Nicole Bender

Nicole Bender, PD MD, PhD, MSc, FMH

Deputy Institute Manager

Head Clinical Evolutionary Medicine Group

Phone: +41 44 635 05 31 (Room WAC E79)

Presence times: Mo/We/Thu

nicole.bender@iem.uzh.ch

Biography

Academic degrees

2019                                                      PD Venia legendi (Habilitation) in Clinical Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland

2013                                                      Certificate of Advanced Studies in Higher Education (CAS) Hochschuldidaktik, University of Bern, Switzerland

2010                                                      Medical specialisation in Prevention and Public Health SGPG (Fachärztin für Prävention und Gesundheitswesen FMH)

2009                                                      MSc Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and University of London, UK

2006                                                      MD-PhD, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland

2004                                                      MD (Dr. med.), Institute of History of Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland

1998                                                     Medical degree, University of Bern, Switzerland

 

Previous appointments

01.06.14 – 30.04.16                           Co-Director of the SSPH+ PhD Program, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland

01.01.14 – 30.04.16                           Head teaching office, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland

01.10.05 – 30.04.16                           Research fellow and teaching coordinator, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland

01.10.02 – 30.09.05                           PhD student, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland

15.06.02 – 30.09.02                           Specialist registrar, psychiatry University of Bern, Suprax 1 and 2, Biel

01.11.01 – 14.06.02                           Project leader, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland

01.05.99 – 31.10.01                           Specialist registrar, psychiatry University of Bern, Clinic Selhofen Kehrsatz and Project CleaNex Bern

01.03.99 – 30.04.99                           Specialist registrar, internal medicine, Bezirksspital Langnau

Research Interests

  • The evolution of human nutrition and body composition
  • Obesity and related diseases
  • Evolutionary Public Health
  • Human adaptation to novel environments and mismatch diseases
  • Clinical Evolutionary Medicine
  • Teaching methods and didactics in Evolutionary Medicine

Current Research Projects

  • The health impact of a vegan diet on children - systematic review
  • Diets and health outcomes - systematic review and network meta-analysis
  • Reviewing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by using an evolutionary view
  • Sex and age differences in hydration and body composition in patients with musculoskeletal disorders and in controls - cohort study
  • Online-Tool Mummy Explorer
  • COVID-19 Sequelae - systematic review