Paediatric Respiratory Research Group, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland


The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Bern provides under-graduate and post-graduate education and carries out research in a range of disciplines relevant to epidemiology and public health. 

Our mission is to:

  • Contribute to the promotion of health and prevention of disease nationally and internationally;
  • Advance and disseminate knowledge of health and disease through rigorous and interdisciplinary academic research;
  • Educate students and equip individuals to serve as public health practitioners;
  • Discover and evaluate opportunities to improve health and help formulate regional, national and international policy.

The paediatric respiratory research group is part of the ISPM and focuses on the epidemiology of asthma, cough, primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), cystic fibrosis (CF) and other respiratory problems in children. It hosts the Leicester population-based respiratory cohort studies, the international PCD cohort, the Swiss paediatric asthma cohort and the database of the Swiss Neonatal Screening for CF. It collaborates closely with clinicians and researchers in Switzerland and abroad, including the Swiss respiratory BILD cohort. The group contributed, among others, to the body of research on time trends of childhood wheeze, on phenotype definition and prediction modelling in asthma and on PCD epidemiology.

Research infrastructure

The University of Bern is one of the worldwide top 200 Universities, receiving >226.7M € in research grants in 2014, with ISPM receiving >10M €. The ISPM Bern hosts a large clinical trial unit including a Paediatric hub and several national and regional Paediatric Disease Registries on respiratory and other paediatric diseases. It has an excellent library with two librarians for help with literature searches and procuration of manuscripts; free access to a range of electronic databases & electronic journals, free inter-library loans. It has an excellent IT unit, providing servers, network support and user support by four computer scientists. Software for statistical analyses, reference management and other research-related tasks is provided.Personal computers with printers and other baseline office equipment are provided together with free access to photocopier, clerical material, mailing and telephone calls and access to seminar and conference rooms.

The University Children's hospital, with which we collaborate closely, has a large Paediatric Pulmonology group (Prof. Philipp Latzin) with many respiratory inpatients and outpatients and an excellent lung function lab, with up to date equipment and a research group, which contributed to developing and standardising novel infant and paediatric lung function techniques, and in development of guidelines.

  • Host center eligibility:

    Global fellowships (return phase only)\ European fellowships

  • Research areas:

    Asthma\ Cough\ Cystic fibrosis\ Epidemiology\ Paediatrics\ Tuberculosis - TB

  • Type of research:

    Clinical Science

  • Address:

    Finkenhubelweg 11,
    3012 Bern, Switzerland

  • Contact person 1:

    Claudia Kuehni

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  • Contact person 2:

    Myrofora Goutaki

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