The role of the Department for BioMedical Research DBMR is to provide its 45 research groups with optimal infrastructure and scientific support. The vast majority (41) of these groups are from clinics of the Inselspital, Bern University Hospital. The remainders (4) are internal DBMR groups, who are involved in the scientific support and coordination of equipment and infrastructure on a daily basis. Equally important, the DBMR is responsible for operating Technology and Animal Core Facilities. It also hosts the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) Bern. Furthermore, the groups of the department are supported by central services responsible for administration, informatics, technical support and bioinformatics.