Category Archives: K2Nytt Week 4

The Postgraduate School of Clinical Medical Research

This is an arena for PhD students from Department of Clinical Medicine (K1) and Department of Clinical Science (K2) to socialize and present their own research to fellow students. The research school organizes courses that may be included as part of the training component of the PhD-program, and as seminar series where current research from the faculty is presented by excellent speakers.

Every year in January, PhD candidates from K1, K2, and Haukeland University Hospital are invited to present their work to fellow researchers and the general audience. Posters are at display in the lobby of Sentralblokka, and oral presentations are given, usually in the Birkhaug Room. A genius thing is that the posters and oral presentations should be those that have already been presented last year at national or international meetings and conferences. Hence, it is not necessary to make new presentations, which scientifically is “recycling” and “sustainable” 🙂

This week, 44 posters and 23 oral talks were presented, which engaged lots of researchers and others leading to scientific and social interactions and networking. Prizes of NOK 10 000, 5 000, and 3 000 were awarded to the three best poster and the three best oral presentations. Dean for Research Marit Bakke presented the winners. The poster awardees were Christina Clausen (1st), Pernille Svalastoga (2nd), and Ninnie Oehme (3rd). The oral presentation awardees were Trine Ludvigsen (1st), Ida Viken Stalund (2nd), and Sepideh Mostafavi (3rd). The prize to a post doc was given to Heidi Espedal and the popular vote prize to Martha Eimstad Haugstøyl. Congratulations to the winners and their environments! And thanks to all other presenters and those organizing the event; especially to the scientific committee Harald Wiker, Renate Grüner, Øyvind Torkildsen, and Gottfried Greve, as well as the leader for the Postgraduate School of Clinical Medical Research, Stian Knappskog.

Enjoy the week-end!

Happy prize winners Postgraduate School of Clinical Medical Research 2019

Career day

The career day for PhD-candidates and post docs has become a regular event on the agenda of the Faculty of Medicine. This year we have invited a professional career consultant from the University of Aarhus, and want to look into innovation as a career opportunity. As usual, we will also hear from former PhD-candidates who now have exciting jobs and in the afternoon there will be three parallel workshops on skills that are useful for your future career. Plakat Karrieredag 2020 A3

The Faculty of Medicine covers the participation fees (so its free for you), but please register for lunch and the workshops. https://skjemaker.app.uib.no/view.php?id=7836080

TMS Starting Grant

Trond Mohn Research Foundation (TMS) has announced a new round of TMS Starting Grant with final deadline 16 March. Since there are restrictions in the number of candidates each department can nominate, we kindly ask interested applicants to send a 1-2 page sketch describing the candidate, the project and the research environment in addition to the candidate’s CV (TMS asks for a maximum 3-page CV listing the most important and relevant publications).

The internal deadline is 14 February. You can send the sketch and CV to amra.grudic@uib.no with Pål Njølstad, Silke Appel and Julie Stavnes on copy.

Please note that this fellowship provides an opportunity to recruit external candidates something the foundation and the Faculty of Medicine strongly encourage.

New editor of K2Nytt

My name is Oda Barth Vedøy, and starting this week I will be the new editor of K2Nytt. I have been a PhD candidate since October 2019, and in my project I am exploring intestinal bacterial dynamics during an experimental ETEC-infection. My supervisors are Hans Steinsland and Kurt Hanevik. I received my master’s degree in general microbiology at the Faculty of mathematics and natural sciences, and am therefor relatively new at K2. I am looking forward to getting to know the institute through the work with K2Nytt. Please contact me if you wish to contribute with cases for K2Nytt. My workplace is on the 5. floor of the laboratory building, and my e-mail is oda.vedoy@uib.no

This week’s employee – Hege F. Berg

What do you work with?
I am a PhD student in Bergen Gynecologic Cancer Group at Kvinnekinikken under supervision of Camilla Krakstad and Erling Høivik. I work with preclinical models in endometrial cancer. First part of my project has been to establish patient-derived organoids (“mini-tumors”) and organoid-based PDX mouse models as, respectively, in vitro and in vivo model systems for endometrial cancer. I will now use these model systems to study the underlying biology of endometrial tumors (e.g. heterogeneity at single cell level) and to test relevant targeted drugs. This work is performed in the research lab at U level at Kvinneklinikken, but I am also at the animal facility (BBB) and in the laboratory building when needed. In addition to research, I have also worked as editor for K2-nytt as part of my duty work. This work will now be handed over to new editor, Oda Vedøy.

Why K2? What do you enjoy to work with at K2?
Working at K2 has given me the opportunity to participate in research at high international level. We have access to state-of-the art equipment at core facilities and at other K2-affiliated research groups – providing opportunities rather than constrains. These opportunities and a good working environment contributes to good motivation, inspiration and increased competence. Further, being editor of K2-nytt has given me the opportunity to get to know K2 and other K2’ers which is valuable at the beginning of a PhD. A good overview of activities at K2 also comes with the job. This has been useful, and it has been both encouraging and enjoyable to work with the K2 administration. I now wish Oda all the best with the job as editor.

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 7 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 Oda Barth Vedøy.

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