CTU Bern

Affiliated institutions

Clinical Investigation Unit

The Clinical Investigation Unit (CIU) is a service division within the Department Clinical Research (DCR). Together with CTU Bern, it forms the DCR. The CIU offers professional services to investigators working at Inselspital Bern or to other interested parties conducting single-center or multi-center clinical studies. Services include logistic support, planning, coordination and execution of clinical studies from phases I to IV, as well as assistance with observational studies. The unit runs an outpatient facility dedicated to conduct research studies.

The CIU cooperates closely with individual departments of the Inselspital Bern, the pharmaceutical industry, and contract research organizations.

Inselspital, Bern University Hospital

CTU Bern is closely linked to Inselspital Bern. The Inselspital is the largest hospital of the city and canton of Bern (ca. 130'000 and 1'000'000 inhabitants, respectively). It is the only Swiss university hospital concentrating all medical specialties on one campus.

The Inselspital is an important medical center for central Switzerland (Mittelland) and serves as a medical care center for the cantons of Bern, Jura, Neuenburg, Solothurn, Wallis and partially Luzern and Freiburg.

Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Bern provides undergraduate and postgraduate education and carries out interdisciplinary research in the fields of social and behavioural health, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, and international and environmental health.

Eminent speakers from Switzerland and abroad give presentations at monthly seminars held in the ISPM offices. Researchers from other institutes and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Berner Institut für Hausarztmedizin (BIHAM)

Guiding principles:

  • The BIHAM, a university institute, engages in teaching and research in primary health care. A major focus is the promotion of young academics and practitioners.
  • The BIHAM fulfills its mandate in cooperation with general practitioners and the faculty, as well as the responsible political authorities and professional associations.
  • The BIHAM forges links between the practicing primary care physicians and the university.
  • The BIHAM generates the academic basis and lays the foundations for a modern, integrative, networked and patient-oriented primary health care.