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, medical education, psychology, rehabilitation and patient related studies.

Expert Committee II: cognitive neuroscience
Expert Committee III: accompanies the research activities of clinically active candidates who are completing a PhD program in parallel to their work in the clinic

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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»

 

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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»

Corinne Brunner
University Children's Hospital Zurich
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Znoj
Research project: «Educational videos for parents of children with atopic dermatitis - The EduDerm study»

 

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Belinda Varaidzo Chihota
Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia CIDRZ
Thesis Advisor: PD Dr. Gilles Wandeler
Research Project: «Epidemiology of modifiable non-communicable disease risk factors among HIV-infected adults in Southern Africa»

Virginia Chiocchia
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Georgia Salanti
Research Project: «Methods for ranking competing treatment in network meta-analysis»

 

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Carole Dupont
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Claudia E. Kuehni
Research project: «Hearing loss monitoring in Swiss childhood cancer survivors»

 

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Christophe Folly
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Ben Spycher
Research project: «Modelling exposure to background ionising radiation in Switzerland»

 

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Valentina Gonzalez Jaramillo
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Steffen Eychmüller
Research project: «Identification of the need of palliative care in patients with heart failure: Validation of the German version of t he "Needs Assessment Tool: Progressive Disease - Heart Failure (NAT: PD-HF)"»

 

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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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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)»

Johanna Kurz
University Children's Hospital, Bern
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Philipp Latzin
Research project: «Development of small airway physiology from early childhood to school age. Longitudinal assessment of small airway physiology in healthy children and children with cystic fibrosis using the multiple-breath washout technique»

 

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Antonella Mazzei Abba
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Ben Spycher
Research project: «Background ionizing radiation and the risk of childhood cancer»

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»

Severin Pinilla
Institute of Medical Education
Thesis Advisor: PD Dr. Sören Huwendiek
Research project: «Blended learning curriculum based on entrustable professional activities (EPAs) in the psychiatry core clerkship: a mixed methods PhD study»

 

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Adrià Ramírez Mena
Department of Infectiology
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Gilles Wandeler
Research project: «Understanding the hepatitis B continuum of care to inform elimination strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa and Switzerland»

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»

Anna Severin
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Matthias Egger
Research project: «Open Access and Standards of Quality Control in Scholarly Publishing»

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»

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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?»

Simone Denzer
Institute of Psychology, University of Bern
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Fred Mast
Research project: «"Reality-monitoring in Sleep, Psychosis and Virtual Reality" within the IRC "Decoding Sleep: From Neurons to Health & Mind"»

Sarah Diezig
University Hospital of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Electrophysiology Unit, Translational Research Center
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Thomas König
Research project: «Reality-monitoring in sleep, psychosis and virtual reality within the IRC Project "Decoding Sleep: From Neurons to Health and Mind"»

 

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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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Nicole Göbel
Department of Neurology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. René Müri
Research project: «Creativity after focal brain lesions - a matter of paradoxical facilitation?»

 

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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»

 

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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»

Raphaela Muri
Dept.of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Clinical Nutrition, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Regula Everts
Research project: «Impact of Phenylalanine on Cognitive, Neural and Neurometabolic Parameters in Adult Patients with Phenylketonuria - The PICO-Study, a Randomised, Placebo-Controlled Trial»

 

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Maria Ntafouli
Dept. of Neurology, Sleep-Wake-Center, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Claudio Bassetti
Research project: «Daytime performance on parasomnia patients»

 

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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»

Leonie Steiner
Dept. of Neuropediatrics, University Children's Hospital Bern
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Regula Everts
Research project: «Cortical reorganisation of neural networks after childhood stroke and their relation to cognitive outcome»

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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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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Carole Wagnon
Dept. of Geriatric Psychiatry, University Hospital of Psychiatry Bern
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Klöppel
Research project: «Supporting incidental learning with transcranial direct current stimulation in healthy young and elderly individuals»

Katharina Wehrmann
UPD Bern, Department of Old Age Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Klöppel
Research project: «Targeting hippocampal hyperactivity with real-time fMRI based neurofeedback in individuals with and without memory problems»

Marina Wunderlin
Dept. of Geriatric Psychiatry, University Hospital of Psychiatry Bern
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Stefan Klöppel
Research project: «Boosting Slow Oscillations of Slow Wave Sleep to improve memory functions in older adults»

 

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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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Martina Béatrice Göldlin 
University Clinic for Neurology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisors: Prof. Dr. Urs Fischer und David Julian Seiffge
Research project: «Classification of intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) subtypes - MRI-based phenotype of small vessel disease»

 

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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»

 

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Thomas Meinel
Dept. of Neurology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: PD Dr. Simon Jung
Research project: «Value of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in etiological stroke workup»

 

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Stéphanie Perrodin
Dept. of Visceral Surgery and Medicine, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Guido Beldi
Research project: «Impact of core muscle training on incisional hernia and pain after abdominal surgery»

 

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Judith van Beek
Center for Neurology and Neurorehabilitation, Luzerner Kantonsspital
Thesis Advisor: PD Dr. Tim Vanbellingen
Research project: «Innovative rehabilitation techniques for improving manual dexterity in neurological diseases»