Pregnancy and systemic autoimmune diseases

Prof. Dr. med. P. Villiger and Dr. F. Förger (emeritus: Prof. Dr. M. Oestensen)

This research group studying basic and clinical questions of pregnancy and autoimmune diseases was formed in 1999. With the help of the SNF, the Senta Herrman Stiftung, Olga Mayenfisch Stiftung, Käthe-Zingg Schwichtenberg Stiftung, Abbott Grant and research funds of the RIA we systematically analyzed and answered several questions of immune modulation by human pregnancy.


The publications listed below give you a short overview about our fruitful activities and collaborations. Our group works in the laboratory “Experimental Rheumatology” of our Department. It is part of the Department of Clinical Research (DKF) of the University of Bern. Thus, all methods for a competitive research are at our hands.


Positions: We are looking for: Young students with a genuine interest for basic and/or clinical research who want to learn and/or develop methods and plan to stay for at least 6 months. We offer supervised learning of a wide variety of laboratory methods; participation at running research projects; learning to write proposals, manuscripts, to present data at regular (weekly) progress meetings and at national as well as international conferences; salary according to University (Master) or SNF (PHD student) regulations; coverage of running lab costs (12’000sfr/year); last but not least: having fun at doing research. For further information, mail to: frauke.foerger@no-spaminsel.ch ; and to peter.villiger@no-spaminsel.ch