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General presentation of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Tromsø, Norway.

General presentation of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Tromsø, Norway.

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  • 1. A Short Introduction to Tromsø, the University of Tromsø and the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • 2. On Top of the High North Climate change East Meets West The Demand for Oil & Gas Unspoiled Nature Clean Food A Cure for Cancer?
  • 3. Tromsø in a Nutshell
    • Situated at 69°40′58″N 18°56′34″E
    • Founded 1794
    • Nicknames:
    • “ Paris of the North”
    • “ Gateway to the Arctic”
    • Population:
    • 67.000 (urban area)
    • The 8th largest city in Norway
    • Area 2.558 km2
    • The largest urban municipality of Norway
    • 40 .000 m2 per person
  • 4.  
  • 5. The University of Tromsø
    • A classical university with a wide range of subjects taught.
    • Merged with the Tromsø University college 1.1.2009
    • 9.000 students, whereof 10% from abroad
    • 2.800 staff
    • 2,1 billion NOK
    • More than 300 programs
    • Centers of Excellence, Innovation, Peace and Conflict Transformation, Sami studies, Tele- medicine, Women research, Biotechnology, Traditional Medicine etc.
  • 6.
    • The University of Tromsø aims to be an academic institution of high international standing and with a special commitment to developing the North, combining quality and relevance, cutting-edge research and a wide range of educational opportunities
    • The University of Tromsø aims to be at the international forefront in research and education pertaining to the Northern region.
    • Particular emphasis shall be given to research in fields where the university has a comparative advantage due to its geographical location.
    Aims & Commitments
  • 7. Faculty of Health Sciences
    • This is where education, research and dissemination takes place within the fields of
      • Psychology
      • Biology
      • Community medicine
      • Clinical medicine
      • Pharmacy
      • Dentistry
      • And a host of health-related subjects, which are normally University College subjects.
      • This comprehensive academic activity at our faculty is completely unique in a Norwegian context.
  • 8. Faculty of Health Sciences
    • Education
      • Medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, psychology, nurses, bioengineers, radiographers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dental hygiene, public health nurses, midwifes
        • Collaboration with hospitals and primary health care
      • Masters in biomedicine/telemedicine
    • Largest of faculties
      • 8 departments
      • 970 employees
      • 3000 students
        • 300 PhD-students
  • 9. 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
  • 10. Selected Research Activities
    • Large population based research
      • The Tromsø Study since 1974
      • The Norwegian Women and Cancer Study (NOWAC)
    • Marine Bioprospecting
    • Telemedicine and E-Health
    • Translational medical and health care research
    • Department specific activities
  • 11. The Tromsø Study
    • Population based study in Tromsø, run by UoT
    • 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
  • 12. Tromsø Study Participants
  • 13. Exposure Data
    • Questionnaires
    • Physiological measurements
    • Serum/plasma
    • Blood cells (DNA)
    • Imaging data (carotid ultrasound, echocardio-/ retinography, bone scan)
  • 14. Collaborations, Networks
    • Biobank Norway (national infrastructure)
    • MORGAM (Monica studies) CVD genetics
    • DeCODE Genetics– atrial fibrillation genetics
    • FUSION – Type 2 diabetes genetics
    • IARC studies – cancer genetics
    • ERFC – Emerging risk factors collaboration
    • Tethys Bioscience Inc – novel biomarkers CVD
    • EU FP7 CHANCES (Cohorts for healthy ageing networks Europe and US)
  • 15. More Information - Tromsø Study
    • www.tromsoundersokelsen.no
    • - take a look at survey variables at
    • http://tromsoundersokelsen.uit.no/tromso
  • 16. 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)
  • 17. TICE - Transcriptomics in Cancer Research
    • The overall aim of the NOWAC postgenome cohort is to include transcriptomics (mRNA and miRNA) as part of the globolomic design in a population-based prospective study in order to explore systems epidemiology
    • Transcriptomics in a globolomic design could be a measure of exposure , an intermediate in the carcinogenic process or classifying the outcome
    • Supported by an Advanced Investigator Grant from The European Research Council in 2008
  • 18. TICE - Aims
    • Gene expression in peripheral blood as exposure indicator – biomarker (cross-sectional analysis)
    • Diagnostic tests based on mRNA or miRNA for breast cancer (case-control)
    • Prediagnostic tests based on blood gene expression (screening), all cancer sites (nested case-control in cohort design)
    • Life style information and gene expression in relation to genetic profile of breast cancer and lung cancer
    • Causal analysis of pathways
    • Contact information
      • nowac@ism. uit.no
  • 19. MabCent - Research-based Innovation in Marine Bioprospecting
    • Screen and characterize bioactive compound from Arctic and sub-Arctic marine organisms
    • Research, innovation and commercialization
      • Anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, immunostimulants, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antioxidant
      • Specific enzyme activities and inhibitors
    • MabCent activity and contact information is available at www.nfh.uit.no/mabcent
  • 20. Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine
    • Hosted by the University Hospital of North-Norway in collaboration with UoT
    • Links for further information:
      • www.uit.no/telemed
    • Tromsø Telemedicine Laboratory
      • Telemedicine and E-health systems for chronic, age, and lifestyle-related diseases
      • www.telemed.no/ttl
  • 21. Credits, clockwise from top left: Jon Terje Eiterå Maja Sojtaric Lars Nordmo Ola Røe Maja Sojtaric Maja Sojtaric Rolf E. Tønne Photo: Jon Terje Eiterå
  • 22. ” Tromsø is a city for great occasions” Norwegian Secretary of State Jonas Gahr Støre, December 2005