Research School

The Neuro-SysMed Research School in Translational Neuroscience

The Neuro-SysMed Research School in Translational Neuroscience (RSTN) is established in March 2021, and will be official launched during spring, and is part of the neuro-scientific research environment at Neuro-SysMed. The research School offers education for ph.d- students, and the aim is to provide students with insights into groundbreaking translational neuro-science, and being an important supplement to the established educational program in research at K1, University of Bergen. Our main vision is to provide sustainable networks of researchers and support in order to encourage young researchers to expand their promising career beyond accomplished doctoral thesis. The RSTN is directed by Associate Professor Nina Grytten Torkildsen in collaboration with Professor Kjell-Morten Myhr, director, and Professor Charalompos Tzoulis, co-director at Neuro-Sysmed.

An interdisciplinary collaboration with cancer researchers at Centre for Cancer Biomarkers – CCBIO, has made opportunities for the establishment of our first three common ph.d- courses, which will be available for participation during autumn 2021. This collaboration will proceed and additional courses will be launched during 2022.

The RSTN will also plan for future establishment of courses and seminars at the scientific environment at Neuro-SysMed, involving junior scientist symposia and seminars related to the disciplines represented at Neuro-SysMed: Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrofic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson`s disease, dementia, cell models, metabolomics, biomarkers, informatics, drug screening, registry and epidemiology, care, scientific theory, suffering.

 The RSNT aims at providing ph.d- students with relevant courses to fulfill obligatory credit points for the PhD training program at the University of Bergen. Another important objective for the research school is to provide an inspiring and ambitious environment for the stimulation of future research among junior scientists as well as the established seniors.

 Main goals are:

  • Offer education in groundbreaking translational neuro-science, and in issues related to accomplish ph.d.
  • Offer inspiring networks to provide enthusiasm for doing research into translational neuro- science, and interdisciplinary research collaboration.
  • Provide opportunities for interaction in networks of scientist, and exchange of ideas in a stimulating and aspiring scientific environment.

All RSNT activities are in the UiB calendar: Upcoming events for Neuro-SysMed | University of Bergen (

Courses and seminars

NEUROSYSM920: Neuro-SysMed seminars and symposium
The objectives of the seminars at the NeuroSysMed Research School for Translational Neuroscience are to provide knowledge into the research field of the disciplines involved in NeuroSysMed, and the treatment strategies for patients with MS, PD, ALS and dementia. The seminars are organized in monthly meetings, and include the annual 2- day symposium. Both members of Neuro-SysMed and invited local, national and international speakers will perform during the seminars and symposium. The symposium will have a scientific program, and the candidates will present own research and participate at the scheduled sessions. The seminars and symposium also offer additional time for live discussions between the faculty and the participants at the end of the sessions. “Meet the Experts” will be a part of the scientific program at the symposium. Participation at the seminars and symposium will be registered and credited as membership of The Neuro-SysMed Research School of Translational Neuroscience.

Neuro-Sysmed seminars and symposium

14th of September: The role of mitochondrial function and dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis

Mitochondria play a major role in neurodegeneration. They also have an important role in innate immunity and inflammation. Multiple sclerosis is an intriguing disease as it has both active neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative components in its pathogenesis. Current evidence suggests that mitochondrial dysfunction occurs in the in brain and blood mononuclear cells from individuals with MS, shown by impaired mtDNA maintenance, mtDNA point mutations, respiratory chain deficiencies and mitochondrial swelling and accumulation. MtDNA has also been found playing a potential role in the inflammatory process of the MS pathogenesis.

By improving mitochondrial function in patients with progressive MS, neuronal metabolism may improve and thus prevent or delay the neurodegeneration and clinical progression in these patients.

NEUROSYSM930: Applied bioinformatics and data analysis in medical research
In this 3 credit course, you will learn to apply bioinformatics and data analysis in clinical research on human tissue. It will focus on practical aspects and methodological considerations that needed to be taken into account when dealing with human derived data, such as data sensitivity, limited sample sizes, sample misclassification, choice of appropriate statistical models, and covariates, and tissue heterogeneity. The course will be composed of seminars, lectures, and hands-on tutorials given by clinicians and researchers based on real-life scenarios.

Applied bioinformatics

CCBIONEUR910: Patient and Public Involvement in Medical and Health Research
The course aims to inspire increased user participation in research trials and will present methods on how to involve user representatives. This is highly relevant to all biomedical research fields, and Patient and Public Involvement is documented to positively impact the relevance and efficacy in medical research. The main objective of the course is to develop the participants’ capacity to assess and convey the value of patient and public involvement in general, as well as promoting productive user involvement in their own research projects. The course spans over 3 days (last time November 3-5, 2021), and combines plenary discussions and group sessions involving user representatives and patient organizations, with presentations from national and international lecturers. The next course will be in the fall term of 2022 in week 48 (November 30.- December 2.).

Patient and public Involvement in Medical and Health Research

CCBIONEURO911: Clinical Trials
The completed program qualifies for a Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certificate and covers several aspects of clinical trials – from design planning to execution – with learning examples from cancer research and neurological research alike. The course go through topics such as study design, the pharmaceutical company perspective, the patient’s perspective, ethics, GCP overiview and concepts, practical running of a clinical trial, formalities and regulations, writing a protocol, applications and funding, contracts, translational research protocols, clinical trials as part of normal clinical operations, success factors and clinical trials in the future. The last course was September 29 – October 1, 2021 as a combination of on-site (campus Haukeland University Hospital) and online participation. The next course will be in 2023.

Clinical Trials

CCBIONEURO912: Health innovation
The course aims to teach PhD candidates and other researchers how to recognize the close connection between research findings and innovation potential. The course will use examples from our own research environments as well as internationally, to showcase the practical route from idea to patent – and beyond. The overall aim of this course is to encourage and enable our PhD students and young researchers to identify and evaluate the innovation potential in their own research projects, and provide them with the knowledge needed to be able to do this. The course will provide inspiration and practical knowledge on alternative ways to realize the innovation potential from research projects. The very first course was held November 8-9 and December 2-3, 2021, at campus Haukeland University Hospital. The next course will be in the fall term of 2023.

Health Innovation

Who can participate in The Neuro-SysMed Research School in Translational Neuroscience?

The courses are open to researchers, postdocs, students (PhD, master, students in the Medical Student Research Program) and others who are interested, nationally and internationally. The research school is aiming at being inclusive and open also for ph.d- candidates who are not associated to the University of Bergen, by offering courses with opportunities for participating both in person and in virtual meetings.

An objective for the research school is also to provide the candidates an identity and a long- term benefit of being involved in Neuro-SysMed. A formal enrollment at the research school will strengthen networking and interactional skills in a scientific environment – being out most important for future research careers.

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