Short CV/Education and training

Research appointments

  • 1994 – 1996
    Senior Research Fellow; The University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (Prof. Dr. P. Ward)

  • 1994 – 1996
    Senior Research Fellow; Parke-Davis/WarnerLambert, Pharmaceutical Research Division, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, Department of Immunopathology (Dr. D. Schrier)

  • Since 1997
    Senior Investigator and Group Leader in the field of immunopathology, perioperative organ protection, nanomedicine; University of Zurich Medical School, Zurich, Switzerland, Institute of Physiology (Prof. Dr. F. Verrey) and Institute of Anesthesiology (Prof. Dr. DR. Spahn)

Clinical appointments

  • 1988 – 1993
    Residency; Surgery, Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine; Teaching Hospitals Zurich Medical School

  • 1990 – 1994
    Senior Emergency Anesthesiologist; REGA Swiss Helicopter Rescue Unit, University Hospital of Zurich

  • 1993 – 1994
    Attending Anesthesiologist; Zurich-Baden General Hospital, Baden, Switzerland, Department of Anesthesiology (Dr. HR. Brunner)

  • 1996 – 1997
    Clinical Fellow; University of Zurich Medical School, Zurich, Switzerland, Division for Cardiac Anesthesia (Prof. Dr. E. Schmid), Institute of Anesthesiology (Prof. Dr. T. Pasch)

  • 1997 – 1998
    Attending Anesthesiologist; University of Zurich Medical School, Division for Cardiac Anesthesia (Prof. Dr. E. Schmid), Institute of Anesthesiology (Prof. Dr. T. Pasch)

  • 1998 – 2005
    Attending Anesthesiologist; University of Zurich Medical School, Institute of Anesthesiology (Prof. Dr. T. Pasch)

  • Since 2005
    Chief Physician Institute of Anesthesiology; University of Zurich Medical School (Prof. Dr. DR. Spahn)

Selected publications

  • Beck-Schimmer B, Breitenstein S, Urech S, De Conno E, Wittlinger M, Puhan M, Jochum W, Spahn DR, Clavien PA. A randomized controlled trial on pharmacological preconditioning in liver surgery using a volatile anesthetic. Ann Surg, 2008; 248, 909-18

  • Steurer M, Schläpfer M, Steurer M, Z'graggen BR, Booy C, Reyes L, Spahn DR, Beck-Schimmer B. The volatile anesthetic sevoflurane attenuates lipopolysaccharide-induced injury in alveolar macrophages. Clin Exp Immunol, 2009; 155, 224-30

  • De Conno E, Steurer MP, Wittlinger M, Zalunardo MP, Weder W, Schneiter D, Schimmer RC, Klaghofer R, Neff TA, Schmid ER, Spahn DR, Z'graggen BR, Urner M, Beck-Schimmer B. Anesthetic-induced improvement of the inflammatory response to one-lung ventilation. Anesthesiology, 110, 2009; 1316-26 (featured article)

  • Herrmann I, Urner M, Koehler F, Hasler M, Roth Z'graggen B, Grass RN, Ziegler U, Beck-Schimmer B*, Stark W*. Blood purification using functionalized core/shell nanomagnets. Small, 2010; 6:1388-1392 * shared senior authorship

  • Urner M, Limbach LK, Herrmann IK, Müller-Edenborn B, Roth-Z'graggen B, Schlicker A, Reyes L, Booy C, Hasler M, Stark WJ, Beck-Schimmer B. Fluorinated groups mediate the immunomodulatory effects of volatile anesthetics in acute cell injury. Am J Resp Cell Mol, 2011; 45:617-624

  • Herrmann IK, Martin Urner M, Hasler M, Roth-Z'Graggen B, Aemisegger C, Baulig W, Evagelos K. Athanassiou EK, Regenass S, Stark WJ, Beck-Schimmer B. Iron core/shell nanoparticles as magnetic drug carriers: Possible interactions with the vascular compartment. Nanomedicine, 2011; 6:1199-1213

  • Beck-Schimmer B, Breitenstein S, Bonvini J, Lesurtel M, Ganter M, Weber A, Puhan M, Clavien PA. Protection of pharmacological postconditioning in liver surgery. Results of a prospective randomized controlled trial. Ann Surg, 2012; 256:837-844

  • Müller-Edenborn B, Z'graggen B, Bartnicka K, Borgeat A, Hoos A, Borsig L, Beck-Schimmer B. Volatile anesthetics reduce invasion of colorectal cancer cells through downregulation of matrix metalloproteinase-9. Anesthesiology, 2012; 117:293-301

  • Piegeler T, Votta-Velis GE, Liu G, Place AT, Schwartz DE, Beck-Schimmer B, Minshall RD, Borgeat A. Anti-metastatic potential of amide-linked local anesthetics: Inhibition of lung adenocarcinoma cell migration and inflammatory Src signaling independent of sodium hannel blockade. Anesthesiology, 117:2012; 548-559

  • Steurer MP, Steurer MA, Baulig W, Piegeler T, Schläpfer M, Spahn DR, Falk V, Dreessen P, Theusinger OM, Schmid ER, Schwartz D, Neff TA, Beck-Schimmer B. Late pharmacologic conditioning with volatile anesthetics after cardiac surgery. Crit Care, 2012; 16:R191

  • Herrmann IK, Schlegel A, Graf R, Schumacher CM, Senn N, Hasler M, Gschwind S, Hirt AM, Günther D, Clavien PA, Stark WJ, Beck-Schimmer B. Nanomagnet-based removal of lead and digoxin from living rats. Nanoscale, 2013; 5(18):8718-23

  • Herrmann IK, Castellon M, Schwartz DE, Hasler M, Urner M, Hu G, Minshall RD, Beck-Schimmer B. Intravenous application of a primary sevoflurane metabolite improves outcome in murine septic peritonitis: first results. PLoS One, 2013; 8(8):e72057

  • Herrmann IK, Castellon M, Schwartz DE, Hasler M, Urner M, Hu G, Minshall RD, Beck-Schimmer B. Volatile anesthetics improve survival following cecal ligation and puncture. Anesthesiology, 2013; 119:901-6 (article with editorial)



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Mechanisms of organ protection in sepsis and/or acute lung injury. Collaboration with the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Illinois Chicago, Prof. Dr. D. Schwartz, and the Department of Pharmacology, University of Illinois Chicago, Prof. Dr. R. Minshall, Prof. Dr. A. Malik. Funding: University of Zurich, Switzerland, Transfer Office. 04/2011-12/2014. Beck-Schimmer PI.

  • Local anesthetics and intraoperative cancer spread (in vitro und in vivo). Collaboration with the Orthopedic University Hospital Balgrist, Zurich, Prof. Dr. A. Borgeat, the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Illinois Chicago, Dr. G. Votta-Velis, Prof. D. Schwartz, and the Department of Pharmacology, University of Illinois Chicago, Prof. Dr. R. Minshall, Prof. Dr. A. Malik.

  • Evaluation of ischemia-reperfusion injury in liver surgery; organ protection in liver surgery. Collaboration with the Department of Visceral and Transplantation Surgery, University Hospital Zurich, Prof. Dr. PA. Clavien. Funding: Swiss National Research Foundation Grant. 04/2011 – 04/2014. Beck-Schimmer Co-Investigator.

  • Nanotechnology: Chances and risks of nanomaterials: From magnetic micro- to nano-particles. Collaboration with the Functional Material Laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Prof. Dr. W. Stark. Funding: Swiss National Research Foundation, National Research Program Grant Nr. 406440-131268. 01/2011-12/2013 and prolongation 01/2014-12/2015. Beck-Schimmer PI.

  • Immunomodulatory effects of trifluorinated small molecules: new therapeutic opportunities for ischemia-reperfusion injury. Collaboration with the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Illinois Chicago, Prof. Dr. D. Schwartz, and the Department of Pharmacology, University of Illinois Chicago, Prof. Dr. R. Minshall, Prof. Dr. A. Malik. Funding: Swiss National Research Foundation. Grant Nr. 320030_141216. 04/2012-03/2015. Beck-Schimmer PI.

  • Impairment of the blood-brain barrier: Evaluation of the effect of pharmacological postconditioning. A study from in vitro to in vivo to the patient. Collaboration within the University Research Priority Program Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology (ZIHP). Funding through ZIPH. 01/2014-12/2015. Beck Schimmer PI.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • ZKF Direktorium – Member of the 'Direktorium' of the Centre of Medical Research, University of Zurich

  • Mentoring of the Medical Faculty of the University and the University Hospital Zurich – Program Director: Program for young researchers (career planning, research)

  • Ethic committee – Vice-president of the Ethic committee for perioperative medicine (University Hospital Zurich, Operative Medicine)

  • FWF Austrian Science Fund – Member International Jury, Clinical research, KLIF, call 2011, 2012 and 2013

  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) – Member of the National Research Council, Biology and Medicine division, start April 1st 2012; Member of the Specialized Committee Careers; Chair of the Professorship Committee, Biology and Medicine

  • Anesthesiology – Associate Editor, start January 2013

  • Gender Equality Action Plan University of Zurich – Responsible member of the Medical Faculty for the project 'Filling the gap', promoting young talented academic women to increase the proportion of women professor as well as the proportion of women in academic leadership positions

Additional qualifications

  • Clinical Visiting Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Illinois Chicago, since 07/2011


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