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Good summer!

Dear all,

I am again acting head of the department while Pål works on his SFF application. I keep my fingers crossed that we get rewarded for it and wish him and his whole team good luck!

And I have to say, it is a pleasure to write this last editorial before the summer. First, I would like to congratulate Eva Gerdts and her research group Hypertension and Heart Dynamics  / Centre for Research on Heart Disease in Women who were awarded the faculty’s prize as  research/innovation environment of the year .

As mentioned before, the faculty’s teaching prize went to the endocrinology community for “Endopodden”, a podcast on endocrinological topics created by PhD candidate Åse Bjorvatn Sævik with active contributions from the academic community and medical students. The awards will be presented on Faculty Day on 20 October.

In addition, we also learned yesterday that Camilla Krakstad, Emmet McCormack and Yenan Bryceson have been allocated their NFR projects  Congratulations on your awards!

As I said, this is the last K2nytt before summer, I wish everyone a really good summer!


Change in the institute management

As you know, our former Head of Administration Julie Stavnes has left. Following the announcement of the position, Maria Holmaas has now been hired as the new Head of Administration. Most of you probably know Mia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Management from BI and has long and broad work experience from the business world in finance, management, personnel administration and HR. Mia has been employed at K2 since 2016 and has worked with project administration and financial management. We are lucky to get such a competent person to the management team at K2. Welcome, Mia!

Three applications from the Faculty of Medicine proceeded to phase 2 of SFF-V. These are

The Center for Translational Epidemiology, IGS and others, is headed by Tone Bjørge

Bergen Center for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health, IGS and others, led by Ole Frithjof Norheim

Center for Diabetes Mechanisms, K2 and others, led by Pål R. Njølstad

The Dean wants full focus on these SFF applications with the effect that I am given temporary leave from my position as head of department until 150921. Silke Appeal immediately moves up as Acting Head of Department and Emmet McCormack as Head of Research. All inquiries, emails, telephones etc. must thus go to these and me during this time.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Silke and Emmet for your willingness to take on these positions. I am sure you will manage your duties in an excellent way and wish you the best of luck!

Have a great weekend!

(Norsk) Disputas – Divya Sri Priyanka Tallapragada – 24.06.21

Divya Sri Priyanka Tallapragada

Trial lecture:              Thursday, 24 June 2021, kl 13.15

Topic:                             “The thrift gene hypothesis – just a hypothesis or why we are getting obese?”

Defence:                      Thursday, 24 June 2021, kl 15.15

Dissertation:                  “Novel adipose genes in substrate- and depot-dependent lipid accumulation”

1st opponent:                  Senior Lecturer Ingrid Wernstedt Asterholm, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

2nd opponent:                 Professor Ola Hansson, Lund University, Sweden

Committee leader:          Professor Stian Knappskog, University of Bergen

The defence will be led by Professor Emerita Birgitta Åsjø

Link to digital defence


Disputas – Elvira García de Jalón Viñegra, 25.06.21

Trial lecture:      Friday June 25th, at 10.15

Topic:                “Imaging agents with a theranostic potential”

Difence:                    Friday June 25th at 12.15

Title:      “Preclinical molecular imaging in oncology – From chemical synthesis to clinical translatable applications”

  1. opponent: Professor Frauke Alves, Max-Planck-Institut für Experimentelle Medizin, Tyskland
    2. opponent:                 Førsteamanuensis Jørn H. Hansen, UiT – Norges arktiske universitet   3. medlem av komiteen: Professor Frits A. Thorsen, Universitetet i Bergen

Disputasen blir ledet av professor Silke Appel.

Open to all.

Link to digital defence

Press release

(Norsk) Disputas – Einar Marius Hjellestad Martinsen , 25.06.21

Einar Marius Hjellestad Martinsen

Trial lecture:          Friday June 25th, at  10.15

Topic:                           “Use of broad-spectrum antibiotics and the composition of the pulmonary microbiome”

Defences:                                  Friday June 25th, at 12.15

Avhandlingens tittel:          “The mycobiome in COPD: Descriptive and longitudinal analysis, and participation in research bronchoscopy studies”

  1. opponent: Professor Paul Bowyer, Universitetet i Manchester
  2. opponent: Førsteamanuensis Anne Hildur Henriksen, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
  3. medlem av komiteen: Professor Mai Tone Lønnebakken, Universitetet i Bergen

Custos:  professor Anette Susanne Bøe Wolff.

Open for all.

Lenke til digital disputas


Are you interested in becoming an evaluator for EU projects? Free Webinar Tuesday 22. June 10:00 – 11:00

Are you interested in becoming an evaluator for EU projects?

There are many reasons why this could be a good idea:

  • you will expand your international network
  • you will have a chance to closely follow state-of-the art in your area
  • you will gain insights into the evaluation process which will help you in writing proposals
  • and many others… including that this job can be really interesting and fun!

If this sounds interesting to you, please register for the webinar here: Are you interested in becoming an evaluator for EU projects? (

The webinar is arranged by the Research Council of Norway, and is free of charge.

You will learn from an experienced evaluator;  Joe Gorman, who will share his experience and give you useful tips.  Joe is senior researcher at SINTEF, with many years of experience from working as evaluator and with the European Commission. We will talk about

  • what kinds of evaluator profile the EU is looking for
  • how you can set up your expert profile in the best way
  • and other things you can do in order to increase you chance of being selected as an evaluator.

The webinar will be dialogue-based, and you will have plenty of time to ask questions and discuss with Joe.

Registration possible from July 1 for fall term courses; CCBIO903, CCBIONEUR910, CCBIONEUR911 and CCBIONEUR912

Dear all

From July 1, it is possible to register for the fall term courses from CCBIO and Neuro-SysMed, and deadline is September 1. For all courses, please register in Studentweb if you are already enrolled at the UiB. If you are not enrolled at the UiB, you register through Søknadsweb, where you simultaneously apply for UiB guest student status.

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Dissertation: Stein-Erik Hafstad Solvang 16.06.21

Trial lecture June 16th at kl. 9.15

Subject: Oppgitt emne: “Inflammation in normal aging and frailty, what are the mechanisms and clinical implications”




Dissertation June 16th at 11.15

Avhandlingens tittel: “The kynurenine pathway in cognition, dementia, and aging”

  1. opponent:  Professor Sophie Erhardt, Karolinska Institutet, Sverige
  2. opponent: Hege Ihle-Hansen, Oslo Universitetssykehus
  3. medlem av komiteen: Førsteamanuensis II Rune A. Kroken, Universitetet i Bergen

Disputasen blir ledet av professor Tone Merete Norekvål.

Open for all

Lenke til digital disputas


Hovedveileder: Lasse Mælver Giil
Medveiledere: professor emeritus Jan-Erik Nordrehaug og professor emeritus Grethe Tell

Dissertation: Inger Marie Skoie

Foto: Svein Lunde, SUS

Trial lecture:                         Friday June 18th at  09.15

Oppgitt emne:      “Kløe, frustrasjon og håp: Gamle, nye og kommende legemidler mot uttalt atopisk dermatitt og deres virkningsmekanisme”

Dissertation:                                                  Friday June 18th at 11.00

Avhandlingens tittel:               «Fatigue in psoriasis: prevalence and biological mechanisms»

  1. opponent: Professor Petter Gjersvik, Universitetet i Oslo
  2. opponent: Professor Arne Klungland, Universitetet i Oslo
  3. medlem av komiteen: Førsteamanuensis Heidi Grundt, Universitetet i Bergen

Custos: Professor Hartwig Kørner

Open for all

Lenke til digital disputas


Hovedveileder: professor emeritus Roald Omdal
Medveiledere: Thomas Ternowitz, dr.scient. Grete Jonsson, ph.d. Katrine B. Norheim

CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium (JUSS) June 17, 2021

We have the pleasure of inviting you to our CCBIO Junior Scientist Symposium (JUSS) June 17, 2021! This is an online event in Zoom.

Our keynote speaker Gro Vatne Røsland will give us an overview of microbiota in heath and diseases.  Local junior researchers will present exciting findings using liquid biopsies in metastatic melanoma and organoid models to study COVID-19 infection, advancing cancer research with murine tumor models and mass cytometry, and how to track systemic glioblastoma stem cells.

Join us for a perfect occasion for professional input and digital networking! Open for all.

When: Thursday June 17, 2021 at 09:00 – 12:15 (Norwegian time)

Where: Digital event in Zoom (logon details will be sent to registered participants)

Program: can be found here.

Registration: At  (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!


Marie Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship progra mme

For Professors, researchers and young talents

Do you know of young research talents abroad that you would like to bring to your lab?


Are you a young talent who would like to boost your career with an international stay?

Then you should consider the Marie Sklodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship progra mme.

The goal of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships (formerly, Individual Fellowships) is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers holding a PhD, wishing to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility.

Applicants must have been awarded their doctoral degree within 8 years prior to the deadline of the call. Exceptions: career breaks.

Fellowship types:

Postdoctoral Fellowships either can take place in Europe (i.e. in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country like Norway) or in a Third Country not associated to Horizon Europe (e.g. USA):

  • European Postdoctoral Fellowships: Fellows (any nationality) either come to Europe from any country in the world or move within Europe for a project. The standard duration of these fellowships must be between 12 and 24 months.
  • Global Postdoctoral Fellowships: European nationals or long-term residents who wish to engage in projects with organisations outside EU Member States and Horizon Europe Associated Countries. These fellowships require an outgoing phase of minimum 12 and maximum 24 months in a non-associated Third Country, and a mandatory 12-month return phase to a host organisation based in an EU Member State or a Horizon Europe Associated Country.

Deadline 15 Sept. 2021

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

NorDoc – network for ph.d education

NorDoc is a Nordic network of doctoral education in health sciences. The annual Nordic PhD Summit brings PhD students from the Nordic countries together for a PhD conference with interaction and scientific discussions – focusing on Nordic research strengths and how to get the most out of your PhD. The meeting is preceeded by a summer school for PhD candidates but the conference is open to all interested – PhD students, postdocs, supervisors and faculty.

In June 2022 Bergen will be hosting the Summer school and summit. The conference will be hosted the week before or after Bergen Summer Research School (BSRS) and the current plan is to focus the conference towards sustainability and inequality in research. This is in keeping both with the BSRS topic for 2022 and with UiB’s strong position in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals.

We are now establishing a scientific programme committee and we are searching for members to create the programme and scientific content for the summit and summer school. There will also be a committee for the practical arrangements. We are looking for scientific staff members and PhD candidates. If you are interested, please contact us by 4 June (

The Summer School will also offer courses for PhD candidates, and we call for groups to plan intensive 1-2 ECTS courses for June 2022. Course proposals should be submitted to the PhD programme Board via the departments by 15 October 2021.

For inspiration or registration for the 2021 Summit in Copenhagen, please see


Upcoming course: Genomics for Precision Medicine (Organiser: Anagha Joshi)

Upcoming course: Genomics for Precision Medicine (Organiser: Anagha Joshi)

This course will cover the use of genetic, epigenetic and transcriptomic data towards precision medicine.

The course is split in two parts. The first part will be about one weeklong and has an aim to get the students familiar

with starting from basic concepts to hands-on sessions using genomics data for precision medicine.

Dates: 14th-18thJune 2021 (online lectures and hands-on) + one week project work

Location: Digital

Lecturers: Anagha Joshi, Kim Brugger, Alexander Lundervold, Sean Banks, Adriaan Ludl, Dimitrios Kleftogiannis

Credits:5 ECTS

Registration and more information –

Sad to leave, but happy to go

Dear colleagues,

I’m sad to say goodbye to you all. After almost 6 years at K2, my curiosity for the world outside K2 has gotten the best of me. I will soon start my new job as head of administration at the Department of Biological Sciences.

It is most definitely an ungrateful time to leave. If it was up to me, I would gather as many as possible for a nice lunch together. However, this year insists we do things a little differently. For those who have the time and desire to drop by the common area on the eighth floor and say goodbye, I will offer coffee and cake. I’ll make sure we keep the right distance and I have rubbing alcohol available. Pop-up cake and coffee on the eighth floor, Thursday 06 May, Friday 07 May and on my last day, Monday 10 May between 1200 and 1400. No registration required and everyone is welcome to drop by.

The years at K2 have been fabulous. I have been allowed to work in a great administration and with outstanding scientific and technical colleagues. Thank you to everyone in the administration, all technicians, all scientists, research group leaders, UGLE, department council, safety representatives, research fellows, other heads of administration, Professor Emeritus. It is all of you who have made K2 a great place to be! There has been a lot of laughter, pondering, some frustration, some disagreements, a lot of problem solving. And some things stand out. The institute seminar at Solstrand in 2019 was an absolute highlight. It was a great atmosphere and great to spend so much time with all of you. I hope you get organized again.

Unfortunately, my last few months have been a little more demanding than expected. My mom suddenly fell ill in January, and passed away almost two weeks ago. With sick visits and funerals in Trøndelag, my last months at K2 have been more absent than desired, and I apologize for those who have been affected by this in various ways. I very much appreciate the care and concern you have shown me in these hard times.

I am very grateful, humble and happy for the years at K2, and I will always remember you all as good and caring colleagues and friends. Thank you for making my workplace a great place to be.

Take care of yourself, take care of your colleagues and take care of our good working environment.

Warm wishes, Julie❤

Changes in the administration

As previously announced, Julie Stavnes will resign from her position as Head of Administration for K2 on May 11. The recruitment process for a new Head of Administration is ongoing. Until a new person can take over, Maria Holmaas will work as Head of Administration. I assume she is well known by most having many years of experience in the administration at K2, most recently as Head of the Finance Section. In her absence, Kjetil Haugsvær Dyrkolbotn will act as Head of Finance.

Wishing you a really good weekend!

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Studiet for TV-produksjon på Infomedia tar nå oppdrag for UiBs fakulteter og institutt.
De tilbyr tjenester innen filming, redigering, regissering og utforming av videprosjekter. Arbeidet inngår i studiet, og inntektene går til budsjettet for studentenes eksamensfilm.

Ta kontakt med meg for å høre mer eller legge inn en bestilling.

Med vennlig hilsen

Thomas V Drageset
Klyngekoordinator, UiB
T: 97627532

Apply for funds from Olav Thons Stiftelse – deadline for submission: September 15.

Olav Thons Foundation announces two rewards for 2022.

  1. The Olav Thon Foundation’s International Research Award for Mathematics/Natural Sciences and Medicine 2022

In the field of medicine, special attention will be given to gerontology as well as to studies of brain function and age-related changes in the brain.

Read more about the announcement and how to apply here:

  1. Announcement National Academic Prize 2022

10 awards up to 500 000 NOK each is awarded to Norwegian and foreign professors who excel in their teaching activities within medicine and natural sciences at Norwegian teaching facilities.

Read more about the announcement and how to apply here: (in Norwegian only)