ARTORG is the University of Bern‘s transdisciplinary Center of Excellence for medical technology research. It tackles unmet clinical needs in diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and rehabilitation through innovative healthcare technology. In its unique constellation as an engineering department within a medical faculty, ARTORG has been delivering a decade of ambitious biomedical engineering research, teaching and development across a wide variety of clinical areas. Our master and PhD students work at the pulse of clinical reality to translate their skills and academic experiences directly into healthcare.
If you are interested to learn more, browse our info materials or read ARTORG‘s viewpoints on different aspects of MedTech R and D. We‘d also like to invite you to visit us in Bern or stay connected with us digitally.
Bern Biomedical Engineering Network
Institute for Surgical Technologies
Why medical technology needs more women
In biomedical engineering, the association of the word engineer with men is still widespread. Yet women in this and other engineering professions are an absolute necessity! It is impossible to understand, analyze and overcome the challenges that health care has to overcome over the next 50 years from a purely male perspective. More female biomedical engineers are needed!
Directing your attention to where it counts
In stroke patients, successful neurorehabilitation depends on the positive interaction of both brain hemispheres. Similarly, in neuroscience, transformative translational research is based on technical and clinical experts collaborating at eye level. Doctors need to step out of their comfort zone to understand technical functionalities. But this does not mean trusting technology blindly.
Diversity matters, but is it easy to embrace?
Diversity fosters innovation. If you want to conduct competitive research and grow creatively, you need to have diverse perspectives. These multitude of perspectives can provide the required ability to visualize innovative concepts. But is diversity a one-time choice? I think that Swiss research institutions also need to tackle some organizational issues to have and keep truly diverse teams.
Lifelike modelling for precision medicine
A hundred years ago, people did not believe that cells could be cultivated outside the body. Today, in-vitro research is the most common form to study biological systems. Likewise, Organs-on-Chip currently still seem futuristic to many. Yet, they are widely seen as the next generation in-vitro models to gain a deeper understanding of human physiology and provide new tools for precision medicine applications.
Driving the change as a doctor
As doctors our task is to help people improve their health and their quality of life. This is why any technology in the OR needs to enhance patient outcomes. Otherwise, it's just an expensive toy. My experience shows that especially in ENT surgery, technologies that enable less traumatic interventions have a long tradition and are very useful.
ARTORG regularly enables secondary and grammar schools in Switzerland to visit our research center. The visit usually lasts half a day and offers an exciting and varied program. Interactive guided tours with hands-on exhibits are supervised by ARTORG doctoral candidates, and lectures are available on request. This gives students and teachers the opportunity to actively engage with our research and to establish personal contacts. The program is individually coordinated.
A visit to the ARTORG awakens a desire for natural science and technology. We try to convey a lively picture of various fields of study and highly interesting research areas at the interface between medicine and technology. Goals of a visit to the ARTORG can be:
- Sparking enthusiasm for science and technology
- Provide a realistic picture of the ARTORG study programmes and insight into research
- Show perspectives of ARTORG graduates
- Deepen the dialogue between grammar schools/middle schools and ARTORG
Use the contact form to book a tour.
ARTORG searches an active transdicciplinary dialogue with the healthcare and engineering communities to exchange ideas and advance and develop innovative medical technology. If you wish to stay in touch, don’t hesitate to contact us or connect with us via Social Media.