The Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR) of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bern, led by Prof. Mark A. Rubin, MD, was established in 1994 by the University of Bern and the Inselspital (Bern University Hospital). The DBMR is divided in 13 Research Programs with 96 participating individual labs and 11 Independent Research Labs whose research spans across all biomedical fields. To realize its mission to bridge the gap between bench and bedside, the DBMR promotes an integrative perspective to clinical research with a strong emphasis in the development of translational approaches, the use of omics and other cutting-edge technologies, and extensive interaction and collaboration between laboratory-based and patient-oriented clinical research. The DBMR is also committed to fostering the careers of young academics.
Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR)
The University of Bern informs employees about current measures in connection with the Coronavirus. The information is updated on an ongoing basis, most recently on June 25.
SNF Sinergia Grant
Congratulations to PD Dr. Marianna Kruithof-de Julio and Prof. Dr. Eliane J. Müller on each receiving a SNF Sinergia Grant.
The DBMR Annual Report 2020 is out now!
ERC Advanced Grants Call (AdG) 2021
ERC Advanced Grants Call (AdG) 2021 is open until August 31
ERC Advanced Grants support excellent researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years with up to € 2.5million for a period of 5 years.
SNF NRP79 Advancing 3R call is open
SNF NRP79 Advancing 3R call is open
The National Research Programme 79 “Advancing 3R – Animals, Research and Society” (NRP 79) has been launched. Interested researchers can submit their pre-proposals until 3 August 2021.
Benôit Pochon Prize 2020
At the outset of the May 3 DBMR Research Conference, Prof. Dr. med. Daniel M. Aebersold announced the winners of the 2020 Benoît Pochon Prize.
The prize went to Dr. med. Haitang Yang and Dr. Nicolas Melin. The DBMR congratulates the two winners. Read more
DBMR Board of Directors
DBMR Board of Directors
We welcome Prof. Anne Angelillo-Scherrer (Deputy Director), Dr. Marianna Kruithof-de Julio, Prof. Volker Enzmann and Prof. Carsten Riether to the DBMR Board of Directors for a period of two years and look forward to the involvement of active research members of the DBMR in the inter-workings of the department!
Young Investigator Prize 2021 Dr. Anke Augspach
Dr. Anke Augspach (Department for BioMedical Research) received the Young Investigator Prize 2021 from Fond’Action Contre le Cancer (CHF 100'000) for her work on aberrant RNA splicing in prostata cancer. Congratulation!
Success report: Controlling adhesions in the abdomen
Adhesions are scars in the abdomen, which can occur 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 the cover story of Science magazine.
Media release, 2 March 2021, Urology Research Laboratory
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.
Success story: SNSF-Sinergia grant for Prof. Dr. Robert Rieben
Prof. R. Rieben (Main applicant, Department for BioMedical Research, University of Bern) together with Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Seebach, Geneve University Hospital and Prof. Dr. Eckhard Wolf, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany received a SNSF-funded Sinergia-grant (2.656 Mio CHF) for their project «Xeno2Cure – advanced engineering and testing of organ donor pigs». Starting date 01.04.2021. Congratulations!
Success report: Four Bernese researchers receive Pfizer Prize
This year, four of a total of fifteen Pfizer Research Prizes have been awarded to physicians from the University of Bern and the Inselspital, University Hospital Bern. The award-winning work deals with leukemia, cardiac arrhythmias and the fever threshold in children and adolescents with cancer.
Upcoming MIC online training in February and March
Today we are happy to inform you about 3 upcoming MIC online trainings in February and March. These trainings are free and open to everyone who is interested in microscopy. You can find some information and ILIAS links for registration (login required) below.
News DBMR Supply Center
Labgene Scientific SA startet am 11. Januar 2021, eine Zusammenarbeit mit dem DBMR Supply Center.
Labgene Scientific SA has a collaboration with the DBMR Supply Center starting on Monday 11th of January 2021.
Dies academicus 2020 als Videoreportage
Mit dem Dies academicus feiert die Universität Bern jedes Jahr ihre Gründung im Jahre 1834. Die aktuelle Situation verunmöglicht es, die 186. Stiftungsfeier im üblichen Rahmen durchzuführen. Stattdessen veröffentlicht die Universität Bern am Samstag, 5. Dezember 2020 einen Film, in dem unter anderem die diesjährigen acht Ehrendoktorinnen und Ehrendoktoren sowie der neu ernannte Ehrensenator vorgestellt werden.
New Discovery in Prostate Cancer Research
Dr. Anke Augspach and Prof. Mark Rubin led an international team that has identified a novel vulnerability in advanced prostate cancer that is no longer responding to hormonal therapy. These findings could lead to the development of new treatment approaches for men suffering from the most aggressive form of prostate cancer.
The Day of BioMedical Research 2020 - November 4, 2020
Highlights of the program are the presentation of the Johanna Dürmüller-Bol DBMR Research Award 2020, of the DBMR Poster Prizes, the Prize for the Best Publication in 2019 and the Research Prize Alumni MedBern. One Keynote Lecture and a COVID-19 session will complete the program.
In Memories of Prof. André Häberli
It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Prof. André Häberli, former Co-Director of the DCR (Department of Clinical Research)/DBMR from 2001 - 2009.
We congratulate Ziad Al Nabhani (Gastroenterology) to receiving a ERC Starting Grant 2020
The European Research Council, set up by the European Union in 2007, is the premiere European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. Every year, it selects and funds the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based in Europe.
The DBMR Annual Report 2019 is out now!
The contractual negotiations between swissuniversities and Springer Nature Verlag have finally been concluded, so we were able to license Nature Cancer and access is possible at https://www.nature.com/natcancer/.
SAKK & Celgene’s «HEM Pioneer» Grant
The call for proposals for pioneering ideas to fight blood cancer is open until September 30, 2020.
Swiss 3RCC’s winning project
Congratulations to Dr Marianna Kruithof-de-Julio and Prof. Mark Rubin, DBMR, on their 3Rs project award. With this 3RCC funding they will develop a platform for GU cancer patient-derived organoids.
Project presentations: CAS Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging
3rd July 2020, 13.00 – 15.30, E0.211, sitem-insel, Freiburgstrasse 3, Bern
Video conference session: https://tinyurl.com/y7ehc3jo
Sitem-insel school would like to invite all its partners, University of Bern students and Inselspital members to attend the project presentation session of this year’s CAS Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging, scheduled for 3rd July 2020 between 13:00 – 15:30
COVID-19:Studie zu Folgeschäden in der Lunge
Erste multizentrische Studie der Lunge zu oft auftretenden Langzeitschäden bei Ex-COVID-19 Patienten startet unter Leitung von PD. Manuela Funke-Chambour am Universitätsspital Bern. Kooperation mit @Unispital_USZ, @KantonsspitalSG u.a.m. ist vorgesehen.
Dr. Lutz Zwillenberg-Preis Deadline Extension to 1st June 2020
Up to three prizes are awarded once a year for scientific work in the field of biological sciences (focus biology and bio-chemistry). The prize is intended to motivate young talents who have submitted innovative work in the form of a PhD dissertation or an outstanding publication as a Postdoc.
sitem School Scholarship Award 2020
The sitem School scholarship program supports entrepreneurs and researchers who pursue a new venture in the healthcare sector. Selected applicants are invited to present their medical concept to a board of experts at the scholarship challenge event on 3 June 2020. Registration
The University of Bern is constantly monitoring the situation. Information on the situation at the University of Bern are published here. If you have any questions about the situation at the University of Bern, please contact the Risk Management Office as the coordinating unit.
The coronavirus can pose a serious risk to people over the age of 65 and to those with underlying medical conditions. New sets of recommendations – general and for the workplace – should help to protect these groups. Under this rubric, you will find information on this and the current situation, FAQs and recommendations for travellers.
MIC Newsletter 2020
MIC Newsletter January - March 2020
#CoronaInfoCH: Young researchers have built a data platform with the task force of the ETH Zürich and the GSI of Canton Bern, to gather information of Covid-19 directly from the public. http://covidtracker.ch
Newsarticle: «Ein Impfstoff ist die schärfste Waffe!»
Martin Bachmann, Gruppenleiter am Departement for Biomedical Research @DBMR_UniBe der #unibern, forscht seit Januar an einem Impfstoff gegen CoViD19.
Hirnschlag: Berner Team entwickelt verbesserte Therapie
Bern and Fribourg researchers identify neurons responsible for rapid eye movements (REM) during sleep
Why do we move our eyes fast in the paradoxical sleep - in that sleep phase, in which most dreams take place? The secret is not yet fully aired, but we are on his track: A team at the University of Bern, in collaboration with the University of Fribourg, has identified the nerve cells behind this curious phenomenon.
Please find more information in the attached release or on our website: https://tinyurl.com/NeuronsREMSleep
ERC Consolidator Grants Call (CoG) 2020 is open until February 04
ERC Consolidator Grants support excellent researchers with 7–12 years of experience after their PhD (extensions are possible under certain circumstances) up to 2€ million for 5 years
GL Excellence Award 2019: Prof. Johanna Kremer Hovinga
GL Excellence Award 2019: Prof. Johanna Kremer Hovinga was awarded! Follow the link to the announcement (it is in German).
CANCELLED Swiss Proteomics Meeting 2020 - Registration is open now
The 2020 event will take place on April 2 and 3, 2020 in beautiful Eurotel Montreux again!
Registration is open now here until February 23, 2019!
3RCC Open Call 2019 – Applications open until November 3
The Swiss 3R Competence Centre publishes regular calls for funding research projects dedicated to the replacement, reduction or refinement of animal experimentation and is now accepting applications for the Outline Application Stage.
SNSF career funding schemes Ambizione and PRIMA
open until November 1
Ambizione grants are aimed at young researchers who wish to conduct, manage and lead an independent project at a Swiss higher education institution. PRIMA grants are aimed at excellent women researchers who show a high potential for obtaining a professorship.
CSL Research Acceleration Initiative
Applications close 30th September, 2019
CSL and the University of Bern, Inselspital and sitem-insel wish to establish new collaborative partnerships to accelerate research. To celebrate the establishment of the CSL Behring Biologics Research Center within sitem-insel, a call for Reserach Proposals is being announced.
Major award for two Bernese medical projects
Congratulations to Marianna Kruithof-de Julio and Robert Rieben for both receiving a DoD Grant!
Prestigious grants from the USA go to two Bernese researchers: the biomedical scientists Marianna Kruithof-de Julio and Robert Rieben were the only researchers in Switzerland to receive a grant under two "Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs", which primarily support research in the USA. This underlines the unique quality of medical research at the University of Bern.
Fund for the Promotion of Young Researchers
deadline for applications: Wednesday, 16.10.19
The Fund supports thematic, innovative events such as conferences, continuing education instruments, internet platforms, seminars, workshops, etc., aimed at improving networking among the University's intermediate staff. As a rule, a sum of no more than CHF 5,000 may be applied for. Successful projects will need to be carried out until December 2020.
Legal foundations have been revised as well as newly created to implement the concept on the promotion of early career researchers. The changes at postdoc level come into force on August 1, 2019. The Executive Board of the University of Bern has thus issued postdoc regulations. Section 8 of the Regulations states that, from August 1, 2019 a contractual agreement is required for every appointment of a postdoctoral researcher.
ERC Starting Grants Call (StG) 2020 will be open until 16 October
ERC Starting Grants support excellent young researchers who are 2-7 years after their PhD (extensions are possible under certain circumstances). Call should open soon.
Licenced Acces to Lab Animals
The DBMR now has access to the journals of Nature Lab Animals.
25 Years DBMR
Swiss Federal Innovation Promotion Instruments
Slides from the presentation of Dr. Lutz Nolte (Senior Innovation Advisor, Vice-Rectorate Research, UniBe).
Horizon 2020 - Work Programme 2018-2020
On 27 October 2017, the European Commission presented the final Work Programme for Horizon 2020, covering the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020 and representing an investment of around €30 billion.
Day of BioMedical Research 2019 - Invitation / Announcement.pdf
SNSF launches a new funding scheme: Spark
The aim of Spark is to fund projects that show unconventional thinking and introduce a unique approach. The focus is on promising ideas of high originality, relying on no or very little preliminary data. The call closes July 17, 2019.
DBMR Info Event presentation slides
EASI-Genomics Opens First Call for Transnational Access
This genomics research infrastructure project will provide free-of-charge sequencing and data analysis services to selected projects in its 11 participating facilities in Europe. Deadline for project submission is 25 April 2019. Please contact the Grants Office (Mariana Ricca) for further information.
Link to - https://www.easi-genomics.eu/access/calls/first-call-0
3rd call for proposals for pioneer projects: multi '-omics' data collection and interpretation of clinical sample cohorts
With its 3rd call for proposals, PHRT invites clinical scientists, who have access to an extensive sample cohort, to create an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary consortium to formulate a well-defined clinical question to request funding to generate matched genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data by the two PHRT platforms. Data integration, data analysis and data interpretation is an important part of the project as well. Applications using the PHRT templates must be submitted by May 27, 2019. Please contact the Grants Office (Mariana Ricca) for further information.
Link to - https://www.sfa-phrt.ch/3rd-call-documents
US Department of Defense new call for cancer research
Funding opportunities are available for researchers at all levels for research projects in different cancers and immunotherapy. Please contact the Grants Office (Mariana Ricca) for further information.
Vaccine developed to treat osteoarthritic pain
Researchers from the Universities of Bern and Oxford have developed a vaccine that blocks the effects of the main cause of pain in osteoarthritis (OA) - nerve growth factor (NGF) – in mice.
Neptun Wave Spring 2019 - 11 February - 11 March
US Department of Defense clinical trial and basic research calls 2019
Funding opportunities are available for researchers at all levels on a huge range of topics for clinical trials, as well as for basic research on ALS, MS and many types of cancer. Calls are now open and the deadlines are soon. Contact the Grants Office for more information.
Grants Office, Dr. Mariana Ricca, University of Bern
Meeting rooms H810 and H813 - List of the dates for reservations through DBMR
News from the Welcome Center
- International Office on Facebook
- Learning German at the University of Bern (spring 2019)
- City of Bern: "Bernetz“ project continues in 2019