Special Lectures

Farewell Lecture & Apéro PD Dr. Sven Trelle

“What is doing clinical research about? Some insights from 15 years @ CTU Bern”

Sven Trelle has been affiliated with the CTU Bern since 2008. In his role as Director, he has consulted on more than 500 clinical research projects and peer-reviewed over 200 clinical trial grant applications. He has been an active teacher on all aspects of clinical research, from methodology to implementation and the practical issues of conducting clinical research.

Please join us to thank Sven and learn from his deep insights.

Thursday 28 March 2024
Talk: 2 pm | Apéro: 3 pm
Location: sitem-insel | Freiburgstrasse 3, 3010 Bern | CATR Auditorium, 2nd floor

Please register here by Friday, 22 March 2024.



DCR invites you to a talk by Prof. Dr. Amy Koerber—lead author of The Predatory Paradox: Ethics, Politics, and Practices in Contemporary Scholarly Publishing.

The Predatory Publishing Paradox by Prof. Dr. Amy Koerber

In “publish or perish” academic settings, institutional prizing of quantity over quality has given rise to and perpetuated the dilemma of predatory publishing. Upon close examination, however, the definition of “predatory” itself becomes slippery, evading neat boxes or lists which might seek to easily define and guard against it.

Thursday 08 February 2024
Talk: 3:30 pm | Apéro: 5:00 pm
Location: sitem-insel | Freiburgstrasse 3, 3010 Bern | Felix Frey Auditorium, EO.211, ground floor

The event will be in-person only (audio and video recorded).

Please register by 7 February 2024 (Microsoft Forms; sign-in not required) space is limited! 


Download the "The Predatory Publishing Paradox" here (open access)!



A Tale of Two Cities: Aspirin in Secondary Prevention of Bowel Cancer/ Outcomes of SARS-CoV2 vaccination in patients with cancer

For the Bern Lecture, Professor Eva Segelov will present results from two large research projects: the ASCOLT Phase III RCT of aspirin adjuvant therapy for Colorectal cancer, and the SerOZNET study, measuring outcomes of serial vaccinations for SARS-CoV2 in patients with solid tumours and hematological cancers, including children and adolescents.

Join the lecture on Thursday, 16 Nov 2023 at 4:00 pm online on zoom.



Better with Bubbles: New Horizons for Clinical Ultrasound

Peter N Burns from Toronto, Canada is visiting the Inselspital, at the invitation of Prof Annalisa Berzigotti and the Department of Visceral Surgery and Medicine. He has been instrumental in pioneering the application of microbubbles for enhanced ultrasound imaging, a technology that has new and broad applications.
Prof Eva Segelov, Director of the Department of Clinical Research (DCR) will introduce Prof Burns and moderate questions after his presentation.

Explore the revolutionary potential of gas-filled microbubbles in clinical ultrasound imaging. From being a mere physics curiosity, these bubbles are now the backbone of groundbreaking biomedical strategies.

Join us for this insightful lecture and dive deep into the world of bubbles and the wonders they promise in the realm of clinical ultrasound.

Witness the future of medicine, visualized and revolutionized by bubbles!

Tuesday, September 26th 2023, 12:00-13:30

 Anna-Seiler-Haus, Konferenzraum im U1_006

(No registration required, no fees)


Seminar By Prof David Raubenheimer

Bestseller author Prof David Raubenheimer from Sydney Australia will visit the Inselspital on June 19th, 2023 to hold a seminar about his and Prof Stephen Simpson's discovery of nutritional geometry and the subsequent detection of protein leverage. 

This discovery shows that the strong regulation of protein intake by humans has a major impact on energy overconsumption and the development of non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. First results showing protein leverage in children will be presented by Dr. med. Christoph Saner, PhD**.

* Leonard P. Ullman Professor of Nutritional Ecology in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, and Nutrition Theme Leader in the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. **Consultant paediatric endocrinologist, Division of Paediatric Endocrinology, Diabetology and Metabolism, Department of Paediatrics, Inselspital

Date & Time: Monday, June 19th 2023, 12:00-13:30 (no registration required, no fees)

Location of event: Kursraum 1 Kinderklinik, Inselspital