Sleep Network Bern

About one third of our lifetime we spend asleep and sleep occurs in all living creatures. Therefore, it cannot be considered a dispensable luxury - it must play an important role in the development and regeneration of body and brain functions. But why exactly do we sleep and what happens in our brain and body if sleep is not restful? Bernese psychologists, medical doctors, physiologists and biologists are exploring the phenomenon sleep.Learn more about their offers for patients, their research and their educational activities in and around Bern.

Sleep-Wake-Epilepsy-Center (SWEZ)

At the Sleep-Wake-Epilepsy-Center (SWEZ) at the Department of Neurology at Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, disorders of sleep, alertness and consciousness are diagnosed, treated and researched. 

Neurologists, pneumologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, psychosomatics, psychologists, biologists, pharmacists and many more work together. This leads to a quick and precise diagnosis and therapy.

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The goal of NeuroTec is to promote novel, flexible and cost-efficient technologies that improve diagnostics, monitoring and therapies of neurological disorders.

NeuroTec constitutes a vibrant environment that catalyzes the efficient interaction between healthcare and technology specialists from academia and industry. A core infrastructure of the center is the NeuroTec Loft – an instrumented apartment to monitor human behavior and how neurological disorders influence daily life. 

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Center for Experimental Neurology (ZEN)

The Centre for Experimental Neurology (ZEN) is a research centre of the Neurological Department of the University of Bern.

The ZEN is a unique translational research center in the Department of Neurology at the Inselspital, Bern University Hospital in Switzerland. The ZEN fosters strong collaborations between clinical and experimental laboratories with long-standing expertise in sleep, epilepsy and stroke.

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Bern Network for Epilepsy, Sleep and Consciousness (BENESCO)

The Bern Network for Epilepsy, Sleep and Consciousness is a national network of researchers and clinicians, with the aim to investigate and teach sleep, epilepsy and consciousness from a multidisciplinary and translational perspective. 

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Academy of Sleep and Consciousness (ASC)

The ASC - in collaboration with the University of Bern and the Università della Svizzera italiana as well as 13 international partner Universities - offers unique postgraduate programs, which provide advanced medical and scientific insights into sleep physiology, chronobiology and sleep medicine. The following programs are available:

  • Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Sleep, Consciousness and Related Disorders (10 ECTS)
  • Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in Sleep, Consciousness and Related Disorders (30 ECTS)
  • Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Sleep, Consciousness and Related Disorders (60 ECTS) 

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Interfaculty Research Cooperation (IRC/IFK) «Decoding Sleep»

The IRC «Decoding Sleep» is an interdisciplinary research cooperation, investigating the function and regulation of sleep-wake, consciousness and cognition.

The IRC, «Decoding Sleep»: From Molecules to Health & Mind” has been funded by the University of Bern. It is comprised of 13 research groups and bridges several domains including Medicine, Psychology, Psychiatry and Computer Science. The project aims to gain new understanding of the function and regulation of sleep-wake-rhythms and to develop strategies for early and personalized therapies of sleep-wake and neuropsychiatric disorders.

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