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Helmut Horten Foundation professorship for Dr. Björn Menze

9 July 2020
Dr. Björn Menze was granted tenure professorship for biomedical image analysis and machine learning, Helmut Horten Foundation professorship by the University Council of the University of Zurich.

Since 2019, Prof. Dr. Björn Menze has been researching and teaching as a W3 professor for image-based biomedical modeling at the Munich School of Bio Engineering and the Central Institute for Translational Cancer Research at the Technical University of Munich. On 1 September 2020, he will take up his new position at the Faculty of Medicine in Zurich, where he will be part of the research and technology department of the new center for precision medicine «The LOOP Zurich – Medical Research Center».

«The LOOP Zurich – Medical Research Center» is a joint new research centre of ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich and the four university hospitals in Zurich. The Helmut Horten Foundation has donated 10 million Swiss Francs each to the University of Zurich and the ETH Zurich to establish one chair each in the field of medical informatics, thus enabling the development of the research and technology area of the new centre. Prof. Dr. Björn Menze will focus on the processing and usage of biomedical data sets, which have become an essential part of precision medicine.

Photo: Heddergott / TUM


10 December 2018
The Helmut Horten Foundation is donating 10 million Swiss francs each to the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich for the establishment of a chair in medical informatics. The donation enables the development of the research and technology area of the new Center for Precision Medicine Research CPMR - "The Loop Zurich". 

The CPRM is a joint research centre of ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich and the four university hospitals in Zurich (University Hospital Zurich, Children's Hospital Zurich, Psychiatric University Clinic Zurich, The Balgrist). The aim of this centre is to develop and combine new technologies in the fields of molecular and cell biology, imaging, computer technology and data analysis in order to generate far-reaching insights from patient data. The aim is to enable the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that are incurable today. 

The two professorships made possible by the donation of the Helmut Horten Foundation at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich and the ETH will deal with the processing and use of biomedical data sets. The complexity and diversity of the measurements and the large amount of data require new analytical methods and software solutions, which can best be developed within the framework of a Center for Medical Bioinformatics. Close cooperation with the four university hospitals, above all the University Hospital of Zurich, and the universities is of great importance in this respect. This will make Zurich a centre of excellence for medical informatics.

Cross of Honour for Science and Art

23 November 2018
Countess Heidi Goëss-Horten was awarded the Cross of Honour for Science and Art at a ceremony held at the Federal Chancellery in Vienna.

Countess Goëss-Horten was honoured by Federal Minister Gernot Blümel for her generous achievements in the field of art and culture. In 2018, the Countess decided to open her top-class art collection with works from Klimt to Warhol to the public for the first time and set a new visitor record at the Leopold Museum with the exhibition "WOW! The Heidi Horten Collection" curated by Agnes Husslein-Arco. Not only did Heidi Goëss-Horten bear the entire cost of the exhibition and support an extensive scholarly publication on the collection, she also wanted to make art accessible to all interested parties. She sponsored weekly free admission and offered free art education programs for young and old, which were enthusiastically received by the visitors. Her generous commitment in the cultural and social field has now been honoured with an official award. Countess Goëss-Horten joins the ranks of great collectors such as Peggy Guggenheim or Farah Diba. 

Among the guests were close friends of the family and many Austrian museum directors who congratulated the art-loving patron on her recognition.