IGS News May 2016
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Guri Rørtveit

Dear all,

The big event of the spring is always the Department’s Day, and this time was no exception: The day was well spent at Fløyen in beautiful weather and with perfect view over the city center. 
The presentations showed an impressive range of topics and methods employed by researchers at the department – and lots of possibilities for collaboration across the research groups. Professor Ole Frithjof Norheim’s Lancet paper about preventing premature deaths globally received the prize for best research paper at IGS, which means that the paper has moved on to compete for the “Paper of the Year” award at the Faculty. I highly recommend the read! It is also a pleasure to inform you that Ole Frithjof from this month on has a full permanent position as professor at IGS.

Another great happening is that IGS is awarded the Education Quality Prize at the faculty in 2016. Thanks particularly to Astrid Blystad, Thomas Mildestvedt and Randi Oen for establishing a longitudinal program to increase teaching competence at IGS. Also congrats to all of us, as the high participation rate in the program is key to the success.
Guri Rørtveit
Finally, it is great to see the intense activity in terms of proposals to the Research Council and other funds. Keep up the good work!

Guri Rørtveit
Head of Department


Department Day

IGS’s Department Day 11 May 2016 was a HUGE success! The weather and setting alone would have made it one of the most memorable ever! Learn more from IGS Twitter:  Twitter hashtag: #IGSDAY16
Congratulations and thanks to the Research / Organisation Committee:
Trond Riise (leader), Sverre Litleskare, Ingrid Miljeteig, Nils Halvdan Morken,
Tehmina Mustafa and Tonje Sperrevik
In addition to the highlights mentioned above, we would congratulate the winners of this year’s poster and publication prizes. Please see the article on the IGS web for more information.
Overview of IGS publications Is your publication missing from the list?
Please notify Therese Istad


Treatment after a heart attack varies with educational level

PhD student, Enxhela Sulo, was first author on an interesting study analyzing trends in the use of coronary angiography and revascularization.
It highlighted that despite positive trends in the incidence and survival of patients with coronary heart disease, socioeconomic disparities persist, including significant educational gradients. Read more.

Read more about the article in Norwegian:
Enxhela Sulo’s blog on the CVDNOR web pages: Lavt utdannede får sjeldnere utblokking ved hjerteinfarkt


MADE - Making a Difference with Education

Spear-headed by Bjarne Robberstad, a team of researchers from CIH have worked very hard to prepare an application for a Centre for Excellent Education (SFU) by the deadline 13 May.
Based around CIH's Master in Global Health, the Centre, called "MADE - Making a Difference with Education" will further develop the programme incorporating new learning approaches and technologies so as to be able to continue making a very important and competency-building impact on higher education and training in low income countries.

Water and Global Health

Professor Bernt Lindtjørn, IGS, CIH, is leading one of the / courses at this year's BSRS on Water, Climate and Society. June 13-24, 2016
His course is entitled, Water and Global Health.

Great News!

Janiche Helen Pedersen has been granted a Public Sector Ph.D (OFFPHD) from the Research Council of Norway.
It is the first such PhD between Bergen kommune and UiB (MOFA/IGS) that has been granted from the Research council. The PhD-project will study youth, physique and physical education, with a special emphasis on gaining knowledge about young people at risk of dropping out of high school. The candidate is MSc, physical therapist and attached to the Research Group for Phenomenological Studies in Health Sciences
Filiz Ipek Lunde

Staff and personnel news

We congratulate Professor Ole Frithjof Norheim (picture) with a full permanent position as Professor! He is now employed as professor in both community medicine and medical ethics.
Hilde Rakvaag is a new research fellow for four years in the research group Social Pharmacy. Welcome to IGS, Hilde!
We also welcome Doreen Ryland in our reception in Kalfarveien. She has worked at UiB for several years and we now welcome her to IGS!
A warm welcome to you all!
Holiday registration in Pagaweb
As requested by e-mail from the Head of Administration, we remind UiB employees to register all earned holiday for the whole year in Pagaweb.
Please see how to register here.

New doctors

May 6  Kaja Irgens (Picture) – Thesis:  Effects of noise exposure among navy personnel. Hearing loss and cognitive performance. PhD press release
May 24 Elisabeth Leirgul - Thesis: Congenital heart defects in Norway- a nation-wide study of birth prevalence,maternal diabetes,and folic acid supplementation in pregnancy! PhD press release
May 25 Kristine Heitmann – Thesis: Treatment of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy- with special focus on attitudes and use of pharmacological treatment. PhD press release

Congratulations from IGS! 

Upcoming disputations

June 8 Siri Carlsen – Thesis: The use of HbA1c as a quality indicatorin diabetes care – analytical and clinical aspects           
June 10 Gudmund Ågotnes – Thesis: The Institutional Practice. Dynamics of practice at nursing homes: An ethnographic study.
June 10 Eirik Vikane – Thesis: Effect of multidisciplinary outpatient treatment after mild
traumatic brain injury. A randomised controlled trial and prognostic factors for return to work
June 14 Andrew Martin Kilale – Thesis: Mycobacteria in northern Tanzania: Exposure and risk of disease among agropastoralists and programmatic challenges in investigation of re-treatment cases
June 14 Torgeir Gilje Lid – Thesis: Addressing alcohol in general practice
June 22 Tove Ask – Thesis: Functional evaluation and work participation in health care workers with musculoskeletal disorders
June 22 Miriam Hartveit – Bridging the Gap between Primary Care and Specialized Mental Health Care. A mixed method study of the quality of referral information and the referral letters’ potential impact on quality of care


UiB Magasinet

Hubro has been renamed, "UiB Magasinet". Ingvild Sandøy's (picture) work with teenage pregnancies is featured in the newly published issue. Read more here.
Photo by: Eivind Senneset

IGS in the media

Sover du mye på dagtid? og Hegnar Online (Professor Bjørn Bjorvatn)
Bevar sykepleie som vitenskapsfag på UiB
På Høyden, debattinnlegg (Professor Karin Anna Petersen)
Lavt utdannede får sjeldnere utblokking ved hjerteinfarkt
Aftenposten & BT (Stipendiat Enxhela Sulo & Professor Grethe Tell)


Check out UiB's calendar. A few highlights are included:
26 May - 7 June: Stikk innom serien / Drop in concerts with Griegakademiet and Festspillene i Bergen.
7 June: Holbergsymposiet: Livet i kunsten / Kunsten i livet
8 - 10 June 2016 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands: eHealth Week 2016
Registration is open!
The sessions of eHealth Week 2016 in Amsterdam will focus on Empowering People, Trust & Standards and Social Innovation & Transition. You can also attend the EU eHealth competition for SMEs, the interoperability IHE summit and matchmaking events. Read more and register here.
June 9 SLATE Kick-off & Opening at the Aula
June 10: Fakultetets dag 2016
June 10: Konferanse: Health Education in a Global Perspective, arrangører: Fredskorpset og NHU, Oslo
June 13-24 Bergen Summer Research School 2016: Water, Climate and Society
June 14 Åpningskonferanse - forskning, innovasjon og utdanning i helse og omsorg, Bergen Kommune Påmeldingsfrist 15. mai. Les mer her.
June 17: Ny pris yngre forskere NFR
Forskningsrådet har opprettet en pris for unge fremragende forskere. Prisen skal gå til en forsker under 38 år som har vist høy faglig kvalitet, stor selvstendighet og vært nyskapende. Alle kan sende inn forslag til prisvinner.  Frist: 17 juni Les mer her.
June 24th Abstract submission for the Eighth EDCTP Forum is now open  - Deadline for submission 24th of June:
See the full calendar here. 
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