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.
This call will fund a project in cancer research and aims to promote outstanding young researchers. Apply from 15 January 2022 until 1st March 2022. More information under «Current tenders»
Congratulations to Prof. Claudia Kühni for being re-elected as Vicepresident of the Biology and Medicine division at Swiss National Science Foundation.
A Sinergia grant has been awarded to a team headed by Prof Andrew Macpherson to explore microbiota establishment during weaning.
The Cantonal Government has elected a new Vice-Rector to the Executive Board of the University. As of 1st January 2022, Prof. Dr. Hugues Abriel will take over the Vice-Rectorate Research.As of January 2022, Prof. Dr. Hugues Abriel will take over the Vice-Rectorate Research. He succeeds Prof. Dr. Daniel Candinas, who steps down at the end of 2021. As former Director of the Department for BioMedical Research and the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Hugues Abriel has longstanding knowledge of the university and extensive leadership experience.
Bernese researchers have developed a theory that shows how the brain can efficiently learn extremely fast sequences of sensory stimuli. This can happen much quicker than previously thought if neurons (nerve cells) have a mechanism that allows them to "predict" the future. The Bernese work was selected for presentation from among nearly ten thousand submitted papers at the world's most important conference on artificial intelligence.
One of this year's three Dr. Lutz and Dr. Celia Zwillenberg Prizes of the University of Bern has been awarded to Andrés Sanz-Morejón for the PhD thesis "Role of macrophages and epigenetic inheritance during cardiac regeneration in the zebrafish" at the Institute of Anatomy (group of Prof. Mercader). Congratulations!
To map the wealth of know-how in developing, validating, and translating AI technology into healthcare inside the Bern Medical Hub, CAIM is launching an Expert Directory. A first version of the Directory goes online today with a non-exhaustive list of clinical and data science experts from the University of Bern, Inselspital, UPD and sitem-insel. Registration is rolling and can be done at caim.unibe.ch/experts. Browse the Expert Directory here
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.
Do you have a promising business idea? Start your entrepreneurial journey with STAGE UP. By participating in the competition, you give your idea a chance and get a little closer to your own business. This is what you can win: CHF 18'000.-, an individual coaching as well as workshops, an instructive and exciting time. Apply until 3 Dec. 2021. STAGE UP is organized by the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship of the University of Bern, in cooperation with private and public partners.
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!
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