The Medical Faculty is one of the largest in Switzerland with about 2,100 students in Bachelor, Master and further education programs (CAS, DAS, MAS). It consists of University clinics and institutes from 3 organizations (University of Bern, University Psychiatric Services UPD and Insel Hospital).
The Medical Faculty actively promotes research and teaching in the area of human medicine and has an important contribution in scientific knowledge transfer and its progress. Furthermore, it is responsible for the education of students as well as for tasks in the area of continuing training and further education of physicians and dentists. Undergraduate teaching at the highest level, practical relevance and intensive support of the students are some of the central tasks of the Medical Faculty. The popularity of our teaching is reflected by the number of medical students enrolled, which has increased continuously in the last decade and is the highest in Switzerland. Beginning in September 2018, we have accepted an additional 100 first-year students. The University Hospitals (Insel Hospital and UPD) as well as the Dental School offer a well-founded theoretical, broadly diversified and practice-oriented study.
In addition, the Faculty of Medicine of Bern provides excellent opportunities for high-quality and future-oriented research. The spectrum extends from basic research in the pre-clinical institutions and the Department of Biomedical Research (DBMR) – which offers all researchers from the clinics of the Insel Hospital and UPD excellent opportunities including infrastructure and technical support – to translational and clinical research. Clinical research by the Clinical Trial Unit (CTU), affiliated to the Departement of Clinical Research (DCR), which is being developed, supports and offers possibility for cooperation in large international trials.
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Due to the Corona situation, the faculty management has issued new directives for habilitation.
Compared to the first wave, nursing staff in Swiss hospitals were exposed to a significantly higher workload and greater time pressure during the second and third COVID 19 waves. As a result, nursing staff were less satisfied with their work and less likely to want to continue working in the nursing profession. This is shown by a survey conducted by the Institute of Management Accounting and Controlling at the University of Bern.
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Uncovering the mechanisms of learning via synaptic plasticity is a critical step towards understanding how our brains function and building truly intelligent, adaptive machines. Researchers from the University of Bern propose a new approach in which algorithms mimic biological evolution and learn efficiently through creative evolution. Read the article
Translating scientific results into innovative products or services – this aim is supported by the University of Bern through the UniBE Venture Fellowship program. The goal of the Fellowship is to develop application-focused research to validate the Proof-of-Concept and determine the potential for commercialization.
Following Switzerland’s non-association to Horizon Europe as of 2021, early-career researchers with destination Switzerland are not eligible to apply for monobeneficiary schemes such as the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) individual postdoctoral fellowship. The SNSF is offering a comparable call for proposals as part of the transitional measures in 2021. Deadline pre-registration: 15 November 2021, submission of proposals by 15 December 2021. More information: SNF
Striving for excellence in teaching, research and top medicine – The Medical Faculty launched its Strategy 2030.
Researchers led by Nobel Laureate Charles Rice of The Rockefeller University and Volker Thiel of the University of Bern and Institute of Virology and Immunology have developed a noninfectious model of SARS-CoV-2 that makes it easier, faster and safer to study the virus and new variants. In addition, the realistic model can be used to better test drugs.
Prof. Bassetti, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bern, talks in an interview about the opportunities and challenges of digitalized medicine - and what lessons can be learned from the Corona pandemic for the medicine of the future. Read the interview with Prof. Bassetti on the webseite of CAIM.
Trillions of benign bacteria live in the intestine. They are kept in a continuous balance by the immune system, which thereby makes them harmless to humans. Researchers in the Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR) at the University of Bern and Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, and German Cancer Research Center have been able to show how certain natural antibodies keep these bacteria in check. The findings could make an important contribution to the development of superior vaccines.
The Medical Faculty congratulates Prof. Benoît Schaller on his election as Full Professor in Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery by the University Executive Board as of 1.10.2021. He will simultaneously succeed Prof. T. Iizuka and become Clinic Director of the University Clinic for Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery.
It is still elusive to what extent interactions between different cell types of the heart influence the normal heart rhythm and possibly trigger life-threatening arrhythmias. A new measurement method developed at the University of Bern combines for the first time optical and electrical recording of cardiac ventricular activation which, in conjunction with optogenetics, will permit finding comprehensive answers to these questions.
Prof. Carla Meyer-Massetti has been elected by the University Executive Board as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy as of October 1, 2021. The assistant professorship was established thanks to the support of the Swiss Pharmacists Association pharmaSuisse. The Faculty of Medicine congratulates Ms. Meyer-Massetti on her election!
The Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (CAIM) aims to connect researchers and experts in AI technology within the Bern Medical Hub. For this purpose, CAIM is establishing an Experts Directory listing all actors with specialized expertise are listed there, so that potential cooperation partners can quickly get an overview of collaboration opportunities.
If you would like to become part of the directory, pleased register at www.caim.unibe.ch/experts. CAIM is excited to map the wealth of know-how we have in Bern in this way! In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com.
The University Executive Board has appointed Prof. Lilian Witthauer as Assistant Professor with Tenure Track at the University Department of Diabetology, Endocrinology, Nutritional Medicine & Metabolism (UDEM) as of September 1, 2021. The Medical Faculty congratulates her on this promotion and wishes her a good start in this new challenging role.
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