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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.
As of 31.12.2022, the Medical Faculty has launched the Call for Applications for the Funding of Global Health Initiatives & for the Funding of International Networking Activities in Research. Please find the calls under "Current tenders".
Apply until November 30, 2022
Bacteria in the small intestine adapt dynamically to our nutritional state, with individual species disappearing and reappearing. Researchers at the University of Bern and University Hospital Bern have now been able to comprehensively study the bacteria of the small intestine and their unique adaptability for the first time. The findings contribute to a better understanding of intestinal diseases such as Crohn's disease or celiac disease and to the development of new therapeutic approaches.
Researchers of the University of Bern and the Insel Hospital, University Hospital Bern, have developed a screening method to discover new drug targets for cancer treatment in the so-called “Dark Matter” of the genome. They applied their method to non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the greatest cancer killer for which effective therapies are urgently sought. They could show that inhibiting identified targets could greatly slow down cancer growth, and their method is adaptable to other cancers.
Prof. Athina Tzovara wurde von der Universitätsleitung per 1. September 2022 zur Assistenzprofessorin TT zum Gebiet Machine Learning in Medicine gewählt. Die Assistenzprofessur wird interfakultär von der Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftlichen und der Medizinischen Fakultät geführt. Die Medizinische Fakultät gratuliert ihr zur Wahl!
On 24 November 2022, CAIM will host a research symposium (CAIM Research Symposium) for its members from the University, Insel Gruppe AG, UPD and sitem-insel. The symposium will be held in the University's Kuppelsaal in the morning. It is intended to provide an opportunity for networking between all AI researchers in the field of medicine at our medical site in Bern.
On the occasion of the CAIM Research Symposium 2022, CAIM will for the first time present two research awards to Master and PhD students in this field in the categories "Translational Research" and "Diversity for AI Research in Medicine". The two winning projects will each receive CHF 500.00 from the “Standortförderung Bern” and the translational project will also receive coaching from be-advanced. Applications can be submitted until 7 November 2022.
The Better Science initiative calls for a new scientific culture enabling everyone to work excellently. Simultaneously to the ongoing initiative of the University of Bern, the Equal Opportunity Coordinator of the Med. Dean's Office - Ms. Svea Lehmann - was invited by the Clinic Director and Chief Physician of Neuroradiology (Prof. J. Gralla) to a lunch symposium. At this event, Ms. Lehmann presented the current gender equality measures of the Medical Faculty Bern and showed further options of gender equality promoting measures that could be taken by a clinic or an institute.
ARTORG Center and Center for AI in Medicine invite you on the scientific lunch talk „DAIM Lunch Talk“ with Dr. Lisa Koch, Institute for Ophthalmic Research, University of Tübingen.
The Medical Faculty of the University of Bern and the Biomedical Faculty of the Università della Svizzera Italiana USI will cooperate in future in the training of students in Human Medicine. From 2023, students from Ticino will be able to complete a bachelor's degree in Human Medicine in Bern.
Founded amidst resistance in 1921, the School of Dental Medicine of the University of Bern (ZMK) is today among the most renowned centers of their kind in the world. Hendrik Meyer-Lückel, Executive Director of the ZMK, tells what makes Bernese dentistry unique.
Researchers from the University of Bern and Inselspital provide an overview of the latest technologies in precision oncology. Translating these into clinical application is still a major challenge. With research projects, the Bern Center for Precision Medicine (BCPM) contributes to bringing technological progress to the patient.
The faculty management has issued new directives for habilitation and appointment
Neuropsychologist Katharina Henke and evolutionary biologist Katie Peichel are each receiving a highly endowed SNSF Advanced Grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Their research projects deal with the ability to remember despite amnesia and the predictability of evolution.
Klick on the link below to read the media release of the University of Bern.
Thanks to the support of the Swiss Medical Association FMH, the University of Bern is able to establish a lectureship and a research focus on patient safety at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM). As of June 1, 2022, Prof. Dr. David Schwappach has taken over the leadership of the new research focus.
Klick on the link below to read the media release of the University of Bern (in German).
The first TANDEM grant call received 28 applications from clinician-basic researcher pairs across Switzerland, each jointly addressing a question of direct clinical relevance, from two angles: that of understanding molecular mechanism and of directly improving cancer patient care.
The awardees include 6 women (of 13), participating in Tandem teams from Zurich, Bern, Lausanne and Geneva. Interinstitutional, as well as interdisciplinary projects took the day, with the recipients of this generous grant planning to collaborate intensely between bench and bedside.
Dr. Kathrin Summermatter, head of the Biosafety Centre at the Institute of Infectious Diseases, University of Bern has been selected as one of 26 experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) panel on the origins of new pathogens.
The Medical Faculty congratulates Emma Britt Hodcroft, PhD for the Johanna Dürmüller-Bol DBMR Research Award 2022 and her winning project “Investigating the impact of pandemic restrictions on circulation and genetic diversity of a respiratory virus”.
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