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September Webinars on COVID-19: The BRCCH invites you to join us online for a 3-part, free webinar series that will highlight the BRCCH's collaborative research efforts on COVID-19, as well as dip into the global conversation about the current challenges and latest developments in the race to respond to the pandemic, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. Webinars take place @17.30-19.00 CET on Sept 2, 9 & 16. Read more details about the event and register here.

Emergency Response to COVID-19: The BRCCH launches a new initiative, Fast Track Call (FTC) for Acute Global Health Challenges, for research to combat the pandemic of Coronavirus infectious disease (COVID-19). The BRCCH brings together researchers from University of Basel, ETH Zurich, University Children’s Hospital Basel and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in collaborative project consortia. Eleven collaborative projects in the areas of Diagnostics, Immunology and Medical Interventions will start research activities this month. Read more details about the initiative here.

Our Mission & Vision

The Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH) brings together top scientists and clinical researchers from its partner institutions. Multidisciplinary and multi-institutional teams work to iteratively identify needs, conduct innovative research and scale and implement solutions for use in paediatrics.

The BRCCH has a clear vision to establish itself in the next years as a leading institution conducting use-inspired, cutting-edge and translational research that will improve the health and well-being of children and adolescents worldwide.

Partners & Research Network

Strong research network in Basel and Zurich
BRCCH’s operating institutions are the University of Basel, ETH Zurich, the University Children’s Hospital Basel (UKBB) and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). All partners contribute unique expertise in medicine and various areas of life sciences, engineering, information technology, public health and social sciences. The University of Basel has seven faculties covering a wide spectrum of academic disciplines and concentrates on five focal areas: Life Sciences, Visual Studies, Nanosciences, Sustainability and Energy Research and European and Global Studies. ETH Zurich’s main focus areas are Medicine, Data, Sustainability and Manufacturing Technologies. With the UKBB, and its expertise in paediatrics, and the Swiss TPH, and its expertise in global health focusing on low- and middle-income countries, the BRCCH benefits from a strong research network. The BRCCH community also collaborates with national and international partners to develop digital and next-generation healthcare solutions for global use in paediatrics.

Generous support by Fondation Botnar
The Centre began operations January 2019 with support by the Fondation Botnar of 115 Mio CHF for an initial life-span of 10 years. The BRCCH’s aim to promote the health and well-being in children and adolescents worldwide echoes the goals and legacy of the Fondation Botnar, established in 2003 in Basel. The Fondation Botnar champions the use of artificial intelligence and digital technology to improve the health and well-being of young people in growing urban environments worldwide.

 

Governance & Directors

BRCCH Governance
The strategic responsibility of the Centre lies in the hands of the Board of the BRCCH, which includes representatives from the University of Basel and ETH Zurich. The Executive Team comprises the Director Prof. Georg Holländer and the Vice Director Prof. Sai Reddy and together they are 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 advises 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, an expert in Paediatric Immunology, is Director of BRCCH and holds professorships at University of Basel, ETH Zurich and Oxford University. Professor Sai Reddy, an expert in Systems and Synthetic Immunology, of the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE) at ETH Zurich is Vice Director of the BRCCH.

 

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
contact@brc.ch

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 | patrick.mayrock@brc.ch

Sabine Schulze

Administrative Assistant
+41 61 207 62 00 | sabine.schulze@brc.ch

Dr Tara Sugrue

Scientific Officer & Strategy Manager
+41 61 207 62 00 | tara.sugrue@brc.ch

Dr Maressa Takahashi

Scientific Officer & Communications Manager
+41 61 207 62 00 | maressa.takahashi@brc.ch

Dr Philippe Lucarelli

Scientific Officer & Translation Manager
+41 61 207 62 00 | philippe.lucarelli@brc.ch

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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”).