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)

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

Thurston G.D et al. A joint ERS/ATS policy statement: what constitutes an adverse health effect of air pollution? An analytical framework. Eur Respir J. 2017;49:1600419. DOI: 10.1183/13993003.00419-2016

Olaniyan T et al. A prospective cohort study on ambient air pollution and respiratory morbidities including childhood asthma in adolescents from the western Cape Province: study protocol. BMC Public Health. 2017;17:712. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-017-4726-5

Amini H, Yunesian M, Hosseini V, Schindler C, Henderson S.B, Künzli N. A systematic review of land use regression models for volatile organic compounds. Atmos Environ. 2017;171:1-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.10.010

Künzli Nino. Air pollution and health: challenges and opportunities for policy-makers, citizens, and the industry. Martigny: Klewel, 2017. Keynote at FILTREX™ @INDEX™17, Geneva, 5 April 2017

Norbäck D et al. Building dampness and mould in European homes in relation to climate, building characteristics and socio-economic status: The European Community Respiratory Health Survey ECRHS II. Indoor Air. 2017;27(5):921-932. DOI: 10.1111/ina.12375

Nguyen N.T.T et al. Childhood hospitalisation and related deaths in Hanoi, Vietnam: a tertiary hospital database analysis from 2007 to 2014. BMJ Open. 2017;7(7):e015260. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015260

Brandt S et al. Costs of coronary heart disease and mortality associated with near-roadway air pollution. Sci Total Environ. 2017;601-602:391-396. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.073

Ayala-Bernal D et al. Factors associated with cessation of smoking among Swiss adults between 1991 and 2011: results from the SAPALDIA cohort. Swiss Med Wkly. 2017;147:w14502. DOI: 10.4414/smw.2017.14502

Castro A, Künzli N, Götschi T. Health benefits of a reduction of PM10 and NO2 exposure after implementing a clean air plan in the Agglomeration Lausanne-Morges. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2017;220(5):829-839. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2017.03.012