New innovations require imagination. In the field of medical research, developing something great out of a new idea requires networking with other researchers who pursue similar content-related technological or structural topics. This is why the University Hospital Zurich (UHZ) has built up a national and international network of research partnerships.

Academic Medicine Zurich

The Academic Medicine Zurich network was founded to systematically link and strengthen the research and teaching activities of the ETH, University of Zurich and the UHZ. The network would like to expedite and optimize clinical translation (transfer of research results into practical applications).

University environment

With its two internationally renowned universities – the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) – Zurich offers the best possible environment for an innovative research facility. In addition, medical start-ups from the university environment enhance Zurich's reputation in the fields of science and industry.

Ideal research conditions

Top doctors at the UHZ value the close collaboration among the medical faculty at the University of Zurich with regard to research and teaching. Closeness to the ETH makes cooperation possible, and this is not just meant in terms of physical distance. At a global level, the consolidation of knowledge, expertise and distinguished partners is almost unique. In addition, the large number of patients is an advantage for the top doctors working at the UHZ.

Highly specialized medicine

The Canton of Zurich's strategy Gesamtstrategie Hochspezialisierte Medizin (comprehensive strategy for highly specialized medicine) promotes collaboration between the three institutions, in particular the transmission of knowledge between science and clinical application. The focus is on the following:

  • medical: neuroscience, heart / cardiovascular, oncology
  • research: transplantation medicine, immunology, molecular medicine
  • innovation-oriented service sectors: life support, traumatology, orthopedics
  • trans-sectoral methodological expertise and clinical research infrastructure: imaging techniques, Swiss Center for Cell Transplantation, Clinical Trials Center
  • networking of clinical research and clinical care

Specific projects

For the implementation of this strategy, the government has approved ten specific projects for all cantonal hospitals, with investments amounting to CHF 30 million. Five of these projects will be headed by the UHZ:

  • a GMP laboratory for stem and effector cell preparations and tissue engineering
  • a center for regenerative medicine
  • the blood management project
  • the hybrid imaging project with molecular (PET, SPECT) and morphological techniques (CT, MRI)
  • the widespread promotion of clinical research by the Clinical Trials Center at the Center for Medical Research

Academic Medicine Zurich (German)

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