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University Children's Hospital of Berne, Switzerland, Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

Prof. Dr. med. Urs Frey, PhD

Urs Frey is Chair of Paediatrics at the University Children’s Hospital Basel (UKBB) in Basel, Switzerland. He completed his training in paediatrics and paediatric pulmonology at this hospital after a research fellowship in Biomedical Engineering (Boston University, Boston, USA) and two clinical and research fellowships in Paediatric Pulmonology (Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK and Department of Child Health, University of Leicester, UK). In 1997, he completed his PhD thesis on high speed interrupter technique in infants at the University of Leicester, UK. In 2005, he was appointed Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He has been head of the Division of Paediatric Pulmonology at the University Children’s Hospital in Bern, Switzerland until end of 2010. Besides his focus on infant and child respiratory physiology, he is interested in the development of risk prediction models in complex diseases such as asthma, asthma epidemiology - especially the influence of genetic and environmental determinants on respiratory disease and lung growth - and development and standardisation of lung function techniques. Urs Frey is an active editorial board member of the European Respiratory Journal and serves the Swiss National Science Foundation among other committees.

Dr. Olaf Scherner

Dr. med. Oliver Fuchs

After graduation from Medical School in Munich in 2004, Oliver Fuchs was trained in General Paediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care at the University Children’s Hospital in Munich. Since 2008, he is a research fellow in the Division of Paediatric Pulmonology at the University Children’s Hospital Bern, Switzerland, and since 2011 also at the University Children’s Hospital Basel, Switzerland. He is PhD candidate at the Graduate School for Biomedical and Cellular Science in Bern, Switzerland under supervision by Urs Frey. His main research focuses on genetic and environmental determiants on development of lung disease and lung growth during childhood, asthma epidemiology and infant and child respiratory physiology.