IGS News December 2015
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Sabine Ruths

Lower risk of hip fracture among people using blood pressure medication

Older people are at high risk of both cardiovascular disease and hip fracture. Norway is among the countries with the highest incidence of hip fractures in the world. New research shows that older people using blood pressure medication had a somewhat lower incidence of hip fracture.
- These drugs can cause a drop in blood pressure and an increased risk of falls, especially in frail old people. On the other hand, these medications may have a favourable effect on bone quality, explains Sabine Ruths, who is the first author of the paper recently published in BMC Geriatrics. 
Read more about the study here (In Norwegian).
Students & teachers from the course MEDKVFORSK autumn 2015

Interdisciplinary student group learn qualitative method

Eva Gjengedal and Målfrid Råheim, both from the Research Group for Phenomenological Studies in Health Sciences, have just completed their research course in qualitative method. This fall was the first time the course was conducted as part of two different PhD programs. The course is a collaboration between the University of Bergen, Molde University College, Volda University College and Betanien University College. Read more about the course here (in Norwegian).
CRUCIAL KNOWLEDGE: These workers at the smelting plant in Tanzania are the future of the country. In spite of this, they work in life-threatening conditions. Two weeks before UiB visited, one of their co-workers died. Photographer: Gro Tjalvin

UiB offers online course in occupational health

Every day, 6,300 people die as a result of work accidents or work-related diseases. A new online course from UiB seeks to prevent workers from injuries and death.
“Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease. Two thirds of these deaths happen in developing countries,” says Bente Moen, professor and leader for Centre for International Health, UiB. The course Occupational Health in Developing Countries is the second open online course created at UiB. The course begins 7 March 2016, and it is possible to sign up now here
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Conference: Norwegian Global Health Networks with Impact, Bergen 20-21 April 2016

On behalf of the Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research and Norwegian Network for Health and Development (NHU) we are pleased to welcome you to the conference “Norwegian Global Health Networks with Impact” in Bergen, Norway. The conference is the first which is organized as a co-operation between these two networks. Hosts for the conference are the Centre for International Health, UiB and the Department of International Collaboration, Haukeland University Hospital. Call for abstracts: Deadline for submission 1st Feb 2016. Read more here.
GH Priorities

Global health priorities newsletter starting up 

The Global Health Priorities Research Group at IGS will distribute their first newsletter early next week. Here you can read about recent publications and news from the group, and learn more about global health and priority setting. The newsletter will be distributed quarterly and you can sign up here.
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Newsletter from Centre for elderly and nursing home medicine (SEFAS)

SEFAS are also distributing a newsletter (in Norwegian), find previous versions here and if you would like to subscribe, please send an email to Gunhild Agdesteen

UiB launches new website design

On December 10 2015, had a visual facelift. The website now has an updated design that maintains the graphic elements the University of Bergen (UiB) uses in print and includes a newly developed front page that targets students more explicitly. Although the website has a new design, the basic functionalities remains the same and apart from some new elements on the front page, all content and functions will remain as before.  If you see any bugs or find something that you think should be changed, feel free to contact the project group at:

Staff and personnel news

At the Centre for Elderly and Nursing Home Medicine (SEFAS), Gunhild Agdesteen (picture) has been employed in a one-year temporary position (50 %) as an administrative coordinator. 
Frode Halland is employed for eight months as a researcher, working with the research group Registrybased Studies of Familial Risks
Patrick Musonda is employed as a postdoctoral fellow for three years working with our Centre of Excellence, CISMAC.

 New Doctors

Dec 8 Selia Ng’anjo Phiri, thesis: Maternal health care services in Zambia: Access barriers to facility childbirth and unmet obstetric need PhD press release
Dec 15 Hallgeir Kismul (picture), thesis: Determinants of child malnutrition Studies from a rural area in the Democratic Republic of Congo PhD press release

Congratulations from IGS!

Upcoming disputations 2016

Jan 15 Abebe Animut Ayele - thesis: Anopheles species and malaria transmission risk in a highland area, south-central Ethiopia

Mitt UiB: Ny læringsplattform klar for MOF

Studenter og ansatte ved MOF tar i bruk Mitt UiB fra våren 2016.
Alle våremner ved IGS er nå publisert på Mitt UiB
Les mer om læringsplattformen her.

Ny studieplan i medisin
– Nytt fra prosjektgruppen i desember 2015

Les de siste oppdateringene fra gruppen her (PDF)

Utlysning Visjon2030: Innovative prosjektidéer for helse- og utdanningsbistanden
Sammen med Forskningsrådet og Innovasjon Norge lanserer Norad en felles utlysning for skisser til innovasjonsprosjekter i utviklingsland. Prosjektene skal bidra til å oppnå de nye bærekraftsmålene innen utdanning og helse. 
Les mer om utlysningen her.

Ny utlysning av K.G. Jebsen Senter for translasjonell medisinsk forskning
Frist for innsending av prosjektskissene med vedlegg til prekvalifiseringsrunden er satt til 22.1.2016.

Skissene i prekvalifiseringsrunden skal inneholde: 
En beskrivelse av forskningsprosjektet med klart definerte hovedmål og angivelse av delmål sett i lys av planlagt fremdrift. Skissen skal dessuten inneholde en beskrivelse av søkergruppens kompetanse i relasjon til prosjektet. I tillegg skal skissen beskrive tilgjengelig infrastruktur, samt nasjonale og internasjonale samarbeidspartnere og hva disse skal bidra med. Selve prosjektskissen skal være på maksimalt to sider. Vedlegg til skissen skal være CV for alle forskningsgruppelederne (maksimalt tre sider) og en liste over deres publikasjoner fra 2011-2015. Mer info her (.doc)


Jan 6 Open meeting for all employees at IGS, at 11-12 in the canteen in Kalfarveien 31. The new Head of Department, Guri Rørtveit, will present her plans and ideas for the Department, and there will be plenty of time for discussion and input. 
Jan 6 19:00 Filosofisk poliklinikk: Barnevern og familiens beste - motsetninger eller to sider av samme sak? Dialog mellom Toril Havik og Yngve Nedrebø, Litteraturhuset
2016, Mar 10-11 ORPHEUS Conference: Lost in translation: from medical studies to clinical research, Cologne, Germany.


See the full calendar here. 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone from IGS!
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