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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.

Conference
EMBO Workshop
Jun 08

EMBO Workshop in Bergen

In June 2022, Bergen will host an EMBO Workshop focusing on biological regulation via proteins, more specifically protein ends. This emerging scientific theme will gather scientists from all over the world including more than 30 invited speakers.

News
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New Knowledge About the Happiness Hormone Dopamine - Can Help Parkinson's Patients

New findings provide a better understanding of how the synthesis of dopamine is regulated in the brain. It may shed new light on the mechanism behind diseases such as Parkinson's.

Best paper 2020
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The research group for neurotargeting wins prize for Best Paper 2020

Fundamentally new discoveries in biology or medicine are rare. The mentioned article is an example of such a discovery. The findings of this study will probably soon be found in standard textbooks in biochemistry and physiology.

Paper in press
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Structure of a highly unusual homodimeric actin capping protein of the malaria parasite revealed

Malaria is one of the most devastating infectious diseases in the world. The parasites causing malaria move by gliding, for which force is generated by an unusual actomyosin motor. We have determined a high-resolution crystal structure of one of the key regulators of parasite actin dynamics, the...

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Core Facilities

MIC (Molecular 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.