Congratulations to Marc Stadelmann for his successful PhD defense on 22 June 2018!

PhD thesis entitled "Finite element modeling of the human spine: Applications on metastatic vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs".

The Biomedical Engineering Day is a career and research day. It takes places once a year in Bern and is an excellent opportunity to meet representatives of Swiss and international medical technology companies as well as the biomedical engineers of the University of Bern and the Bern University of Applied Sciences.


Stefan Bauer awarded Young Scientist Publication Impact Award

Interdisciplinary team UniBern/Inselspital recognized at Miccai 2016, recipient of Young Scientist Publication Impact Award – Stefan Bauer.

Congratulations to the team!


Congratulations to Raphael Meier and Richard McKinley for top performances

on longitudinal brain tumor segmentation, stroke lesion prediction and multiple sclerosis Miccai Challenges 2016


Congratulations to Carlos Correa Schokiche on highly ranked Miccai paper

“High-Throughput Glomeruli Analysis of micro-CT Kidney Images Using Tree Priors and Scalable Sparse Computation” – Collaboration with the Anatomy Department and the Department of Business Administration, UniBern.

Congratulations to the team!


Congratulations to Jarunan Panyasantisuk for her successul PhD defense on 26 September 2016!

PhD thesis entitled "Inclusion of Fabric in QCT-based Patient-specific Finite Element Analysis of the Proximal Femur".


Congratulations to Waldo Valenzuela for his successul PhD defense on 19 August 2016!

PhD thesis entitled "Effective Human Machine Interfaces for Medical Image Analysis".


Best PhD Thesis Award: TOM Group

The collaborative work of Andreas Schmocker et al. headed by the group of Prof. Dr. D. Pioletti from the EPFL and the TOM group @ISTB was awarded with the best PhD thesis of 2016 at the Swiss Society for Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine ( on  the 10th of June at the Schultheiss Clinic in Zürich.

Accepted Publication:
Schmocker AM, Khoushabi A, Frauchiger DA, Gantenbein B, Schizas C, Moser C, Bourban P-E, Pioletti D (2016) A photopolymerized Poly-Ethlyene-Glycol composite hydrogel and surgical implanting tool for a nucleus pulposus replacement. Biomaterials 88110-119 doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2016.02.015


Ghislain Maquer receives the SBMS President award 2016

Dr.Maquer received the SBMS President Award 2016 (CHF 5’000) sponsored by AMGEN. This prize is given to the best basic or translational article published in the field of bone and mineral research by a young promising researcher whose work has been carried out in Switzerland.
You can find the awarded paper at:

Thanks to all the co-authors!


Congratulations to Elham Taghizadeh for her successul PhD defense on 2 May 2016!

PhD thesis entitled: Statistical Shape Model of the Leg to Improve the Treatment of Patella Pathology in Total Knee Arthroplasty.


Congratulations to Li Liu for his successful PhD defense on 16 March 2016!

Thesis topic: “Development and Validation of Computer Assisted Diagnosis, Planning and Navigation Systems for Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO)”.


Benjamin Gantenbein awarded from Hansjörg Wyss

Benjamin Gantenbein has been awarded with a donation from Hansjörg Wyss and Hansjörg Wyss Medical with an amount of CHF240,000 to promote research in molecular biology for improved spinal fusion.


TOM poster in the Spine week in Singapore

TOM group has a special emphasis poster accepted for the Spine week in Singapore! The poster is selected for the final candidates for the best poster award.

Intervertebral disc cells secrete BMP antagonists that alter osteogenesis of human mesenchymal stromal cells

Tekari A.1, Frauchiger D.A.1, Chan S.CW.1,2, Benneker L.M.3, Sebald H.J.4 & Gantenbein B.1

1University of Bern, Institute for Surgical Technology & Biomechanics, Bern, Switzerland; 2Biointerfaces, EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, St. Gallen, Switzerland; 3Department for Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology, Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland; 4The Spine Center, Thun, Switzerland


Waldo Valenzuela awarded at Miccai IMIC 2015

Waldo Valenzuela awarded at Miccai IMIC 2015 (Interactive Medical Image Computing) for joint work on Fast Correction Method for Abdominal Multi-Organ Segmentation Using 2D/3D Free Form Deformation and Posterior Shape Models. Waldo Valenzuela, Juan Cerrolaza, Mauricio Reyes, Ronald Summers, Marius Linguraru.



Richard Mckinley winner of ISLES 2015 Miccai challenge

Richard Mckinley winner of ISLES 2015 Miccai challenge: Through collaboration between the Medical Image Analysis group of the Univ. of Bern and the SCAN Center, Inselspital, Bern, Richard McKinley was awarded first place on the ISLES 2015 (Ischemic Stroke Lesion Segmentation) Miccai challenge



Stefan Bauer nominated for "MICCAI Young Scientist Publication Impact Award for paper“

Stefan Bauer nominated for "MICCAI Young Scientist Publication Impact Award for paper“ for work “Bauer S. and Nolte L.P. and Reyes M. Fully Automatic Segmentation of Brain Tumor Images Using Support Vector Machine Classification in Combination with Hierarchical Conditional Random Field Regularization." Miccai 2011


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Guoyan Zheng published an invited perspective paper

Together with Dr. Shuo Li, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Guoyan Zheng published an invited perspective paper on "Medical image computing in diagnosis and intervention of spinal diseases" in Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics (G. Zheng and S. Li. Medical image computing in diagnosis and intervention of spinal diseases. Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics, 45(2015):99-101.).


Ghislain Maquer awarded from the Gebert Rüf Foundation

Ghislain Maquer was awarded CHF 150’000 from the Gebert Rüf Foundation for a 2-years project (GRS-079/14). The project relies on the latest progress of in silico medicine and on the re-use of dormant Computed Tomography (CT) images to generate computer models of bones. Its aim is to compute the resistance of the patient's vertebra by crushing it virtually before fracture actually occurs. The project will start on September 2015.

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