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Have you started developing e-learning?

Eva GerdtsThere is a need to implement new, student-activating teaching and learning methods. The medical faculties are collaborating on a national platform for e-learning resources (in Norwegian). It is important that we here at K2 contribute so that this website becomes a good e-learning resource for our students. There is much pre-made content already available online for medical examination techniques and methods. In order to get ideas, you may, for instance, see Oxford Medical Education or Geeky Medics or Youtube. Several producers of web content have granted MOF permission to reuse their material. Have you found something which may be used in your student teaching, and wish to have this dubbed in Norwegian language or have comments added? You may then contact Eirik Dalheim who will clarify copyright issues and other formalities. Eirik will also assist you in adjusting the contents to your needs. Remember that all course changes must be approved by the person in charge of the course.

Good luck!


COST – New researcher network for biomedical and health research


COST is a European network organisation of which most of the countries in Europe (including Norway and all the EU-nations) are members. An important task for COST is to improve European research cooperation by initiating scientific networks (called “COST-actions”).

General information about COST you can find here (in Norwegian) and here.
Summaries about the COST-actions you can find here.

The Norwegian Research Council is coordinating the process concerning the Norwegian participation in COST-actions. If you are interested send this form to Hans Hellebostad.

Public defence week 24

bruun_mikalsenIngvild Bruun Mikalsen will have her public defence on Friday June 13, 2014.
Trial lecture: Friday June 13, 2014, 09:15
Topic: «Design og gjennomføring av anerkjente multisenterstudier i barnepopulasjoner – styrker og svakheter»
Public defence: Friday June 13, 2014, 10:30
Place: Aula 2nd floor, South Building, Stavanger University Hospital
Title of dissertation: «Asthma, atopy and lung function at 11 years of age after bronchiolitis in infancy»
1st opponent: Professor Søren Pedersen, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
2nd opponent:
Professor Britt Nakstad, Universitetet i Oslo
Poster and press release (both in Norwegian)

International TB vaccine symposium

The International Symposium “A new horizon for preventative vaccines against tuberculosis” was arranged in Madrid, May 7-8, and was opened by Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain. The symposium was organised by TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative (TBVI), in cooperation with the University of Zaragoza and Fundación Ramón Areces.

Professor Harleen Grewal, was invited to speak on the key results linked to the development of a TB clinical trial site in Southern India, led by the TB Trials consortium, and met the Queen in person.

Harleen and the Queen

Public defence week 23

Marianne Øksnes will have her public defence on Friday June 6, 2014.
Trial lecture: Friday June 6, 2014, 10:30
Topic: «Metabolic syndrome and adrenal diseases»
Public defence: Friday June 6, 2014, 12:15
Place: Auditorium 1, BB-building, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: «Glucocorticoid treatment and quality of life in Adison’s disease»
1st opponent: Professor Susan Webb, Autonomous University, Barcelona, Spain
2nd opponent:
Professor Marcus Quinkler, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Poster (in Norwegian)

Seminar – Perspectives in Translational Medicine

Wednesday next week there will be a new seminar in the common seminar series for K1 and K2.

Title: “Molecular classification of gynecological cancers – progress and challenges for individualizing treatment strategies”
Presenter: Helga B. Salvesen, Chief Physician and Professor at the Women’s Clinic
Time and place: Wednesday May 4, 14.15-15.00, Store Auditorium, Central Building.
Chair: Anders Molven

Tea/coffee will be served

Mandatory duty work for UiB PhD-Candidates

Roland JonssonAs is known, all PhD-candidates funded by the University have a four-year employment contract, where 25 % of the employment is allocated mandatory duty work. This work has to be planned each year in collaboration with supervisor(s) and employer. The faculty’s and the institutes’ executive officers for research education have reviewed this practice. It turns out that the amount of work time spent on duty work differs a lot between the PhD-candidates.  Currently, almost 50 PhD-candidates at K2 are UiB-funded, and when considering the fact that each of these PhD-candidates in theory should spend one whole year on duty work, we are talking about nearly 50 man-years available at the department’s disposal. Thus we should aim for a good structure in the organization of duty work so that this resource is utilized optimally.

Examples of actions discussed:

  • All UiB-funded candidates and their supervisors must inform executive officer for research education about planned duty work ahead of each year.
  • All scientific employees may, in addition, ahead of each semester submit tasks they wish to recruit PhD-candidates for, but where they have not yet obtained any.  This includes teaching tasks, communications work, conference/seminar organization, database work, supervision of Master students, etc.
  • All new UiB-funded PhD-candidates will, together with their principal supervisor, be called inn for a short meeting regarding planning of duty work with executive officer for research education and head of research as soon as application for admission to the PhD-programme has been submitted.


Public defences week 21

wernerHenrica Maria Johanna Werner will have her public defence on Tuesday May 20, 2014.
Trial lecture: Tuesday May 20, 2014, 09:15
Topic: «Endometrial carcinoma: areas of translational research after the TCGA reclassification»
Public defence: Tuesday May 20, 2014, 10:30
Place: Auditorium 4, BB-building, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: «Clinical and molecular markers in endometrial cancer. Studying prognostic and predictive biomarkers that can help to individualise therapeutic decisions»
1st opponent: Professor Jaime Prat, Autonomous University, Barcelona, Spain
2nd opponent:
Professor Hans W. Nijman, University Medical Center, Groningen, Netherlands
Poster and Press release (both in Norwegian).

strom_gro_0Gro Elizabeth Ann Strøm will have her public defence on Tuesday May 20, 2014.
Trial lecture: Tuesday May 20, 2014, 09:15
Topic: «Is elimination of malaria in Tanzania feasible?»
Public defence: Tuesday May 20, 2014, 11:15
Place: Stort Auditorium, Haukeland University Hospital
Title of dissertation: «Diagnosing pediatric malaria in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Clinical and laboratorial perspectives»
1st opponent: Associate Professor Michael Alifrangis, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2nd opponent:
Professor Jan Kristian Damås, NTNU, Norway
Poster and Press release (both in Norwegian).

manhenke_3Cord Arend Manhenke will have his public defence on Tuesday May 22, 2014.
Trial lecture: Thursday May 22, 2014, 09:15
Topic: «Cardiac extracellular matrix: Constituents and function»
Public defence: Thursday May 22, 2014, 10:30
Place: Aula 2nd floor, Sydbygg, Stavanger University Hospital
Title of dissertation: «Circulating markers of extracellular cardiac matrix turnover in patients following acute myocardial infarction»
1st opponent: Professor Christian Hall, Ringerike Hospital
2nd opponent:
Professor Petar M. Seferovic, University of Beograd, Serbia
Poster and Press release (both in Norwegian).

helland_yystein_svhvØystein Helland will have his public defence on Friday May 23, 2014.
Trial lecture: Friday May 23, 2014, 11:15
Topic: «Immune response failure as a predisposing factor for developing cancer»
Public defence: Friday May 23, 2014, 13:15
Place: Auditorium, Kvinneklinikken, Jonas Lies vei 72
Title of dissertation: «Ovarian Cancer: A clinical challenge requiring basic answers. Development of an orthotopic ovarian xenograft model accessible to surgical intervention and exploring the role of Treg in evasion of immune destruction»
1st opponent: Professor A.G.J. van der Zee, University Medical Center, Groningen, Netherlands
2nd opponent: 
Associate Professor Ben Davidson, University of Oslo, Norway
Poster and Press release (both in Norwegian).

Midway evaluations week 21

Hilde Mjell Donkor
Friday May 23, at 09:00-10:00.
For more information.

Kristoffer Sand
Friday May 23, at 10:00-11:00.
For more information.

Bente Brannsether-Ellingsen
Friday May 23, at. 11:00-12:00.
For more information.

Henriette Hellebust
Friday May 23, at 14:45-15:45.
For more information.

All the evaluations are held in the seminar room on the 7nd floor of the Lab-building.

NFR application – budgeting

Per BakkeK2 has had an internal process with support for selected NFR application this spring. This does not mean that others cannot apply NFR. But this year all budgeting of NFR application must follow the so-called TDI model. TDI stands for Total, Direct and Indirect costs (the total cost model) and is based on the government’s goal to make all direct and indirect costs of a research project visible. The Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR) has worked on the development of a national model for generally making total costs in research projects more visible. Among the contributors to this process are NTNU, UoB, UiO, SINTEF and NFR.

At MOF work has been done to implement this TDI model and which concrete effects it will have when the budgets are created. The goal is to get a common method of calculation and common rates at the different institutes. The objective will not be reached before the NFR applications are sent in, but the rule that all applications will be budgeted according to the TDI model will stand.

This means that all who will send in NFR applications in May must get their budget approved by the economy section at K2. The economy section will assist in making the budgets according to the TDI model. The internal deadline at K2 to get the budget quality assured according to the TDI model is May 14th. Those who come to the economy section with budget for NFR applications after this date will not be able to send the applications via K2.

If anything is unclear, contact Siv in the economy section.


Feedback to “Leading and Enabling Industrial Technologies/Biotechnologies”

Regarding Horizon2020, feedback is wanted to “Leading and Enabling Industrial Technologies/Biotechnologies” by May 26, 2014, and feedback for Samfunnsutfordring 2 (societal challenges 2) is wanted by June 9. See attachments about Research Infrastructures, Working programs (in Norwegian) and Food, Sea and Bio Economy (in Norwegian).

Feedback should be sent to Pro Dean Lise Øvreås, MatNat.

Financial status at K2

Per BakkeFor the most part of last year, the financial situation at K2 was a recurring topic in this column and at various meetings. The general tone was that there was a large deficit. As late as November last year, I presented a prognosis which showed that by 2017 we would accumulate a total deficit of kr 18 million, even if we phase out all current positions where natural retirement will occur. After meetings with the Dean’s office we received a permanent compensation for part of our salary expenses.

This, in addition to us cutting expenses to the bone, has resulted in K2 achieving financial balance by March this year. The salary expenses reveal an underutilization of 0.5 million NOK in relation to the budget, which is caused by leave of absences and sick leaves. The prognosis thus predicts that the financial situation at K2 will be in balance this year.

The final deficit last year turned out to be kr 3.1 million. We are in dialogue with the faculty regarding a back-payment plan for this. Even though the situation remains tight, we are about to acquire control of the financial situation. The next goalwill be a situation where the institute has room for financial maneuvering. I will return with more information about this.


Bergen City Marathon

Three teams from K2 participated in the relay of Bergen City Marathon.

LøpskehormonerThe Hormone Laboratory competed with the team Løpske Hormoner (Runaway Hormones) in the class Relay Mixed Teams, and finished at 65th place with time 1:42:34.



stafettlag-damer-ernaeringThe nutrition students participated with two teams in the Relay Women Teams, and they finished at 3rd and 8th place. For more information (in Norwegian).


We congratulate everyone from K2 who participated in BCM!

Seminar – Perspectives in Translational Medicine

Wednesday next week there will be a new seminar in the common seminar series for K1 and K2.

Title: “Searching for novel diabetes treatment modalities with stem cell technology and systems biology”
BFS Career Grant Recipient 2013: Helge Ræder
Time and place: Wednesdag May 7, 14.15-15.00, Store Auditorium, Central Building.
Chair: Eystein Husebye

Public defence week 18

Lara A. Aqrawi will have her public defence on Wednesday April 30, 2014.
Trial lecture: Tuesday April 29, 2014, 14:15
Topic: «B cells in the immunopathological context of Sjögren’s syndrome»
Public defence: Wednesday April 30, 2014, 10:15
Place: Auditorium 1, BB-building, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: “B cell specificity and pattern in primary Sjögren’s syndrome – studies in humans and a murine model”
1st opponent: Professor Jacques-Olivier Pers, University of Brest, France
2nd opponent: Associate Professor Per Eriksson, University of Linköping, Sweden
Press release

Overview of changes in FRIMEDBIO since 2013

  • Changes for project leaders with FRIPRO-projects over 3 years. They may apply for funding to a new project when it has been underway for 3 years, even if the project is not finished.
  • Changes for Young research talents and postdoctoral fellowships:
    • For Young research talents it is from this year on a demand that there has been at least 2 years since approved dissertation.
    • For postdoctoral fellowship there will now be a demand for a stay abroad of between 3 and 12 months.
  • From this year on, there will be a mobility grant for you young researches in FRIPRO. The grant is for 3 years. The first two years must be at an institution abroad, and the third in Norway. The grants are open for applicants from all fields.

Deadline is May 21st.

More info about FRIPRO here (in Norwegian), det call itself will be active from April 9.
More about Frimedbio (in Norwegian).

Public defence week 11

cecilie_caspersenCecilie Caspersen will have her public defence on Thursday April 10, 2014.
Trial lecture: Thursday April 10, 2014, 10:30
Topic: «Påvisning av inflammasjon i luftveiene – metoder og betydning i klinikk og idrett»
Public defence: Thursday April 10, 2014, 12:15
Place: Auditorium 2, BB-building, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: “Oxygen concentration in inhaled gas and nitric oxide concentration in exhaled gas”
1st opponent: Researcher Jonny Hisdal, University of Oslo
2nd opponent: Chief Physician Anne Kristin Møller Fell, Sykehuset Telemark
Poster andPress release (both in Norwegian).

lolandKjetil Halvorsen Løland will have his public defence on Wednesday April 9, 2014.
Trial lecture: Wednesday April 9, 2014, 09:00
Topic: ”Revaskularisering av hjertsviktspasienter?”
Public defence: Wednesday April 9, 2014, 10:15
Place: Auditorium 1, BB-building, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: ”Folic acid supplementation and biomarkers of progression of sub-clinical coronary atherosclerosis in patients with stable angina pectoris – A WENBIT sub-study based on coronary angiography and intravascular ultrasound”
1. opponent: Professor David Erlinge, Universitetet i Lund, Sverige
2. opponent: MD/Ph.d. Torfi Fjalar Jónasson, Læknasetrid Medical Center, Reykjavik, Island
Poster and Press release (both in Norwegian).

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Public defence Kishan Chudasama


Kishan Chudasama will have his public defence on Thursday March 6, 2014.
Trial lecture: Thursday March 6, 2014, 09:15
Topic:  “Next generation sequencing (NGS) in clinical testing: Opportunities and challenges”
Public defence: Thursday March 6, 2014, 10:30
Place:      Auditorium 1, BB-building, Jonas Lies vei 91
Title of dissertation: “A genome-wide approach to monogenic diabetes syndromes”
1st opponent:        Professor Michel Polak, Hôpital Necker Enfants-Malades, Paris, Frankrike
2nd opponent:        Professor Eivind Hovig, Universitetet of Oslo
3rd member of the committee:  Professor James Lorens, Universitetet of Bergen
The public defence will be led by professor Per Omvik.
Public defence and prøveforelesning (both in Norwegian).