Newsletter UiO:Life Science June 2017
UiO:Life Science plans the launch of the SPARK innovation programme, developed by Stanford University. The goal is to get more innovation out of basic research. The other two European SPARK programs visit Oslo this summer to share their experiences, and one of UiO's PhD students will test the program's summer school in Japan.
UiO:Life Science will contribute to further development of the School of Health Innovation (in Norwegian)
The board of UiO:Life Science has decided to support the newly established School of Health Innovation at UiO, NTNU and Karolinska Institutet. With this UiO:Life Science wants to contribute to establish a new strong player in the UiO ecosystem of innovation.
Events autumn 2017
16 August: Growth in Norwegian Life Science (in Norwegian)
How do we go from good intentions to actually getting more innovation out of the research and creating new jobs in the health industry? How will different political parties and others make sure that we reach the goals of becoming a life science nation?
Organizers: UiO:Life Science, LMI and Dagens Medisin. The event is part of Arendalsuka.
Shinya Yamanaka, 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, will visit Oslo on September 6. He will give a lecture about a new era of medicine with induced pluripotent stem cells – iPS cells – and participate in a panel discussion about the ethical aspects of stem cell therapy.
Organizers: Nobel Media, AstraZeneca and UiO:Life Science.
UiO:Life Science and life science clusters and organisations will promote Norwegian healthcare and life science industry at Nordic Life Science Days (NLSDays) in Malmö–Copenhagen.
The festival showcases the latest in science, technology and entrepreneurship.
Organizers: UiO, Inven2 and Oslotech. The event is part of Oslo Innovation Week.
27 September: Breakfast seminar on health data (in Norwegian)
The amount of information stored about us in the health service, and the amount of data that we collect with body sensors and smartphones, is growing. How is privacy secured, and what can happen when society knows too much about us? We are debating on the background of this autumn's 1984 production at Nationaltheatret.
Organizers: UiO:Life Science, UiO:Science and technology and Nationaltheatret. The event is a part of the National Science Week.
Algae can be used to make foods, medicines and energy. How can researchers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and investors help bringing ideas to the market?
Organizers: UiO:Life Science and the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory board. The event is a part of Oslo Innovation Week and the National Science Week.
Events with funding from UiO:Life Science
- Watch video from the conference Nordic Model for Personalized Medicine, 19th of May
- Sven Furberg Seminars in Bioinformatics and Statistical Genomics
- EMBL in Norway, 29th of September
- The 31st Annual Meeting of the Scandinavian Pollination Ecologists (SCAPE 2017), 26th–29th of October
The conference for all who are interested in research, education, innovation, business and politics in life sciences. This will be the third conference in a row.
Organizers: UiO:Life Science, LMI, Oslo University Hospital, NMBU, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) at UiO, the Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board and the City of Oslo.
- Watch the highlights from this year's conference on NRK.
- Watch all the talks for the main day of this year's conference.
There are several PhD and postdoc positions in the seven interdisciplinary life science research groups – convergence environments – funded by UiO:Life Science. The environments will study man-made pollutants, the peculiar immune system of codfish, embryonic development, personalised cancer therapies, human genetic history and new technologies to handle both disease and pollutants.
The director position for UiO:Life Science will be advertised soon.
News about some of the new convergence environments at UiO
Artificial "cells" can also perform tasks (in Norwegian)
Biological cells need complicated machinery with genetic material, proteins, receptors and much more to perform tasks. The chemist and molecular biologist, Irep Gözen's research group, will instead develop tiny, artificial containers that resemble cells – but these can also perform tasks.
– The machine metaphor used for cells is useful, but may cause scepticism (in Norwegian)
I am very interested in the machine metaphor many natural scientist use when they talk about living cells. It is obviously useful for researchers, but it may create skepticism in other environments, says the philosopher Gry Oftedal
New research group on epigenetics and foetal development (in Norwegian)
How does epigenetics affect early embryonic development and what does it mean for human reproduction? A new interdisciplinary research group has received funding from UiO: Life Science will work on this topic. Kari Nyheim Solbrække and a philosopher will study the bio-ethical aspects of the research.
Medical anthropologist in life science – managing global e-waste
The relations between e-waste and exposure to toxins in Africa has received little research to date. Ruth Prince is part of AnthroTOX, an new interdisciplinary research group combining natural and social sciences to understand and manage global anthropogenic toxicants.
- Read more research news from UiO:Life Science, faculties, departments and UiO’s research magazine Apollon
UiO:Life Science wishes you a nice summer!