Research

The MCID is comprised of seven specialist, interconnected clusters that bring together subject area excellence, fostering innovative, multi- and interdisciplinary investigations. At the heart of the MCID and in service to the specialist clusters, lie the Center’s three founding Core Activities.

The MCID has launched two calls for project funding:

- First project funding call, launched June 2021:

17 projects awarded funding

- Second project funding call (Early-Career Research Grants for Women), launched March 2022:

6 projects awarded funding

 

ECONOMICS

Producing real-time indicators for the economic consequences of infectious diseases and evidence-based recommendations to prepare for future pandemics

EPIDEMIOLOGY

Focusing on infections and infectious diseases at the population level

IMMUNITY

Investigating functional immune responses in mammals to micro-organism challenge

MICROBIOLOGY

Pursuing diverse aspects of research on microbial pathogens that cause infectious disease, including those with pandemic potential

NEGLECTED DISEASES

Applying advanced modeling and cutting-edge imaging approaches to understand co-infections and co-morbidity with other diseases

PATIENT-FOCUSED RESEARCH

Pursuing evidence-based patient-oriented research in vulnerable populations

SOCIETY AND LAW

Meeting the challenge of unknown infectious diseases at a broader, societal level, while maintaining democratic decision making and ethically acceptable practices

MCID CORE ACTIVITIES

BEready Cohort

BioPreparedness BioBank

Ethics and Policy Lab

Project funding call launched June 2021. Projects to run 2022-2024. See here for funding call details.

Deciphering the interplay between viral proteins and host cell mRNA metabolism

Applicant: Dr. Evangelos Karousis

Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DCBP)

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Klebsi-mAb

Applicant: Dr. Tim Rollenske

University of Bern Department of Biomedical Research (DBMR) and University Clinic of Visceral Surgery and Medicine

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Confronting the rising epidemic of the zoonotic tick-borne encephalitis virus

Lead Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. Stephen Leib

Institute for Infectious Diseases (IFIK)

Co-Lead Applicant: Dr. Marco Alves

Institute of Virology and Immunology, Vetsuisse Faculty (IVI)

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Co-infection of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and malaria: from population level to immunological and cellular interaction

Lead Applicant: Prof. Dr. Volker Heussler

Institute of Cell Biology (IZB)

Co-Lead Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. Gilles Wandeler, Dept. Infectious Diseases

Department of Infectious Diseases, Inselspital Bern

Co-Applicant: Prof. Dr. Olivier Guenat

ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research

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Interplay of infections and the microbiota on outcomes for host health

Lead Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. Andrew Macpherson

University of Bern Department of Biomedical Research (DBMR) and University Clinic of Visceral Surgery and Medicine

Co-Lead Applicant: Prof. Dr. Volker Heussler

Institute of Cell Biology (IZB), University of Bern

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Use of tailor-made bacteriophages for the treatment of infections caused by multi-drug resistant bacteria

Lead Applicant: Dr. Fabien Labroussaa

Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology (IVB), Vetsuisse Faculty

Co-Lead Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. Stephen Leib

Institute for Infectious Diseases (IFIK)

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menoBalance App: Use of AI methods to design a personalised chronic and infectious disease management medical device

Lead Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. Petra Stute

Gynecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Co-Lead Applicant: Prof. Dr. David Ginsbourger

Mathematical Physics and Actuarial Science

Co-Applicant: Dr. Ben Spycher

Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

Co-Applicant: Dr. Rowan Iskandar

SITEM Center for Translational Medicine and Biomedical Entepreneurship

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Role of sheep and rodent reservoirs for Wesselsbron, a neglected zoonotic flavivirus

Lead Applicant: Prof. Dr. Charaf Benarafa

Institute of Virology and Immunology, Vetsuisse Faculty (IVI)

Co-Lead Applicant: Dr. Obdulio Garcia-Nicolas

Institute of Virology and Immunology, Vetsuisse Faculty (IVI)

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Early detection for early action: integrating multiple data sources for monitoring the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in near real-time

Lead Applicant: PD Dr. Christian Althaus

Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

Co-Lead Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. Guido Beldi

University Clinic of Visceral Surgery and Medicine

Co-Applicant: Dr. med. Julien Riou

Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

Co-Applicant: Prof. Dr. Raphael Sznitman

ARTORG Centet for Biomedical Engineering

Co-Applicant: Dr. Alban Ramette

Institute for Infectious Diseases (IFIK)

Co-Applicant: Prof. Dr. Kevin Heng

Center for Space and Habitability (CSH)

Co-Applicant: Prof. Dr. Alexander Leichtle

University Institute of Clinical Chemistry

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Preparedness for surveillance in school rooms in pandemic and epidemic situations: multiple measure approach to estimate transmission and interventions for Covid-19 and seasonal influenza

Lead Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. Lukas Fenner

Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

Co-Lead Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. Philipp Jent

Department of Infectious Diseases, Inselspital Bern

Co-Applicant: Dr. Pascal Bittel

Institute for Infectious Diseases (IFIK)

Co-Applicant: Prof. Dr. Tina Hascher

Institute of Educational Science (IES)

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Divided pandemic society and Public Health. Polarization in the Covid-19 pandemic response in Switzerland

Lead applicant: Prof. Dr. Annika Frahsa

Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

Co-Applicant: Prof. Dr. Markus Freitag

Institiute of Political Science

Co-Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. Nicola Low

Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

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An integrative One Health network to monitor and characterize influenza A viruses circulating in the human and pig population

Lead applicant: PD Dr. Ronald Dijkman

Institute for Infectious Diseases (IFIK)

Co-Lead Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. Andri Rauch

Department of Infectious Diseases, Inselspital Bern

Co-Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. vet. Heiko Nathues

Clinic for Swine, Vetsuisse Faculty

Co-Applicant: Dr. Jenna Kelly

Institute of Virology and Immunology, Vetsuisse Faculty (IVI)

Co-Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. Philipp Latzin

University Children's Hospital, Division of Pediiatric Pulmonology and Allergology

Co-Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. Manuela Funke-Chambour

Lung Cluster (DBMR) and Department of Pulmonology, Inselspital Bern

Co-Applicant: Prof. Dr. med. Gilles Wandeler

Department of Infectious Disease, Inselspital Bern

Co-Applicant: Dr. med. Cédric Hirzel

Department of Infectious Disease, Inselspital Bern

Co-Applicant: PD Dr. Franziska Suter-Riniker

Institute of Infectious Diseases (IFIK)

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Liposomal nanotraps: non-antibiotic compounds for the treatment of enteropathogenic infections in humans and farm animals without contributing to antimicrobial resistance.

Applicant: Dr. Eduard Babiychuk

Institute of Anatomy

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Preparing the mainstream media for the next pandemic – understanding under which conditions conspiracy-related mainstream media content fosters conspiracy beliefs

Applicant: Prof. Dr. Silke Adam

Institute of Communication and Media Studies

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A decision-making framework under severe uncertainty for optimizing future pandemic responses

Applicant: Dr. Rowan Iskandar

SITEM Center for Translational Medicine and Biomedical Entepreneurship

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The evolution of senescence and insecticide resistance in vector populations

Applicant: Prof. Dr. Deborah Keogh-Stroka

University of Bern Department of Biomedical Research (DBMR) and University Clinic of Visceral Surgery and Medicine

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Comparing the crisis resilience of national policy advisory systems during Covid-19

Applicant: Prof. Dr. Fritz Sager

KPM Center for Public Management (KPM)

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Project funding call launched March 2022. Projects to run 2023-2024. See here for funding call details.

Boosting influenza-specific adaptive responses using an adjuvant composed of bacterial lysates

Applicant: Dr. Emilie Seydoux

Division of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine and Allergology, Inselspital Bern

Lung Precision Medicine, Department for Biomedical Research (DBMR)

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Ethical Considerations of the Relationship and Interactions between Science, Policy and the Media during the COVID-19 pandemic (ESPRIM)

Applicant: Dr. Bettina Zimmermann

Institute of Philosophy (from January 2023)

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Covid-19: Science, Narratives and Policy

Applicant: Dr. Caroline Schlaufer

KPM Center for Public Management (KPM)

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Overcoming barriers to breastfeeding in Switzerland during infectious disease pandemics

Applicant: Dr. Jessica Laine Carmeli

Institute of Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

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Blame deflection during the Covid-19 crisis

Applicant: Dr. Susanne Hadorn

KPM Center for Public Management (KPM)

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WildGuARDS- Accessing the “Garden Wildlife black box” to improve One Health and infectious disease epidemiology

Applicant: Dr. med. vet. Saskia Keller

Institute for Fish and Wildlife Health (FIWI)

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