The role of the Department for BioMedical Research DBMR is to provide its 46 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 (5) 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. Furthermore, the groups of the department are supported by central services responsible for administration, informatics, technical support and bioinformatics.
The DBMR Directorate, which comprises the Director and Managing Director, is supported by a Facility Manager position. The Board of Trustees (Kuratorium) is, besides overseeing DBMR strategy, involved in the decision-making process for resource distribution to the DBMR groups. An External Advisory Board evaluates the overall strategies and operation of the DBMR.