PhD Candidates

PhD candidates currently carrying out their research projects within the framework of the GHS are listed below, sorted by GHS Expert Committees. Field of expertise of the Expert Committees are as follows:

Expert Committee I: Preventive and Social Medicine, Public Health, Psychology and  Rehabilitation

Expert Committee II: Cognitive Neurosciences
Expert Committee III: Clinical Sciences

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Daniela Anker
Bern Institute of Primary Care (BIHAM)
Thesis Advisor: PD Dr. Arnaud Chiolero
Research project: «Burden and treatment of hypertension in older adults: trend analyses and association with frailty»

Babken Asatryan
Dept. of Cardiology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Argelia Medeiros Domingo
Research project: «Sudden Cardiac Death in the Young: A Clinical Perspective»

 

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Thomas Benz
RehaClinic, Bad Zurzach
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Achim Elfering
Research project: «Health and health-related quality of life in chronic pain patients: Evaluation of interdisciplinary rehabilitation in chronic pain»

 

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Florian Halbeisen
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Claudia E. Kuehni
Research project: «Lung function in Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia»

Eva Kathrin Hennel
Institute of Medical Education
Thesis Advisor: PD Dr. Sören Huwendiek
Research project: «Improving Residency Training with the Help of Multisource Feedback: Generation of a Model of Influencing Factors, and Development and Validation of a German Multisource Feedback Instrument»

Roger Hilfiker
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Peter Jüni
Research project: «Determinants of disability in patients with lower limb osteoarthritis»

 

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Katharina Jungo
Bern Institute of Primary Care (BIHAM)
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Sven Streit
Research project: «Reducing inappropriate polypharmacy and optimizing medication in multimorbid older patients in primary care»

 

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Garyfallos Konstantinoudis
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Ben Spycher
Research project: «Analysis of spatial clustering of childhood cancers»

Kaspar Küng
Health Division; Bern University of Applied Sciences
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Jürg Schmidli
Research project: «Medication Errors in a Swiss University Hospital and the Effect of an Electronically Assisted Medication Preparation and Medication Administration System on Medication Errors (Project e-RAMIS)»

 

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Thimo Marcin
Department of Cardiology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Matthias Wilhelm
Research project: «Changes of cardiorespiratory, vascular and heart rate parameters with Cardiac Rehabilitation and associations of these changes with training modality and baseline parameters»

Vera Mitter
Department of Gynaecology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Michael von Wolff
Research project: «Obstetric, perinatal and long-term outcome of children born after different IVF therapies»

 

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Sabine Nabecker
Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Robert Greif
Research project: «Assessment in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training»

 

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Eva Sophie Lunde Pedersen
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Claudia E. Kuehni
Research project: «Predicting asthma in children»

 

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René Rüegg
Social Work Division, Bern University of Applied Sciences
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Abel
Research project: «Relations between health literacy and health outcomes in multifactorial models»

 

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Natascha Schütz Hämmerli
Health Division; Bern University of Applied Sciences
Thesis Advisors: Prof. Dr. med. Christoph Aebi, PD Dr. med. Mathias Nelle
Research project: «Transition to Home after Preterm Birth: Pilot testing an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN)- led Model of Transitional Care»

Rodrigo Soria Maldonado
Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR), Cardiology
Thesis Advisor: PD Dr. Stefano Rimoldi
Research project: «Pulmonary Hypertension and underlying mechanism in Chronic Mountain Sickness»

 

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Charlotte Warembourg
Veterinary Public Health Institute
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Gertraud Schüpbach
Research project: «Improving control strategies of canine zoonotic diseases: The role of free-roaming dog ecology»

Lea Wildisen
Bern Institute of Primary Care (BIHAM)
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Nicolas Rotondi
Research project: «Understanding the Association between Subclinical Hypothyroidism and Depressive Symptoms: Analyses of Cohort and Trial Data»

Natascha Wyss
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
Thesis Advisor: PD Dr. Julia Bohlius
Research project: «Incidence and prognosis of AIDS-defining cancers in the era of cART: Southern Africa, Europe and North America compared»

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Hallie Batschelet
Translational Research Center, University Hospital of Psychiatry Bern
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Franz Moggi
Research project: «Learning to resist the urge: Inhibition training in abstinent alcohol-dependent patients with regard to different patient characteristics»

 

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Alvin Chesham
Gerontechnology and Rehabilitation Group, ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Tobias Nef
Research project: «Casual Tablet Video Games as Cognitive Assessment and Intervention in Healthy Older Adults and Patients with Dementia»

 

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Jacqueline Helena de Jong-Mazairac
Dept. of Urology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, & Physio Artos
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Fiona Burkhard
Research project: «Is there variability in pelvic floor and abdominal muscle response induced by different cough and forced expiration patterns?»

 

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Kristoffer Fehér
Dept. of Psychiatric Neurophysiology, University Hospital of Psychiatry Bern
Thesis Advisor: Dr. med. Yosuke Morishima
Research project: «Roles of neural oscillations in brain network interactions»

Julia Frey
Center for Neurology and Neurorehabilitation, Luzerner Kantonsspital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Nyffeler
Research project: «Visual Attention and Response Inhibition»

Stephan Furger
Translational Research Center, University Hospital of Psychiatry Bern
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Werner Strik
Research project: «Symptom Dimensions in Psychopathology: From Health to Psychosis – Dimension of Affect»

 

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Anneke Hertig-Godeschalk
Department of Neurology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Johannes Mathis
Research project: «The assessment of vigilance, sleepiness and its related behaviour»

 

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Brigitte Charlotte Kaufmann
Center for Neurology and Neurorehabilitation, Luzerner Kantonsspital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Nyffeler
Research project: «The interplay of visual attention and response inhibition»

Katharina Klink
Dept. of Geriatric Psychiatry, University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Klöppel
Research project: «Effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on associative memory formation in healthy young and elderly participants as well as in individuals with memory impairment»

Werner Krammer
Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Roland Wiest
Research project: «Effects of serotonergic neuromodulation on behavioural recovery and motor network plasticity after cortical ischemic stroke: A longitudinal, placebo-controlled study»

Christine Krebs
University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Klöppel
Research project: «Modulating the effect of different cognitive interventions with transcranial direct current stimulation in individuals with and without memory Problems»

Stefanie Kübel
Center for Neurology and Neurorehabilitation, Luzerner Kantonsspital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. René Müri
Research project: «Interference with gesture control and transcallosal white matter integrity: A theta burst stimulation and diffusion tensor imaging study in apraxia after stroke»

Katharina Kunzelmann
Dept. of Psychiatric Neurophysiology, University Hospital of Psychiatry Bern
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Dierks
Research project: «Therapeutic response and neurobiological prediction markers in auditory verbal hallucinations»

 

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Andjela Markovic
University Hospital of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Thesis Advisor: PD Dr. phil. Frauke Schultze-Lutter
Research project: «Sleep, Development and Psychiatry: Insights gained from quantitative EEG analyses»

 

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David Schreier
Dept. of Neurology, Sleep-Wake-Center, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Johannes Mathis
Research project: «Vigilance assessment and judgement of fitness-to-drive in sleepy individuals»

Antje Stahnke
Translational Research Center, University Hospital of Psychiatry Bern
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Werner Strik
Research project: «Symptom dimensions in psychopathology: From health to psychosis—Dimension of motor function disturbance»

Kathrin Studer
Dept. of Neurology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. René Müri
Research project: «Effect of TMS on sleep parameters in healthy subjects with a post-stroke hemineglect (Creativity and Sleep)»

 

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Gerd Tinkhauser
Dept. of Neurology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: PD Dr. med. Michael Schüpbach
Research project: «Electrophysiological recordings to optimise deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease»

Raphaela Martina Tschümperlin
Translational Research Center, University Hospital of Psychiatry Bern
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Franz Moggi
Thesis project: «Learning to resist the urge: Inhibition training in abstinent patients with alcohol use disorders. A randomized controlled trial. Are there gender effects?»

 

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Stephanie Winkelbeiner
Dept. of Psychiatric Neurophysiology, University Hospital of Psychiatry Bern
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas Dierks
Research project: «Therapeutic response and neurobiological prediction markers in auditory verbal hallucinations»

Patric Wyss
Gerontechnology and Rehabilitation Group, ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. René Müri
Research project: «The interplay of visual attention and response inhibition»

 

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Francilia Sabrina Zengaffinen
Translational Research Center, University Hospital of Psychiatry Bern
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Werner Strik
Research project: «Symptom dimensions in psychopathology: From health to psychosis—Dimension of language and thought disturbance»

Hamoon Zohdi
Institute of Complementary Medicine
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Ursula Wolf
Research project: «Effects of exposure to colored light on cerebral and systemic physiology in humans»

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Johannes Kaesmacher
Dept. of Neurology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Urs Fischer
Research project: «On the value of tissue plasminogen activator in contemporary endovascular stroke treatment»