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July 2, 2021

New Research Part of Postdoctoral Excellence Programme

The BRCCH announced five research projects within its initiative, Postdoctoral Excellence Programme (PEP). The programme aims to foster the next generation of scientific leaders who will pursue interdisciplinary and step-changing research to address critical unmet needs and challenges in global paediatric health. MORE.

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New Research Part of Postdoctoral Excellence Programme
May 4, 2021

BRCCH Plans Physical Home by 2025

The Canton Basel-Stadt will build a new research building next to the Basel life sciences campus Schällemätteli for future BRCCH-funded professorships. The building, which will be completed by 2025, will host 4-5 research groups which will all have a focus on innovative paediatric research in the scope of the Centre. With its first physical home and the Centre’s strong partnerships in Basel and Zürich, the BRCCH will continue to establish a paediatric research community with fruitful roots in Switzerland and a genuine global outlook to address child health challenges world-wide.  Read the full press release (in German) on Kanton Basel-Stadt’s website.

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February 8, 2021

New Joint Initiative with EDCTP

The BRCCH and the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) support three multi-institutional, multi-country collaborations for research to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 with aims to improve the surveillance and management of the pandemic. The projects are a result of a synergistic collaboration between the organisations to drive interdisciplinary efforts to combat global health challenges. MORE.

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New Joint Initiative with EDCTP
September 2, 2020

Webinars- Insight into COVID-19 Research

The BRCCH hosted a 3-part webinar series “Insights into COVID-19 Research” featuring research presentations by research consortia supported by the BRCCH as well as a discussion panel of experts in global health, epidemiology and public health. Read more HERE.

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May 15, 2020

Rapid Response to COVID-19

With the financial support of Fondation Botnar, the BRCCH launched a Fast Track Call for emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 11 research projects were selected for their outstanding science and their potential to deliver rapid and tangible impact to mitigate the novel coronavirus. Read more HERE.

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First Public Event
January 30, 2020

First Public Event

The BRCCH welcomed more than 200 attendees to the inaugural Spotlight Day. Over the course of the day, four BRCCH-supported consortia presented their research plans for the next five years and three international keynote speakers gave new perspectives on how translational research for global application. Read more about the event HERE. Image: Drawnalism

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April 25, 2019

First Research Programme Launches

In April, the BRCCH began to build its research portfolio with a call for applications to its Multi-Investigator Programme (MIP). The four projects eventually selected by an external review panel form the cornerstones of BRCCH’s research activities. Read more about the MIP 2019 initiative HERE.

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January 1, 2019

Operations Start

Operations start at the BRCCH under the academic leadership of Director Georg Holländer and Vice Director Sai Reddy.  Together they are responsible for its strategic orientation, initiatives and operations. The directors are supported by a core management team, led by General Manager Patrick Mayrock, in charge of the administration of research calls and evaluations, budgeting and financial control, community-building and public engagement, communications and more.

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September 19, 2018

Founding of the BRCCH

The University of Basel and ETH Zurich co-founded the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH) in Basel. They bring together scientists and clinical researchers from a variety of disciplines in order to develop new interventions and solutions for global use in paediatrics. The BRCCH is funded by a CHF 100 million contribution from Fondation Botnar, a separate organisation founded in 2003 in Basel. (Photo: Peter Hauck)

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Founding of the BRCCH

The Idea of the BRCCH

In 2017, Fondation Botnar, the University of Basel and ETH Zurich co-created the concept for the BRCCH. The following persons participated as part of the team responsible for the concept:

  • Dr Aline Cossy-Gantner, Chief Learning Officer, Fondation Botnar
  • Prof Urs Frey, Medical Director, University Children’s Hospital Basel
  • Prof Daniel Müller, Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering, Basel, ETH Zurich
  • Dr Andrea Huber-Brösamle, Coordinator of the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering, ETH Zurich
  • Hansruedi Müller, Project Manager, University Children’s Hospital Basel

Various partners and institutions supported and contributed to the concept.

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The Botnar Legacy

The BRCCH reflects the goals and legacy of Fondation Botnar, a separate organisation and from which the BRCCH is financially supported. For more information about the Botnar Family and their philanthropic commitment, please go to the foundation’s website directly.

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