Academic Networks

Academic networks and initiatives have been established to generate synergies, facilitate the exchange of ideas and know-how, and stimulate the interactions between basic science and clinical applications.

The Cancer Network Zurich (CNZ) was initiated to generate synergies, to encourage collaborations, and to facilitate communication between clinicians, research scientists, and the public at large in matters concerning the diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, and prevention of cancer. The CNZ offers ambitious and talented students an international PhD program in cancer biology.

Key competences
– Represents areas of basic, clinical, and translational cancer research
– Facilitates communication and collaborations between basic cancer researchers and clinicians
– Includes more than 80 faculty members of the UZH, ETH Zurich, USZ, Children’s Hospital Zurich, Balgrist University Hospital, and PSI
– Provides an international PhD program in cancer biology with over 130 students

Bettina Rausch-Malina
c/o UZH
Institute of Molecular Cancer Research
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich

The DDNZ is a platform for the exchange of ideas and know-how with a focus on drug discovery. It initiates transdisciplinary communication and collaboration between research teams, triggers the conception and implementation of largescale projects, and coordinates academic educational programs. The main goal is the translation of groundbreaking research discoveries into clinical applications for the benefit of patients.

Key competences
– Target identification and validation
– Analytical platforms
– Animal models
– Medicinal chemistry
– Clinical trials

Prof. Michel Arand
Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich

Clinical Telemedicine consists of services, teaching, and research. The online counselling system of the University Hospital Zurich offers the general public a professional “doc2patient” service. Since 1999 more than 55,000 questions have been answered. In 2008, the University of Zurich implemented clinical telemedicine and ehealth training as part of the study of human medicine.

Key competences
– Academic services: medical online counselling in all disciplines (book series: “Health by mouse click”)
– Clinical telemedicine/ehealth teaching: training for human medicine students and further education
– Research: evaluation of online services and implementation of telemonitoring (CTI Project)

Research cooperation with companies
emineo AG

PD Dr. med.
Christiane Brockes
Clinical Telemedicine
CH-8091 Zurich

Hochschulmedizin Zürich is a platform to foster interinstitutional collaborations in research and education at the interface of life sciences, engineering, and clinical research. Its main focus is to promote large interdisciplinary research projects of high relevance for the medical hub of Zurich.

Key competences
– Coordination of collaborations between University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, University Hospital Zurich, Balgrist University Hospital, Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich, and University Children’s Hospital Zurich
– Initiation and support of flagship projects
– Point of contact for researchers looking for particular expertise

Dr. Corina Schütt
Hochschulmedizin Zurich
c/o UZH
Künstlergasse 15
CH-8001 Zurich

Infectious diseases remain a challenge for human health. In many cases, neither vaccines nor curative or preventive therapeutics are available, or drug resistance reduces the efficacy of existing medication. The members of the Infection and Immunity Zurich network strive to acquire a better understanding of host pathogen interactions with the aim of developing new therapeutic interventions.

Key competences
– Basic research in microbiology, virology, cell biology, immunology, organic chemistry, systems biology, structural biology, engineering, and mathematics
– Translational research in immunology, infectious diseases, vaccines, and antimicrobial substances
– Clinical studies in the fields of epidemiology, diagnostics, and prophylaxis – Education of Master and PhD students, MD-PhD students, medical students, and physicians with specialization in infectious diseases

Research cooperation with companies
Roche, Novartis, Miltenyi Biotec, Numab, Biogen

Prof. Annette Oxenius
Institute for Microbiology
ETH Zurich
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 4
CH-8093 Zurich

The IREM focuses on various aspects of therapeutic regeneration by combining knowledge in the fields of cell and systems biology, cell and tissue engineering, organoid technologies, antibody and protein engineering, and imaging. A particular focus is on efficient clinical translation and a novel bio-entrepreneurship program.

Key competences
– Cell and systems biology
– Cell-based therapies and organoid technologies
– Antibody-based regenerative therapies
– Biomarkers and imaging
– First-in-man trials (GMP, GLP, GCP)

Research cooperation with companies
Neurimmune, Memocare, Mabimmune, etc.

Prof. Simon P. Hoerstrup
Campus Schlieren
Wagistrasse 12
CH-8952 Schlieren

The RITZ is the Zurich-wide network of basic science laboratories, hospitals and institutions with an interest in neurorehabilitation, neural plasticity, and recovery after brain lesions. Our mission is to find and exploit synergies, optimize knowledge transfer, and stimulate the interaction of basic neuroscience, engineering, and clinical sciences in research, education, and patient care.

Key competences
– Offering brain and spinal cord injury patients access to novel therapies and techniques
– Providing an environment of continuous long-term neurorehabilitive care
– Establishing a networking platform for clinical research in neurorehabilitation
– Enabling bench to bedside knowledge transfer between biological, engineering, and clinical sciences

Research cooperation with companies
Hocoma AG, DynamicDevices AG, YouRehab AG

Prof. Andreas Luft

Prof. Armin Curt

The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is an independent, non-profit foundation that includes some 60 bioinformatics research and service groups and some 750 scientists from the major Swiss schools of higher education and research institutes. SIB provides world-class bioinformatics.

Key competences
– Fosters excellence in data science to support progress in biological research and health
– Provides life scientists and clinicians in academia and industry with world-class bioinformatics resources and services
– Leads and coordinates the field of bioinformatics in Switzerland
– Federates world-class researchers and delivers training in bioinformatics

SIB Swiss Institute of
Quartier Sorge
Bâtiment Génopode
CH-1015 Lausanne