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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.

Best teacher
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Arvid Lundervold is best teacher

Arvid Lundervold from the Department of Biomedicine receives the award for best teacher at the Faculty of Medicine in 2018.

Award
To forskningsartikkler stemplet med Best paper 2018

Paper of the year 2018

Two PNAS articles from the Arnesen lab are elected as the best publication of the year 2018 at the Faculty of Medicine. The prize will be awarded at the Faculty Day on 13 June 2019.

Research news
Back cover of April 2019 issue of Human Mutation

Novel interaction of the co-chaperone DNAJC12 with phenylalanine hydroxylase variants

Researchers from the lab of Aurora Martinez describe a novel mechanism for the degradation of enzymes involved in phenylketonuria and other neurometabolic disorders.

Technology
Master student med laptop

Cellular espionage in the NAT cell lab

As the first lab in Norway, the NAT lab recently installed a HoloMonitor system for 3D live cell microscopy. This novel instrument allows us to spy on the cells in a gentle and non-invasive way.

News
Full-length human PAH

The structure of the enzyme implicated in phenylketonuria (PKU)

The structure of full-length phenylalanine hydroxylase in complex with the cofactor BH4 is presented in the most recent issue of PNAS. As the cofactor is also used as a therapy for PKU, this structure is of medical importance.

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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.