PhD Student Retreat 2021


Friday, September 3rd 2021

Gurtenpark Bern

A one day meeting organized by and for PhD students with interest in stem cell research. The retreat consists of PhD project presentations from the participants and a lecture given by an internationally recognized researcher, who may as well comment on the presented projects. Time for networking during the catering are included!

We are proud to announce the confirmed speaker for the 2021 retreat:

Prof. Michal Schwartz, Professor of Neuroimmunology from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Prof. Jürgen Burger, Professor for Translational Medicine and Entrepreneurship, Director of the sitem-insel, Bern








DBMR Research Conference: Prof. Catherine Verfaillie

This seminar is going to be a digital event (Zoom presentation) to be seen at the Langhans auditorium.


7th SCRM PhD Student Retreat


The SCRM PhD Student Retreat is an annual retreat organized by and for PhD Students of the SCRM platform and for PhD Students with interests in stem cell research. Students are encouraged to present their projects not only to motivate scientific discussion between peers and two invited mentors but also to explore career plans.

In this 7th edition of the SCRM PhD Retreat, we will be joined by Dr. Roland Leathers, ThermoFisher Senior Manager Strategic Alliances and Prof. Catherine Verfaillie, head of the Stem Cell Institute Leuven (SCIL), who will provide valuable advice concerning the relevance of the research for industry and inputs for either academic or industrial career paths. The two mentors will also give keynote lectures including an overview of their career path as well as recommendations for the PhD Students.

Students and mentors will have the opportunity to network and further discuss scientific careers and opportunities during the lunch and apéro at the end of the retreat.





15th Swiss Stem Cell Network Annual Meeting

11th December 2020

We thank our sponsors for their support.




Sponsoring opportunities

Confirmed speakers:

Hayley Francies, Translational Cancer Genomics at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK
Towards the next-generation of cancer cell models

Matthias Lütolf, Laboratory of Stem Cell Bioengineering, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland  
Engineering scalable organoid-based assays for disease modelling

Ivan Martin, Department of Biomedicine and Department of Surgery, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland, Engineering 3D organotypic niches

Michele de Luca, Centre for Regenerative Medicine "Stefano Ferrari", University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy Epithelial stem cells in cell and gene therapy

Jérôme Guicheux, French National Institute for Health and Medical Research INSERM U1229, Regenerative Medicine and Skeleton Research Center, Nantes Université, France
Exploring stem cells for the regenerative medicine of intervertebral disc: a paradigm shift in spine surgery

Lukas Sommer, Institute of Anatomy, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Neural crest stemness in regeneration and cancer formation


Scientific Advisory Board:

BCPM (Bern Center for Precision Medicine)      
•    Mark Rubin (co-lead)
•    Marianna Kruithof-de Julio
•    Sven Rottenberg

SCRM (Bern Stem Cell Research & Regenerative Medicine Platform)
•    Eliane J. Müller (co-lead)
•    Carsten Riether
•    Amiq Gazdhar

Organizing Committee:

BCPM (Bern Center for Precision Medicine)    
•    Timo Staub (co-lead)
•    Stephan Christen
•    Claudia Requeta

SCRM (Bern Stem Cell Research & Regenerative Medicine Platform)
•    Volker Enzmann (co-lead)
•    Benjamin Gantenbein
•    Rene Aeberhard




We are proud to announce that the SCRM Platform is now a member of the biotechnet Switzerland association.
In this context, the SCRM Platform has founded the national, private/public platform for “Translational and Clinical Bio-Manufacturing” (TCBM) together with seven Swiss Univeristies.

TCBM at Biotechnet

Applicaton for seed funding, draft rules and regulations

Mai 25th 2018 the Basel GMP network (University and University Hospital of Basel,  ETH-DBSSEBasel), the Swiss Institute for Cell Therapies (SICT; Universities and University Hospitals of Lausanne and Geneva, Cardio Centro Ticino) and the Regenerative Medicine Network Fribourg (University of Fribourg, Swiss Integrative Center of Human Health) joined as founding members and the TCBM platform became operational.

The following objectives are perused:  

  • Foster exchange and collaborations between academic groups using and operating cleanrooms including bio-manufacturing products for clinical trials.
  • Share experience in GMP compliance and take a unified position in regulatory negotiations with Swiss notified bodies.
  • Facilitate collaborations with the private sector including applications for bridge projects.


TCBM Foundation members Mai 25 2018, Haus der Universität Bern

From left to right:

René Aeberhard, SCRM/TCBM Platform Secretariat; Prof. Benjamin Gantenbein, SCRM Steering Committee; Anke Wixmerten, University Hospital Basel; Dr. Sylvie Miot, University Hospital Basel; Dr. Martin Kayser, Wyss Zurich; Dr. Alessia Bottos, University Hospital Basel; Dr. Claudio Brunold, Insel University Hospital Bern; Prof. Eliane J. Müller, SCRM/TCBM Platform Lead, University & Insel University Hospital Bern; Dr. Steffen M. Zeisberger, TCBM Platform Lead, Wyss Zurich; Dr. Marie-Noelle Giraud, TCBM Steering Committee, University of Freiburg; Prof. Dr. med. Gabriela M. Baerlocher, Insel University Hospital Bern; Dr. PD Paul Zajac, SCRM Steering Committee, University Hospital Basel; Prof. Kobi Benenson, ETH ZH Basel; Dr. Jean-Francois Brunet, TCBM Steering Committee, CHUV - Centre hospitalier universitaire Vaudois.




  DBMR Day of BioMedical Research 2019

We congratulate this years price winner of the SCRM poster price:

Federica Maria Conedera

Research Group Ophthalmology, Department for BioMedical Research, University of Bern, Bern Switzerland and Department of Ophthalmology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern for the project

"Antagonistic effects of TGFβ isoforms on tissue repair in zebrafish and mouse"

Federica Maria Conedera and Prof. Eliane Müller at the DBMR Day of BioMedical Research



SCRM Annual Meeting 2019

Innovation in personalized cell therapy

Friday, November 8th, 2019


Haus der Universität, Schlösslistrasse 5, Bern

Click here for the Full Program

Click here for Subscription until November 1st (mandatory, attendance free of charge)


Cell Therapies

Panel Discussion

Special guests:

Dr. Eric Roos, Global Director of Strategic Alliances for Cell and Gene Therapy, Thermo Fisher Scientific

                        Dr. Roland Leathers, Senior Manager Strategic Alliances, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Prof. Dr. Carlo Largiadèr, BCPM Management Board




SCRM PhD Students Retreat 2019


PhD Students Retreat 2019

30th August 2019

Gurten mountain, Bern

One day event organized by life science PhD students in Bern



Prof. Fiona M. Watt

Professor and Director of the Centre for Stem cells & Regenerative Medicine at the Kings College London

Dr. Caroline Blumer Toti

Senior Global Marketing Manager at Milteny Biotec GMBH

Participation is free of charge and accredits 0.5 ECTS



International conference with focus on outstanding research in all realms of Genetics.

Subscription at the conference website


Annual SCRM Meeting 2018

“Highlights from Bern”
December 7th 2018, 12:30 – 6:00 pm
Haus der Universität, Schlösslistr 4, Bern

Subscription Deadline: November 30th, 2018

Program and speakers


Awardee Poster Prize Best Stem Cell Project 2018

Magdalena Hinterbrandner (Group Tumorimmunologie)

“MHC II-dependent activation of regulatory T cells in the bone marrow of leukemia mice leads to immune evasion and disease progression”


Summer School Tissue Engineering:  “A Roadtrip from Bench to Bedside”


Three days full with lectures from European experts in the field of regenerative medicine and practical session for hands on practice.

June 27th-29th, 2018, Schlieren, Switzerland


Preliminary program

Download registration form

Further information:

International Stem Cell Conference Bern 2018
in cooperation with the International Placenta Stem Cell Society / IPLASS

IPLASS Announcement

Invitation letter, program and registration form for the launch of the Translational and Clinical Bio-Manufacturing (TCBM) Platform

There is a special package deal for the IPLASS registration fee for SCRM members only. Click on the TCBM invitation letter above for more information.

Abstract submission for the congress, deadline June 15, 2018:



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"



SCRM Annual Meeting 2017

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

1-6 pm

Haus der Universität, Schlösslistrasse 5, Bern

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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. Thoracic Surgery, Inselsital





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

Date: Wednesday, November 23rd 2016
Location: INSELSPITAL, Langhans Auditorium, Bern
Organizing Committee:                                Scientific Committee:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Krause - SCRM                Prof. Dr. Eliane J. Müller - SCRM
Prof. Dr Volker Enzmann - SCRM                Prof. Dr Gabriela Baerlocher - SCRM
Prof. Dr Hans Rudolf Widmer - SCRM        Dr. Stefano Di Santo - SCRM
Prof. Dr. Léo Bühler - SICT                             Prof. Dr. Eduardo Moreno - SCRM
Ms Pascale Tilmant - SICT                          PD Dr. Marisa Jaconi - SICT
                                                                          Dr. Jean-François Brunet - SICT
Flyer for the meeting: here
Program: here
Additional informations:
Pictures from the Event:


DCR Research Conference

Date and time: February 1st, 2016,  5pm-6pm

Title: Tissue-engineering of organs: A new frontier in regenerative medicine

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Suchitra Sumitran-Holgersson

Laboratory for Transplantation and Regenerative medicine, Univ. of Gothenburg, Sweden

Location: Langhans auditorium, Pathology, Murtenstrasse 31, 3010 Bern

Please click here for more information

Day of Clinical Research 2016

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
Langhans Lecture Hall, Pathology Building, Murtenstrasse 31

The poster presentation contains a newly created section for Stem Cell Research. All posters from researchers with affiliations in Bern submitted within this category are elegible for a special Poster Award in addition to the DCR Poster Prize. The award of CHF 500 is sponsored by our SCRM Platform and will be presented to the awardee at the Platform's Annual Meeting (2016: Joint Cell Therapy Meeting November 23).


The Poster Prize in the Stem Cell Section sponsored by the SCRM Platform was awarded to Michael Perny from the Institute for Infection diseases and the Research of Audiology at the Department of Clinical Research

PhD Student Retreat 2016

The SCRM PhD Student Retreat 2016 was held on September 6th on top of the Gurten mountain in Bern. On behalf of the participants we would like to state that it was again a great success, and we thank everyone for their great participation and work. We hope that the meeting provided you with helpful inputs, made at contribution to the recognition of your work, and fostered your personal scientific network.

A special acknowledgement we want to address once more to Doctor Liane Höfferer and Professor Marcelo Rivolta. Thank you for the great keynote lectures and for sharing your experiences and expertise with us.  We also would like to thank again the SCRM Network Bern and our generous financial supporters for making the retreat possible.

We wish you all the best for your future and hope to meet you again for the upcoming PhD Student Retreat in 2017!

The organizing committee of this years retreat was:

Felix Baier, Carolyn Trepp, Michael Perny, William Hariton


Group picture and program from the event:

PhD Student Retreat 2016 Program



PhD Student Retreat, 4th September 2015, Bern

Middle: Prof. Allen Eaves,
 Dr. Roberto Iacone; far left and right: Steering Committee members framing PhD students

Middle: Prof. Allen Eaves, STEMCELL Technologies, Vancouver; Dr. Roberto Iacone, Global Head Stem Cell Resarch, Roche; far left and right: Steering Committee members framing PhD students


Program can be found here.

Guest speaker 1: Dr. Allen Eaves, CEO of the company 'Stemcell Technologies'.

Guest speaker 2: Dr. Roberto Iacone, Group Head in Roche Pharmaceuticals

PhD Retreat Münchenwiler 2014

PhD retreat in Schloss Münchenwiler 29th August, 2014
Participants: PhD students from the platform
Guest speaker: Prof. Mariusz Ratajczak, University of Louisville, KY, USA

Responsible: Luca Tamò

Network Point Information

-Prof. Brigitte von Rechenberg
Head MSRU and Center for Applied Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine (CABMM); University of Zürich

-Prof. h.c. PD Dr. med Matthias Steinwachs; cartilage (flyer)
Head of Orthobiology & Cartilage Repair, Schulthess Clinic Zurich

Teaching activities 2013/2014

Past SCRM teaching activities in cooperation with the GCB:

Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine 2013 and 2014

Disease & Repair in the CNS 2013/2014

Kick-off/Kick-off follow up Meetings

The Steering Committee of the Platform for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine
announces the launch of the platform:

November 1st 2012 in the „Haus der Universität“, Schlösslistrasse 5, Bern
Meeting attendees: platform members and invited guests

Press Release  Link
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Kick-off follow up: new horizons
Friday, December 13 2013
Keynote lecture on MSC:
Prof. Paolo Bianco, PhD
La Sapienza Universita’ Roma, Rome

Keynote lecture on Materia,
the Higgs-Boson and 2013 Nobel Prize
PD Dr. Hans Peter Beck
University of Bern and CERN
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Annual Meeting 2014: new horizons
Friday, November 21 2014

State of the Art Lecture
Dr. Roberto Iacone
F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Special guest Lecture
Dr. Felix Scholkmann
Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory, Univeristy Hospital Zürich

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SSCN Meeting

The 9th annual SSCN meeting has been successfully taken place at the Inselpital Bern and the University of Bern on February 8th, 2013.

The poster prize of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Bern was awarded to:

  Elia Piccinini (University Hospital Basel) for his poster "Engineering an Ectopic Niche for Hematopoietic Stem Cells via Endochondral Ossification"

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