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Prof. Dr.

Walter Bär

Year of election: 1997
Section: Pathology and Forensic Medicine
City: Zurich
Country: Switzerland
CV Walter Bär - PDF (English)


Hauptarbeitsgebiete: Methodische Untersuchungen von DNA-Polymorphismen an Blut-, Sperma- und Gewebeproben und deren forensische Anwendung


  • 2011 Professor Emeritus, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1989-2011 Full Professor of Legal Medicine, Chair of Legal Medicine and Direktor of the Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1989 Habilitation, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1976 Promotion University of Zurich, Medical Faculty, Switzerland
  • 1968-1974 Studies in Medicine University of Zurich, Switzerland


  • since 2011 Member of Scientific Advisory Board EUROFORGEN-NoE (FP7-SEC-2011-1)
  • since 2007 Head of Steering Committee Center on Aging and Mobility University Zurich and City Hospital Waid Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2007-2011 Member of the Federal Expert commission on human genetic testing (ECHGT) (appointed by the Swiss Federal Council)
  • 1997-1999 President of the commission for the revision of the health law of the state of Zürich (appointed by the State Government)
  • 1994-1995 President of the sub-commission for the revision of the Guidelines on Research in Humans of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences
  • 1993-1994 Member of the commission for the guidelines for genetic investigations in humans of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences


  • 2004-2008 Dean of the Medical Faculty, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2000-2006 President of the International Academy of Legal Medicine IALM
  • 1992-2006 Secretary of the European Council of Legal Medicine ECLM
  • since 1997 Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 1992-1996 Member of the Central Ethical Committee of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences SAMS
  • 1992-1995 President of the International Society for Forensic Genetics' ISFG
  • 1990-1994 President of the Swiss Society of Legal Medicine (SSLM)

Honours and Memberships

  • 2011 Honorary Member of the International Society for Forensic Genetics
  • 2011 Honorary Member of the German Society of Legal Medicine
  • 2011 Honorary Member of the Switzer Society of Legal Medicine
  • 2010 Doctor honoris causa, Catholic University Leuven, Biomedical Sciences, Belgium
  • 2006 Honorary Member of the Hungarian Society of Legal Medicine




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