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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!

Lage promofilm?

Har du eller dine kolleger et ønske om en promofilm for et prosjekt?
Kanskje dere sitter på forskningsmateriale som trenger å redigeres?

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)

Reminder holiday registration and important info about plus time

All employees at the University of Bergen must use the Self-Service Portal to register holidays and senior days. Employees who are to register working hours must do so in the Self-Service portal. Registration in the Self-Service Portal ensures that the employees themselves and their managers at all times have a good overview of holidays and flexible working hours, and that these are in accordance with applicable laws, collective agreements and regulations.

The holiday plan for the main holiday period should be available no later than 1 May and applications for summer holidays must therefore be registered in the Self-Service Portal well in advance of this date. The starting point is that all employees must take a minimum of three weeks holiday in the period 1 June – 30 September, and preferably between the two study semesters.

Note in particular that UiB has two settlement dates in 2021, and plus time of more than 50 hours will be deleted on 31.08.21 (postponed from 31.12.20) and 31.12.21. Overtime and travel time are not deleted. It is important that managers follow up by extracting a report in SAP Insights, see «Appendix 2. Absence overview» for user guidance.

Ferie og fleksitid

Behov for medarbeidere under OSKE-eksamen

Vi har pr i dag omtrent 40 påmeldte medarbeidere til de to OSKE-eksamenene vi skal gjennomføre i juni. Vi har klart å dekke behovet for den minste eksamenen (MED12), men for eksamen i MED6 trenger vi ytterligere 20 medarbeidere. Vi trenger flere medarbeidere enn normalt på grunn av smittevernstiltakene.


Eventuelle spørsmål kan rettes til Lise Amble (MED6) eller Dina Midtflø (MED12).

Med vennlig hilsen
Ørjan Leren

(Norsk) Disputas: Eli Skeie, fredag 23. april 2021

Foto: Jørgen Barth

Eli Skeie

Trial lecture:      23 – april 2021 kl. 10.15

Oppgitt emne:                “Forebygger kunnskapsbaserte ernæringsintervensjoner postoperative komplikasjoner? Implementering av perioperativ ernæringsbehandling I små og store sykehus”

Dissertation:                     23 – april 2021 kl. 12.15

Avhandlingens tittel:      “The association between malnutrition and postoperative complications, and the potential for prevention of both”


  1. opponent: Dosent Frode Slinde Göteborgs universitet, Sverige
  2. opponent: Førsteamanuensis Anne Karin Lindahl, Universitetet i Oslo
  3. medlem av komiteen: Professor Anne Berit Guttormsen, Universitetet i Bergen

Custos: professor emeritus Alfred Halstensen

Open for all!

Link to digital dissertation


Day of Immunology 2021

Day of Immunology is a worldwide campaign to increase common knowledge and awareness about the importance of the immune system.

For COVID-19 reasons, the Norwegian Society of Immunology has organized a digital version of the annual popular science meeting this year. Rebecca Cox from our department will have a presentation and participate in the panel discussion.

This year’s theme is COVID-19 and will be hosted in Norwegian.

Torsdag 29. april 2021, kl. 13:00 til kl. 15:30

Registration is free.


Meeting ID: 675 1962 5611
Passcode: 702377

Please click here and here for more information.

Instituttseminar – 24. mars kl. 13:00

Wednesday March 24th, at 13:00

13:00 – 13:45  ; The alarmin HMGB1, inflammation and arthritis – knowledge today and visions for the future
Professor og overlege Helena Erlandsson Harris, Institutionen för Medicin, Karolinska institutet

14:00 – 14:45; Towards personalized therapies for inflammatory diseases
Professor Silke Appel, Klinisk institutt 2/Broegelmanns forskningslaboratorium

Link to the seminar:


(Norsk) Disputas – Jon Espen Dale, torsdag 25. mars 2021

Trial lecture:      25. mars 2021 kl. 10.15
Subject:                “Proton therapy for head and neck cancer”

Dissertation:       25. mars 2021 kl. 12.15
Title:      “Dose Constraints for important Organs at Risk in the Head and Neck Region for Carbon Ion Radiotherapy optimized with the Local Effect Model I (LEM I)”

  1. opponent: Professor Cai Grau, Aarhus University, Denmark
  2. opponent: Ph.d. Markus Stock, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
  3. medlem av komiteen: Professor Ingfrid Salvesen Haldorsen, Universitetet i Bergen

Custos: professor Einar K. Kristoffersen

Open for all; Digitalt møterom


Dissertation – Anne Katrine Bergland, Friday 26th of March

Foto: Svein Lunde

Trial lecture:      March 26th, at 09.15

Subject:                “Kognitiv svikt som følge av kronisk traumatisk hjerneskade – mekanismer, klinisk utredning og forløp”

Dissertation:                     March 26th , at 11.00


Subject:      “Cognitive impairment – role of vascular risk factors and lipid alterations for development and progression”

  1. opponent: Professor II Börje Bjelke, Universitetet i Oslo
  2. opponent: Førsteamanuensis Rannveig Sakshaug Eldholm, NTNU
  3. medlem av komiteen: Professor II Lasse Gøransson, Universitetet i Bergen

Custos:  professor Dennis Nilsen.

Open for all; Digitalt møterom


Why you should spend 15 minutes on ARK

You may have noticed in passing in K2-news, or in the meeting notice I forwarded? This week marked the start of the work and climate survey (ARK) at UiB.

The last time we responded to ARK was in 2019. At that time, the survey was conducted for a few units only. This time, the entire UiB will implement ARK at the same time. There have also been digital kick-off meetings under the direction of MEDFAK this week, both in Norwegian and English. On Monday 08/03, all our employees in a 20% position or more received an e-mail with an individual link to the questionnaire. I hope you all will take the time to go through the form.

When the corona shutdown started exactly one year ago, K2 had two smaller, local surveys about how you all were coping with the restrictions. The surveys were anonymous, and I read through all the feedback we received. The feedback was direct and honest, positive as well as negative, and these are exactly the kind of feedback we need to be able to work with what works and does not work in our work environment. ARK is a new opportunity to give us input on what we can do better and what works well. The working environment at K2 is valuable for all of us, and it is well worth spending 15 minutes on.

The deadline for responses is March 29, but why wait? The results are ready in mid-April, and the first follow-up meeting is already scheduled for 21 April.

Thank you for caring about our work environment and for taking the time to respond to ARK.

Many greetings from Julie

Dissertation – Ninnie Helen Bakken Oehme, Friday March 19th

Trial lecture:      Friday March 19th, 9:15

Subject:                “Definition and causes of delayed puberty in boys”

Disputas:                     Friday  March 19th, at 11:15

Title:      “Pubertal development in Norwegian boys. Ultrasound assessment of testicular volume, hormonal references, and association with anthropometric measurements”


1. opponent: Professor Ken Ong, University of Cambridge, Storbritannia
2. opponent: Forsker Lise Aksglaede, Copenhagen University Hospital, Danmark
3. medlem of the comitee: Førsteamanuensis Marianne Øksnes, Universitetet i Bergen

Custos: Professor Francisco Gomez Real.

Open for all ; Digitalt møterom 

Valg av rektor og prorektor og nye medlemmer til universitetsstyret

In norwegian only.


Rektorvalget ved Universitetet i Bergen skal gjennomføres 22. – 25. mars 2021. Den neste rektorperioden starter 1. august 2021, og varer i fire år. Les mer om valget her:

Tirsdag 9/3 kl 14-16 blir det digitalt allmøte på MED hvor de to rektorlagene med rektorkandidatene i spissen vil presentere seg og svare på spørsmål fra oss på MED.

Hold av tidspunktet 9/3 kl 14-16. Lenke til møtet kommer i egen mail.

Det blir anledning til å høre om hva de tenker om våre utfordringer på MED og få svar på spørsmål du lurer på. I tillegg vil aktiv deltakelse fra oss på dette møtet bidra til å sette MED på kartet og synliggjøre våre saker uansett hvem som vinner rektorvalget.

Du trenger ikke melde deg på, og tenk gjerne på spørsmål du ønsker svar på. Ikke minst benytt muligheten til å avklare hvem av de to rektorlagene du vil stemme på.

De to lagene er:

Rektorkandidat Oddrun Samdal med prorektorkandidat Nils Gunnar Kvamstø

Rektorkandidat Margareth Hagen med prorektorkandidat Pinar Heggernes

Mer informasjon finner du i videoen nedenfor der Margareth Hagen og Oddrun Samdal stilte med sine prorektorkandidater og svarte på spørsmål.

Til slutt vil jeg oppfordre alle om å stemme ved valget.

God helg og godt valg!

Pål R. Njølstad

OSKE juni 2021

Nå har arbeidet med OSKE i juni startet. I juni trenger vi hjelp fra administrative ansatte både til OSKE i MED12 9. juni og OSKE i MED6 16. juni. I MED6 er det et større antall studenter som skal ha eksamen enn i MED12, så her er det behov for flere ansatte. I påmeldingsskjemaet velger du hvilken eksamen og hvilke dager du kan delta. Vi ønsker at de som er på sløyfer kan være med å rigge (og rydde) den sløyfen de skal være på.


Vi ønsker å få på plass sløyfene i god tid før OSKE, og det er derfor ønskelig med tilbakemelding seinest 22. mars 2021.


Ta kontakt med

Lise S. Amble for OSKE i MED6 og/eller Dina-Kristin Midtflø for OSKE i MED12

Ps. Har dere fått med dere denne: 🙂


Lise og Dina

Time for ARK again!

ARK is an working environment survey that is conducted for all employees at UiB every 3 years. This is the second time, and a questionnaire will be sent out in March.

ARK is an management tool, a participation arena, and a research database.

The purpose of the survey is to gain insight into what the working environment is about for us, and how we can facilitate and further develop a good working environment. To get the most out of the survey, it is important that everyone:

-Responds to the survey

-Reads through and reflects on the report when it arrives

-Actively participates in discussions and forums where ARK is a topic.

-Contribute to measures for a better working environment

We plan to go through the main points in the ARK survey at the K2 Retreat 2021, which we hope to be able to arrange this autumn. There will also be a review for the various subgroups of employees.

Enjoy your weekend!


The practical station exam OSCE8 for medical students should actually have been completed in June 2020, but this was postponed until February 2nd due to the corona pandemic. Although there was sufficient time to plan the exam, for many it was still a hectic rush last week.

There are several reasons for this. The ROSA analysis was delayed, there were new challenges in the infection situation, and there were personnel challenges partly due to many sick leaves at the study section K1 / K2 in the most critical phase, but also due to the need for extra reserve personnel if someone urgently had to be quarantined. Nevertheless, OSKE8 was carried out, and my impression is that it happened in a very good way, professionally, administratively, and in terms of infection control. It was just extremely impressive! And the students were very happy that the exam could be completed!

Many of you in a very short time lined up as extra markers, examiners, examiners and administrative people, and many worked day – and in fact night – to facilitate the exam. There is certainly a lot we can learn from this round and which we should probably address in the next round this spring when OSKE8 and OSKE12 will be held again, but I want to praise all of you who lined up, both electively and ad hoc, so that this became possible. THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH!!

Have a great weekend. Hope you have a surplus in your mental account for a ski trip or two J


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

The week of the 15th Annual Research Presentations by the Research School in Clinical Medicine has finished with great success.

Despite the limitations coming with a pandemic, we had a satisfactory number of participants in Research School Presentations 2021.

On the first day of the event, 23 projects were presented as a Poster Presentation in three sessions: Diabetes/Obesity/Nutrition, Cardiovascular/Pulmonology/GE, and QoL/Neurologic/Genetic/Basic Science.

The second day of the event was held with 13 projects presented as an Oral Presentation in three sessions:  Basic Science/Cellular, Epidemiology/Clinical Trials, and Cancer/Autoimmunity.

All projects were awarded a Certificate for Successful Participation.

Three projects presented by PhD candidates were awarded “The Best Poster Presentation Award”

  • First place winner:  10 000 NOK

Philipp Strauss: “Transcriptomic Characterization of Renal Cell Carcinoma Patients with Progressive Disease Despite Low Initial Risk of Progression”

  • Second place winner: 5000 NOK

Martha Haugstøyl: “Pro-inflammatory adipose tissue macrophages are associated with insulin resistance in morbidly obese subjects”

  • Third place winner: 3000 NOK

Tonje Bårdsen: “Lung function in extremely preterm born adults over three decades”

Three projects presented by PhD candidates were awarded “The Best Oral Presentation Award”

  • First place winner:  10 000 NOK

Karine Eid: “Perinatal Depression and Anxiety in Women with MS: A Population-Based Cohort Study”

  • Second place winner: 5000 NOK

Elvira García de Jalón: “Repurposing 18F-FMISO for clinical PET/CT imaging of nitroreductase gene-directed enzyme prodrug therapy”

  • Third place winner: 3000 NOK

Vibeke Fosse: “CD24-targeted intraoperative fluorescence image-guided surgery leads to improved cytoreduction of ovarian cancer in a preclinical orthotopic surgical model”

Projects presented by Postdoctoral Researchers/Scientists were nominated for the “Open Class Award”

  • Open Class Award: 10 000 NOK

Helga Midtbø: “Fitness is associated with lower inflammatory markers in obesity: The FATCOR study”

Project received the most votes from the audience was awarded “The People’s Choice Award”

  • “The People’s Choice Award”:

Aishwarya Pavithram: “Functional characterization of HNF1B variants enhance precision medicine in diabetes”

For more details about presented Projects and Award Ceremony, please,  see the files attached to this email.

On behalf of the organizing committee, we extend our congratulations to all participants and winners.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you and your projects in the 16th Annual Research Presentations by the Research School in Clinical Medicine in January 2022.


Mona, Nils, and Nigar


New round of KG Jebsen centers for medical research

A new round of KG Jebsen Centers for Medical Research( is now being announced.  The foundation says it will create two new centers from 2022.

Together with Helse Bergen, the Faculty of Medicine can submit 4 applications to the foundation with an application deadline of May 6. We must therefore have an internal process with fairly short deadlines to select the 4 initiatives invited to the full application (see below). In cooperation with Renate Grüner (research director at Haukeland), Marit Bakke has created a template that is mandatory in the prequalification round  and an evaluation form to be used by the external committee for the sketches in the prequalification round (LINK). The application template and evaluation form are based on what is used by the foundation, but it is still encouraged to read the application form/evaluation criteria to be used for the applications in the second round also now in the first place so that you know what the foundation emphasizes. An application to KGJ must be more focused than an SFF, and the translational aspect must be clear.  Prequalification applications that do not use the specified template or that are missing attachments, or that come in after the deadline will not be considered.

Here’s the plan for this year’s announcement:

  1. January 2021: Announcement published
  2. March 1, 2021 (12:00): Deadline for prequalification application
  3. March 1, 2021: Prequalification applications are submitted to external committee (3 international evaluators)
  4. March 23: Feedback from the committee
  5. No later than March 26: Invitation to 4 academic environment for full application
  6. May 6: Final application deadline for full application
  7. You will find the KGJ Foundation’s further schedule in the announcement text.


  1. KGJ-MED_to-be-announced-3

2. Evaluation criteria and template for the prequalification round at The faculty of Medicine

3. Final template for prequalification

4. SKGJ_Research_plan_template_v0-1-2