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.

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

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

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 Personalized Health Allliance Zurich-Basel was founded in 2017 by the University of Zurich, the ETH Zurich and the Universitiy Hospital Zurich. It’s is aim to build and provide a framework for generating and integrating multidimensional genomic and (epi)genetic datasets. The center operates at the interface of life sciences, medicine, and technology. Members find an ideal environment to address interdisciplinary research projects involving basic and clinical researchers.

Key competences
– Biomedical research, translational research, MTB PhD program, bench-to-bedside approach
– DNA sequencing, genetic disposition of individuals
– Connection of (epi)genetic information with clinical
data, genome-guided diagnosis, and therapy
– Two technology platforms: Nexus (ETH) | Tissue, Serum and Cell Banking Unit (USZ)

Dr. Silke Schneider
c/o UZH
Voltastrasse 24
CH-8044 Zurich

+41 44 634 15 25

Personalized Health and Related Technologies (PHRT) is a strategic focus area of the institutions of the ETH Domain. Its goals include improving the quality of health care through supporting earlier and better diagnosis as well as providing a choice of individual therapeutic strategies for the patient based on their particular biological make-up. This is achieved by translating results from basic research into clinical applications. With its projects, PHRT fosters an interdisciplinary research culture.

Through calls, PHRT funds interdisciplinary projects in education (doctoral and postdoc level), technology translation, and research to foster precision medicine as well as health research, connecting the institutions of the ETH Domain and hospitals in order to share and use health-related data across Switzerland.

 The PHRT program is complementary to the efforts undertaken by other initiatives, such as the Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN).

PHRT Office
CLP D4,  ETH Zentrum
Clausiusstrasse 45
CH-8092 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  Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is a non-profit organization federating 80 Swiss research and service groups of experts in bioinformatics. SIB’s 800 scientists join forces to advance biomedical research by providing life scientists and clinicians with a state-of-the-art bioinformatics infrastructure, services, resources, expertise, and training.

Key competences

– Create, maintain and disseminate worldwide a large portfolixo of reliable, sustainable and top-quality core bionformatics services and resources, such as databases, software and competence centres
– Serve the national life science community by offering easily accessible world-class competencies, expertise and support in bioinformatics
– Support hospitals and clinicians with know-how, resources and infrastructure dedicated to personalized health
– Bring together bioinformatics research groups from Swiss universities and research institutes
– Foster collaboration and innovation at the highest level of scientific excellence
– Provide life scientists, clinicians, and PhD students with a large portfolio of long and short blocks of courses and workshops
– Foster exchanges among bioinformatics and computational biology PhD students and train them with the most up-to-date methods necessary for their doctoral research
– Represent and promote bioinformatics locally and internationall

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

The  Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is a national initiative lauched by the Swiss federal government, namely the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) in 2017 in order to promote personalized medicine and personalized health in Switzerland. SPHN contributes to the development, implementation, and validation of a nationally coordinated infrastructure as a basis for making health-related data interoperable and exchangeable across Switzerland. The initivative is lead by the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) in collaboration with the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) and has been allocated a total of CHF 68 million for the period 2017-2020. SPHN supports the development and implementation of coordinated infrastructure by 3 pillars:
– Buttom up: Selection of projects through competitive Calls for Proposals to lead the development of infrastructures and test is with concrete research projects (Infrastructure Development Projects and Driver Projects)
– Top-down: Funding of compaible data managment systems in the University Hospitals through Collaboration Agreements (Infrastructure Implementation Projects, Data Coordination Centers, ELSI activities)
– IT-infrastructure Networks: BioMedIT, a project of SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, provides a secure and cutting-edge IT environment to support computationals, biomedical and clinical bioinformatics, ensuring data privacy.

The SPHN initiative is complementary to the efforts undertaken by other Personalized Health initiatives such as the PHRT program.

SPHN Management Office
Swiss Personalized Health Network
Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences
Laupenstrasse 7
CH – 3001 Bern

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