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The Department of Biomedicine

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At the Department of Biomedicine, education and research center on the biological mechanisms of human health and disease.

We investigate molecular disease mechanisms and use our knowledge to develop new diagnostic tools and therapies. 
Our broad spectrum of expertise covers the topics of

  • cancer
  • neuroscience
  • physiology
  • protein biology
  • nanotechnology
  • neuropsychiatric disorders
  • cell biology

At the Department of Biomedicine, we train future scientists in a master's programme and a PhD research school. Around 200 employees form the core of the ten thematically grouped research groups. We manage three high-technology core facilities that are available to all higher education institutions in Norway. Our public academic lecture series BBB seminars started in 2003 and has become a valuable contribution to the Department's outreach programme.

Laboratory safety
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Work environment award for our SAFETY ZONE

The SAFETY ZONE is a bright yellow wall featuring equipment you may need in case of an emergency. The wall has raised the level of laboratory safety at the Department and has therefore been awarded this year's work environment award from the Faculty of Medicine.

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COVID-19 and Vitamin D

Gro Vatne Røsland is a researcher at the Department of Biomedicine and has written a popular scientific article summarizing current research regarding Vitamin D-intake and infectious diseases.

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The connection between salt and blood pressure

The Norwegian Health Association supports the research lab around Helge Wiig who investigates if eating too much salt causes high blood pressure. Read a popular scientific article on forskning.no.

History of Medicine
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Pioneers of molecular biology

Few people know the researchers Agnar Nygaard and Kjell Kleppe, but in the 1960s they were part of the world elite that laid the foundation for today's COVID-19 tests. Two permanent exhibitions about the pioneers have now been opened.

Factsheet

At a glance 2020/21

How many people are we? And what are we working on? Download a flyer with the most important facts and figures about the Department of Biomedicine.

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Core Facilities

MIC (Microscopic Imaging Centre)
PROBE (Proteomics Unit at the University of Bergen)
BiSS (Biophysics, Structural Biology, and Screening) 

Core facilities that are open to any higher education institution in Norway. The idea behind the core facility concept is to make sophisticated scientific equipment and highly specialized personnel available to a wide range of users. In turn, core facility users contribute financially to operational expenses through paying a set fee for services rendered.