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Teaching and research

In the research field, the main focus in basic research is on colorectal molecular oncology and hepatology. The three professorships; abdominal surgery, gastroenterology and hepatology, work in close cooperation, enabling them to bundle their energies in research and teaching:

  • Hepatology: Prof. M. Heim
    • Laboratory at DBM with 11 employees
    • Research topics: Hepatocellular carcinoma (MERiC consortium: Hall, Christofori, Beerenwinkel, Heim), innate immunity, viral hepatitis
  • Gastroenterology: Prof. J. H. Niess (TTAP)
    • Laboratory at DBM with 7 employees
    • Research topics: Chronic inflammatory bowel disease
  • Abdominal Surgery: Prof. M. von Flüe (with the status of department representative for research and teaching, with faculty rights and obligations)

Development of a DBM research group "Abdominal surgery" specialising in gastrointestinal oncology.

Research activities

  • Metabolic research (Prof. R. Peterli)
    • Clinical mono- and multi-centre studies, translational research with local, national and international network partners
  • Surgical-related research (Prof. M. von Flüe)
    • Robot-assisted techniques in highly specialised abdominal surgery, integration in artificial intelligence
  • Liver cirrhosis (PD Christine Bernsmeier)
    • Immunoregulatory monocytes, immunoparesis in cirrhosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (PD P. Hruz)
    • MAIT cells in IBD (collaboration with Prof. G. de Libero)

Multiple clinical studies in gastroenterology (IBD) and hepatology (HCC, viral hepatitis)

Basic research

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Metabolic research
  • Colorectal carcinoma


Basel laparoscopic course - simulation-based training for prospective surgeons
The learning curve for laparoscopic surgery compared to open surgery is much longer. This makes learning laparoscopic skills all the more important. Against this background, Clarunis University Centre for Abdominal Medicine Basel provides the "Basel laparoscopic course" four times a year, the oldest regularly conducted basic course for minimally invasive keyhole surgery in Switzerland. Are you a prospective surgeon and would you like to take part in this course, which is highly regarded throughout Switzerland?

More about the Basel laparoscopic course