DBMR Media Release

This is where you can read the current media releases about research of the Department for BioMedical Research, University of Bern.


Bernese Researchers on Highly Cited Researchers 2021 List

Congratulations to our researchers, who are again among the world's most cited in medicine.


Best Poster Award at the 2nd AACR-KCA

Congratulations! The Best Poster Award at the 2nd AACR-KCA Joint Conference on Precision Medicine in Solid Tumors, which was held on November 12, 2021 goes to Liana Hayrapetyan, Program Translational Cancer Research, Medova Lab. Title: HPV and p53 status determine irradiation-related responses to a selective DNA-PK inhibitor in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma models


Immunoglobulin A antibodies control intestinal bacteria

An international team led by Researchers (Dr. Tim Rollenske and Prof. Andrew Macpherson) from the DBMR and Inselspital show how the intestinal immune system specifically recognizes our commensal bacteria and how IgA constrains microbial fitness in the intestine. The findings expand our fundamental understanding of mucosal antibody responses and how we keep homeostasis between the host and its microbiota.


Vontobel-Preis für Alter(n)sforschung 2021

Einen Preis, dotiert mit 5'000 CHF, erhalten Daniel Brigger, Mario Noti und Alexander Eggel PhD in Pathologie; Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Department für Rheumatologie, Immunologie und Allergologie Universität Bern; PhD in Immunologie/Mikrobiologie, Senior Scientist Nestlé Research Center Lausanne; PD Dr. Universität Bern, Research Group Leader am Department für Rheumatologie, Immunologie und Allergologie Universität Bern für die Arbeit «Eosinophils Regulate Adipose Tissue Inflammation and Sustain Physical and Immunological Fitness in Old Age»


SNF Sinergia Grant

Congratulations to PD Dr. Marianna Kruithof-de Julio and Prof. Dr. Eliane J. Müller on each receiving a SNF Sinergia Grant.


Award 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.


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.


Predicting success in therapy with individualized cancer models

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!


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.


Persistent lung damage after Covid-19

The nationwide study published today was initiated by Inselspital, Bern University Hospital with the collaboration of the University of Bern and has established for the first time: severe Covid-19 can result in prolonged impairment of oxygen uptake in the lungs even after four months. Long-term monitoring and treatment of these patients is urgent and important.