Competence Centers

Scientific (competence) centers are networks coordinated according to strategic objectives of University and/or ETH institutes or parts of them. In many cases, they are joint cross-disciplinary centers of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich.
Scientific (competence) centers combine regional scientific know-how with business activities. They set milestones for the future and foster alliances between basic and applied research, so spurring innovation in business and society.

The Center for Applied Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine (CABMM) aims to promote interdisciplinary and translational research by fostering collaborations between basic researchers and clinicians from human and veterinary medicine in the fields of experimental medicine, regenerative medicine, molecular medicine, and applied biotechnology.

Key competences
– Promotion of scientific exchange and collaboration in translational and interdisciplinary research
– Network of more than 75 member groups
– Research platform through which basic researchers, clinicians, and veterinarians work closely together
– Funding program for cooperative projects (CABMM Start-up Grant)
– Organization of scientific symposia and events

Contact
Dr. Silke Kalchofner-Mark
UZH
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich

silke.mark@cabmm.uzh.ch
www.cabmm.uzh.ch

The Center of Competence Multimorbidity is an open interdisciplinary scientific network. Its aim is to develop a new conceptual framework with new approaches to understand multimorbidity and its management. The main focus lies in the development of evidence-based programs and the acceleration of translational science into clinical practice.

Key competences
– Drug-disease, disease-disease and drug-drug interactions in multimorbidity
– Clinical decision making in multimorbid patients
– Development of new methods and approaches to measure multimorbidity
– Clinical epidemiology of concurrent active and chronical conditions
– Medical adherence in multimorbidity
– Functional quality of life in multimorbid patients

Contact
Dr. Barbara Holzer
Center of Competence Multimorbidity
c/o USZ, Dept. of Internal Medicine
Rämistrasse 100
CH-8091 Zurich
+41 44 255 99 57

barbara.holzer@usz.ch
www.multimorbidity.uzh.ch

The Center of Competence Sleep & Health Zurich (SHZ) is an interdisciplinary network of basic and clinician sleep researchers on the platform Zurich. Its aim is to promote synergies between the different research groups in order to identify molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying sleep regulation, circadian rhythmicity and their disorders and to develop new therapeutical approaches.

Key competences
– Highly interdisciplinary approach employing state-of-the-art techniques and analysis tools of basic sleep and chronobiology research, pharmacology, neurology, pneumology, psychiatry, psychology, and pediatrics
– Translation of basic research findings into clinical application
– Making novel research findings available to patients and the public

Contact
Caroline Kopp, PhD
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Neurology
Frauenklinikstrasse 26
8091 Zurich

caroline.kopp@usz.ch
www.sleep.uzh.ch

The Center of Excellence in Medicine – Ethics – Rights Helvetiae (MERH) is an established collaboration between the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine, with about 100 members. It leads, supports and organizes research projects, publications, and events in the fields of medicine, ethics, and law with a focus on interdisciplinary questions. In addition, it offers a certificate course (CAS) for practitioners.

Key competences
– Publications: Personalized Medicine, Nanomedicine, Federal Act on Research Involving Human Beings
– Interdisciplinary projects: The MERH supports excellent projects by building bridges and providing expertise
– Education of professionals: The MERH offers courses for a certificate of advanced studies (CAS MedLaw UZH) for professional practitioners

Contact
Prof. Brigitte Tag
Center of Excellence in
Medicine – Ethics –
Rights Helvetiae
UZH
Freiestrasse 15
CH-8032 Zurich

merh@merh.uzh.ch
www.merh.uzh.ch

The Center for Experimental and Clinical Imaging Technologies (EXCITE) Zurich is a joint competence center of the ETH and the University of Zurich. It serves as a platform for education and exchange of biological and biomedical imaging solutions.
The center facilitates multidisciplinary collaborations between scientists in academia and in industry.

Key competences
– Establishing innovative projects in biomedical imaging
– Coordinating imaging technology resources and providing expert advice
– Offering educational training programs in biomedical imaging to academia and industry
– Representing the biomedical imaging community of the Zurich area

Research cooperation with companies
Philips Healthcare, Bruker Biospin, GE Healtcare, Scanco, Carl Zeiss

Contact
Prof. Sebastian Kozerke
EXCITE Zurich
c/o ETH Zurich
Institute for Biomedical
Engineering
Gloriastrasse 35
CH-8092 Zurich

kozerke@biomed.ee.ethz.ch
www.excite.ethz.ch

The Center for Gerontology is an interdisciplinary and inter-faculty center of competence. Its focus is the scientific foundations of aging with good quality of life, and to this purpose it strives for interdisciplinary networking. The Center fosters collaboration among researchers, elderly people, and professionals from various fields.

Key competences
– The center examines conditions that promote and stabilize the quality of life in old age
– It facilitates the participation of elderly people in aging research
– It conceives and pilots innovative evaluation methods and counselling approaches for the application of gerontological knowledge
– It provides opportunities for collaboration between researchers

Research cooperation with companies
City of Zurich, Department for Health and Environment, Curaviva Switzerland

Contact
Hans Rudolf Schelling
Center for Gerontology UZH
Pestalozzistrasse 24
CH-8032 Zurich

h.r.schelling@zfg.uzh.ch
www.zfg.uzh.ch

The Clinical Trials Center (CTC) of the USZ supports the clinical research teams in the planning and realization of clinical trial projects. The CTC services are offered to support academic and investigator-initiated innovative clinical research as well as to clinical trials sponsored by industry. It is committed to supporting and conducting innovative clinical research projects.

Key competences
– Offers high-quality support for a broad range of clinical research projects
– Brings together expertise, quality, and dedication to promote clinical research
– Maintains close cooperation with local, national and international clinical trial units
– Trial management design: quality assurance structures, successful conduct, and study completion

Contact

Universitätsspital Zurich
Clinical Trials Center CTC
Rämistrasse 100/Mou 2
CH-8091 Zurich

www.ctc.usz.ch

The first Comprehensive Cancer Center in Switzerland, the CCCZ developed from the Cancer Research Center of the University of Zurich.  The range of services and treatment comprises 17 centers of excellence and covers all tumor entities. It’s aim is 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.

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, and Balgrist University Hospital
– Provides an international PhD program in cancer biology with over 130 students

Contact
Comprehensive Cancer Center Zürich
Rämistrasse 100
8091 Zurich
Tel. ​​+41 44 255 44 00
Fax +41 44 629 89 88
cancercenter@usz.ch

The Competence Center for Mental Health was established at UZH with the aim of creating a multidisciplinary network of mental health experts equipped to respond to, and ultimately reduce, the increasing burden of mental health. The CCMH produces high-quality research and provides supervision for clinicians, postdoctoral fellows, and PhD students.

Key competences
– Research expertise from clinical to public health
– Clinical expertise from children to elderly
– Potential for translational research with links from
early-stage research to implementation

Contact
Prof. Meichun Mohler-Kuo
Competence Center for Mental Health
UZH
Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Hirschengraben 84
CH-8001 Zurich

meichun.mohler-kuo@uzh.ch
www.ccmh.uzh.ch

The Functional Genomics Center Zurich (FGCZ) is a joint state-of-the-art research and training facility of the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. With the latest technologies and key expertise for omics research, the FGCZ carries out research projects and technology development in collaboration with the Zurich life sciences research community.

Key competences
– Genome, epigenome, and transcriptome analysis by latest NGS and single-molecule sequencing
– Quantitative proteome and post-translational modification analysis using high-end mass spectrometry
– Metabolome and lipidome analysis by mass spectrometry
– Bioinformatics support for study design, data processing, and interpretation of complex molecular data

Contact
Prof. Ralph Schlapbach
Functional Genomics Center Zurich
c/o UZH
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich

ralph.schlapbach@fgcz.ethz.ch
www.fgcz.ch

The ZNZ is a joint competence center of the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich creating synergies between its 1,000 neuroscientists in research and education. Our network includes research groups from the UZH, ETH, and the four university hospitals and clinics in Zurich.

Key competences
– Neural plasticity and repair
– Neurorehabilitation
– Neurodegeneration
– Neuroinformatics
– Neuroimaging

Contact
Dr. Wolfgang Knecht
Neuroscience Center Zurich
c/o UZH
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich

wknecht@neuroscience.uzh.ch
www.neuroscience.uzh.ch

The Stroke Center is a competence center of highly specialized medicine (HSM, certified by SFCNS) offering optimal care to patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. It is characterized by interdisciplinary collaboration between neurology, neuroradiology, and neurosurgery. It organized the Zurich Stroke Network of regional hospitals.

Key competences
– Interdisciplinary stroke care with evidence-based treatment pathways
– Organization of a regional stroke network consisting of partner hospitals (Zurich and adjacent cantons)
– Research activity in acute stroke care, prevention and rehabilitation from animal models to clinical studies
– Organization of education in vascular neurosciences

Research cooperation with companies
Boehringer-Ingelheim and Astra Zeneca

Contact
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Luft
Stroke Center
Dept. of Neurology
USZ
Frauenklinikstrasse 26
CH-8091 Zurich

andreas.luft@uzh.ch
www.stroke.usz.ch

The Center is a collaborative platform for all interdisciplinary issues related to transplantation. It hosts the largest transplant program in Switzerland, including hematopoietic stem cells, kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung, small bowel, islet cells, and composite tissues (build-up phase). Research activities are embedded in specific transplant programs and within the SNSF-sponsored Swiss Transplant Cohort Study.

Key competences
– Comprehensive clinical care of the donor and the recipient
– Innovative research in the laboratory and translational setting, including clinical trials
– Multidisciplinary approach

Research cooperation with companies
all pharmaceutical companies involved in transplantation

Contact
MD Nicolas Mueller
USZ Transplant Center
Division of Infectious Diseases
and Hospital Epidemiology
Rämistrasse 100
CH-8091 Zurich

transplantationszentrum@usz.ch
nicolas.mueller@usz.ch
www.transplantation.usz.ch

The PSC is a competence center linking and supporting the plant science research community of the UZH, ETH Zurich, and the University of Basel. We promote plant science research, education and outreach. Our 700 member scientists represent a wide spectrum of plant-related disciplines, and the PSC provides a nexus for approaching questions in the plant sciences that require coordinated effort. We provide platforms for interactions with peers, policy makers, industry, and stakeholders and offer funding for fellowships.

Key competences
– Collaborative research
– Policy dialogue and societal relevance
– Stakeholder and public engagement
– Fellowship and education programs
– Innovative core content and skills training for PhDs and postdocs

Research cooperation with companies
Carlsberg Group, Carlsberg Research Laboratory (Denmark), Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (Germany), Baseclear BV (The Netherlands), Photon Systems Instruments (Czech Republic), Heliospectra (Sweden), Agroisollab GmbH (Germany), Syngenta Crop Protection AG (Switzerland), Bitplane (Switzerland), Barenburg (France)

Contact
Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center
c/o ETH Zurich
Tannenstrasse 1
CH-8092 Zurich

info-plantscience@ethz.ch
www.plantsciences.uzh.ch

Competence Centers

Scientific (competence) centers are networks coordinated according to strategic objectives of University and/or ETH institutes or parts of them. In many cases, they are joint cross-disciplinary centers of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich.
Scientific (competence) centers combine regional scientific know-how with business activities. They set milestones for the future and foster alliances between basic and applied research, so spurring innovation in business and society.

The Center for Applied Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine (CABMM) aims to promote interdisciplinary and translational research by fostering collaborations between basic researchers and clinicians from human and veterinary medicine in the fields of experimental medicine, regenerative medicine, molecular medicine, and applied biotechnology.

Key competences
– Promotion of scientific exchange and collaboration in translational and interdisciplinary research
– Network of more than 60 member groups
– Research platform through which basic researchers, clinicians, and veterinarians work closely together
– Funding program for cooperative projects (CABMM start-up grant)
– Organization of scientific symposia and events

Contact
Dr. Silke Kalchofner-Mark
UZH
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich

silke.mark@cabmm.uzh.ch
www.cabmm.uzh.ch

The Center of Competence Multimorbidity is an open interdisciplinary scientific network. Its aim is to develop a new conceptual framework with new approaches to understand multimorbidity and its management. The main focus lies in the development of evidence-based programs and the acceleration of translational science into clinical practice.

Key competences
– Drug-disease, disease-disease and drug-drug interactions in multimorbidity
– Clinical decision making in multimorbid patients
– Development of new methods and approaches to measure multimorbidity
– Clinical epidemiology of concurrent active and chronical conditions
– Medical adherence in multimorbidity
– Functional quality of life in multimorbid patients

Contact
Dr. Barbara Holzer
Center of Competence Multimorbidity
c/o USZ, Dept. of Internal Medicine
Rämistrasse 100
CH-8091 Zurich
+41 44 255 99 57

barbara.holzer@usz.ch
www.multimorbidity.uzh.ch

The Center of Competence Sleep & Health Zurich (SHZ) is an interdisciplinary network of basic and clinician sleep researchers on the platform Zurich. Its aim is to promote synergies between the different research groups in order to identify molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying sleep regulation, circadian rhythmicity and their disorders and to develop new therapeutical approaches.

Key competences
– Highly interdisciplinary approach employing state-of-the-art techniques and analysis tools of basic sleep and chronobiology research, pharmacology, neurology, pneumology, psychiatry, psychology, and pediatrics
– Translation of basic research findings into clinical application
– Making novel research findings available to patients and the public

Contact
Caroline Kopp, PhD
University Hospital Zurich
Department of Neurology
Frauenklinikstrasse 26
8091 Zurich

caroline.kopp@usz.ch
www.sleep.uzh.ch

The Center of Excellence in Medicine – Ethics – Rights Helvetiae (MERH) is an established collaboration between the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine, with about 100 members. It leads, supports and organizes research projects, publications, and events in the fields of medicine, ethics, and law with a focus on interdisciplinary questions. In addition, it offers a certificate course (CAS) for practitioners.

Key competences
– Publications: Personalized Medicine, Nanomedicine, Federal Act on Research Involving Human Beings
– Interdisciplinary projects: The MERH supports excellent projects by building bridges and providing expertise
– Education of professionals: The MERH offers courses for a certificate of advanced studies (CAS MedLaw UZH) for professional practitioners

Contact
Prof. Brigitte Tag
Center of Excellence in
Medicine – Ethics –
Rights Helvetiae
UZH
Freiestrasse 15
CH-8032 Zurich

merh@merh.uzh.ch
www.merh.uzh.ch

The Center for Experimental and Clinical Imaging Technologies (EXCITE) Zurich is a joint competence center of the ETH and the University of Zurich. It serves as a platform for education and exchange of biological and biomedical imaging solutions.
The center facilitates multidisciplinary collaborations between scientists in academia and in industry.

Key competences
– Establishing innovative projects in biomedical imaging
– Coordinating imaging technology resources and providing expert advice
– Offering educational training programs in biomedical imaging to academia and industry
– Representing the biomedical imaging community of the Zurich area

Research cooperation with companies
Philips Healthcare, Bruker Biospin, GE Healtcare, Scanco, Carl Zeiss

Contact
Prof. Sebastian Kozerke
EXCITE Zurich
c/o ETH Zurich
Institute for Biomedical
Engineering
Gloriastrasse 35
CH-8092 Zurich

kozerke@biomed.ee.ethz.ch
www.excite.ethz.ch

The Center for Gerontology is an interdisciplinary and inter-faculty center of competence. Its focus is the scientific foundations of aging with good quality of life, and to this purpose it strives for interdisciplinary networking. The Center fosters collaboration among researchers, elderly people, and professionals from various fields.

Key competences
– The center examines conditions that promote and stabilize the quality of life in old age
– It facilitates the participation of elderly people in aging research
– It conceives and pilots innovative evaluation methods and counselling approaches for the application of gerontological knowledge
– It provides opportunities for collaboration between researchers

Research cooperation with companies
City of Zurich, Department for Health and Environment, Curaviva Switzerland

Contact
Hans Rudolf Schelling
Center for Gerontology UZH
Pestalozzistrasse 24
CH-8032 Zurich

h.r.schelling@zfg.uzh.ch
www.zfg.uzh.ch

The Clinical Trials Center (CTC) of the USZ supports the clinical research teams in the planning and realization of clinical trial projects. The CTC services are offered to support academic and investigator-initiated innovative clinical research as well as to clinical trials sponsored by industry. It is committed to supporting and conducting innovative clinical research projects.

Key competences
– Offers high-quality support for a broad range of clinical research projects
– Brings together expertise, quality, and dedication to promote clinical research
– Maintains close cooperation with local, national and international clinical trial units
– Trial management design: quality assurance structures, successful conduct, and study completion

Contact

Universitätsspital Zurich
Clinical Trials Center CTC
Rämistrasse 100/Mou 2
CH-8091 Zurich

www.ctc.usz.ch

The first Comprehensive Cancer Center in Switzerland, the CCCZ developed from the Cancer Research Center of the University of Zurich.  The range of services and treatment comprises 17 centers of excellence and covers all tumor entities. It’s aim is 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.

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, and Balgrist University Hospital
– Provides an international PhD program in cancer biology with over 130 students

Contact
Comprehensive Cancer Center Zürich
Rämistrasse 100
8091 Zurich
Tel. ​​+41 44 255 44 00
Fax +41 44 629 89 88
cancercenter@usz.ch

The Competence Center for Mental Health was established at UZH with the aim of creating a multidisciplinary network of mental health experts equipped to respond to, and ultimately reduce, the increasing burden of mental health. The CCMH produces high-quality research and provides supervision for clinicians, postdoctoral fellows, and PhD students.

Key competences
– Research expertise from clinical to public health
– Clinical expertise from children to elderly
– Potential for translational research with links from
early-stage research to implementation

Contact
Prof. Meichun Mohler-Kuo
Competence Center for Mental Health
UZH
Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Hirschengraben 84
CH-8001 Zurich

meichun.mohler-kuo@uzh.ch
www.ccmh.uzh.ch

The Functional Genomics Center Zurich (FGCZ) is a joint state-of-the-art research and training facility of the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. With the latest technologies and key expertise for omics research, the FGCZ carries out research projects and technology development in collaboration with the Zurich life sciences research community.

Key competences
– Genome, epigenome, and transcriptome analysis by latest NGS and single-molecule sequencing
– Quantitative proteome and post-translational modification analysis using high-end mass spectrometry
– Metabolome and lipidome analysis by mass spectrometry
– Bioinformatics support for study design, data processing, and interpretation of complex molecular data

Contact
Prof. Ralph Schlapbach
Functional Genomics Center Zurich
c/o UZH
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich

ralph.schlapbach@fgcz.ethz.ch
www.fgcz.ch

The ZNZ is a joint competence center of the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich creating synergies between its 1,000 neuroscientists in research and education. Our network includes research groups from the UZH, ETH, and the four university hospitals and clinics in Zurich.

Key competences
– Neural plasticity and repair
– Neurorehabilitation
– Neurodegeneration
– Neuroinformatics
– Neuroimaging

Contact
Dr. Wolfgang Knecht
Neuroscience Center Zurich
c/o UZH
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich

wknecht@neuroscience.uzh.ch
www.neuroscience.uzh.ch

The Stroke Center is a competence center of highly specialized medicine (HSM, certified by SFCNS) offering optimal care to patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. It is characterized by interdisciplinary collaboration between neurology, neuroradiology, and neurosurgery. It organized the Zurich Stroke Network of regional hospitals.

Key competences
– Interdisciplinary stroke care with evidence-based treatment pathways
– Organization of a regional stroke network consisting of partner hospitals (Zurich and adjacent cantons)
– Research activity in acute stroke care, prevention and rehabilitation from animal models to clinical studies
– Organization of education in vascular neurosciences

Research cooperation with companies
Boehringer-Ingelheim and Astra Zeneca

Contact
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Luft
Stroke Center
Dept. of Neurology
USZ
Frauenklinikstrasse 26
CH-8091 Zurich

andreas.luft@uzh.ch
www.stroke.usz.ch

The Center is a collaborative platform for all interdisciplinary issues related to transplantation. It hosts the largest transplant program in Switzerland, including hematopoietic stem cells, kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung, small bowel, islet cells, and composite tissues (build-up phase). Research activities are embedded in specific transplant programs and within the SNSF-sponsored Swiss Transplant Cohort Study.

Key competences
– Comprehensive clinical care of the donor and the recipient
– Innovative research in the laboratory and translational setting, including clinical trials
– Multidisciplinary approach

Research cooperation with companies
all pharmaceutical companies involved in transplantation

Contact
MD Nicolas Mueller
USZ Transplant Center
Division of Infectious Diseases
and Hospital Epidemiology
Rämistrasse 100
CH-8091 Zurich

transplantationszentrum@usz.ch
nicolas.mueller@usz.ch
www.transplantation.usz.ch

The PSC is a competence center linking and supporting the plant science research community of the UZH, ETH Zurich, and the University of Basel. We promote plant science research, education and outreach. Our 700 member scientists represent a wide spectrum of plant-related disciplines, and the PSC provides a nexus for approaching questions in the plant sciences that require coordinated effort. We provide platforms for interactions with peers, policy makers, industry, and stakeholders and offer funding for fellowships.

Key competences
– Collaborative research
– Policy dialogue and societal relevance
– Stakeholder and public engagement
– Fellowship and education programs
– Innovative core content and skills training for PhDs and postdocs

Research cooperation with companies
Carlsberg Group, Carlsberg Research Laboratory (Denmark), Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (Germany), Baseclear BV (The Netherlands), Photon Systems Instruments (Czech Republic), Heliospectra (Sweden), Agroisollab GmbH (Germany), Syngenta Crop Protection AG (Switzerland), Bitplane (Switzerland), Barenburg (France)

Contact
Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center
c/o ETH Zurich
Tannenstrasse 1
CH-8092 Zurich

info-plantscience@ethz.ch
www.plantsciences.uzh.ch