IGS News April 2016
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Guri Rørtveit

Dear all,

The first meeting in a seminar series on grant applications and external funding was launched this month. Around 40 people attended and were informed about support possibilities at the department. External funding will increasingly be a source for research activity in the future, and good support to applicants is a major strategy for the department.

To increase the proportion of successful proposals, I hope that many of you will use our new service: Ramune Midttveit, research adviser at the Faculty, will be stationed at IGS every Tuesday.
Attendants at the seminar were also informed about the procedure for grant applications, which goes like this:
  • At least 1 month before deadline: Inform Head of Department (Guri), Head of Administration (Siri) and the financial coordinator (Kjell Rune) about the upcoming application. An e-mail with a brief description of the project and the call will do.
  • 3 weeks before deadline: the dedicated economist will contact the applicant to offer budgetary and administrative support
  • 1 week before deadline: Send application and budget to Guri for approval.
You may polish the application up to the deadline with no further approval. The procedure is there primarily for two reasons. Firstly, to support applicants setting up the budget (which is often hard to do) and secondly, to make sure applications are in line with the economic and administrative requirements for the department. The administration will not interfere with the academic content of the proposals. Feedback from applicants who have gone through this process the last few weeks is very encouraging! Read more about the procedure here.

On a different note, I want to remind you that we have a call out for suggestions for a vision for the department. This is part of our research strategy process, where we want to encourage all creative and sharp minds to formulate a vision that efficiently expresses the activity and identity of IGS. The following themes should be considered (but not all have to be included explicitly): Inequity in health, global perspectives on health, knowledge generation, society/community and health/quality of life. Send your suggestions to me, and a winner will be selected and presented on the Day of the Department. Which leads me to my last point:

Remember the Day of the Department, May 11, at beautiful Fløien Folkerestaurant!
Sign up here!

Guri Rørtveit
Head of Department

More knowledge will reduce teenage pregnancies 

Early pregnancy represents a serious health risk for both the girls themselves and the children they are carrying. Many children and young people in Zambia grow up in tough conditions and if they drop out of school, there is a particularly high risk of them being married off and/or becoming pregnant at an early age. Ingvild Sandøy (picture) has been given NOK 25 million from the Research Council of Norway to prevent teenage pregnancies in Zambia. Read more about the study here.
Photo by: Eivind Senneset
Overview of IGS publications Is your publication missing from the list?
Please notify Therese Istad

IGS researchers contribute to Christie Conf.

Ingvild F. Sandøy (CISMAC), Bettina Husebø (SEFAS) and Espen Gamlund (Global Health Priorities Research Group) were all speakers at the conference, which aims to be the most important meeting point between academia and civil society in the west of Norway. The presentations were filmed, and you can view them here (Sandøy, Husebø and Gamlund are all in the second video).

The Centre for Intervention Studies in Maternal and Child Health (CISMAC) and the Centre for Elderly and Nursing Home Medicine (SEFAS) also participated with each their stand in the Christie exhibit. Read more about the SEFAS stand here. 

See UiB's pictures from the conference here, and have a look at the discussions and reactions in social media here.                                                                                          

Conference: Global Health Networks with Impact

Bergen, 20-21 April 2016: A national conference organized by the Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research and Norwegian Network for Health and Development (NHU)

The conference was the first one that was organized as a co-operation between these two networks. Hosts for the conference were the Centre for International Health, UiB and the Department of International Collaboration, Haukeland University Hospital.

Find presentations, photos and comments and discussions from social media on the conference here.
copyrigt DCP3 - World Bank

New Disease Control Priorities Volumes released 

Associate professor Kjell Arne Johansson has contributed to two new volumes on the important project Disease Control Priorities. In the new volumes just released, world leading experts provide new insight to the literature on investments in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (Volume two) and on Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Disorders (Volume four). |Copyright photo: DCP3/World Bank|
Read more at the website of the Global Health Priorities Research Group.

SEFAS søker forsker/nestleder

SEFAS er i vekst og vår nye medarbeider blir en sentral partner i videreutviklingen av senteret, med tilknytning til forskningsprosjektene og nasjonale og internasjonale samarbeidspartnere. Utadrettet presentasjon av SEFAS, inkludert faglige presentasjoner, vil være en naturlig del av stillingen. Forskeren/nestlederen blir også involvert i utvikling av nye prosjekt.
Hele stillingsutlysningen: stillingsutlysningen finner du her. Søknadsfrist 8. mai.
Filiz Ipek Lunde

Staff and personnel news

We are very happy to welcome many new employees this month!
The administration has a new project economist; Filiz Ipek Lunde (picture). She will have her office at CIH, but she will also be in Kalfarveien one day a week.
Janne Bjorheim Bøe is a new substitute at SEFAS, the Centre for Elderly and Nursing Home Medicine, while Gunhild Agdesteen is on parental leave. Janne’s tasks are communication and other administration for SEFAS. Lillian Birkeland is employed as a research assistant at SEFAS.
Filiz Ipek Lunde
Our Centre of Excellence, CISMAC, has a new postdoctoral fellow in Joar Svanemyr (picture). He will be located at Chr. Michelsen Institute.
Professor Cecilie Svanes’ ALEC project has a new researcher; Ane Johannessen. Ane will have her office at CIH.  
Tone Bjørge’s project "Cancer risk in families with children with birth defects", has now employed a new postdoctoral fellow; Solbjørg Makalani Myrtveit. She will be a member of the research group Genetic Epidemiology.
John Espen Gjøen is employed as a researcher, connected to the project TB Trials. John Espen will have his office at the Department of Clinical Science.

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

April 15 Hildur Skuladottir – Thesis: Epidemiological and clinical aspects of oral clefts. Are corticosteroids and stress risk factors and do patients suffer long-term hearing problems? PhD press release.
April 19 Sudha Basnet (picure) - Thesis: Severe pneumonia in hospitalized young Nepalese children. Studies on the efficacy of oral zinc, respiratory viruses and prognostic determinants. PhD press release 

Congratulations from IGS! 
Kaja Irgens-Hansen

Upcoming disputations 

May 6  Kaja Irgens-Hansen (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!
May 25 Kristine Heitmann – Thesis: Treatment of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy- with special focus on attitudes and use of pharmacological treatment
June 10  Gudmund Ågotnes – Thesis: The Institutional Practice. Dynamics of practice at nursing homes: An ethnographic study.

IGS in the media

Aid Groups Aim to Put Mental Health on World Agenda
New York Times (Associate Professor Kjell Arne Johansson)

Den brutale arven etter ebola
Aftenposten Viten, Kronikk (Forsker Eirik Joakim Tranvåg)

Lytt og lær, vis respekt og bli respektert!
Stavanger Aftenblad, Kronikk ( Førsteamanuensis Esperanza Diaz og Professor Eivind Meland)

Du kan også bli en morgenfugl
Klikk,no (Professor Bjørn Bjorvatn)

Hva skjer egentlig når vi skal dø? 65 prosent sier de vil dø hjemme, men de aller færreste gjør det.
KK (Førsteamanuensis og leder av SEFAS, Bettina Husebø)

En redning for jentene (om barneekteskap)
Klassekampen, kun papir (Førsteamanuensis og nestleder av CISMAC, Ingvild F. Sandøy og Direktør CMI, Ottar Mæstad)

Barneekteskap – hvor finnes løsningene?
Lengre versjon av kronikken over i På Høyden.

Kampen om fremtidens helsekroner
Ekko NRK Radio (Førsteamanuensis Espen Gamlund)

Når er det verst å miste sitt liv?
Norsk filosofisk tidsskrift (Førsteamanuensis Espen Gamlund og Stipendiat Carl Tollef Solberg)

Søvnvanene som kan øke hjerterisikoen
Dagbladet (kun papir) ( Professor Bjørn Bjorvatn)

HHMI and Bill and Melinda Gates Grant for Worldwide Scientific Talent on Trialect

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation announce the International Research Scholars Program which aims to support up to 50 outstanding early career scientists/physicians worldwide. The program's aim is to help develop scientific talent worldwide. Awardees will receive a total of $650,000 over five years, and they can do research in their own countries.  Investigators from around the world can apply, but please review eligibility criteria. We are wondering if you would be willing to refer your fellows or junior investigators or past fellows to this program. The details can be perused on  Trialect  at:  Worldwide Scientific Talent Grant

SAFE – Access to data and software on a secure terminal 
This spring the use of secure servers will be made mandatory at the University of Bergen. All research projects handling indirectly identifiable information about individuals (either information on health of other sensitive information) must store and analyze data on secure servers operated by the IT department. The IT department has developed a system called SAFE which provides access to data and software on a secure terminal server through a remote desktop connection. You can find more information about SAFE on the website for the IT-department ( IGS already has three servers running were you can get access without costs. Since it is important for IGS to have a complete listing of projects with data on secure servers in order to have a functioning internal control system you should contact the coordinator for the core facility in biostatistics and data analysis, Jannicke Igland ( before you start to use SAFE.

SAFE – Sikker Adgang til data og E-infrastruktur             - sikker tilgang til sensitive personopplysninger
Denne våren vil bruk av sikre forskningsservere bli obligatorisk for hele UiB. Det vil si at alle prosjekt som behandler indirekte personidentifiserbare personopplysninger (enten helseopplysninger eller andre sensitive opplysninger) må oppbevare og analysere data på en sikker server driftet av IT-avdelingen. IT-avdelingen har utviklet en løsning som kalles SAFE – Sikker Adgang til data og E-infrastruktur som gir deg tilgang til data og programvare på en sikker terminalserver via tilkobling mot eksternt skrivebord. Du finner mer informasjon om SAFE på IT-avdelingens nettsider. IGS har tre servere i drift som det er mulig å få tilgang til uten kostnad. Siden IGS har behov for å ha oversikt over hvilke prosjekter som har data på sikker server for å kunne ha et fungerende internkontrollsystem, ønsker vi at prosjektledere inntil videre kontakter daglig leder av kjernefasilitet i biostatistikk og dataanalyse, Jannicke Igland (, før de bestiller tilgang til sikker server.

Det medisinsk-odontologiske fakultet har blitt Miljøfyrtårn
Tirsdag 19. april ble Det medisinsk-odontologiske fakultet sertifisert som Miljøfyrtårn. Dette inkluderer instituttene, odontologisk universitetsklinikk og fakultetsadministrasjonen.
Sertifiseringen er et ledd i at hele Universitetet i Bergen (UiB) skal bli Miljøfyrtårn våren 2016, som det første av de store universitetene i Norge.
Miljøfyrtårn ( er Norges mest brukte sertifikat for virksomheter som vil dokumentere sin miljøinnsats og vise samfunnsansvar. Sertifiseringen er en del av et langvarig arbeid for å bli et mer miljøvennlig og grønt universitet.
For å sertifiseres må UiB oppfylle en rekke krav innen avfall, innkjøp, arbeidsmiljø, transport og energi.  Eksempler på tiltak er å stille strengere miljøkrav ved innkjøp, legge til rette for sykling til jobben, installere automatisk lysstyring i bygninger og å kjøpe inn el-biler ved utskiftinger i bilparken.
Skal vi nå målet er vi vi avhengige av at alle ansatte og studenter ved UiB er med. Det handler om små ting: Som å sortere riktig. Slå av lys eller PC.  Skru ned temperaturen på kontoret. Ta færre utskrifter. Reise mer miljøvennlig til jobb eller møter.  Til sammen utgjør disse små enkelthandlingene en stor forskjell.
Det egentlige Miljøfyrtårnarbeidet begynner nå!


May 10th 4th Annual CCBIO Symposium – Read more here
May 11th Day of the Department, May 11, at beautiful Fløien Folkerestaurant! Sign up here!
May 19th Bjørn Christiansens minneforelesning 2016 – «Grid Cells and the Cortical Map of Space” Årets foreleser: Edvard Moser Les mer her

Jun 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.
Jun 14 Åpningskonferanse - forskning, innovasjon og utdanning i helse og omsorg, Bergen Kommune Påmeldingsfrist 15. mai. Les mer her.
Jun 24th Abstract submission for the Eighth EDCTP Forum is now open  - Deadline for submission 24th of June:
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.


See the full calendar here. 
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