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Opening Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (CAIM)

The "Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine" brings together leading medical and engineering research with active digitalization efforts in healthcare at the Bern Medical Hub. Using artificial intelligence developments CAIM will bring forward new technologies for healthcare to enable tailored and efficient patient care. CAIM will be inaugurated on Friday, March 19, 2021 at a digital event with a panel discussion and a keynote lecture by AI for advanced healthcare pioneer Gregory D. Hager, Johns Hopkins University as part of a scientific symposium on AI in medicine research.

To continue to be at the forefront of digital medicine, the University of Bern and the Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, have founded the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (CAIM) at the Bern Medical Hub. CAIM is a new platform for artificial intelligence in medicine that will drive AI focussed research, teaching and clinical translation, i.e. the transfer of research results into clinical processes, services and products. Together with the partners sitem-insel, the Swiss Institute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine, and the Bern University Psychiatry Services (UPD), CAIM will be officially opened on Friday, March 19, 2021. The event is hosted by sitem-insel.

Contesting positions, keynote by Gregory D. Hager and insights into Bern AI research

The inaugural event will be held online and will consist of two parts: Representatives of the Bernese government council, the University of Bern, Inselspital and CAIM will open the event with a German-language program.

This is followed by a panel discussion featuring controversial perspectives from the hospital, the MedTech industry, healthcare administration, patient advocacy and medical ethics. The opening will be moderated by SRF anchor Sonja Hasler. In the second part of the event, participants will gain insights into Bern AI research for healthcare in Bern: A Scientific Symposium in English will present projects covering topics as diverse as emergency medicine, epidemiology (COVID-19), neuroimaging, digital pathology and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Speakers include Prof. Gregory D. Hager, Director of the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare at Johns Hopkins University (U.S.A.). Prof. Hager’s research expertise focusses on computer vision and robotics for medical applications. He is been part of numerous committees defining the role of AI in society, including the 2015 review of NITRD for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, a National Academies Roundtable on AI and Foreign Policy of the Obama Administration, and an AAAS panel on “AI Augmenting Not Replacing People.”

The CAIM team cordially invites you to the opening and symposium. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Below you will find the details of the Scientific Symposium. Please register here. You will receive an access link one day prior to the event.

Scientific Symposium 






Raphael Sznitman, CAIM & ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, UniBE


The Potential of "Big Data" in Personalized Mental Healthcare

Michael Kaess, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University Psychiatry Services Bern


Computational Science in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Christian Althaus, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, UniBE



AI for Human Health: Achieving the Promise While Avoiding the Perils 

Gregory D. Hager, Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, Johns Hopkins University


Digital Pathology Repositories: A Deep Learning Paradise?

Inti Zlobec, Institute of Pathology, UniBE


AI in the Wild: An Invitation to Translational Investigations

Wolf Hautz, Department of Emergency Medicine, Inselspital


Machines as Clinical Partners: Translational Neuro-Imaging

Roland Wiest, Support Center for Advanced Neuroimaging, Inselspital


Closing Remarks

Raphael Sznitman


Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (CAIM)

The Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine is a research, teaching and translation platform for medical technology that uses AI to deliver better care to patients and facilitate the work of doctors and nurses. CAIM capitalizes on the unique constellation in Bern that joins players from the scientific, healthcare and industry domains. It will be inaugurated in January 2021 as a Center of the University of Bern’s medical faculty and the Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, with the University Psychiatry Services (UPD) and the Swiss Institute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine, sitem-insel, as partners. Part of Bern’s initiative for digitalization in healthcare, CAIM is a virtual center connecting engineers, physicians and scientists in the area of AI in medicine and providing them with resources and access to infrastructure. By bundling transdisciplinary know-how from the Bern Biomedical Engineering Network, it promotes and expands projects dedicated to the potential of AI technology for healthcare. CAIM will foster commercialization of AI technology innovation, support start-up incubation and create sustained value through best in class research, translation and economic growth.
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Video trailer CAIM: "What are potential applications of AI in medicine?" © University of Bern