“Education, knowledge transfer and research in medicine are the cornerstone of all medical care. Without these activities, we would not be able to meet the needs of a society that is constantly developing. The role of a university is to ensure the availability of specialist knowledge about health and diseases. In many areas of medicine, the underlying scientific principles are incomplete, and it is paramount that we investigate them. With the University Medicine Zurich initiative, the University of Zurich has built an environment that focuses on innovation and cooperation in the medical arena. It has thus created an unprecedented education and research cluster of excellence in the life sciences.”
Petra S. Hüppi studied medicine at the University of Bern. She has been full professor of pediatrics at the University of Geneva and senior physician in the growth and development division at the University Children’s Hospital Geneva since 2003. Petra S. Hüppi is a member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Science and a member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).