There is close collaboration between researchers at the University of Zurich and the University’s hospitals in all areas of biomedical research. A range of joint projects and interdisciplinary cooperations is in place to enable the University to systematically help translate basic research findings into clinical practice.
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Clinical Research Priority Programs
The Faculty of Medicine’s Clinical Research Priority Programs (CRPPs) are primarily designed to promote areas of clinical research with the aim of better understanding the causes of disease, and developing innovative treatments.
University Research Priority Programs and NCCRs
The University Research Priority Programs (URPP) and National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCRs) are designed to strengthen and connect selected areas of science and research. The University is committed to long-term support in the following areas of medical research:
URPP Translational Cancer Research
URPP Dynamics of Healthy Aging
Hochschulmedizin Zürich (HMZ) is an umbrella organization created by the University of Zurich, the University’s hospitals, and ETH Zurich to coordinate research on the interface between basic medical research, the natural sciences, technology, clinical research, and health care.
Wyss Zurich Translational Center
The Wyss Zurich Translational Center is a joint venture between the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, with labs for researchers working on projects in the emerging fields of regenerative medicine and robotics technology. The aim is to facilitate the efficient translation of research in these areas into new forms of medical therapy, and innovative products.
Strategy for Highly Specialized Medicine
The government of Canton Zurich has formulated a Strategy for Highly Specialized Medicine (HSM) to promote selected projects at UZH and its hospitals working for excellence in research and health care.
Centers of Competence
The following Centers of Competence are a platform enabling researchers to coordinate their medical research activities:
Center for Applied Biotechology and Molecular Medicine
Center for Ethics
Center for Gerontology
Center for Integrative Human Physiology
Center of Competence Sleep and Health Zurich (SHZ)
Center for Medicine – Ethics – Law Helvetiae (in German)
Center of Competence Multimorbidity
Competence Center for Mental Health
Zurich Center for Experimental and Clinical Imaging Technologies (EXCITE)
Neuroscience Center Zurich
Competence Center Personalized Medicine UZH/ETH (CC-PM)