende helseutfall – hva vet vi om konsekvensene av høy fødselsvekt og senere sårbarhet for sykdom i barnealder, ungdom og voksenlivet?»

Disputas: Torsdag 19. – mai 2022 kl. 11.15
Sted: Auditorium 1, BB Bygget, Jonas Liesvei 91

Avhandlingens tittel: “Physical activity and exercise capacity in survivors of preterm birth. A population-based cohort study of long-term consequences of prematurity”

Hovedveileder: førsteamanuensis Hege Clemm
Medveiledere: professor Thomas Halvorsen, førsteamanuensis Maria Vollsæter, professor Ola Drange Røksund

  1. opponent: Ph.d. Håvard Skjerven, Oslo Universitetssykehus
  2. opponent: Ph.d. Lene Haakstad, Norges idrettshøyskole
  3. medlem av komiteen: Professor Nils-Halvdan Morken, Universitetet i Bergen

Disputasen blir ledet av professor Harald Wiker

Åpent for alle interesserte


Who deserves K2’s Teaching Award?

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

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. The K2 Teaching Award is awarded at the Teaching day in the spring.

“Norway is re-opened, and we are back in the auditoriums!” I yelled into the microphone in September as the students burst into applause in a crowded auditorium at AHH. Restrictions returned after that, but we are going to return to “live” teaching on campus – a decision will be made sometime this month. We will bring along some innovative solutions:

“Videonotat”: The faculty as well as the students want us to provide hybrid solutions, or sufficient information for the students so that they may acquire similar knowledge, in order to accommodate those students who should stay at home due to infection. Hybrid teaching can (most often) be simpler than you might think! In MittUiB there is a link to “Videonotat”. For information on how to use it, see Contact information for technical assistance may be found in the auditorium/room. For other questions, contact UiB læringslab or the study administration

Interested in a small side-job as Editorial Assistant in Clinical Dysmorphology?

Hi all

I started a year ago as senior consultant in Medical Genetics at the Department of Medical Genetics in Bergen after approx. 10 years as a Senior Consultant at the Department of Genomic Medicine in Manchester. My specific field of interest is genomic syndromology and I have also worked previously in similar positions at the major pediatric hospitals of Rome, Italy and Athens, Greece.

I was just appointed Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Dysmorphology, a task I gladly take on since dysmorphology is the part of genetics that is closest to my heart. The journal was started in the early 90s by i.a. Michael Baraitser and I am now taking over as editor-in-chief from Dame Dian Donnai, see

The editor can appoint an Editorial Assistant who gets some money for the job from the journal. I, and others with me, thought this might be an educational side-job for someone who is neat and structured in their work, and who is interested in learning more about how a clinical-genetic journal works. The job is administrative, but you have access to all the manuscripts and can read what you want. The tasks are greatly facilitated by using Editorial Manager, a user-friendly computer program, and the workload is estimated at 2-3 hours per week.

The journal comes out with four issues a year, and the job is paid ($ 1,750 per calendar year).

Do contact me if you are interested or if you have more questions at

You can find me at the 6th Floor in Laboratoriebygget, Room 649


Faculty of Medicine’s  second common HSE-day is held digitally Wednesday 23rd of February at 12:00. Save the time! (the day was scheduled 3rd of November, but was moved to spring 2022)

Program for the day will come later.

Kindly regards,

Dekan Per Bakke, fakultetsdirektør Heidi A. Espedal, verneombud Lise Skålvik og HMS-koordinator Gjert Bakkevold, og fakultetets HMS-utvalg:

  • Emil Hausvik, HMS-koordinator ved Institutt for biomedisin
  • Siv Lise Bedringaas, HMS-koordinator ved Klinisk institutt 2
  • Kirsti Nordstrand, HMS-koordinator ved Institutt for global helse og samfunnsmedisin
  • May Britt Kalvenes, HMS-koordinator ved Klinisk institutt 1
  • Signe Solberg, administrasjonssjef Institutt for klinisk odontologi
  • Mathias Ziegler, Instituttleder Institutt for biomedisin

EDM Case Reports – Editor-in-Chief vacancy

We are inviting applications for the role of co-Editor-in-Chief for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Case Reports, an open access journal endorsed by the European Society of Endocrinology.

For full details please visit
Applications are due by Friday 18th February 2022.

Many thanks and best wishes,
Laura Martin
Publisher, EDM Case Reports

Midway evaluation

To all PhD-Candidates planning to complete their midway evaluation spring 2022

The following dates have been selected for midway evaluations:
10th, 11th, 12th of May

Date and time for each individual evaluation is based on the first-come-first-serve principle.  Thus, we encourage you to notify us as soon as possible about what date and time slot you desire

Please remember to inform your main supervisor about your choice of date. Main supervisor shall also suggest 2 members to the evaluation committee.

Enclosed you will find guidelines for the midway evaluations, with documents and templates.  – Midway Evaluation | Faculty of Medicine | University of Bergen (

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Irene Hjelmaas
PhD coordinator


Happy New Year!

Christmas and the holiday season is over. I hope most people have had an experience of holiday and the opportunity for reflection, and gathering with those they love. It gives motivation and strength to embark on a new year with new opportunities.

2022 starts with increasing coronary infection wave due to omicron variant. It presents several challenges for our activity, but my impression is that it is going pretty well anyway. We have become accustomed to this situation. Fortunately, we work at an institution that comes out relatively well since most people have permanent jobs and the activity has not stopped with bankruptcy that threatens the way other enterprises experience. The ones I think come out the worst are children, young people and the elderly due to isolation for groups that have a great social need. Let us hope that the vaccination coverage will soon reach a level that reduces the waves of infection and allows normal activity to resume.

With a new year, there are many exciting opportunities. I will remind you of the application deadlines for RCN 2/2 and 9/2. It is difficult, but not impossible, to get funded, and he/she who dares nothing, wins nothing. The feedback is better than before, and it provides a good basis for improving the application for a next round. I will otherwise draw attention to the new programs in Horizon Europe. We should apply for more EU funding!

Enjoy the new year!