BACKGROUND and HISTORY
The Broegelmann Research Laboratory (BRL) at the Gade Institute has a long historical tradition of research training at the University of Bergen (UoB). This evolving from the early days with pioneering efforts by Prof. Olav Tønder and Prof. Roald Matre. In the 1990's an increased influx of Ph.D. candidates came to the laboratory for research training. One obstacle many candidates experienced, was the lack of good and relevant courses for fulfilling the obligatory credit points for the PhD training program.
The staff at BRL realized this problem early, and had at the end of the 1990's established a foundation of courses, which partially fulfilled this need. During this period BRL had a high and heterogeneous throughput of PhD students (medical, dental and biology background), master students, "quota" students (Centre for Int. Health), guest students (Erasmus, Marie Curie, NATO exchange program etc.).
With this extensive activity there was a need for improving the research education-training program. Karl A. Brokstad and Roland Jonsson took the initiative to get this activity more formally organized, a process that took several years. At the time UoB started to establish research schools, BRL had already the framework of a training facility and plans for further development. When BRSI formally received the status as a research school in 2005, with official opening April 29th, it was among the first research schools at the UoB, and the first at the Faculty of Medicine. The theme for the research school was broadened to include infectious organisms e.g. bacteria and virus, immunology and tissue interaction in health and disease, thereby including a larger group of students into the activity of the research school.
After the establishment of the BRSI, the research school has become an active and attractive training site, and the ongoing work is to consolidate our activity, conforming to all formal rules and regulations (e.g. kvalitetsreformen), but most of all improving the quality of the training.
Grants and events
- NATO Collaborative linkage grant (Moscow, Oklahoma City, Bergen) 2000-2002.
- EU - Marie Curie Training Site (MCTS) at University of Bergen (Contract No: QLK2-1999-51079) 2000 – 2005.
- EU – Accompanying Measure (Contract No: QLK2-CT-2001-30115) 2001-2002.
- EU – Marie Curie Early Stage Training (MEST) at University of Bergen (Contract No: MEST-CT-2004-514483) 2005-2009.
- Strategic Research Program, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway 2005-2008
- Bergen Research School in Inflammation (BRSI) Inflammation, Mucosal Immunobiology and Infectious Diseases: Graduate Training and Research School. 2005-
(Bergen Research School in Inflammation (63280))