The Institute of Animal Pathology (ITPA) is a comprehensive animal pathology center, combining a dedicated diagnostic unit and basic research in one institute. Our necropsy and biopsy services provide an essential quality control for the clinic and make a critical contribution to state-of-the-art teaching and translational research. With our basic research we aim to support clinicians understanding the molecular basis clinically relevant questions, such as cancer therapy resistance. We have also established a comparative pathology platform (COMPATH) to support translation research involving animal models of human diseases. As part of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP), the ITPA is integrated in a close network with the other para-clinical institutes. Moreover, the ITPA houses a dedicated histology laboratory that supports the Vetsuisse Faculty Bern.
Discovery of new genes that influence the success of cancer treatment
One of the great mysteries of cancer research is why certain patients respond better to radiation therapy than others. Researchers at the University of Bern have now discovered which genes play an important role in this. This results in new findings for cancer treatment.