The Day of BioMedical Research

Since 1996, the Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR) has held a "Day of BioMedical Research". The annual “Day of BioMedical Research” has established itself as a forum for researchers to present their work in a poster session and to get insights into the research projects of their colleagues. The event is open to the public, and gives an insight into the clinical research activities at the University of Bern. The Day of BioMedical Research is also an excellent platform for making new contacts and exchanging ideas.

Day of BioMedical Research 2022, July 6, 2022

The program of the DBMR Day of BioMedical Research may be subject to changes, depending on the developments in the current pandemic.

Location Auditorium Ettore Rossi, Kinderklinik (KKL), Freiburgstrasse 15, 3010 Bern
Program to be announced in June 2022

The Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR) provides the infrastructure and support for the biomedical research of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bern. The annual “DBMR Day of BioMedical Research” has established itself as a forum for researchers to present their work and to get insights into the research projects of their colleagues.

Highlights of the program are the presentation of the Johanna Dürmüller-Bol DBMR Research Award 2022, the DBMR Poster Prizes, the Prize for the Best Publication in 2021, of the Research Prize Alumni MedBern and of the Research Prize Best Stem Cell Project. Two outstanding keynote lectures organized by the DBMR will complete the program. The final program of the DBMR Day of BioMedical Research will be available on the DBMR Website in June 2022.

The following prizes will be awarded at the DBMR Day of BioMedical Research:

1. Johanna Dürmüller-Bol DBMR Research Award 2022 (CHF 30'000)

The aim of the Research Award is the support of a young researcher of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bern. The Research Award honours a promising research project, and should provide the base for a successful application for a peer reviewed, competitive grant.

2. Poster Prizes of the DBMR (CHF 2'000, each)

All students and members of the institutes and clinics of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Bern and of the Inselspital engaged in research are invited to submit an abstract and present a poster of their work. The candidates for the Poster Prizes are Master Students, PhD and MD Students or Postdocs within max. of 5 years after graduation that are first and presenting authors of their abstracts and posters.

Three Poster Prizes will be awarded to young researchers:

  • the best preclinical project 2022
  • the best clinical project 2022
  • the best project by a medical student 2022(*)

(*) Submissions for “the best project by a medical student 2022” must be accompanied by a confirmation letter from the supervisor and a copy of the medical student’s matriculation pass. All documents should be submitted in one PDF file.

The link for Poster guidelines.  The Poster number can be found on the abstract list.

3. The Prize for Best DBMR Publication 2021 (CHF 2'000)

To qualify, DBMR affiliation of the First Author and/or the Corresponding Author is mandatory. Submit your publication via email awards.dbmr@unibe.ch with your contact information, a short text (max. 400 words), describing why your publication is special and should win the prize. The application form of the Best DBMR Publication 2021 can be found here.

The Commission of the four categories (the best preclinical project 2022, the best clinical project 2022, the best project by a medical student 2022 and the best DBMR publication in 2021) are responsible for all aspects of the awarding prizes. The members of the commission will be selected ad hoc from the clinicians and scientists of the University of Bern. The decision of the Commission is final and cannot be appealed. There is no legal requirement to decide the prizes.

4. Research Prize Alumni MedBern (CHF 2’000)

The Alumni MedBern will honor an abstract, which is submitted within the categories for the DBMR Poster Prizes, with the Research Prize Alumni MedBern (CHF 2'000).
The award will be distributed based on the assessment of the following criteria:

  • Collaboration between university and non-university partners
  • Collaboration between basic research and clinical research
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Collaboration between Faculties of the University of Bern 

5. SCRM Poster Prize for Best Stem Cell Project (CHF 1’000)

The Prize will be award by the Platform for Stem Cell Research in Regenerative Medicine (SCRM). All posters from researchers with affiliations in Bern submitted within this category are eligible for the SCRM Poster Prize in addition to the DBMR Poster Prize. The category for Stem Cell Research must be chosen. The link for abstract submission can be found here.

More information can be found on the SCRM Website.

  • Deadline for submission of applications for all Abstracts and for the Best DBMR Publication Award is on Monday, 18. April 2022.
  • The prizes will be awarded at the DBMR Day of BioMedical Research on Wednesday, 6. July 2022.

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Poster Prizes of the Day of BioMedical Research 2020 Johanna Dürmüller-Bol DBMR Research Award 2020
Poster Prizes of the Day of BioMedical Research 2019
  • The prize for the best publication goes to Bahtiyar Yilmaz
    "Microbial network disturbances in relapsing refractory Crohn’s disease"  
  • The Alumni MedBern award goes to Vera Lehmann
    "Headwind: design and evaluation of a vehicle hypoglycemia warning system in diabetes – results from a driving simulator study"
  • The Stem Cell Prize goes to Pascal Näf
    "IL-33/ST2 signaling promotes steady-state hematopoiesis via IL-6 producing ILC2"
Johanna Dürmüller-Bol DBMR Research Award 2019