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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.

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.

Structural biology
Szigetvari et al

The Quaternary Structure of Human Tyrosine Hydroxylase

The enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase is essential for life. Neurological, psychiatric and cardiovascular disorders occur when its catalytic function is impaired. Researchers at the Department of Biomedicine describe how new insights into the protein might help develop new avenues for treatment.

Proteomics
EPIC XS

EPIC-XS: Ten Million Euro for Access to European Proteomics Facilities

Thomas Arnesen and Harald Barsnes from the Department of Biomedicine are part of a new european consortium in the field of mass spectrometry based proteomics research. The European Union has awarded 10 million Euro.

Neuroscience
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Extrasynaptic glutamate receptors in the retina

The Retinal Microcircuits Research Group investigates how neurons in the retina communicate to produce vision. In their latest study, they looked outside the conventional neural circuits and found some unexpected receptor molecules in unexpected locations.

RESEARCH | ADHD
ADHD

ADHD is genetic

There is a clear connection between specific genes and ADHD. This is the result of a large international study where UiB-researchers have played an important role, led by Professor Jan Haavik.

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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.