Inaugural BRCCH Spotlight Day

More than 200 visitors joined us at our inaugural BRCCH Spotlight Day on January 30, 2020 – a great turnout to our first public event! After inspiring welcome addresses by Andrea Schenker-Wicki and Detlef Günther, our new BRCCH Multi-Investigator Projects showcased their vision for the next 5 years. Our three international keynote speakers gave us new perspectives on how research can be applied and translated. With this event, we welcomed our new research projects at the Centre and the start of their research activities at BRCCH!


The event opened with welcome addresses by BRCCH Directors Prof Georg Holländer and Prof Sai Reddy, followed by opening remarks by President Prof Andrea Schenker-Wicki (University of Basel) and Vice President Prof Detlef Günther (ETH Zurich). The morning program started with a keynote lecture by Prof Samuel Sia  from Columbia University, USA, titled "Microfluidics for 3D tissue engineering and personal health diagnostics," followed by the presentation of the first of four new Multi-Investigator Projects (MIPs) of the BRCCH. Dr Andreas Mueller presented his consortium's project "Burden-reduced cleft lip and palate care and healing." Next, Prof Emma Wetter Slack presented her consortium's MIP  "Precision microbiota engineering for child health." The second keynote, Prof Faith Osier from KEMRI Wellcome Trust, Kenya & Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany, spoke about "Plasmodium falciparum malaria - Antibody correlates of protection from volunteer infection studies in Kenya." The afternoon session started with Prof Randall Platt, who introduced his consortium's MIP "Living microbial diagnostics to enable individualized child health interventions." The last MIP was introduced by Prof Günther Fink with a presentation titled "Digital support systems to improve child health and development in low income settings." The day concluded with a keynote by Dr Alexander Finlayson of Nye Health & University of Oxford, UK. His talk "Nye Health: Helping to make the world well" was followed by announcements and closing remarks by BRCCH Director Prof Georg Holländer.

Artist Alex Hughes documented the event with wonderful drawings: