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The Department of Biomedicine

Collage av BB-bygg, flasker, studenter i auditorium i vrimlearealet

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.

News
Brain Cancer

Millions to research on brain cancer

The Norwegian Cancer Society will give 4 million kroner (NOK) to research on brain cancer´s communication networks, via so-called microtubes.

RESEARCH | MEDICINE
Obesity

ADHD and obesity share genetic ground

Persons with ADHD have three times higher risk of obesity than others and the two conditions are caused by the same genetic underpinnings, a family study suggests.

Synaptic protein structure
arc

Structure of the memory regulator Arc

The post-synaptic protein Arc has been termed a master regulator of memory. In line with its homology to certain viral proteins, it has also been shown recently to form virus-like capsids. We have elucidated for the first time the 3D structure of full-length monomeric Arc.

Research communication
Glad barn spiser frukt

Our research on "molecular crutches" in the national media

In an article published in Aftenposten Viten, researcher Marte Innselset Flydal describes how she is planning to develop medicine for children suffering from the rare disease phenylketonuria.

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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.