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Newsletter January 2021

An upgraded centre in the making
– message from the centre leader


Trygve BrautasetWe are about to reach a huge milestone in the lifespan of the Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN). In February we are starting our next five-year period DLN 2.0 funded by the Research Council of Norway.
      The overall goal of the centre is still to transform research, innovation and training in Norwegian biotechnology to foster transdisciplinary collaboration and so contribute to responsible and sustainable creation of value for the Norwegian society. We are however upgrading and strengthening our organisation and changing some of our working methods.
      The network project with representatives from the three current partners, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the University of Oslo (UiO) and the University of Bergen (UiB), that has managed the centre until now, will be succeeded by a competence hub.
      The competence hub will consist of the scientific director; the operational management team with coordinators from the three current partners; and the expert task force with the professors from NTNU, UiO and UiB who have been work group leaders until now, but broadened and strengthened scientifically with new representatives from UiO and UiB and the new partners the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), SINTEF, Oslo University Hospital (OUS) and UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
      An important task of the expert task force is to anchor the activities of the centre in the host institutions. The expert task force is in the making, as is a junior resource group and an international advisory committee that will be a resource for the whole competence hub.
      We are looking forward to reach our goal in collaboration with the 35 transdisciplinary research projects in the centre and public and private life science actors in Norway and abroad.
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Trygve Brautaset
Illustration collaboration

Call for nominees transdisciplinary prize

The centre will again give a special reward and attention to the transdisciplinary research efforts in the year that has passed by awarding research prize(s) to the best transdisciplinary publication of the year 2020!
Deadline for nominations: 1 March.
Amount of support: 50,000 NOK.
Read more about the prize and the criteria.

Map Oslo health ecosystem

The centre on the Oslo health ecosystem map

Now you can find the Centre for Digital Life Norway on the health ecosystem map for Oslo. The centre is placed on the yellow support and expertise line next to the education line. The maps for Oslo and several other Nordic cities are developed by Upgraded – the Health startup association of Finland.
See the map and read more about the Oslo health ecosystem.

Inge Jonassen and EMBL logo

Centre group leader new member of EMBL council

Professor in bioinformatics at the University of Bergen (UiB) Inge Jonassen, who is group leader of the competence and infrastructure network in the centre, has been appointed as Norwegian representative in the council of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). Jonassen is also head of ELIXIR Norway – an infrastructure for biological information.

Illustration NORA podcastAI podcast with Inge Jonassen

Inge Jonassen recently visited the podcast of the Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Research Consortium (NORA) where he talked about protein folding and the AlphaFold 2 breakthrough at the end of 2020.
Listen to the podcast from 14 January (in Norwegian)

COMMON GROUND

RESPOND3 research group at UiB

The RESPOND3 project
– a perfect playground for testing computational tools for drug discovery

Drug discovery is a long marathon and our athletes need all the help they can get. This is a challenge the RESPOND3 – Responsible early digital drug discovery – project wants to answer to through the development of better computational methods. In the project methods can be tested not only retrospectively, but also prospectively.
Read the blog from the project.

Events

Illustration webinar series

New webinar series on basic know-how regulatory affairs!

Tailored to researchers in the centre that ever plan to develop a drug or medical device. The two first webinars are focusing on medical devices.

18 March, 10–11 AM, Zoom – part 1:
Defining and planning key steps

25 March, 10–11 AM, Zoom – part 2:
The paperwork and requirements for documentation

Read more about the webinar series and sign up for one or both parts.
Registration deadline: 11 March

Illustration digital frukost

29 January, 08:30–09:30 AM, Zoom
Engineering aspects of mucus and the effects of bacteria
Catherine Taylor Nordgård, NTNU
Registration deadline: 28 January

26 February, 08:30–09:30 AM, Zoom
Corals, cucumbers and ctenophores: How eukaryotes manage the plans for their power stations
Iain George Johnston, UiB
Registration deadline: 25 February
"Digital frukost" is an open breakfast seminar series focusing on research activities at the interface between the biological sciences and that of mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering or social sciences.
Illustration data managment planning circle

Workshops

Need to generate a data management plan for a life science research project to meet the requirements of the funding organisations?


9–10 March, Zoom:
Data management planning workshop for life science projects – Ås
Registration before 2 March.
In collaboration with ELIXIR Norway and the NMBU Research Support Office.

 

Logo Software CarpentryWant to learn the basic concepts of computing to get your work done in less time with less pain?

1–4 February, 1–5 PM, Zoom:
Software carpentry
In collaboration with ELIXIR Norway.
CCBIO: Centre for Cancer Biomarkers
PINpOINT: Screening of cancer drug sensitivity data to predict cancer therapies
External events
Logo research school and conference picture



Conference and other events from our research school



Collage events
Visit the webpage of the research school to see the overview of the many courses this spring.

In media and other channels


BioZEment 2.0: Production of environmentally friendly bio-concrete
  • Logo Abels tårnThe project was recently discussed on NRK2 ("Abels forgård"). General introduction about the use of bacteria to make runways (from 25:50) and interview with project leader Anja Røyne about the project specifically and how to use bacteria to produce concrete (33:56–40:45).
    Listen to the programme from 15 January (in Norwegian).
   


dCod 1.0: Decoding the systems toxicology of Atlantic cod




Several researchers in the centre involved in CONNECT – the new public–private initiative for precision cancer medicine

  • Åsmund Flobak in the Druglogics, PRESORT and Oncologics projects at NTNU and Kjetil Taskén in the PERCATHE and PINpOINT projects at UiO/OUS are both involved in the new CONNECT initiative that aims to ensure that precision medicine reaches the patients.
    Read about the initiative on the webpage of Oslo Cancer Cluster.
 

Res Publica: Responsibility, practice and the public good across Digital Life

Publications

AHA!: Adaptive Heuristics and Architecture


Calinhib: Inhibition of calcification of heart valves and blood vessels

  • A Novel Ex Vivo Model of Aortic Valve Calcification. A Preliminary Report
    Zabirnyk A, Perez MDM, Blasco M, Stensløkken KO, Ferrer MD, Salcedo C, Vaage J
    As our project is focused on calcification of the aortic valve and how to inhibit it, we have developed a new model to study this. Most work has been performed in cell cultures from human aortic valves, but to have a more complete model with valve tissue, we have developed and published a model with cultured whole pig valve leaflets.


DIAP: Double Intraperitoneal Artificial Pancreas


PINpOINT: Screening of cancer drug sensitivity data to predict cancer therapies


Res Publica: Responsibility, practice and the public good across Digital Life

  • The imagined scientist of science governance
    Heidrun Åm, Gisle Solbu, Knut H Sørensen
    The article examines how social responsibility is implemented and shows that researchers' perceptions of their own work, and policymakers' perceptions of university employees' work, do not necessarily overlap.

Publication reminder

Remember to acknowledge the Centre for Digital Life Norway in papers based on your digital life projects.

Vacant positions

Druglogics, PRESORT and Oncologics


We're hiring signThe Centre for Digital Life Norway

Services and funding from the centre

Remember to work with the centre coordinators to develop your project on research data management, cross-disciplinary and cross-projects activities, innovation, industry collaboration, responsible research and innovation (RRI) and career development.
Read more about our services, including funding opportunities.

Want to join the centre? Contact us before you apply for a new project

If you want to join the centre with a new project, take a look at the call Collaborative Project to meet Societal and Industry-related Challenges from the Research Council of Norway. Note that the coordinators in the centre are available for interpretation of application criteria and advising you on the digital life focus areas for you to get the most out of your project should you choose to join the centre.
Read more about the call and the opportunity to join the centre.
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