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DigitalHealth2024

DigitalHealth2024 was recently hosted in Bergen. This is the third time this conference, organized by Helse Bergen, Bergen University College, and Alrek Health Cluster, has taken place. This year’s conference was filled to capacity, with 700 participants. The main subject, as suggested by the title, was the development and implementation of digitalization in healthcare, which is highly relevant to much of the operations at K2.

Many participants probably expected the conference to provide answers regarding the direction of digitalization and the “next big thing”. Where are we headed when ChatGPT is no longer a novelty that can provide you with a waffle recipe and a few humorous answers to your simple questions, and it is no longer sensational that digital image analysis can reduce the response time for radiological examinations? The answer provided can be summarized as “it is coming, and it is developing rapidly”. It is difficult, even for those who work with digitalization daily, to foresee what the next few years will bring on a specific level. One subject that stood out was patient-related data, collected through digital channels, where the channel is not only used for data collection – but also more actively in patient care e.g. to convey information or to identify patients who need intensified follow-up.

The challenges seem easier to identify. We need to be actively involved in the development, and not wait for technology to be introduced. Patient safety and privacy quickly become an issue, closely linked to data collection and acquisition, e.g. in the context of collaboration with commercial services. Financing, political incentives, and a jungle of companies, apps, and services entering the market with varying degrees of validation are other key points.

It is important to remember that not only classic products, but also services and processes can be included when considering technology and innovation in healthcare. Regardless, it will be challenging but crucial to stay updated as the field races ahead. In summary, I believe that digitalization and increasing awareness around it can make the path from research to implementation shorter – but still, it is a bit difficult to grasp exactly how this will happen.

Silje

The research groups’ websites

Ingrid Hagerup (https://www.uib.no/personner/Ingrid.Hagerup) at the faculty has spent the last few weeks looking over the websites of the research groups at K2. She has made some structural changes, both by agreement with certain people and on her own.

However, there is a need for a more systematic review of the content on several of the pages.

It is important that the content is up-to-date, because it is the “outward face” of the research group.

Look over the content on the website of the research group you are responsible for, and report the need for changes to the content

or

There is no “final deadline” for this work, but none of the content will be updated unless you let us know!

Also remember! There is both an English and a Norwegian website – you can find the overview here:https://www.uib.no/klin2/63844/forskningsgrupper

Change freeze on the personal pages

New personal pages (employee pages) will be launched soon, and therefore a change freeze on the personal pages is necessary. Changes made to the personal pages from Thursday, June 13th onwards will not be carried over to the new pages. The page can still be updated if there is something important that needs to be included during these days, BUT the updates will have to be entered again on the new pages.

We will keep you continuously updated when the new personal pages are launched.

Call for proposals: Nordic research consortia for EU calls on antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Deadline 19.09.2024

NordForsk announces funding for preparatory projects with the purpose of forming multisectoral and transdisciplinary Nordic research consortia to participate in successful proposals for EU calls on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

https://www.nordforsk.org/calls/call-proposals-nordic-research-consortia-eu-calls-antimicrobial-resistance-amr

Dear everyone!

Thank you very much to all who contributed to the successful completion of OSKE12 yesterday, and to those who will participate next week for OSKE6! I can only encourage more people to contribute, as it will reduce the workload for everyone.

I was also very pleased to hear that half of the applications to DRIV – Center for Women’s Health Research, submitted last week, came from K2, a total of 14 applications! Now the evaluation is underway, and we will find out in August who will proceed to step 2. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that some from K2 will make it through.

But this is a good starting point to continue with proposal writing and submit to NFR – FRIPRO. Marit Bakke provided information this week that:

  1. FRIPRO will distribute 900 million NOK this year.
  2. So far, a total of only 100 applications have been received from all fields in Norway.
  3. Applications submitted by mid-August will be considered for this year’s round.

This means that there are better chances than ever to succeed in FRIPRO this year. And now we also have a deadline: mid-August. Remember to register your application in our portal for externally funded projects (Skjemaker for applications, K2), so one of the economists can assist you with the budget and help us turn around the deficit K2 has accumulated.

Have a great weekend

Nordic Conference on Future Health

The Nordic biobank and research communities join forces -to explore the future of biobanking and precision health.

This special stakeholder gathering is hosted by Biobank Norway and encompasses two parallel conferences—the 3rd Nordic Society of Human Genetics and Precision Medicine and the 2nd Nordic Biobank Conference—as well as joint plenary sessions for topics of interest to both communities.

https://www.ntnu.edu/web/nordic-biobanks-precision-health-2024/home

Where: Trondheim

When: 10 –12 September, 2024

Early bird registration end on June 10th

Submission deadline for poster abstracts: June 21s

60 new research networks announced

We are pleased to announce the approval of 60 new COST Actions by our Committee of Senior Officials (CSO). These new research networks cover topics as varied as the impact of climate change on mental health, digital technologies to improve civic engagement, optimising insect nutrition, augmented reality in forestry, and alternative approaches to automated cancer detection.

Read an article on the COST website about the new networks: 60 new COST Actions approved – COST

Every participating country have the right to nominate up to two members of the Management Committee (MC) of each network. The COST National Coordinator (CNC) is responsible for the nominations.

In Norway the procedure is that those who wish to participate in the MC of a COST network must send CNC Trude Dypvik (COST-CNC@forskningsradet.no) a short application and a CV. 20th. June is the deadline for the first applications

Software awareness workshop

Code, Train, Protect: Essential Strategies for Life Science AI and Software

Join us for a dive into the critical considerations of using open-source tools and ensuring compliance both for academic and commercial applications. Learn about database and data privacy concerns when building AI models and navigate the complexities of software licensing. Discover strategies to protect your software innovations through patenting and IP management.

When:            Thursday 13th of June 11:30 – 13:30 (you are welcome to bring your lunch)
Where:           Eitri Medical Incubator, Haukelandsbakken 31
Tip: take Bybanen or the UiB campus bus!
Who:              Open for everyone interested in life science software

The workshop will begin with an interactive presentation. Following this, participants will break into smaller groups to discuss life science software cases and challenges and receive feedback from business developers from VIS’ technology transfer team. This is also a great opportunity to discuss your own project.
Bring a friend and join us for the DOs and DON’Ts of life science software development!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Questions? Additional topics you would like us to discuss?
Feel free to contact Renate Hvidsten Skoge: rsk@visinnovasjon.no

Financial Realities – K2 Management Takes Action

K2 is running a significant deficit, and changes are necessary to turn things around. Therefore, the management has initiated several measures that will affect your workday. In such situations, it can often be challenging, to use a favorite expression of politicians, but it is crucial to identify and seize the opportunities that exist.

The broader picture indicates that the Norwegian education sector is gradually being downsized over time, though perhaps not as much in the health and medicine sectors, where many hands will be needed in the future. We are not alone in this; reduced resources are something all universities must cope with, and as always, it’s important to be among the best.

What does this mean for K2? The following points summarize some of the measures management is working on:

  • Space Reduction: K1 and K2 are working to reduce their area in the Laboratory Building by about 400m² to save on rent. The involved groups are collaborating with management to find solutions that do not harm research activities, and we hope this process can be completed by the end of August.
  • Core Facilities: Our core facilities are crucial infrastructure for research and are often essential for securing research funding. K2 has many such facilities, all running at a deficit, which collectively poses a significant problem. We must, therefore, consider restructuring, relocating, or possibly shutting down non-critical core facilities.
  • Zero-Overhead Projects: While these projects are beneficial, they also pose a problem as they burden the collective resources. K2 has many large projects in this category, contributing to the deficit. Until now, we have had matching funds to mitigate this, but this scheme has been discontinued. We are working on budgeting to reduce deficits in such projects, including freeing up project staff. So far, we have not declined such projects, but it could become a reality in the future.
  • Efficient Teaching: The number of students is increasing, but the number of teachers is decreasing, requiring more teaching from fewer staff. In collaboration with the study administration, we are working to get a better overview of teaching responsibilities and who can contribute. We need to be open to new ideas; perhaps you will need to teach a subject you are not a super specialist in, or perhaps an academic environment needs to change the curriculum to make teaching more efficient with new tools. Introducing more weekly duties in the departments might also be necessary. Here, dialogue with healthcare institutions will be crucial to find good arrangements.
  • Same People, New Tasks: Starting in June, we will map the competencies of technical staff and PhD/postdocs with an eye on administrative tasks. We need people to assist with events, defenses, and other work on a voluntary basis.

Turning the economy around requires everyone to contribute. We have discussed this in various forums, but so far, the engagement has been rather low. Everyone must participate if we are to succeed, and we must be willing to think creatively.

Eystein Husebye,
Acting Head of Department

 

Reminder: Basic Fire Safety Training UiB 2024

 

Reminder about the mandatory fire safety course for all employees, UiB offers a digital course

https://nettkurs.tiv.no/no/feidelogin

and

BASIC FIRE SAFETY TRAINING

Understanding the correct use of fire extinguishers and implementing thorough safety practices is essential to protect yourself and others in case of emergencies.

Through practical training and guidance, we will instruct you on the proper use of fire extinguishers, evacuation techniques, and other important fire safety procedures. Our goal is to provide you with the confidence and competence to handle fire situations in a safe and effective manner.

Contents:

  • Basic theory about different types of extinguishing equipment (outdoors).
  • Extinguishing with fire extinguishers (outdoors).
  • Alternative ways to extinguish small fires (outdoors).
  • Smoke development in a smoke wagon (outdoors).

Link to the registration form (the course is available in both Norwegian and English): https://deltaker.tiv.no/no/participate/grunnleggende-brannvernopplaering-uib-2024-c2e062305f

Research Leadership Program

The program aims to strengthen participants’ development as group leaders, inspire the creation of good research environments, and ensure favorable conditions for research and research collaboration.Throughout the program, participants will work on challenges from their own everyday experiences.

The program runs in the fall of 2024. The application deadline for participation is June 7th.

More information about the program and the application process here (Norwegian only): Program for forskningsledelse ved UiB | HR-avdelingen | UiB

The 2024 NAR Brain Power Award

Illustrasjon: Lars Fiske

All members of the Forskerforbundet can nominate any other members of the union for the “Forskerforbundet’s Brainpower Award.” You can also nominate yourself.

In the announcement, they write: “The nominee should be a person who has made significant contributions to society through their work. This could be a research project, an exhibition, an innovation, an archive, an educational program, innovative public outreach, contributions to public debate, or another socially beneficial contribution. The nominee should meet one or more of these criteria.”

The prize is a total of 200,000 NOK, which can be awarded to one or more winners.

The deadline for nominations is September 1, 2024. Read more here: https://www.forskerforbundet.no/om-forskerforbundet/hjernekraftprisen/forskerforbundets-hjernekraftpris-2024

Why teach and supervise (if you don’t have to)?

Many individuals who are employed or indirectly connected to K2 through research contribute to teaching at the bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD levels, and towards the professional studies at the Faculty of Medicine. Yet, there is a need for more hands (or rather, brains) and a more adequate distribution of tasks. But why teach or supervise students if it is not a formal requirement in the position or role you hold?

Many discover the rewarding aspects of teaching and supervision when they reach a point where they “have to” get involved in such tasks, while some realize a bit too late that teaching experience would provide a more complete CV, in terms of both real-life and formal competence.

Teaching can force one to delve into areas slightly outside one’s core competence. Through the preparation for teaching and, for example, supervising students who work on various assignments, this can contribute to a broader professional impact. Evaluation (“sensor”) assignments can serve a similar function, while also providing an insight into other environments and their activities – which can come in handy when in need for an evaluator for one’s own students.

Through such processes, one often needs to look afresh at one’s own passive knowledge concerning definitions and basic concepts that might be taken for granted in everyday work activities – can you really explain them to a less experienced person? Sometimes, more experienced individuals may have moments of discovery when going back to concepts they think they have understood and can explain outright. Students ask questions one as never considered.

Everyone probably clearly recalls one or several teachers or mentors from their own time as a student. Some for the ‘wrong’ reasons, but some as important role models and academic mentors. In an era with a growing focus on digitalization in teaching, I believe it is very important that students meet dedicated professionals and scientists, and I believe these meetings can be motivating for both parties.

Regarding formal competence: various forms of teaching are credited in the training part of the UiB PhD education, and supervisors can encourage the emphasis on such activities in the training component. Specific requirements apply for promotions/appointments in academic positions, but teaching will always complement an academic CV.

Be reminded that teaching is not just lectures but can take many forms. If you want to contribute to teaching or supervision, you can communicate this to the leader of your research group, to teaching group leaders in your field, or to colleagues who teach a relevant subject.

Silje – Fungerende undervisningsleder.

CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium

June 6th, 2024 

(Møterom, HBE, Glasblokkene, Blokk 8, U1etg, U364, Auditorium)– register(ccbiojuss.no) or https://skjemaker.app.uib.no/view.php?id=16203275

We are happy to welcome you all to the upcoming CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium, June 6th, 2024. This seminar series is a perfect place to meet and interact with other young scientists. We anticipate lively and interesting discussion as always. It is a pleasure to present Geir Olav Løken, Administrative Leader of CCBIO, as the keynote speaker. He will use his decades long experience in mediating between researchers and the administration to elaborate on how to best interact with “the other side” and point out pitfalls and coping strategies. Anna Gorbunova, a new post doc in Carina Strell’s group will present the prognostic impact of mitochondrial proteins in lung cancer. You will also learn more about how to target homology repair deficiency in breast cancer, tissue engineering of bone marrow and precision medicine in children’s cancer. Please register within June 3rd at 11.00.

Program: Continue reading

Webinar about ERC Synergy Grant

7 June 10:00–11:45

Do you have an extraordinary exciting and groundbreaking idea for a research project, but need one or more other PIs to solve the puzzle? ERC Synergy Grants can be the solution for you.

ERC Synergy Grants (SyG) allow two to four outstanding “principal investigators” (PIs) to come together on a problem for a project and provide the opportunity for collaboration for up to six years.

https://www.forskningsradet.no/en/events/2024/webinar-about-erc-synergy-grant/

2024 UiB Læringskonferanse

The UiB Læringskonferanse is open to all members of the UiB community and is an opportunity to learn, discuss and celebrate research-based practices that embody Connection, Community, and/or Inclusion in university teaching and learning.

The conference will take place on Thursday, 17. October in NG5 and the day will include keynote speakers and workshops, paper panels and poster presentations. We invite everyone involved in teaching, supervision, assessment, and other teaching related activities at UiB and other local institutions to contribute to and attend the conference.

Submissions/presentations can be in Norwegian or English and the deadline for submissions is 30. June.

Read more