A higher life expectancy and quality of life into old age, growing demands on healthcare, increasingly effective prevention and healing measures: medicine is a major concern in our society. ETH Zurich uses its wide range of skills to make a significant contribution to the continued development of medical research and training and the promotion of the transfer of new findings into medical practice.
About a third of ETH Zurich’s professors are directly or indirectly involved in medical research, from engineers to natural scientists. In addition to medical technicians and neuroscientists, system biologists explore the dynamics and connections of entire biological systems, along with computer scientists who use data analysis to drive the field of personalised medicine. Their common goal: to develop more precise diagnostic methods and therapies with fewer side-effects.
ETH researchers work closely with university medical faculties and hospitals and other clinics; for example, by taking a leading role in the Swiss Personalized Health Initiative. The aim of the initiative is to improve the quality and efficiency of clinical medicine through individually tailored preventative measures and treatments. The collaboration is particularly close with the University of Zurich and University Hospital Zurich. Under the umbrella of University Medicine Zurich, ETH Zurich researchers work with experts from these two institutions on various projects. A donation enabled ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich to found the Wyss Translation Center, which focuses on speeding up translation. ETH also coordinates the ETH Domain’s focus area of Medicine and Medical Technologies.
In the field of education, ETH Zurich offers a number of courses that border medicine and technical sciences, such as the Master’s in Health Sciences and Technology with a specialisation in medical technology. To meet the rapid developments in medicine, a new Bachelor’s in Medicine will be introduced at ETH in autumn 2017. It is part of a joint education initiative with the universities of Basel and Zurich, and Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI). The degree content, in accordance with the Swiss Catalogue of Learning Objectives for Medical Training, will be supplemented by an ETH-specific immersion in scientific and technical principles and research. The partner universities will take the graduates into their Master’s programmes.