PhD or MD-PhD student in childhood asthma and cough
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at University of Bern
The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at University of Bern performs research in a range of disciplines relevant to public health (www.ispm.ch). Groups cut across divisions, facilitating an interdisciplinary approach to research in the fields of clinical epidemiology, social and behavioural health, biostatistics, and international and environmental health.
The Paediatric Epidemiology Research Group conducts population-based and clinical studies in child health, focusing on respiratory disorders and cancer.
In your PhD, you will help to manage and shape the SPAC study. Together with other PhD and Master students, you will collect parental questionnaires and results from medical investigations (lung function and allergy tests) from the clinics, and send follow-up questionnaires to families. You will have an active role in managing the study by communicating with paediatricians and patients, organising mailings and supervising research assistants.
You will use this unique database to answer relevant research questions on childhood asthma and cough. In a team of epidemiologists, clinicians, statisticians and PhD students, you will learn different statistical approaches to distinguish disease phenotypes, and predict disease course, present your results at international meetings and publish them in peer-reviewed journals.
The job is an ideal preparation for a research career in a clinical setting (paediatric teaching hospital), in a University, or in a public health institution, and counts as medical training in Paediatrics or Public Health. Teaching is organised via the graduate schools of the University of Bern (www.gcb.unibe.ch and www.ghs.unibe.ch).