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The lack of a profound understanding of stem cell biology and mechanisms during regenerative processes is still limiting the development and implementation of successful stem cell therapies.
"Enthusiasm and applicative motivations (hypes and hopes) prevailed at times over caution and rigor, with some unfortunate pitfalls (Bianco et al, Nature Medicine, Vol 19, 35ff, 2013)."
Hence, the Focus of the SCRM Platform is to foster a new and innovative multidisciplinary approach to unravel the communication network of stem cells within the tissue and throughout the body during tissue regeneration.
Members of the Medical, Vetsuisse and Phil. Nat. Faculty from the University of Bern have established the University-wide SCRM Platform, with the aim that new ideas and skills can flow seamlessly through the member groups. A centralized database, common meetings, workshops and international conferences in addition to educational tracks for bachelor, master and PhD students are scheduled to sustainably implement the assignement of the Platform.
Ultimately, our Mission is to efficiently and rapidly transfer basic research findings into clinical applications with a specific focus on cell therapy.
Joint Meeting on New Cell Therapies, November 23rd, 2016. Under the auspice of the SCRM platform and the Swiss Institute for cell therapies (SICT). Bridging Cell-based Therapies in Switzerland and beyond: Current and future perspectives. Program: here
Annual SCRM Meeting, 6th of November 2015, Program: here
Day of Clinical Research, 2nd of November 2016. Awarding of the SCRM Special Poster Price to Michael Perny.
PhD Student Retreat 2016, September 6th, Gurten Mountain Bern. Keynote Speakers: Prof. Marcello Rivolta (University of Sheffield) and Dr. Liane Höfferer (CSL Behring). Program: here
PhD Student Retreat Bern 2015: Fotos from the event can be found here, Program can be found here.
Keynote speaker 1: Dr. Allen Eaves, CEO of the company 'Stemcell Technologies'.
Keynote speaker 2: Dr. Roberto Iacone, Group Head in Roche Pharmaceuticals
PhD Retreat Münchenwiler 2014:
Guest lecturer: Prof. Mariusz Ratajczak, University of Louisville
Platform Kick-off/Kick-off follow up Meetings:
November 1 2012
December 13 2013
November 21 2014
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Next SCRM Lunchseminar in 2018:
Tuesday, May 8th , 12:15-13:00
"Stemcells and lung repair"
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, University Hospital Bern
Happy Hour: 13.00-14.00 - to favor discussions and strengthen the network.
Sandwiches are generously provided by the DCR (13.00-14.00).
Open for all SCRM platform members and interested guests
Responsibles: Dr. Amiq Gazdhar, Dr. Marta Roccio
5th SCRM PhD Student Retreat
31st of August 2018, 7:45am - 7pm
A full day event were PhD students from the field or with interest in stem cell research may present and discuss their project, receiving expert feedback from invited experienced researchers.
Location: Paul Klee Center, Bern
Maximum 20 participants, 12 oral presentations, 8 posters.
All PhD students from Bern with interest in stem cell research are invited to register.
Registration: please use the form
International Stem Cell Conference Bern 2018
in cooperation with the International Placenta Stem Cell Society / IPLASS
Abstract submission, registration and further information: www.iplass2018.org
International Stem Cell Conference Basel 2018
“Stem Cell Dynamics Throughout Life: From Development to the Adult”
29.-31. August 2018
ZLF Hebelstrasse, Basel, Switzerland
For conference information, see
4th SCRM PhD Students Retreat
PhD students with interest in stem cell research continued the tradition to meet and discuss their projects in an informal and friendly atmosphere, with the exceptional opportunity to receive valuable questions and suggestions from two experienced researchers. Twelve PhD students and three master student guests attended the 2017 retreat.
The retreat took place at the 1st of September, on top of the Gurten mountain in Bern. The day was comprised of 11 PhD project presentations and two keynote lectures given by the two invited speakers. Dr. Christine Weber and Prof. Fredric Manfredsson.
Dr. Christine Weber is an associate editor at Nature Cell Biology and came from London to join the event. It was one of the highlights of this year’s retreat to hear Dr. Webers talk on publishing processes, to get advice on writing manuscripts towards acceptance and to receive comments on the projects from an actual editor of one of the most impactful journals. Professor Fredric Manfredsson came from the Michigan State University and gave a great talk on current state of the art research on viral gene therapy for neurological disorders.
In addition to the presentations, the retreat included several breaks for networking and further discussions on the projects. The day was concluded by an address given by the SCRM steering committee and the Apero Riché.
A special Acknowledgement is addressed to the keynote speakers for taking the journeys to Switzerland, presenting two remarkable keynote lectures and providing excellent comments for the projects. Also, great gratitude is expressed towards the Platform for Stem Cell Research in Regenerative Medicine, the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences Bern and Emeritus Prof. André Haeberli, which made the retreat possible by their generous financial support for the fourth time already.
We thank everyone for their participation which made the retreat again a very fruitful and pleasant experience. Also, we would like to invite every interested PhD student to join the next retreat, which will take place on the 31st of August 2018.
The 2017’s SCRM PhD student retreat was organized by:
Felix Baier, William Hariton and Magdalena Brunner
Awardee Poster Prize Best Stem Cell Project 2017
Patricia Meyer (Institute for Infectious Diseases, Neuroinfection Lab)
"Using an ex vivo model for ischemic brain damage induced by cardiac arrest to test neuronal progenitor cell grafting as regenerative therapy"
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
Haus der Universität, Schlösslistrasse 5, Bern
Prof. Niels Kuster, Founder & Director IT'IS Foundation, Zürich
Outstanding publications from Bern
Prof. Antoine R. Adamantidis, Department of Neurology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital and DMBR
Prof. Smita Saxena, Department of Neurology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital and DBMR
Dr. phil. nat .Sean R. R. Hall, Department of BioMedical Research, University of Bern and Div. General Thoracic Surgery
Register here (mandatory, free of charge)
SCRM Network Point - Network Seminars
for PIs and their teams
next seminar to be announced
Past invitations, networking info: here
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