Research Group: Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Group investigates sexually transmitted infections, reproductive tract infections, sexuality, sexual behaviour and practices, and contraception. We are involved in studies about the aetiology, epidemiology, prevention and control, diagnosis, and social and cultural aspects of these topics in Switzerland, Europe, and internationally.

Group leader

Group members

External collaborators

Checkpoint Zürich, Switzerland
(Dr. Barbara Bertisch)

Dutch National Institute of Public Health, The Netherlands
(Prof. Mirjam Kretzschmar, Dr. Janneke Heijne, Dr. Hans Bogaards)

Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Australia
(Prof. David Regan)

Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
(Dr. Virginie Masserey, Dr. Anne Spaar, Dr. Johanna Claass)

University College London, UK
(Dr. Catherine Mercer, Dr. Pam Sonnenberg)

University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
(Prof. Jane Hocking)

Journal club on infectious diseases

Dates: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month (there are some exceptions, see list
Time & place: 12:30 – 13:30, Seminar Room (Room 606, Finkenhubelweg 11, Bern)
Goal: To promote interesting and informative discussions of recent papers covering the fields of modelling, epidemiology, biostatistics or public health research, with a focus on infectious diseases.
Presenters: please see the list in the corresponding flyer

Ongoing projects

  • RADAR-Go: Rapid Diagnosis of Antibiotic Resistance in Gonorrhoea
    Christian Althaus, Barbara Bertisch, Dianne Egli-Gany, Stephanie Fingerhuth, Nicola Low, Anne Rutjes
  • CIN3+plus: Human papillomavirus-associated cervical neoplasia in Switzerland at the start of a national vaccination programme: cross-sectional study
    Dianne Egli-Gany, Nicola Low, Anne Spaar
  • Epidemiology and Mathematical Modelling for Infection Control (EpideMMIC)
    Christian Althaus, Nicola Low, Lukas Baumann, Manuel Cina
  • Chlamydia Rapid Test project
    Ali Hammad, Fabienne Krauer, Nicola Low
  • Vaccination schedules for HPV vaccine
    Nicola Low, Shelagh Redmond, Dianne Egli-Gany, Maddalena d'Addario, Pippa Scott
  • Cochrane Collaboration Sexually Transmitted Infections Review Group: chlamydia screening, home-collected specimens
    Nicola Low, Shelagh Redmond


(Please note that only members of staff of ISPM Bern are listed.)

Completed projects