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Brief presentation of Faculty of Health Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

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  • 1. Arctic Experience – Global Focus Faculty of Health Sciences UiT - The Arctic University of Norway
  • 2. Tromsø: Gateway to the Arctic 69°40′N, 18°56′E Located at the same latitude as Siberia and Alaska • Population: 70 000 (urban area) • Students: 9 500 • The 8th largest city in Norway • More than 140 nationalities represented
  • 3. UiT – The Arctic University of Norway: The world’s northernmost university • A classical university with a wide range of subjects taught • More than 300 programs • Centers of Excellence, Innovation, Peace and Conflict Transformation, Sami studies, Telemedicine, Women research, Biotechnology, Traditional Medicine etc.
  • 4. The Faculty of Health Sciences: Unique comprehensive academic activity The Faculty of Health Sciences conducts research, educates students and shares its research results in almost every area of health science. • Psychology • Biology • Community medicine • Clinical medicine • Pharmacy • Dentistry And a host of health-related subjects, which are normally University College subjects.
  • 5. Programs (students/year) • Medicine – 6 years (100) • Dentistry – 5 years (40) • Psychology – 6 years (35) • Pharmacy – 5 years (35) • Bioengineering (20) • Dental hygiene (18) • Occupational therapy (24) • Nursing (145), public health nursing (20), midwife (20) • Physiotherapy (28) • Radiography (30) • Masters in Biomedicine (15), Telemedicine (5-10), Laboratory medicine Facts - The Faculty of Health Sciences: 8 departments 970 employees 3000 students 300 PhD-students
  • 6. Learning by Doing: Proximity in Practice • Practical training from the very beginning: We work closely with the University Hospital of North Norway and with the municipalities in Northern Norway for internships. • Focus on patient interaction • Communication between the various health care professions is an important part of education • Research-based teaching, meaning that our students are allowed to participate in ongoing research. • The medical research study allows students to do a short PhD after having finished medical school.
  • 7. Student Clinic: Dental students Yngve Åkre (behind) and Patryk D. Larsen treat real patients at Norway’s most modern dental clinic.
  • 8. Exchange Programs and Education in English Exchange programmes: • The Faculty of Health Sciences provides exchange programmes through Erasmus, Nordplus, North-2North and Barentsplus. • Bilateral agreements allow students to apply outside of these networks. Education in English: • UiT offers English master’s degrees in telemedicine, biomedicine and public health. • Courses in gynaecology, obstetrics, paediatrics, genetics and geriatrics are offered in English during the autumn semester of the fourth year of medical school.
  • 9. Research for the Future Our research covers a wide spectrum from elderly care, dental health, pharmaceutical studies and psychology to medical and biological research. One of our distinguishing characteristics of our research is the use of population surveys. Our extensive biobanks are used by researchers worldwide. Notable research: • Women and Cancer • The Tromsø Survey • The Ocean’s Treasures • Arctic Health Research
  • 10. NOWAC – the Norwegian Women and Cancer Study Random samples of Norwegian women • 172 000 female participants recruited 1991-2006 • Questionnaire information, repeated up till three times • Follow-up through linkage to national registers, and active search for biopsies of breast cancer and normal breast tissue • Postgenome biobank with 50000 PAX tubes, plasma and ”buffy coat” (DNA)
  • 11. The Tromsø Survey • Population based study in Tromsø, run by UiT • Starting point in 1974: High cardiovascular mortality in North-Norway • Study extended to cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, dementia – i.a. chronic diseases in ageing population, and skin diseases, bacterial colonization • Screenings in 1974, 1979, 1986, 1994, 2001, 2008 • Repeated measurements and new birth cohorts • Linked to disease and death registries of Norway • A total of 40,000 participants • New screenings planned in 2015
  • 12. MabCent: Screen and characterize bioactive compound from Arctic and sub- Arctic marine organisms Research, innovation and commercialization o Anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, immunostimulants, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antioxidant o Specific enzyme activities and inhibitors www.nfh.uit.no/mabcent
  • 13. Arctic Health Research With our location “at the edge of the Arctic”, we naturally tend to focus on the north, and arctic health research. Our research covers topics such as cold, the dark, special nutrition related issues, the influence of environmental factors, vitamin D and sunlight in the far north.
  • 14. Research collaboration Norway – Russia UiT collaborates with researchers all over the world, such as Russia. Examples of collaboration with Russia, are: • A large arctic study on prenatal care, focusing on the effect of ecotoxins on foetal development and early childhood. • A project related to diphteria, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases and infections in north-western Russia. • Graduate School in Russia: UiT in collaboration with experts from the UK, is in the process of building a graduate school in Arkhangelsk, focusing on cardiovascular disease in Russia.
  • 15. "If you are interested in arctic health research like me, Tromsø is the place to be. The research environment is so friendly and inclusive.“ Ammar E. Ali Hassan, scientist UiT, originally from Sudan
  • 16. uit.no/helsefak