PROFESSORSHIPS FOR MEDICAL INFORMATICS
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.