Project leader

Prof. Dr. med. Emanuel Christ
Phone:+41 31 632 40 70
Fax:+41 31 632 84 14

Project staff

Christiane Schwarzenbach
Phone:+41 31 632 30 38
Fax:+41 31 632 84 14

Institute presentation

As part of the University of Bern, the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetology and Clinical Nutrition is a tertiary referral center and covers the whole spectrum of endocrine diseases, diabetes and genetic metabolic disorders. In this context it participates in clinical and biomedical research. The first focus of research is the investigation of fuel metabolism (lipids and carbohydrates) during dietary intervention in combination with physical exercise in different clinical situation (i.e. type 1 diabetes, hypopituitary patients). A second focus is in the field of neuroendocrine tumors investigating new diagnostic tools, in particular in insulin secreting neuroedncorine tumors, so called insulinomas.
Several endocrine diseases require a close cooperation between different specialists. For diseases of the pituitary, the adrenals, the thyroid and the parathyroid glands interdisciplinary boards are held regularly, and involve specialists to discuss present findings and future action points.
This clinical network is the backbone for scientific collaboration within our institution (Inselspital, University of Bern). It is, however, extended to a widespread collaboration with researcher of other Swiss universities but also with investigators abroad.

Within the Betacure project, in particular the WP4 , we are involved in the clinical applications of new tools in diagnosing and treating hyperinsulinemic hypoglycaemic conditions in adult patients and children. Locally, PD Dr. JM. Nuoffer, a paediatric specialist for metabolic disorder, will be involved for the children. New diagnostic procedures will be performed in close collaboration with the Division of Nuclear Medicine at the University Hospital in Basel (Prof. Damian Wild). New therapeutical tools in the field of pancreatic surgery will be investigated in collaboration with the Department of Visceral Surgery at the University Hospital of Bern (Prof. B. Gloor).