Dept | Medicine

Teaching and Training

The Department of Medicine is built on the following four major pillars: clinical medical services, diagnostics, pharmaceutical medicine and clinical research – which together cover a wide range of expertise.

Medical Services

Medical services is a centre of excellence for travel and tropical medicine, providing pre-travel advice, post-travel diagnostic and therapeutic services and consultancy on tropical infectious diseases for medical practitioners and hospitals all over Switzerland. An integrated general medicine practice is extending the medical spectrum to 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 diagnostic unit 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.

Daniel Paris

Prof. Daniel Paris, MD, PhD, DTMH

Head of Department

Medicines Research

The division of medicines research has over 15 years of expertise in managing and conducting clinical trials in low resource settings. The Division comprises an academic contract research organisation which supports, assists and conducts clinical trials for academic institutions and non-academic clients on poverty related and neglected diseases. The various teams support and contribute to projects from the pre-clinical Phase to Phase IV and the implementation of new interventions.

Clinical Research

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.