Cardiovascular Research Cluster Bern

Annual Meeting 2022

The Annual Meeting 2022 of the Cardiovascular Research Cluster Bern (CVRC) was held for the second time in an online format on the 20th January 2022. The aim of the meeting was to raise awareness of ongoing cardiovascular research and interests among fundamental and clinical scientists in Bern, to promote interaction between the various teams, and to encourage junior researchers. With approximately 150 registrations and 45 abstracts submitted from the many different Bernese Institutes and Departments involved in cardiovascular research, our expectations were exceeded.

The CVRC Annual Meeting 2022 was divided into seven sessions covering diverse cardiovascular themes with research focuses in Bern, including a roundtable session with invited local experts on ‘Cardiovascular Digital Medicine and Big Data’. In addition to the six invited local speakers who introduced the different sessions, special appreciation is addressed to the 18 early career investigators who presented their innovative results in flash presentations. 50% of the presenters were women, which underlines the importance of gender equality in cardiovascular research in Bern.

Although we would have liked to hold the poster session and networking aperitif in person, the virtual poster session held using the interactive platform Gather Town was a great success. There were lively scientific but also networking discussions at the various posters.

The Prize Jury Committee, chaired by Prof. Robert Rieben, awarded four research prizes. Benedikt Bernhard (Department of Cardiology) and Anastasia Milusev (Department for BioMedical Research) each received a prize for the ‘Best Flash Presentation’ in the clinical and fundamental categories, respectively. The prizes for the ‘Best Poster’ went to Anselm Stark (Department of Cardiology) in the clinical category and to Manuel Egle (Department of Cardiovascular Surgery and Department for BioMedical Research) in the fundamental category.

The CVRC Annual Meeting 2022 was organized by Dr. Maria Arnold, Prof. Yvonne Döring, Dr. André Frenk, Prof. Sarah Longnus, Prof. Katja Odening, and PD Dr. Emrush Rexhaj.

We would like to thank all participants for a lively day of presentations and stimulating discussions, and we look forward to our next CVRC Annual Meeting!

Flyer CVRC Annual Meeting 2022


Congratulations to the winners of the CVRC Annual Meeting 2022:

- Clinical Category: Best Flash Presentation Prize - Benedikt Bernhard

- Fundamental Category: Best Flash Presentation Prize - Anastasia Milusev

- Clinical Category: Best Poster Prize - Anselm Stark

- Fundamental Category: Best Poster Prize - Manuel Egle