Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO


CCBIO is organized across seven departments and four faculties at the University of Bergen (UIB). Its main activities, eight PIs and most of the other staff are located at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry´s departments (MOF) the Department of Clinical Medicine (K1), the Department of Clinical Science (K2), and the Department of Biomedicine (IBM).

CCBIO organizational chart

The majority of CCBIO´s PIs also hold positions and funding at the regional health authorities Helse Bergen and Helse Vest. In addition, CCBIO has activities and employees at the three Departments of Informatics, Economics and Global Public Health and Primary Care, the Center for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities at the University of Bergen and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Research Management

In terms of science management, CCBIO is organized in three integrated research areas and programs (preclinical studies, biomarkers and clinical studies) and four associate programs (prioritization, ethics, economics and bioinformatics) that support the three main research areas (see organizational chart). Lab space and core facilities are available for CCBIO, as is the Clinical Trials Unit at Haukeland University Hospital. The eight principal investigators have monthly meetings to discuss administrative and scientific issues and update each other on development and progress. In addition to taking part in some of the monthly meetings, CCBIO’s associate investigators together with the principal investigators take part in a full day strategy seminar bi-annually. The monthly meetings and the bi-annual strategy seminars are important platforms for increased collaboration within CCBIO.

Management group

In 2016, CCBIO was initially managed by the director, Professor Lars A. Akslen, the co-director, Professor Helga B. Salvesen and the administrative leader, Geir Olav Løken. Due to Salvesen´s tragic and unexpected passing in January 2016, Professor Bjørn Tore Gjertsen was appointed as co-director. The management group is assisted by four finance officers, a web and newsletter editor, a journalist and a wide range of other administrative staff allocated to CCBIO in parts of their positions. The co-located offices for the management group are in the main building of Haukeland University Hospital (Sentralblokken, second floor).

Integration with the Host Institution and Administrative Support

In terms of administrative support, CCBIO aims to use its funds as efficiently as possible, ensuring excellent administrative services for its scientists and a good climate for collaboration with its departmental and institutional partners. Consequently, CCBIO is organized to retain full control over resources while the day-to-day administration is delegated to the involved departments. As a main principle, funds and positions are located at the respective department where the research takes place. This enables researchers to interact with their familiar support staff, thereby minimizing resources used on day-to-day administration and also gives CCBIO common interests with the departments. This model has been successful as it has proved to be efficient and robust, and has ensured excellent collaboration with the involved departments.