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Newsletter December 2021

Increase in activities and five new DLN member projects – message from the centre leaders

Trygve Brautaset and Kam Sripada

Many thanks to all who joined us for this year's Digital Life conference, both in person in Oslo and streaming. Five new research projects have just joined DLN2.0, focusing on biodiversity, AI and imaging, cancer diagnosis, and microbial communities - welcome!
 
With the opening of the society in September, this fall has been a lively period for the Centre making it possible to arrange physical meetings and to network again. The first phase of DLN has now formally concluded (2016-2021) and we are summarizing our experiences and efforts to strategically set the direction for how DLN 2.0 can be even better in its aim to transform Norwegian biotechnology. We appreciate the engagement of so many PhD students, postdocs, researchers, faculty, and partners across the Centre over the last year and look forward to strengthening this collaboration in 2022.


Trygve Brautaset, Scientific director
& Kam Sripada, Centre manager

Five new projects joining
Digital Life Norway


A Norwegian Earth Biogenome Project: the initial lauch phase (EBP-Nor)
Sequencing Life for the Future of Life. Read more about the project here.
UiO, PI: Kjetill Jakobsen

*NanoAI
Nanoscale artificial intelligence in microscopy and nanoscopy for life sciences (*NanoAI). Read more about the project here

UiT, PI: Dilip K. Prasad

SOLIS
Development of Real Volumetric Microscopy through Single Objective Light-Sheet Imaging System (SOLIS) Read article here

UiT, PI: Florian Ströhl

ProstOmics
'Tissue is the issue': a multi-omics approach to improve prostate cancer diagnosis. Read more about the project here.
NTNU, PI: May-Britt Tessem

Cell4Chem
Engineering microbial communities for the conversion of lignocellulose into medium-chain carboxylates (ERA CoBioTech). Read more about the project here.
NTNU, PI: Daniel Machado
 

Illustration DNA analysis

Open call for Digital Life Norway project membership

Digital biotechnology projects in health, aquaculture, agriculture, and industrial biotechnology are invited to apply to join DLN 2.0! Selected projects will have access to support from the dedicated DLN team and will contribute to synergies, innovation, and knowledge-sharing with other research projects in the centre and the research school. Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis.

Quick recap of the Digital Life Conference 2021

Centre for Digital Life Norway would like to thank everyone that participated in the 2021 Digital Life Conference at Oslo Science Park in November! The conference had excellent talks on biotechnology and intellectual property rights, and important discussions about transdisciplinarity following the launch of the whitepaper “Transdisciplinarity in Digital Life Norway”.

Read the summary here and see images from the conference.

Strategic directions from the expert task force (ETF)
The ETF is part of the Digital Life Norway's competence hub with scientific representatives across DLN's host institutions NTNU, UiO, UiB, NMBU, OUS, SINTEF and UiT. Following the 2021 Digital Life conference, the ETF together with the Junior Resource Group and Operational Management Team convened to discuss strategic directions for the centre and anchoring of Digital Life activities in the host institutions.
Please find a complete list of all the members for the ETF here. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

More events will be added to our events calendar on the website
  • January 28th - AI for breakfast: AI-Mind - Artificial Intelligence for Dementia Prevention

    How can AI contribute to prevent dementia? The EU-funded project AI-Mind aims to reduce the disease’s burden by developing novel, AI-based tools to support healthcare professionals in their diagnosis and offering timely interventions to patients.

    Ira Haraldsen (MD, Psychiatrist; PhD) coordinates AI-Mind and will be talking about this project in this breakfast seminar - AI for breakfast.

  • June 13th - 6th conference of Digital Life Norway Research School  - The 6th annual conference of Digital Life Norway Research School will be held at Voksenåsen Culture and Conference Hotel in Oslo, 13-15th June 2022. This is a great opportunity for PhD students and postdocs to build your network, exchange research ideas, share your experiences, and have a lot of fun!

PAST EVENTS - See recordings below (In Norwegian)

Litteraturhuset i Trondheim i samarbeid med Digitalt liv Norge avholdte i høst en seminarserie med fokus på bioteknologiens rolle og ansvar i samfunnsutfordringer. 
  • 18. november: «Bioøkonomi» – den nye oljen, eller bare fyll til politiske festtaler?
    Panel med Erik Magnus Fuglestad, Ruralis, medforfatter av «Etter oljen: vår bioøkonomiske fremtid»; og Ole Torrissen, forsker og medgründer i Ecoprot. Se opptak her. 
  • 3. november - Bør Norge satse på egen legemiddelproduksjon? 
    Panel med Bengt Erik Haug, forsker UiB; Monica Larsen, seniorrådgiver Legemiddelindustrien; Mari Holm Lønseth, Stortingsrepresentant Høyre; og Bjørn Waagsbø, overlege og leder for antibiotikateamet ved St. Olavs hospital. Prosjektet RESPOND3 var også med. Se opptak her.
  • 20. oktober - Helsedata som gullgruve? 
    Norske helsedata, i form av data i helseregistre og biobanker, omtales iblant som en gullgruve. Å utnytte helsedata bedre – også til økonomiske og kommersielle formål – er et politisk mål i mange nordiske land. Se opptak her. 
  • 15. september - Er vi klare for biologisk laks?  Det å spise laks er del av norsk matkultur. Samtidig har kanskje oppdrettslaks blitt kroneksemplet på industrialisert mat og dens mange kontroverser. På 1980-tallet så professor ved daværende professor ved Landbrukshøyskolen i Ås, Harald Skjervold, for seg at bioteknologi kunne skape en raskt voksende, sykdomsresistent laks strømlinjeformet for lønnsom produksjon. Imidlertid møtte disse tidlige forsøkene på genetisk modifisering av laks uventet offentlig motstand. Se opptak her. 

You can find most of our video recordings at the Digital Life Norway YouTube channel 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Upcoming calls

More information about funding opportunities on our services webpage.

COMMON GROUND

News

Digital Life Norway board member Peder Heyerdahl Utne with article in Dagens Medisin (In Norwegian)
Industrisamarbeid, forskning og innovasjon – hva nå?

Skal vi lykkes med regjeringens hårete mål om å gjøre helsenæringen til vårt nye gull, bør et første steg være at de store toneangivende institusjonene som forvalter infrastruktur og huser de skarpe hodene, leder an i utviklingen.

Les hele artikkelen her. 
dCod 1.0 Final and Ultimate Closing seminar
On November 18, the dCod 1.0 project was able to assemble many of the dCod members (dCoders, for short) for a Final and Ultimate Closing Seminar, after the project was prolonged until the end of 2021 at the First Closing Seminar in June at Solstrand. 
Dr. Ine Larsen Jernelv wins the Chorafas prize for her outstanding PhD research
Dr Ine Larsen Jernelv received the Chorafas prize for her outstanding PhD research on mid-infrared tunable laser spectroscopy for glucose sensing. 
Larsen Jernelv is part of the research group for the prosject DIAP – Double Intraperitoneal Artificial Pancreas
Optica-Interview with nanoRIP principal investigator
Krishna Agarwal, who's leading the DLN-project nanoRIP, was interviewed in the monthly news and feature magazine published by Optica - Optics & Photonics News (OPN)

Read the full interview here.

Publications

dCod 1.0 – Decoding the systems toxicology of Atlantic cod
 
DIAP – Double Intraperitoneal Artificial Pancreas
PINpOINT – Screening of cancer drug sensitivity data to predict cancer therapies.
  • Mcl-1 and Bcl-xL levels predict responsiveness to dual MEK/Bcl-2 inhibition in B cell malignancies
    Authors:
    Katrine Melvold, Mariaserena Giliberto, Linda Karlsen, Pilar Ayuda-Durán, Robert Hanes, Toril Holien, Jorrit Enserink, Jennifer R. Brown, Geir E. Tjønnfjord, Kjetil Taskén, Sigrid S. Skånland
    Once sentence summary:
    This study suggests that MEK/Bcl-2 inhibition has therapeutic potential in leukemia and myeloma, and demonstrates that protein expression levels can serve as predictive biomarkers for treatment sensitivities.

Changes in the operational management team 

New member - Christoffer Hals
Senior adviser communications, employed at UiO
christoffer.hals@mn.uio.no
+47 456 65 996

Increases to a 70% role in the Centre - Anders Braarud Hanssen
Senior adviser responsible research and innovation (RRI), employed at NTNU anders@digitallifenorway.org 

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