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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.

Interview

Hunting down guerilla cancer cells

Professor Rolf Bjerkvig at the research group for translational cancer research explains how the researchers make miniature brains and investigate how the cells move in and out of tumor tissue

Poster award
Monica Hellesvik is awarded for best poster at the Norwegian Biochemical Society Meeting 2019

Fast and furious poster (sur)prize at the NBS contact meeting 2019

Monica Hellesviks winning poster “NAA80 knockout cells: Fast and Furious?” scores with elegant simplicity and effective communication of scientific results.

Study
Far og sønn Lundervold

Medicine and engineering crossover at this course on artificial intelligence

In the elective subject ELMED219, father and son Lundervold give an introduction to the secret of artificial intelligence and how it can be used in clinical work.

Cancer research
Cancer DNA

Nature: A new tool to classify tumors of the central nervous system

There are over 100 tumor types only in the central nervous system. The Translational Cancer Research Group at the Department of Biomedicine provided data and material for a new diagnostic tool that will make it easier for cancer researchers to see the difference.

Review article
Shoes in garden

Actin Modifications: Finding the Right Shoe for Cinderella

Cinderella is a tale of being lifted from obscurity to recognition and significance. A review by young researchers at the Department of Biomedicine highlights the importance of the post-translational modifications of actin.

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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.