Urgent News: Fast Track Call (FTC) for Emergency Response to COVID-19: The BRCCH, opens a new initiative for research to combat the pandemic of Coronavirus infectious disease 2019 (COVID-19). The BRCCH invites researchers from its four partner institutions: University of Basel, ETH Zurich, University Children’s Hospital Basel and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, to apply to the FTC Call. Each successful project will be supported with 0.5 to 2.5 Mio CHF in research budget over 2.5 years. Fast track deadline: April 8! Read more details about the call here.

The BRCCH congratulates VersusVirus for the successful 48 hour online hackathon against COVID-19! Over the April 3-5 weekend, 5000+ people worked together on this great initiative across 14 challenge areas to find solutions for the current challenges. Watch the closing ceremony and summary on youtube.

Our Vision & Mission

The Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH) has a clear vision: To establish itself in the next years as the leading institution conducting use-inspired cutting-edge research that will improve the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents worldwide.

The BRCCH brings together top scientists and clinical researchers from a variety of disciplines in order to develop digital and next-generation healthcare solutions for use in pediatrics. It combines the expertise of the University of Basel and ETH Zurich in medicine and various areas of life sciences, engineering, information technology and social sciences that are relevant to health.

Partners & Research Network

Strong research network in Basel and Zurich
BRCCH’s operating institutions are the University of Basel and ETH Zurich, with the University Children’s Hospital of Basel (UKBB) and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in Basel belonging to the research center’s network. The University of Basel has seven faculties covering a wide spectrum of academic disciplines and concentrating on five focal areas: Life Sciences, Visual Studies, Nanosciences, Sustainability and Energy Research and European and Global Studies. ETH Zurich is one of the top-ranked higher education institutions worldwide. Its main focus areas are: Medicine, Data, Sustainability, and Manufacturing Technologies. Together with the paediatrics-expertise of the UKBB and the Swiss TPH as a world-leading institute in global health with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries, the BRCCH benefits from a strong research network.

Generous support by Fondation Botnar
The Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH) started its work in January 2019 and is funded by the Fondation Botnar with 100 Mio CHF for an initial life-span of 10 years. The Centre aims to help children and adolescents around the world by developing new methods and digital innovations that can be used in paediatrics around the world, especially in low- and middle-income countries. This echoes the goals and legacy of the Fondation Botnar which was established in 2003 in Basel. The Fondation Botnar is focusing on the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents particular in fast-growing secondary cities with the strategic priority countries Tanzania, Romania, Switzerland and Israel. It invests in solutions that use and promote artificial intelligence and digital innovations. Learn more on the foundation online:


Governance & Directors

BRCCH Governance
The strategic responsibility of the Centre lies in the hands of the Board of the BRCCH, comprising representatives from the University of Basel and ETH Zurich. The Executive Team is composed of the Director Prof. Georg Holländer and the Vice-Director Prof. Sai Reddy of the BRCCH and is responsible for the operations of the BRCCH, including the processes of project initiation and evaluation. The Strategic Scientific Advisory Board (SSAB) consists of local and international experts in relevant fields and will advise the Directors and the Board. The Project Evaluation Board (PEB) includes internationally respected academic and clinical experts and is responsible for the independent evaluation of research applications.

Dual Leadership
Professor Georg Holländer, a distinguished expert, is founding director of the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH). Professor Sai Reddy of the Department of Biosystems, Science, and Engineering (D-BSSE) at ETH Zurich has been appointed Vice Director.


Prof Dr Georg Holländer

Director +41 61 207 62 00

Prof Dr Sai Reddy

Vice Director +41 61 207 62 00

Contact & Team

+41 (0)61 207 6200

Postal Address:
Botnar Research Centre for Child Health
University of Basel & ETH Zurich
Mattenstrasse 24a, PO Box 3350
CH-4002 Basel

Patrick Mayrock MSc

General Manager
+41 61 207 62 00 |

Sabine Schulze

Administrative Assistant
+41 61 207 62 00 |

Dr Tara Sugrue

Scientific Officer & Strategy Manager
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Dr Maressa Takahashi

Scientific Officer & Communications Manager
+41 61 207 62 00 |

Dr Philippe Lucarelli

Scientific Officer & Translation Manager
+41 61 207 62 00 |




Visitor Address (prior registration by BRCCH office required)
Botnar Research Centre for Child Health
University of Basel & ETH Zurich
Mattenstrasse 24
CH-4058 Basel

Arriving by public transport via train station “Basel Badischer Bahnhof” (5 minutes by foot to the office) or at the bus/tram stop “Gewerbeschule” close to the office (e.g. tram 16 from train station “Basel SBB”).