Professor Nino Künzli, MD, PhD, MPH

Function(s)
Deputy Director, Head of Department
Dean of Study SSPH+

Department
Education and Training

Professional activities at Swiss TPH

  • Deputy Director; Head of Department
  • Lead of Department of Education and Training (ET) and member of Directory Board as Deputy Director of Swiss TPH
  • Leading and coordinating public health teaching in the University medical school as Full Professor of Public Health of the Medical Faculty, University of Basel
  • Research: as project leader in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Chronic Disease Unit: Initiating and conducting research in environmental epidemiology in national and international collaborations with a particular focus on exposure to and effects of ambient air pollution and related health impact assessment
  • Serves on National and International advisory boards, in particular in the domain of air pollution and health. President of the Swiss Federal Commission of Air Hygiene
  • Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Public Health (owned by the Swiss School of Public Health, published by Springer New York)

 

Activity for SSPH+

Since 2015, Künzli is also the Dean of the Swiss School of Public Health (50%). SSPH+ is a foundation of the eight Universities Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Luzern, Neuchatel, USI Lugano, Zürich. SSPH+ unifies the inter-university and stronlgy interdisciplinary public health professors to build the critical mass of an inter-university national faculty of Public Health. University of Basel is the largest partner of SSPH+, contributing >40% of the public health orientierted professors. In Basel, Swiss TPH is the prime host of these positions (>30% of the SSPH+ faculty). The employment as Dean of SSPH+ is currently fully administered through Swiss TPH. The Dean's office is in Zürich.

The Lancet features SSPH+

Higher education and qualifications

  • 1983 Medical Exam University of Basel
  • 1986 MD University of Basel
  • 1992 MPH (Master in Public Health) University of California Berkeley, USA
  • 1996 PhD in Epidemiology, University of California Berkeley, USA
  • 2000 Venia docendi (Habilitation - PD / Assisstant professor) University of Basel Medical Faculty

 

Past professional activities

  • Since 2010 Deputy Director Swiss TPH; 2010-2015: Head of Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Since May 2009 Full Professor / Chair of Social and Preventive Medicine / Public Health University of Basel Medical Faculty (director of former Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine Basel)
  • 2006-2009 ICREA Research Professor at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, CREAL; head of air pollution research group   
  • 2002-2005 Associate Professor with tenure University of Southern California Los Angeles, Division of Environmental Health at the Department of Preventive Medicine
  • 1996-2002 PROSPER Senior Researcher fellowship of Swiss National Science Foundation at Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine University Basel
  • 1996  Research advisor Swiss Lung Association
  • 1995-1996 PhD Fellowship of SwissLung (1 year, 20%)
  • 1992-1995 SNF PROPSER Fellowship for MPH and PhD, University of California Berkeley, USA
  • 1989-1992 Research assistant in air pollution epidemiology, coordinator of Swiss Study on Air Pollution and Lung Diseases in Adults SAPALDIA
  • Since 1998: Steering Committee member, Work package leader, principal and/or co-investigator of large cohort, exposure assessment or health impact studies in the field of air pollution and health (SAPALDIA; European ECRHS; European ESCAPE and TRANSPHORM; Spanish REGICOR-AIR; USC Children’s Health Study and TROY; EXPOLIS; APHEKOM and others)

Burte E et al. Association between air pollution and rhinitis incidence in two European cohorts. Environ Int. 2018;115:257-266. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.03.021

De Hoogh K, Héritier H, Stafoggia M, Künzli N, Kloog I. Modelling daily PM2.5 concentrations at high spatio-temporal resolution across Switzerland. Environ Pollut. 2018;233:1147-1154. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.10.025

Dratva J et al. Is there a gender-specific association between asthma and carotid intima media thickness in Swiss adolescents?. Eur J Pediatr. 2018(in press). DOI: 10.1007/s00431-018-3107-0

Faridi S et al. Long-term trends and health impact of PM2.5 and O3 in Tehran, Iran, 2006–2015. Environ Int. 2018;114:37-49. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.02.026

Havet A et al. Outdoor air pollution, exhaled 8-isoprostane and current asthma in adults: the EGEA study. Eur Respir J. 2018;51(4):1702036. DOI: 10.1183/13993003.02036-2017

Künzli N. Betrug am Auspuff - eine Bilanz zu Luft und Gesundheit. Rev Med Suisse. 2018;14(591):180

Nguyen T.T.N, Schindler C, Dien T.M, Probst-Hensch N, Perez L, Künzli N. Acute effects of ambient air pollution on lower respiratory infections in Hanoi children: an eight-year time series study. Environ Int. 2018;110:139-148. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.10.024

Sprumont D, Crivelli L, Nocera S, Künzli N. Bitte keine Täuschungsmanöver!. Schweiz Arzteztg. 2018(in press)

Sprumont D, Crivelli L, Nocera S, Künzli N. La science contre la tromperie. Schweiz Arzteztg. 2018(in press)

Amini H et al. Spatiotemporal description of BTEX volatile organic compounds in a Middle Eastern megacity: Tehran Study of Exposure Prediction for Environmental Health Research (Tehran SEPEHR). Environ Pollut. 2017;226:219-229. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.04.027