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Not only me, but also we

Strategy is currently being discussed both at the faculty and department levels; how can we become a better organization for research, teaching and dissemination –  and in continuation of this, how should we make K2 and UiB a brand name that attracts the best students, staff and grants.

Even though we are individualists, it is about collaborating, having projects that are interdisciplinary. However, it does not stop there. We must have a good collaboration with the health trust if we are to win in the competition for research funding and be able to give our students the best teaching.

How to go about this strategy is not always obvious. Strategy is a management responsibility, but just as important is that all employees are involved in common projects and goals. This will be the topic of K2’s strategy seminar 24-25 February at Solstrand, and we in the leadership group hope that as many as possible can participate, not least from our campi outside Bergen.

Cooperation is built through meetings and common meeting places are important. Next Wednesday, the Annual Faculty Day will be held in Bikuben from 10-13. The same afternoon, Bjørn-Tore Gjertsen, the recipient of this year’s King Olav the V’s cancer research prize will be celebrated in “Store Auditorium”. Join in the celebration of those who have excelled over the past year and discuss collaboration and strategy with your colleagues

Eystein Husebye

Deputy Chairman


Dear all!

This will be relatively long, please read everything!

I will start with some joyful things: I hope that as many people as possible have the opportunity to attend the Faculty Day on 20 October at 10-13 October, where the faculty’s teaching and research prizes will be awarded at the auditorium at AHH. Among other things, the prize for research environment of the year goes to Eva Gerdts’ research group Hypertension and Heart Dynamics/Centre for Research on Heart Disease in Women, and “Endopodden” is awarded with a teaching prize.

The day then continues in a very pleasant way with a celebration seminar for Bjørn Tore Gjertsen on the occasion of the award of King Olav V’s cancer research prize at 15-18 at Store Auditoriet, Sentralblokken. Registration is required for this event (click here). We now just have to take advantage of the fact that the coronary restrictions have been eased and we can reconvene! And not least, there will be some food  😊

The third pleasant matter is about outstanding research: would you like to seek ERC funds? Then you now have the opportunity to apply to the faculty for support for a mentor. The idea is that a more experienced ERC applicant (preferably one who has received ERC funds in the past) helps you along the way. This is especially important for younger research talents. If you are interested, please contact me or Amra for more information.

Last but not least, anyone who has projects involving the handling of personal data must check RETTE to see if everything is in order. There are many projects that require changes to RETTE, most often there is a lack of a short justification for the need to process the personal data.

Have a really good weekend (and autumn holidays for some)!

HSE non-conformities must be reported in UiBhelp

On October 5th, the university will implement UiBhelp for reporting and follow-up of HSE non-conformities. This means that all new HSE non-conformities must be registered in the notification form in UiBhelp.

Do you want a refresh on what an HSE non-conformity is?

It may be:

  • violations of HSE guidelines and procedures
  • conditions that reduce fire safety
  • theft or vandalism
  • personal injuries that occur on campus
  • adverse events in the laboratory

Read more about reporting and follow-up of HSE non-conformities

See also the information in this PowerPoint.

Head of faculty/department

The 22nd Broegelmann Lecture, 15. Oktober, 14:00 CET

Lecture by Vijay Kuchroo, DVM, PhD

Role of Tim-3 in regulating anti-tumor immunity

Vijay Kuchroo is Samuel L. Wasserstrom Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Senior scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Co-Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity at the Brigham Research Institutes, Boston.

Vijay Kuchroo is a renowned immunologist, and he was the first to describe development of pathogenic Th17 cells known to have a central role in many autoimmune diseases. His lab was also the first to describe the TIM gen family, with Tim-3 as an inhibitory receptor expressed on T cells.

Link to lecture on Zoom

Link to event poster

Bjørn Tore Gjertsen celebration seminar

See also the event poster here

Dear all,

We have the pleasure of inviting you all to a special celebration seminar October 20, 2021 at 15:00 to celebrate Bjørn Tore Gjertsen receiving King Olav V’s Prize for Cancer Research 2021. This will take place at Store Auditorium, Sentralblokken, Haukeland University Hospital.

We strongly encourage all of you to attend the talks and the informal gathering with plenty refreshments and light food. The seminar is open to all as long as you register and you are welcome to circulate this invitation.

Time: Wednesday October 20, 2021 at 15:00 – 18:00

Place: Store Auditorium 1, Sentralblokken (Hospital main building 3rd floor), Haukeland University Hospital.


  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Congratulatory statements
  • Scientific program
  • Closing remarks


More information: Calendar event with detailed program
October 18, 13.00-14.00, you can watch the award ceremony online. Alternatively, the Medical Faculty will serve cake and coffee and host an on-screen live stream in the Auditorium in Armauer Hansens Hus,  12.30-14.00.

On behalf of CCBIO, K2, MED & HUS,
Best regards,

Lars A. Akslen
Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO
University of Bergen



Registration K2 Junior Retreat 2021

Time: November 22-23, 2021
Place: Scandic Voss, Voss
Registration deadline: October 8, 2021

The Department of Clinical Science (K2) welcomes you to participate in the 4th K2 Junior Retreat for PhDs and postdocs, an arena for academic and personal development and local networking. This year we will meet at wonderful Scandic Voss at Voss. K2 covers all costs of the event.

This year’s topics will be
• How to get the best out for your PhD
• Open access
• Visualization of data
Invited guest speakers: Paul Simon Svanberg and TBA

At Voss, all participants will present their project in a 2-minute lightening talk. As soon as you have signed up for the retreat, we will email you instructions for an abstract.
We will travel together from Bergen to Voss by train. The registration deadline is October 20 at midnight. We have room for the 30 first who register. After that there will be a waiting list.

We hope to see you at Scandic Voss!
Register here.

SAVE THE DATE October 20, 15.00: Celebration seminar for Bjørn Tore Gjertsen being awarded King Olav V’s Prize for Cancer Research 2021

Dear all

We are happy to invite you to a celebration seminar October 20 at 15.00 to celebrate the awarding of King Olav V’s Prize for Cancer Research 2021 to CCBIO PI and Co-Director Bjørn Tore Gjertsen.

Place: Store Auditorium (the large auditorium), Sentralblokken (main building), Haukeland University Hospital.

Time: October 20, 2021 at 15:00

At the end of the seminar, a reception with tapas and refreshments will be held at the back of the auditorium.

Prior to the seminar on October 20, the award ceremony itself will take place in Oslo on October 18, 13-14.00.  H. M. King Harald will then present the prize to Professor Gjertsen and the whole ceremony will be streamed online as well as showed in real time on screen in the auditorium in Armauer Hansens Hus.

Link to award ceremony

More info about the prize here

Save the dates for now, and more info, including registration, will follow!

New editor of the K2 newsletter


I am the new editor of the K2 newsletter.

My name is Jens Vikse. I am a rheumatology resident, who just started a four year PhD program at UiB.  My PhD project focuses on the newly recognized rheumatic disease “IgG4-related disease”

Besides rheumatology, I also have an interest in immunology and medical education. I am the author of an immunology textbook with accompanying video lectures. More information can be found here.

I look forward to serving as the editor for this newsletter. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.


This weeks edithorial

Dear all of you!

In recent years, we have had great help from our research advisor Amra. Now she wants more challenges and has moved to the faculty, where for one year from 15/9 she will contribute even more to the research advisor team. Fortunately, this means that she can still be contacted! We thank Amra for her excellent contribution to K2, wish her the best of luck and welcome back!

And then we have been told by the HR section at the faculty that they have reduced staffing and that things will take some extra time in the future. At the same time, we can find some information ourselves on UiB’s website and may not always need to contact human resources:

And then it is often your immediate leader who can answer some of the questions. So feel free to ask your supervisor, research group leader or UGLE for advice.

Have a really good weekend!

(Norsk) Disputas David Erik Forsse

David Forsse

Trial lectue:    Oktober 1st, at 11:15

Subject:                 “Medical treatment options for endometrial carcinomas”

Dissertation:                  Oktober 1st, at 13.15

Subject:      “Novel preoperative biomarkers and evaluation of altered treatment strategies to improve outcome for endometrial cancer patients”



  1. opponent: Førsteamanuensis Francesco Fanfani, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy
  2. opponent: Professor II Annika Auranen, University of Turku, Finland
  3. medlem av komiteen: Professor Stian Knappskog, Universitetet i Bergen

Disputasen blir ledet av førsteamanuensis Elham Baghestan

Open for all.

Link to digital disputas/prøveforelsning


Research Day at the Women’s Clinic, Bergen, October 20

Dear Colleague!

The Women’s Clinic, the University of Bergen and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences are inviting you to sign up for our ‘Research Day’ October 20th.

Obstetrics and gynecology are broadly engaging subjects, and we would like present our research projects, our results and how we can use new knowledge.

If you are doing research related to obstetrics or gynecology, you are invited to present your project!

The event takes place at Bikuben (Haukeland University Hospital Campus) and will continue with an award ceremony and debate at ‘Litteraturhuset’ downtown 6 to 8 pm.

Use the registration link to sign up, by Sept. 22, 2021 for speakers/posters and Oct. 13, 2021 for audience. Detailed program will be announced!

More info in English:

More info in Norwegian:

Contact person for questions: Mari Kylleså Halle

Congratulations to Bjørn Tore Gjertsen with The King Olav Vs Cancer Research Prize

Although this was already mentioned in last week’s K2nytt, it is worth repeating: We are very proud and congratulate Bjørn Tore Gjertsen on the King Olav Vs Cancer Research Prize. Well deserved!

Otherwise, many of you are probably busy teaching and writing applications – remember, among other things, the application deadline for Helse Vest research funding 15/9, promotion to professor 15/9 and deadline for applying for a research fellowship from MED 19/9. There have also been some changes to the guidelines: a person cannot be the main supervisor for more than four people in recruitment positions (PhD candidate and postdoc) funded from the faculty (

Finally, a few words about the corona situation: many of us are now fully vaccinated, and we want to have as many people back on campus as possible. Employees who are dependent on public transport can work from home office where possible, but this must be agreed upon with your direct leader. We would rather not have more than 2 days of home office per week.

Have a really good weekend!