Appointment as Associate Professor (March 1st, 2019)

At the request of the Vetsuisse Faculty, PD Dr. Charaf Benarafa of our Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) was appointed as Associate Professor by the Executive Board of the University of Bern by March 1st, 2019. We heartily congratulate!

Bat influenza viruses differ from conventional influenza viruses in the way they enter the host (February 22nd, 2019)

Bat influenza A viruses have only recently been isolated in South American fruit-eating bats. It became rapidly evident that these viruses differ from conventional influenza A viruses in many aspects. For example, they do not bind to sialic acid residues, the canonical influenza A virus receptor, and they do not encode a sialidase, the characteristic receptor-destroying enzyme of influenza A viruses. An international consortium of scientists from Switzerland (Zürich, Bern), Germany (Freiburg, Greifswald), and the United States of America (New York City) have now identified the MHC class II protein complex as essential entry factor for bat influenza A viruses in multiple species.
PubMed      Artikel      Nature News & Views      TWiV 537

Interaction of host proteins with the replication complex of coronaviruses (January 1st, 2019)

V’kovski et al. developed a way to tag any host protein that came near the virus factories. These new results provide clues about which proteins viruses actually need from their host cells. These findings could help researchers to understand more generally about how viruses multiply. In the future, this knowledge could lead to new ways to combat virus infections.
PubMed      Article

A virus that displays Swiss history (December 19th, 2018)

The two most common cattle breed in Switzerland are infected by different types of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV). Their distribution dates back to a 'religious struggle for predominance' in the 15th century, as published by researchers of our institute in a recent Article in PLoS ONE.
PubMed      Article      Press release (in German)

Sufficient energy is required to fight bacteria (July 27th, 2018)

To trap and destroy bacteria and fungi, white blood cells construct nets made out of DNA and toxic proteins. These "neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs)" are part of the immune system but they require additional energy sources to be built, as reported by researchers of the Univerisity of Bern.
PubMed      Article      Press release (in German)

"Risk-based reboot for global lab biosafety" (April 20th, 2018)

Article in Science (Issue April 20, 2018) on the 4th edition of the 'Laboratory Biosafety Manual (LBM)' of the World Health Organization (WHO).
PubMed      Article      Biosafety at the IVI

Appointment as Associate Professor (February 1st, 2018)

At the request of the Vetsuisse Faculty, PD Dr. sc. nat. Matthias Schweizer of our Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) was appointed as Associate Professor by the Executive Board of the University of Bern by February 1st, 2018. We heartily congratulate!

Appointment as Assistent Professor (March 28th, 2017)

On April 1st 2017, Dr. Ronald Dijkman (PhD) of our Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI), starts his appointment as Assistent Professor (non tenure track) within the research priority focus 'host-pathogen-interaction' ("HoPa"). The Executive Board of the University of Bern approved the assistant professorship and the employment. We heartily congratulate!
Vetsuisse communication

New perspectives for research on hepatitis C virus (March 9th, 2017)

The hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects around 160 million people worldwide. Although there are new therapies, HCV infection is still one of the most common causes of liver transplantation. TWINCORE-scientists Prof. Eike Steinmann, Dr. Stephanie Walter, und Dr. Stephanie Pfänder (former scientist at the TWINCORE in Hannover, now at the Institute for Virology and Immunology (IVI) in Bern) are now investigating a very close relative of the hepatitis C virus: the "non-primate hepacivirus" (NPHV). This newly discovered viral pathogen infects horses and donkeys and raises many questions that will give new insights about the human hepatitis C virus.
Media release      Article

Viruses of the common cold might originate from camels – just like MERS (August 19th, 2016)

Four human coronaviruses are globally endemic respiratory pathogens that, together with the well-known rhinoviruses, are causing the common cold. Mostly, these infections take a innocuous course in humans. Virologists from Bern and Bonn now identified the source of one of these four human coronaviruses «HCoV-229E» – it originated from camels just as the much-feared MERS-virus.
Media release      Article

New virus transmission route discovered in pigs (February 23rd, 2016)

Japanese Encephalitis (JE) virus causes serious inflammation of the brain in people and fertility problems in pigs. Mosquitoes were previously the only known transmission route. However, the virus can also be spread from pig to pig by direct contact, and this could enable it to circulate in pigs during the mosquito-free winter season..
Media release      Article

World Rabies Day (September 28th, 2014; annually)

Each year on September 28, the "World Rabies Day" is celebrated. Various activities at that day shall increase the awareness of this disease, with the ultimate objective to stop the suffering caused by this disease. In 2014, the year's theme was "End Rabies Together", and 2016 marks the 10th World Rabies Day, a milestone in rabies prevention.
With regard to the 'World Rabies Day', the topic "Rabies in Switzerland?" was the headline on September 8th, 2014 at the radio station Radio Freiburg.

Inhibition of the new MERS-Coronavirus (May 30th, 2014)

The MERS-Virus (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Virus) belongs to the newly emerging coronaviruses similarly to SARS coronavirus. To date, there are no pharmaceuticals available to treat coronavirus infections. Now, an international research team including researchers from our new institute discovered a way to block MERS- as well as SARS coronaviruses.
Media release      Article


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New starting Januar 1st, 2014

Merger of the Institute for Veterinary Virology of the Vetsuisse Faculty (IVV) with the Institute for Virology and Immunology (IVI) of the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO). The new IVI, with facilities in Mittelhäusern (IVI) and Bern, continues to offer high quality research, teaching and services in virology and immunology in cooperation with the Vetsuisse Faculty Bern.