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Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!

Then another year will soon be over. Autumn is often experienced as hectic due to application deadlines, congresses, meetings and new student cohorts. And the semester is relatively short compared to the spring semester. So now that time is almost running out for us, it is good to be able to look forward to a holiday with the opportunity for peace and reflection.

Covid-19 has unfortunately become an increasing challenge this autumn despite a large degree of vaccine coverage in the population. The pandemic is turning research and teaching upside down for most of us. Hygienic measures such as social distancing, face masks and alcohol washing, as well as communication and teaching through digital media, have required a lot from the individual and the organizations, including K2. But it has been great as a leader to see how well you have coped with this upheaval with acceptance and constructive measures. Thank you very much!

Although we have learned a lot of new things in many areas through digital forms of communication, it is understandable that many are starting to get tired of social distancing and a number of hygienic measures. I still think we will emerge stronger from the pandemic, even though there are some things that have been delayed or made more difficult. And it is important to turn the situation into something positive. What can we do more efficiently and better? Will it be easier to find peace to write applications and articles? Can the national and international networks be strengthened since it does not matter where we live?

Despite covid-19, 2021 has been a good year for K2. Employees have published in the best journals and been awarded prizes. Employees been successful in fierce competition for funding from the Research Council of Norway (Camilla Krakstad, Emmet McCormack, Yenan Bryceson), the Norwegian Cancer Society (Camilla Krakstad, Emmet McCormack, Hans Petter Eikesdal, Stian Knappskog), the Novo Nordisk Foundation (Bergithe Oftedal, Simona Chera, Stefan Johansson) to name a few. Eva Gerdts received the award for Research / Innovation Environment of the Year from the Faculty of Medicine and the Research Group of the Year at Helse Vest. Furthermore, King Olav V’s cancer research prize was awarded to Bjørn Tore Gjertsen. Congratulations again to everyone!

It seems that we are reaching our goal of external research funding for 2021. We are very proud of that. K2 coordinates one SFF application (signed) and is a partner in another (Anagha Joshi). We hope that at least one of these will make it! Thanks to Silke and Emmet for being temporarily willing to move up!

For many, Christmas is the highlight of the year where family and friends gather for a holiday full of traditions and a sense of belonging, followed by Christmas in space, which can provide opportunities for other activities at home in Bergen, trips to the mountains or elsewhere. Covid-19 unfortunately places restrictions on this again this year, but then we get the opportunity to form even closer ties within our own family.

What most of us take for granted is not necessarily the case for everyone. Some have lost someone they loved or have no close friends or family gathered this year. Do we manage to think extra hard about these and maybe include them in our own Christmas celebration?

With wishes for a peaceful Christmas and all the best for 2022.


Christmas is approaching and with that, a new round of application deadlines is approaching again. In this context, I would just like to remind you to report via the following form that you are seeking external funds. This will ensure both good application support and that one of our economists is assigned to help with the budget. And I would also like to remind you that there are sources of funding other than NFR, such as the EU. I encourage you to attend UiB’s information day on 14 January 2022 in the aula (NB! Requires registration by 31.12.21, follow the link for more information and the registration form.

I hope you take care of each other also in this year’s Christmas season dictated again by Corona restrictions, despite cancelled joint activities.

Have a really good weekend!

Applying for SPIRE-midler 2022

You can now apply for SPIRE-fundings in the following 2 categories:

  1. Fundings for international research collaboration
  2. Fundings for guest researchers

Read more about guidelines, categories and who can apply in website: SPIRE – Såkornsmidler | Forsknings- og innovasjonsavdelingen | UiB

All applications must be written in attached application form. See link at the bottom of the website.

Applications must be sent by email to Head of Administration Maria Holmaas, email within 31st of December 2021.


The economy is tightening

It’s never nice to talk about finances when it’s getting worse. Unfortunately, the economy will be tighter in the future.

The Corona pandemic has so far entailed several extra expenses for UiB, which are now distributed among the faculties according to the size of their basic grant. Since the Faculty of Medicine is one of the largest faculties, we therefore get one of the biggest cuts in the budget for the next three years. Our faculty takes most of the bill, but some is distributed among the departments, also here according to the size of the basic grant. For K2, this means a cut of approx. NOK 2.2 million annually for the next three years.

Unfortunately, this is just the beginning. Upon its departure, the Solberg Government served a major cut for all universities in Norway. A change in pension financing means that the university and college sector will no longer pay pension costs as a fixed percentage of the salary base but will pay for actual pension costs throughout the year. Together with some other measures, more than a billion kroner will be cut for the universities as a whole. Unfortunately, the new Støre Government has not only sustained it, but rather increased it. This is a permanent cut in the basic allocation to the universities. That means a weakened economy for K2 in the years to come. We will try not to withdraw positions and look for other ways to reduce costs. And then there is the issue of increasing our revenues: external financing is becoming more important than ever. So, get on with the applications. K2 cheers on you!

In this new situation, it is important that we have a common understanding of the challenge and that we must stand together in this. Then there is also an opportunity to be innovative and find new solutions that can even improve our primary tasks: research, teaching, innovation and communication. And for the record: K2 Retreat 2 on Solstrand is going as planned. That will be a good opportunity to discuss across research groups, teaching groups, staff groups and organizational units – alternative and better ways of working with somewhat less use of resources.

We will make it through this! Let’s develop an even better K2.

Have a great weekend!

Pål R. Njølstad
Department Head

New publications

Here are newer publications with contribution from researches at K2. The list is based on last weeks literature search on PubMed. This week it includes 6 publications. They are listed based on the order in which they appear in the email alert from NCBI. If you have publication(s) not included in this list, please send the reference to Jens Vikse.

1. A Gene Signature Identifying CIN3 Regression and Cervical Cancer Survival.
Halle MK, Munk AC, Engesæter B, Akbari S, Frafjord A, Hoivik EA, Forsse D, Fasmer KE, Woie K, Haldorsen IS, Bertelsen BI, Janssen EAM, Gudslaugsson E, Krakstad C, Øvestad IT.
Cancers (Basel). 2021 Nov 16;13(22):5737. doi: 10.3390/cancers13225737.
2. Diagnostic Accuracy of Liquid Biopsy in Endometrial Cancer.
Łukasiewicz M, Pastuszak K, Łapińska-Szumczyk S, Różański R, Veld SGJGI’, Bieńkowski M, Stokowy T, Ratajska M, Best MG, Würdinger T, Żaczek AJ, Supernat A, Jassem J.
Cancers (Basel). 2021 Nov 16;13(22):5731. doi: 10.3390/cancers13225731.
3. Breathing patterns in people with exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction.
Lie AH, Grønnevik I, Frisk B, Røksund OD, Hammer I, Vollsaeter M, Halvorsen T, Clemm HH.
Physiol Rep. 2021 Nov;9(22):e15086. doi: 10.14814/phy2.15086.
4. Thrombosis and Thrombocytopenia after HPV Vaccination.
Johansen S, Laegreid IJ, Ernstsen SL, Azrakhsh NA, Olsnes Kittang A, Lindås R, Gjertsen BT, Vetti N, Mørtberg TV, Sørvoll IH, Holme PA, Ahlen MT, Reikvam H.
J Thromb Haemost. 2021 Nov 24. doi: 10.1111/jth.15604. Online ahead of print.
5. Genetic alterations associated with malignant transformation of sporadic vestibular schwannoma.
Håvik AL, Bruland O, Miletic H, Poulsgaard L, Scheie D, Fugleholm K, Lund-Johansen M, Knappskog PM.
Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2021 Nov 24. doi: 10.1007/s00701-021-05062-0. Online ahead of print.
6. Artifacts on Magnetic Resonance Imaging from Electronic Identification Enablement in Silicone Gel Implants Are Not Negligible.
Kurz KD, Kallevåg Ø, Austrått K, Styr B, Leiknes JB, Krøger P. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2021 Nov 22;9(11):e3941. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000003941. eCollection 2021 Nov.


Strategy for the future – you can look forward to the Solstrand meeting 24-25 February

The program for the strategy seminar at Solstrand is starting to shape up and will be very exciting. A main theme will be our collaboration with the health trusts in Western Norway. There will be talks by both Eivind Hansen and Per Bakke followed by a panel discussion where we hope the department’s employees will be active. We have a good collaboration, but it can get better. The competition for the best researchers and teachers is fierce and resources are scarce. How can we make the best use of our potential? We hope that the discussion can lead to 2-3 concrete proposals that can be put into practice.

Another main theme will be research funding with an emphasis on EU funding. Katie Anders from the Research Department and our envoy in Brussels, Charlotte Eide will participate. Application opportunities and information about Digital Europe are on the agenda. Related to this will be talks about innovation and what opportunities the incubator Eitri has to offer.

We will focus on teaching and dissemination on various platforms, including participation by the head of the Center for Investigative Journalism, Per Christian Magnus. How can we convey research in a more sober, yet exciting way without sensational postings that create unrealistic expectations?

The individual research groups and environments will also have the opportunity to present themselves and there will also be a competition, perhaps even an OSCE exam?.

We also hope there will be amble time for social interactions across groups and campi where K2 is represented.

Have high expectations and be an active participant!

Good weekend
Eystein Husebye
Deputy Head of K2

NFR FRIPRO February 2nd, 2022

Here are three important facts about the announcement of FRIPRO funds from NFR in 2022.

1: Webinar for applicants
NFR is currently inviting applicants for webinars for the call Researcher Project 2022, which has a deadline of 2 February 2022.

The webinars provide an overview of the call, the type of application and how the applications are processed. They are recorded so that you can go in and see them several times.

  • November 25 at 10am webinar in Norwegian
  • December 7 at 10an webinar in English

More information can be found here

2: Quarantine
Are you a project manager for an ongoing project? You can still apply. The quarantine rule has been withdrawn.

3: Sjemaker
Do as Pål and Silke say! And in fact as they do; report in the form maker that you are going to apply. We need feedback to be able to allocate resources to both the project description support and the budget work.

Do not hesitate; do it today! 😊 (only takes 45 seconds)

Registrering av søknad om ekstern finansiering ved K2 / Registration of external funding applications at K2 (

Creativity & Innovation Leadership

Welcome to a CCBIO and Neuro-SysMed Special Seminar on Creativity & Innovation Leadership. Inspirational lectures and discussions with invited speakers Ole Dahlberg and Ingunn Johanne Ness.

Have you ever wondered what characterizes innovation leadership and what are the hallmarks of teams that successfully bring innovation projects to completion? How to foster creativity in your organization and create a sustainable innovation culture? How you may develop yourself to become an innovative leader and encourage your team to be courageous in their efforts and ideas?  Learn how to achieve innovation!

We welcome you to this very special leadership and innovation seminar where you will have the opportunity to meet and be inspired by innovation experts Ole Dahlberg and Ingunn Johanne Ness. Open for all, no need to register.

When: Thursday December 2, 2021 at 12:15-15:00
Where: Auditorium 4 in the BB building
Who: Open to all
Registration: not needed

Read more here.

12.15 -13.00: Inspirational lecture, title: TBA. Speaker: Ole Dahlberg
13.00-13.10: Coffee/tea break
13.10- 14.00: Informal Discussions with Invited speaker: Ole Dahlberg
14.00-14.15: Coffee/tea break
14.15 -15.00: When aiming for Innovation: The importance of creativity and building complementary and well-functioning teams and culture. Speaker: Ingunn Johanne Ness


With best regards
Eli Synnøve Vidhammer
Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO
University of Bergen

Data management Planning Workshop for Life Science Projects

The Centre for Digital Life Norway, ELIXIR Norway and the University Library are hosting another Data Management Planning workshop for Life Science Projects on December 6.- 7. 9:00-13:00 both days, online.

Registration deadline:  1st of December 2021

Registration link

0830 – 0900 Login support
0900 – 0915 Introduction
0915 – 0930 Requirements from the RCN
0930 – 1000 Parallel session: Local recommendations & storage
infrastructures Institutional DMP guidelines
1015 – 1100 Introduction DSW
1100 – 1120 Information on national storage infrastructures
– NeLS/StoreBioInfo
1135 – 1230 Persistent identifiers, Controlled Vocabularies & Ontologies

0900 – 1000 Key legal requirements for research in the GDPR and Health research act [optional]
– Personal Data Act
– Health Research Act
1015 – 1045 Relevant deposition repositories/ data archives
domain specific archives (ELIXIR/EMBL-EBI, NCBI)
– Dataverse NO
– NIRD archive
1100 – 1115 Licensing of data, biological material and software
1115 – 1300 Hands on training and assistance to generate a data management plan in DSW

SVT’s annual symposium 3 December: Sick society – Exploring the relation between knowledge and action in a pandemic

The symposium will focus on the relation between knowledge and actions in Covid-19 times. We want to critically discuss the enduring ‘state of exception’ we are experiencing, and explore the responsibility of science to inform action under complexity and uncertainty.

In addition to the presentations from SVTers Thorvald Sirnes, Silje Langvatn and Kjetil Rommetveit, we look forward to hearing presentations from Esperanza Diaz, head of the Pandemic Centre, Elling Ulvestad, Professor at the Department of Clinical Sciences (UiB) and Ana Delgado, Associate professor at the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK, UiO).

We have also invited a panel of people who had to work during the ‘semi-lockdown’ at the beginning of the pandemic, who will talk about which information was used to navigate this situation.

Find the full programme, information about registration and digital attendance here.

Time: Friday 3 December, doors open at 9.00 am CET, symposium closes at 4.50 pm CET.

Place: Grand Hotel Terminus, Bergen

Registration link:

Registration deadline for physical attendance: Thursday 26 November, 23.59

Digital attendance: Click on this Zoom link at 9.30, when the programme starts (no need for registration).

Please note that while the majority of the symposium will be held in English, the panel conversation at 3.30 pm CET will be held in Norwegian.

Deadlines for sending Christmas mail 2021

Are you going to send packages or post to other countries? It’s important to look at deadlines. For Christmas mail in Norway recommended latest 16th December.

To help you make sure that your Christmas letters and packages are received before Christmas, we recommend sending by the dates specified for each country.

Here are the deadlines for sending letters :
Sweden and Denmark: 14th December
Rest of Scandinavia – 10th December
Germany – 13th December
Rest of Europe – 8th December
USA and Canada – 6th December
Other countries – 1st December

Here are the deadlines for Christmas packages :
Express abroad: 21st December EU.
Business package door to door + 1 day from 23.11
Service package +1-2 days from 23.11
Package abroad – (CarryOn )

More information

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Knut-Egil Larsen , Nestleder TPS .



Main goals of the Faculty of Medicine

Dean Per Bakke has initiated a process in which the Faculty of Medicine wants to identify a few main goals that are common to the entire Faculty. It is about describing goals that we all should / want / to work for, and which make us proud to be part of our Faculty. The idea is that these should be goals for a given period of time, e.g. five years.

Some moments regarding the goals:

  • They should be something to work towards and reach for, but not unrealistic to achieve and not be dependent on improbable appropriations
  • They must be part of the assignment The Faculty of Medicine has as a university and in line with the strategies of K2, the Faculty and UiB
  • They must be able to be integrated with other departments within our Faculty
  • They should be measurable – did we reach the goals?

The process at K2 will go through the research groups which received this information last week. Contact your group to participate in the discussion on proposals for these goals. The deadline for the research groups’ input to the management group at K2 is 26 November.

Good luck with the process and discussions!

Pål Rasmus Njølstad

The 16th Annual Research Presentations by the Research School in Clinical Medicine

Important Dates:

  • Submission opening: November 1, 2021
  • Deadline for submission: December 1, 2021
  • Conference Dates: January 26-28, 2022

Registration Link
Contact email

Dear Researchers of the Department of Clinical Medicine (K1), Department of Clinical Science (K2), and Helse-Vest,

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is our pleasure to invite you to present your work at the 16th Annual Research Presentations arranged by the Research School in Clinical Medicine and would like to remind that the deadline is approaching.

This is an excellent opportunity to share your research and to get a chance to win a cash award worth between 3000 NOK and 10 000 NOK.

The event will be held on January 26-28, 2022, at Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen.

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UiBdoc event, November 24th

Dear PhD students, post-docs and other fixed-term researchers at UiB,

Would you like to get to know other researchers at UiB from all kinds of disciplines? Are you interested in learning more about your rights as an employee at UiB? Is there something you would like to change?

The new board of UiBdoc would like to invite you to our first event of the semester on Wednesday the 24th of November at 6pm at Integrerbar.

In our first gathering we would like to get to know each other and share with you the ideas, plans and social events we are brewing for the upcoming year. After a brief presentation we will have a quiz to check how well you know our University and Bergen 😊. We will provide pizza from Hoggorm and the bar will sell drinks. Please sign up with this link before November 22th if you would like to attend.

Link to Facebook event.

UiBdoc is an association of PhD students, post-docs and other fixed-term researchers at UiB that focuses on bringing together the community of researchers at UiB, transform ideas into new realities to improve the system, share knowledge, support each other and have fun together! For more information, visit our website.

Looking forward to meeting you!


The Eitri Medical Incubator had its official inauguration Nov. 1. Lead by Torleif Markussen Lunde and Maija Slaidina, Eitri boasts over 2400 m2 dedicated to innovators, including 3 culture labs, over 100 workspaces with large and small meeting room capacities all housed over 2 floors adjacent to the lab building and the BBB. Prominent UiB and HUS dignitaries, including UiB rector Margareth Hagen and vice-administrative director of Haukeland University Hospital, Clara Gram Gjesdal spoke of the importance of multidisiplinary knowledge building and innovation within the healthcare sector at the event, which also included speeches from investment manager Kristin Odfjell and managing director of VIS, Stine Fiksdal. Entertainment was provided by Fredrik Saoera. Following its grand opening, Eitri, in collaboration with centres of excellence CCBIO and Neuro-SysMed, hosted this years Falch lecture by Dr. Robert S. Langer of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who gave an inspired lecture “Creating and implementing breakthrough technologies in biotechnology and nanotechnology”. Furthermore, Eitri this week hosted the CCBIONEUR912: Health Innovation course.The overall aim of this course was to encourage and enable our PhD students and young researchers to identify and evaluate the innovation potential in their own research projects, and provide them with the knowledge needed to be able to do this. The course provided inspiration and practical knowledge on alternative ways to realize the innovation potential from research projects. Professional expertise from the Medical Faculty, Division of Research and Innovation at UiB, and the local tech transfer office VIS provided a good understanding of the legal and practical framework for research-based innovation, including how to protect and exploit their intellectual property. I think its fair to say that Eitri has had a baptism of fire over the last weeks and it will be exciting to see how projects and innovation from campus Haukeland evolve in this unique ecosystem! Don’t be afraid to reach out to Eitri or myself if your interested in more information on Eitri or how Eitri can help your innovative research.