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PHRT is a strategic focus area of the ETH Domain; the latter embracing key research institutions like ETHZ, EPFL, PSI, EMPA, Eawag and WSL. These institutions and their respective strategic focus areas play a leading role in the development of new technologies, not only for the personalized health sector, but also for the establishment and utilization of largescale, highly specialized research infrastructure.


For the benefit of society

PHRT’s goals include improving the quality of healthcare through earlier and better diagnosis as well as providing a choice of individual therapeutic strategies for the patient based on their unique biological make-up.

Basic Research, Medical Science and Big Data - hand-in-hand

In Switzerland, a number of national and international programs have committed themselves to the goal of personalized medicine. These include the strategic focus area PHRT of the ETH Domain and the SPHN initiative (Swiss Personalized Health Network) of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. The two programs complement each other and coordinate their activities in order to promote Personalized Health and Personalized Medicine, in Switzerland.


January 19, 2020

Digitalization and Infectious Diseases: Improving patient outcome in the age of big data

PHRT supports the upcoming international conference on 20-21 January at the Conference Congress Center, Basel, Switzerland. The conference will enhance your insights of digitalization, machine learning and personalized health in infectious diseases. Most recent breakthroughs and translation into applications to clinics will be shown and discussed. Join the key opinion leaders in these fields and build your network with experts in information technology, machine learning and big data, clinical microbiology, infectious diseases, biomedical research, law and ethics, and more. Build your network with experts in clinical use of big data and machine learning, clinical microbiology, infectious diseases, bioinformatics, ethics and more.

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May 03, 2020

iDoc & TPdF Retreat

PHRT organizes the second doctoral and postdoc day on May 4-5, 2020 at Thun. 15 iDoc and 10 TPdF scientist are invited to update each other on their projects, build up a sense of common challenges, and visit the Empa Thun on the second day.

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3rd call for proposals: approved projects

​With its 3rd call for proposals, PHRT invited clinical scientists, who have access to an extensive sample cohort, to create an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary consortium to formulate a well-defined clinical question to request funding to generate matched genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data by the two PHRT platforms. Based on the suggestion of the Review Panel, the Executive Committee approved 3 of 8 projects, which will be supported with CHF 1,5 million.

New chairperson for the Executive Committee    

Prof. Dr. Ruedi Aebersold resigned as the chairperson of the PHRT Executive Committee by May 22, 2019 and is succeeded by Prof. Dr. Bernd Wollscheid.

PhD & Postdoc Day 2019 at PSI

PHRT organized the first doctoral and postdoc day on May 8, 2019 at Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) in Villigen. 15 iDoc and 10 TPdF scientist were invited to get to know each other, build up a sense of common challenges and visit parts of the facilities of PSI. Picture gallery.

PHRT & SPHN jointly tackling the evolution of Personalized Health

Bern, 23rd March 2018. Over 200 delegates from the Governement, the industry, the ETH-Domain, the Swiss Academy of Medical Science and partner organizations, exchanged views on the opportunities and challenges in Personalized Health, in Switzerland.

«Daten allein sind unzureichend. Man muss auch die zugrundeliegenden Mechanismen verstehen.»

Rudolf Aebersold, Professor für Systembiologie an der ETH Zürich und an der Universität Zürich

ETHZ Globe Magazine

"Getting closer to the patient" 

In the ETH magazine ‘Globe’ (1/18), proteomics pioneer Rudolf Aebersold, metabolism researcher Markus Stoffel and ETH Vice President Detlef Günther discuss the future of personalized medicine and personalized health as well as the future developments in this field.

Participating institutions of the ETH Domain