IGS News May 2015
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One of the babies in the Indian study receives its Vitamin A dose.

New publication: Helicopter Services - Minutes are critical

The helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) are an integral part of health systems in much of the developed world and have a number of theoretical advantages. Increased survival rates are a well-documented effect of their use – however, time is a critical factor. After nearly 30 years in operation, how is the Norwegian HEMS doing in terms of flying times and primary mission rates? Erik Zakariassen (picture) and colleagues have published their findings in the Air Medical JournalRead more here.
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Wants to increase quality and expertise in nursing homes

The Minister of Health and Care Services, Bent Høie, visited the Centre for Elderly and Nursing Home Medicine (SEFAS) on the 4th of May. Høie gained insight into SEFAS main research and how these can strengthen care services.
COSMOS is one of the main ongoing research projects, including 40 nursing homes and 64 units in Bergen and elsewhere in the country. It is focused on clinical and psychiatric problems and social needs in nursing homes. It also aims to reduce pain, medication usage and costs. Read more here (in Norwegian).

The Department's Day - Awards 2014!

Publication of the year 2014
Tollånes MC, Wilcox AJ, Lie RT, Moster D.
Familial risk of cerebral palsy: population based cohort study. BMJ 2014

Posters of the year 2014
1) Leirgul E, Gildestad T, Fomina T, Brodwall K, Greve G, Vollset SE, Nilsen RM, Tell GS, Øyen N. Folic acid supplementation and risk of congenital heart defects.
2) Sulo E, Igland J, Sulo G, Vollset SE, Nygård O, Egeland G, Ebbing M, Tell GS.
Decreasing educational inequalities in percutaneous coronary interventions following an incident acute myocardial infarction in Norway during 2001-2009: a CVDNOR project.
3) Skylstad V, Nalugya J, Ndeezi G, Akol A, Moland KM, Nankabirwa V, Tumwine JK, Engebretsen IMS. Are mental health problems in children being neglected? Preliminary results from SeeTheChild – Mental Child Health in Uganda.

The award winners (from the left): Vilde Skylstad, Enxhela Sulo, Elisabeth Leirgul and Mette C. Tollånes.

CISMAC Annual Report 2014

In 2014, the Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health (CISMAC) played an active role in international efforts to set the research agenda for newborn and child health. CISMAC scientists were part of the group of experts that worked with the WHO, UNICEF and the Gates Foundation to identify research priorities. In 2014, five of the six studies planned by CISMAC were initiated.

Read more about the studies and other work conducted by CISMAC in our Annual Report 2014.

Grant for writing a textbook on medical ethics

Associate Professor Stefán Hjörleifsson and Assistant Professor Kjersti Lea has recently been awarded a writing scholarship from Fagbokforlaget. They will use the grant for writing a new textbook in medical ethics based on their experience in clinical work and teaching. Read more (in Norwegian) here. 

What should you do if there is a fire? 

Walk calmly through the nearest emergency exit and meet at the flagpole in the park (for Kalfarveien 31) or the parking area (for Årstadveien 21). On the way out please feel free to check whether the person(s) at the office next door is ok and has left the office.
If the fire alarm is not ringing, you must notify the fire department on the phone number 110. You can learn more about fire safety at UiB here. 

Staff and personnel news

This month we want to welcome Despoina Theofylaktopoulou (picture) as a temporary replacement for six months. She will be an Associate Professor (50 %) in global nutrition working at The Centre for International Health.

We also welcome Dhanasekaran Sivakumaran as a researcher for six months, at the project TB Trials II.

In addition to our new employees, we also welcome Oscar Tranvåg who is a visiting postdoctoral fellow at The Centre for Elderly and Nursing Home Medicine (SEFAS).

 Coming Disputations

12 June Robert Burman will defend his thesis: “Chest pain out-of-hours. Prospective studies on diagnostics and management in out-of-hours emergency primary health care in Norway”
12 June Kristin Adriansen will defend her thesis: “Et kvinneyrke tar form. Sykepleie i Rogaland 1870-1970”
17 June Bente Vederhus will defend her thesis: “Health-Related Quality of Life: emotional and behavioural difficulties and perception of pain after extreme preterm birth — a population-based longitudinal cohort study”
19 June Nina Rydland Olsen will defend her thesis: “Evidence-based practice in physiotherapy education: Challenges for integration in clinical education”
25 June Yaliso Yaya Balla (picture) will defend his thesis: “Maternal and neonatal mortality in rural south Ethiopia: Comparing mortality measurements and assessing obstetric care”

New doctor!

21 May Sidsel Ellingsen defended her thesis: «Tiden i livet og livet i tiden»


Jun 1 Frist for å søke om Hospitantstudierett ved MOF – Søknadsskjema & info her.
Jun 2 08:30-10:00 Frokostmøte UiB: Lov, rett og digitalisering, kafeen på Universitetsbiblioteket
Jun 16 Introduction seminar for new employees – registration deadline 12th June
Jun 18 Fakultetets dag – utdeling av forskning- og utdanningpriser og Søren Falchs seniorpris
Jun 17 Frist for å foreslå kandidater til Forskningsrådets priser for 2015 (Fremragende forskning, innovasjon og formidling) Mer info og forslagsskjema her.
Autumn 2015 Norwegian language courses for UiB employees – info & application here!

Current funding announcements:
RCN, National Research Schools, Horizon2020 and relevant seminars and conferences. Read more here (PDF)

See the full calendar here. 
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