The Department of Medicine is built on a foundation of clinical medical services, diagnostics, pharmaceutical medicine and clinical research.
A Centre of Excellence for Travel and Tropical Medicine
Our medical services provide pre-travel advice, post-travel clinical care and diagnostic support for patients as well as consultancies on tropical infectious diseases for medical practitioners and hospitals all over Switzerland. An integrated general medicine practice extends the medical spectrum to include non-infectious diseases with an increasing focus on migration health. The Swiss TPH Travel Clinic sees more than 3,000 people every year for pre-travel advice and vaccinations
The National Diagnostic Reference Centre for Imported Parasitic Diseases
The medical department harbors the National Diagnostic Reference Centre for Imported Parasitic Diseases renowned for its expertise in diagnosing even very rare cases of tropical infectious diseases (accredited according to EN ISO/IEC 17025). Hospitals and practicing doctors across Switzerland and also worldwide send clinical samples to our diagnostic laboratory, where we provide a dedicated emergency service for diagnosing malaria - even outside regular working hours - and see approximately 200 malaria and over 1,200 schistosomiasis cases per year.
Managing and Conducting Clinical Trials in Low Resource Settings
The division of medicines research has over 15 years of expertise in managing and conducting clinical trials in low resource settings as an academic contract research organisation that supports, assists and conducts clinical trials for academic institutions and non-academic clients as well. The various teams support and contribute to projects on poverty related and neglected diseases ranging from pre-clinical to Phase IV studies and the implementation of new interventions.
Performing Clinical Trials in an International Network across Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe
The clinical research unit consists of a group of experienced principle investigators performing clinical trials across an international network across multiple countries of Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. The majority of our clinical research addresses issues in malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, causes-of-fever studies, as well as treatment and vaccine evaluations. Young doctors from all parts of the world receive opportunity to gain valuable expertise in conducting clinical research and acquiring experience in working abroad under sometimes difficult circumstances.