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

How to get more out of every health care penny

Professor Bjarne Robberstad is responsible for a new UiB course in health economics providing health care workers with opportunities to offer more effective help to patients. Begun in spring 2014, the advanced course (master and PhD students), “Applied Economic Evaluation in Health Care”, looks at different ways of measuring costs versus benefits and is one of the few courses of its kind in EU. It is featured in UiB’s most recent issue of the UiB Magazine. Read more here.
One of the babies in the Indian study receives its Vitamin A dose.

Predicting recovery time in sick infants

Tor A. Strand and Halvor Sommerfelt, from CISMAC, were part of a group a researchers who studied a dataset of infants with Probably Serious Bacterial Infection (PSBI) from hospitals in New Delhi, India. The study aimed to identify relatively easy-to-use, quantifiable predictors of children needing special medical attention. This will help health services to better prioritise health resources, particularly in developing countries where such resources are limited. Learn more.
One of the babies in the Indian study receives its Vitamin A dose.

When is a cough more than just a cough?

A timely diagnosis of TB can save lives – not only for the person with TB, but also by limiting further spreading of the disease. A recently published paper, where Professor Sven Gudmund Hinderaker is one of the authors, provides a valuable summary of the country’s current situation with regards to people seeking health care for possible TB. The paper is based on data from a large national tuberculosis prevalence survey undertaken in Tanzania. It documents a need for increased efforts to encourage more of the population having suspicious symptoms to seek care so that the Tanzania’s TB prevalence can be reduced. Read more here.
One of the babies in the Indian study receives its Vitamin A dose.

Free access to the
Oxford Textbook of
Global Public Health

The Department has invested in purchasing online access to the big (3-volumes, 1800 pages) Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health. It is published by Oxford University Press and the e-book gives free access to all students and employees at IGS, through this link. 

This edition was finalised in February 2015 and it has 250 co-authors from the whole world. It actually covers a lot of what  is taught at the master programmes at the Department and is relevant also for low and middle resource settings.

Assessing Child Nutritional Status

An open seminar organized by  Anne Hatløy and Catherine Schwinger, was held at CIH 19th of August. Entitled, ‘Assessing child nutritional status – international standards vs. national references?’, it provided students and faculty alike with a valuable opportunity to share experiences and knowledge. Learn  more here.
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One of the babies in the Indian study receives its Vitamin A dose.

Staff and personell news

At physiotheraphy we welcome back Kjartan Fersum (picture) and Torill Hystad in temporary positions for two years. Fersum has previously been here as a resarcher and he is now employed as Associate Professor (50 %). Hystad was a substitute during the spring semester and she is now employed as Assistant Professor (30 %).

Promotion to professor

We want to remind you that the deadline for applying for promotion to a professor position is Sept. 15th. 2015. Associate Professors with a 50% position or more, can apply for a promotion to a full professor position based on qualifications and expertise. 
Application form here (PDF) 

 Upcoming disputations

Coming Disputations:
Sept 2 Guttorm Raknes (picture) will defend his thesis “Reisetid, reiseavstand og bruk av legevakt”
Sept 11 Marit Stordal Bakken will defend her thesis “Potentially inappropriate drug use and hip fractures
among older people. Pharmacoepidemiological studies”
Sept 14 Oscar Tranvåg will defend his thesis “Dignity-preserving care for persons living with dementia”
Sept 30 Elizabeth H. Shayo will defend her thesis “Stakeholder engagement in health-related decision making. The Case of Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission in Tanzania”


Sept 2 19:00, Filosofisk Poliklinikk: "Konflikter i nære relasjoner - krig, underkastelse eller dialog?», Litteraturhuset i Bergen
Sept 3 Falch-forelesing og utdeling av Falchs juniorpris 2015, Stort auditorium, Sentralblokken, HUS
Sept 12  Alumnusdagen UiB 2015 - Info, program og påmelding her!
Sept 30 Global mental health research group - meeting: talk by Ingrid Kvestad 
Sept 10 International afternoon for international students and employees, Aulaen - Register by Sept.3rd.
Autumn 2015 Norwegian language courses for UiB employees – info & application here.

PhD Announcements
7 PhD positions announced at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry 
- Application deadline: Sept 20th. 

Current funding announcements:

RCN, GLOBVAC (PhD fellowships), Horizon2020, WUN etc and relevant seminars and conferences. Read more here (PDF)

See the full calendar here. 
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