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;177(5):699-707. 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

Keller F et al. How to conceptualize and implement a PhD program in health sciences - the Basel approach. J Med Educ Curric Dev. 2018;5:1-8. DOI: 10.1177/2382120518771364

Klepac P, Locatelli I, Korosec S, Künzli N, Kukec A. Ambient air pollution and pregnancy outcomes: a comprehensive review and identification of environmental public health challenges. Environ Res. 2018;167:144-159. DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2018.07.008

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

Nhung N.T.T, Schindler C, Dien T.M, Probst-Hensch N, Perez L, Künzli N. Corrigendum to "Acute effects of ambient air pollution on lower respiratory infections in Hanoi children: an eight-year time series study" [Environ. Int. 110 (2018) 139-148]. Environ Int. 2018;119:240. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.06.033