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Introduction to the Faculty of Health Sciences

  1. 1. A Short Introduction to Tromsø, the University of Tromsø and the Faculty of Health Sciences
  2. 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. 3. Tromsø in a Nutshell <ul><li>Situated at 69°40′58″N 18°56′34″E </li></ul><ul><li>Founded 1794 </li></ul><ul><li>Nicknames: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Paris of the North” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Gateway to the Arctic” </li></ul><ul><li>Population: </li></ul><ul><li>67.000 (urban area) </li></ul><ul><li>The 8th largest city in Norway </li></ul><ul><li>Area 2.558 km2 </li></ul><ul><li>The largest urban municipality of Norway </li></ul><ul><li>40 .000 m2 per person </li></ul>
  4. 5. The University of Tromsø <ul><li>A classical university with a wide range of subjects taught. </li></ul><ul><li>Merged with the Tromsø University college 1.1.2009 </li></ul><ul><li>9.000 students, whereof 10% from abroad </li></ul><ul><li>2.800 staff </li></ul><ul><li>2,1 billion NOK </li></ul><ul><li>More than 300 programs </li></ul><ul><li>Centers of Excellence, Innovation, Peace and Conflict Transformation, Sami studies, Tele- medicine, Women research, Biotechnology, Traditional Medicine etc. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Tromsø aims to be at the international forefront in research and education pertaining to the Northern region. </li></ul><ul><li>Particular emphasis shall be given to research in fields where the university has a comparative advantage due to its geographical location. </li></ul>Aims & Commitments
  6. 7. Faculty of Health Sciences <ul><li>This is where education, research and dissemination takes place within the fields of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pharmacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dentistry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And a host of health-related subjects, which are normally University College subjects. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This comprehensive academic activity at our faculty is completely unique in a Norwegian context. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Faculty of Health Sciences <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, psychology, nurses, bioengineers, radio charts, physiotherapists, ergo therapists, dental hygiene, public health nurses, midwifes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration with hospitals and primary health care </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Masters in biomedicine/telemedicine </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Largest of faculties </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8 departments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>970 employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3000 students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>300 PhD-students </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Programs (students/year) <ul><li>Medicine – 6 years (100) </li></ul><ul><li>Dentistry – 5 years (40) </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology – 6 years (35) </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmacy – 5 years (35) </li></ul><ul><li>Bioengineering (20) </li></ul><ul><li>Dental hygiene (18) </li></ul><ul><li>Ergo therapy (24) </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing (145), public health nursing (20), midwife (20) </li></ul><ul><li>Physiotherapy (28) </li></ul><ul><li>Radio chart (30) </li></ul><ul><li>Masters in biomedicine (15), telemedicine (5-10), laboratory medicine (new) </li></ul>
  9. 10. Selected Research Activities <ul><li>Large population based research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Tromsø Study since 1974 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Norwegian Women and Cancer Study (NOWAC) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Marine Bioprospecting </li></ul><ul><li>Telemedicine and E-Health </li></ul><ul><li>Translational medical and health care research </li></ul><ul><li>Department specific activities </li></ul>
  10. 11. The Tromsø Study <ul><li>Population based study in Tromsø, run by UoT </li></ul><ul><li>Starting point in 1974: High cardiovascular mortality in North-Norway </li></ul><ul><li>Study extended to cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, dementia – i.a. chronic diseases in ageing population, and skin diseases, bacterial colonization </li></ul><ul><li>Screenings in 1974, 1979, 1986, 1994, 2001, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Repeated measurements and new birth cohorts </li></ul><ul><li>Linked to disease and death registries of Norway </li></ul><ul><li>A total of 40,000 participants </li></ul>
  11. 12. Tromsø Study Participants
  12. 13. Exposure Data <ul><li>Questionnaires </li></ul><ul><li>Physiological measurements </li></ul><ul><li>Serum/plasma </li></ul><ul><li>Blood cells (DNA) </li></ul><ul><li>Imaging data (carotid ultrasound, echocardio-/ retinography, bone scan) </li></ul>
  13. 14. Collaborations, Networks <ul><li>Biobank Norway (national infrastructure) </li></ul><ul><li>MORGAM (Monica studies) CVD genetics </li></ul><ul><li>DeCODE Genetics– atrial fibrillation genetics </li></ul><ul><li>FUSION – Type 2 diabetes genetics </li></ul><ul><li>IARC studies – cancer genetics </li></ul><ul><li>ERFC – Emerging risk factors collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Tethys Bioscience Inc – novel biomarkers CVD </li></ul><ul><li>EU FP7 CHANCES (Cohorts for healthy ageing networks Europe and US) </li></ul>
  14. 15. More Information - Tromsø Study <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>- take a look at survey variables at </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 16. NOWAC – the Norwegian Women and Cancer Study <ul><li>Random samples of Norwegian women </li></ul><ul><li>172 000 female participants recruited 1991-2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Questionnaire information, repeated up till three times </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-up through linkage to national registers, and active search for biopsies of breast cancer and normal breast tissue </li></ul><ul><li>Postgenome biobank with 50000 PAX tubes, plasma and ”buffy coat” (DNA) </li></ul>
  16. 17. TICE - Transcriptomics in Cancer Research <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Transcriptomics in a globolomic design could be a measure of exposure , an intermediate in the carcinogenic process or classifying the outcome </li></ul><ul><li>Supported by an Advanced Investigator Grant from The European Research Council in 2008 </li></ul>
  17. 18. TICE - Aims <ul><li>Gene expression in peripheral blood as exposure indicator – biomarker (cross-sectional analysis) </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnostic tests based on mRNA or miRNA for breast cancer (case-control) </li></ul><ul><li>Prediagnostic tests based on blood gene expression (screening), all cancer sites (nested case-control in cohort design) </li></ul><ul><li>Life style information and gene expression in relation to genetic profile of breast cancer and lung cancer </li></ul><ul><li>Causal analysis of pathways </li></ul><ul><li>Contact information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>nowac@ism. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. MabCent - Research-based Innovation in Marine Bioprospecting <ul><li>Screen and characterize bioactive compound from Arctic and sub-Arctic marine organisms </li></ul><ul><li>Research, innovation and commercialization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, immunostimulants, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antioxidant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific enzyme activities and inhibitors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MabCent activity and contact information is available at </li></ul>
  19. 20. Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine <ul><li>Hosted by the University Hospital of North-Norway in collaboration with UoT </li></ul><ul><li>Links for further information: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> and </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tromsø Telemedicine Laboratory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telemedicine and E-health systems for chronic, age, and lifestyle-related diseases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  20. 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
  21. 22. ” Tromsø is a city for great occasions” Norwegian Secretary of State Jonas Gahr Støre, December 2005