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.
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.
The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine of the University of Bern (ISPM) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the anniversary, the Swiss Public Health Conference 2021 will be held in Bern on August 25 and 26, 2021. The focus of the international conference is COVID-19 and the management of pandemics in public health. Among others, Christian Althaus, Thomas Abel and Nicola Low from ISPM as well as Maria Neira, WHO and Alfredo Morabia, Columbia University (USA) will give presentations.
The University Executive Board has appointed Prof. Lia Bally as Professor at the University Department of Diabetology, Endocrinology, Nutritional Medicine & Metabolism (UDEM) as of August 1, 2021. With this appointment, she assumes the position of Director of Research at UDEM. The Medical Faculty congratulates her on this promotion and wishes her a good start in this new challenging role.
The brain mechanisms underlying the suppression of fear responses have attracted a lot of attention as they are relevant for therapy of human anxiety disorders. Despite our broad understanding of the different brain regions activated during the experience of fear, how fear responses can be suppressed remains largely elusive. Researchers at the University of Bern and the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel have now discovered that the activation of identified central amygdala neurons can suppress fear responses.
Researchers from the Institute of Infectious Diseases (IFIK) at the University of Bern and the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) have been able to determine which animals are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection thanks to innovative cell culture models. The team found that the respiratory cells of monkeys and cats are particularly easily infected by SARS-CoV-2. This suggests that SARS-CoV-2 surveillance should be introduced in these animals and close relatives.
Innovative project ideas that demonstrate a clear patient benefit and high potential for disrupting current medical approaches can now be submitted to the CAIM Research Project Fund. The first funding call opens 1 July 2021. Submission deadline is 15 September.
Call details and application documents can be found here CAIM Research Project Fund.
Three researchers at the University of Bern are receiving Sinergia grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for their research projects. The projects will be supported by the SNSF with funds totaling around CHF 7.3 million over three to four years.
An international study coordinated by the University of Bern and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine shows for the first time the actual contribution of man-made climate change in increasing mortality risks due to heat: between 1991 and 2018, more than a third of all deaths in which heat played a role were attributable to global warming. The study, the largest of this kind, used data from 732 cities in 43 countries around the world and has just been published in the "Nature Climate Change" journal.
We are pleased to present you the annual report of the year 2020.
This year, the Care-for-Rare Foundation - Foundation for Children with Rare Diseases - is again offering the "Care-for-Rare Science Award" in the amount of 50,000 euros. The science award, sponsored by the Werner Reichenberger Foundation, is intended to promote creative scientific ideas and thus help deepen the understanding of rare diseases and develop new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.
A research team from Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, the University of Bern and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW has succeeded in the local application of cancer drugs directly to tumors. Using a jointly developed, special electrospray device, a massive reduction in the size of aggressive lung cancer tumors was achieved in the preclinical laboratory.
Annika Frahsa has been chosen Lindenhof Foundation Professor of Community Health by the University Executive Board. The assistant professorship has been made possible thanks to support from the Lindenhof Foundation Bern. It focuses on participatory health promotion involving communities and is one of a kind in Switzerland.
In conjunction with World Laboratory Day 2021, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital and the University of Bern interview SNF Professor Dr. Georgia Konstantinidou about her work and recent findings to provide insight into a research laboratory..
Researchers from the Universities of Bern and Konstanz and FernUni Switzerland show that great boredom and low self-control are associated with more difficulties students have in homeschooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. These findings are consistent with other findings and theoretical work by the research team showing that large boredom and low self-control predict lower adherence to pandemic behavioral guidelines.
A team of researchers from the Institute for Infectious Diseases (IFIK) at the University of Bern and the Federal Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) have assessed virus growth and activation of the cellular defense mechanisms in the respiratory tract. They have shown that natural temperature differences that exist in the upper and lower respiratory tract have a profound influence on SARS-CoV-2 replication and subsequent innate immune activation in human cells. The findings can help to develop antiviral drugs and preventive measures.
In July 2021 (application deadline April 30), the new edition of Prof. Bassetti's CAS in Sleep, Consciousness and Related Disorders will be launched
The "Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine" brings together leading medical and engineering research with active digitalization efforts in healthcare at the Bern Medical Hub. Using artificial intelligence developments CAIM will bring forward new technologies for healthcare to enable tailored and efficient patient care. CAIM will be inaugurated on Friday, March 19, 2021 at a digital event with a panel discussion and a keynote lecture by AI for advanced healthcare pioneer Gregory D. Hager, Johns Hopkins University as part of a scientific symposium on AI in medicine research.
Scientists at Urology Research Laboratory of the Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR), University of Bern and Urology Department of the Inselspital of Bern, have established organoid culture models from prostate tumor biopsies. These are small clusters of cells which can be used to test the efficacy of various drugs. In this way, it is possible to test which treatment will most likely benefit individual patients.
Adhesions in the abdomen, such as those that form after surgery, often have serious consequences. Now, researchers from the University of Bern and Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, in collaboration with Canadian researchers, have discovered how such adhesions form. The findings may help to develop a drug to prevent adhesions in the future. The study was published as a cover story by the journal "Science".
A global group of researchers is calling for better integration of viral genetics, bioinformatics, and public health to enable better pandemic response now and better pandemic preparedness in the future. In a comment piece in the journal Nature, an international collaboration of specialists in viral and genetic analysis, led by Swiss scientists Dr. Emma Hodcroft at the University of Bern and Prof. Christophe Dessimoz at University of Lausanne, both at the SIB Swiss institute of Bioinformatics, alongside Dr. Nick Goldman at EMBL-EBI in the UK, lay out the ‘bioinformatics bottlenecks’ that are hindering response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and propose ways to ‘clear the road’ for better tools and approaches. Here are the key take home messages and perspective from the Swiss angle.
Nursing staff in Swiss hospitals experienced significantly more stress and a higher workload during the first Covid 19 wave than in 2019. In addition, satisfaction with pay fell sharply, while job satisfaction rose slightly. That's according to a survey of more than 4,100 nurses at 19 hospitals conducted by the Institute of Management Accounting and Control at the University of Bern on the work situation.
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