The University Hospitals of Bern, Lausanne and Geneva, renowned for their clinical research, are available to set up clinical research and trials in many therapeutic areas. These institutions count among their ranks researchers of truly international stature in different fields of clinical research – infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, oncology, neurology to name a few. Projects of both national and international scope and reach are carried out within the walls of these prestigious institutions.
The Bern University Hospital, Inselspital, which receives some 100,000 patients a year and employs 7,000 people, is a centre of excellence, working closely with the University of Bern. With a strong interdisciplinary philosophy, like its sister hospitals, Bern University Hospital is involved in national and international research projects, which aim to find the origins of diseases and ways to find cures.
With a triple mission of care, tuition and research, Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) have over 2’000 beds with a staff of over 8,000, and receives almost 50’000 patients a year. The Hospitals both cater to the local population’s health needs and develop strong translational research programmes. Some leading programmes are carried out in conjunction with the University of Geneva. The HUG also collaborate regularly with the World Health Organisation, contributing expertise and knowledge.
The Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) has a teaching staff of some 400 people, who train some 1,100 medical students at any given time. With over 10’000 surgical interventions per year, the hospital employs a staff of over 7,000. The CHUV has several highly specialised centres of excellence, notably in the fields of oncology, cardiology, metabolism, sleep disorders and organ transplantation.
Companies in the cluster benefit from the presence of distinguished professors of medicine on their Advisory Boards. In addition to the University Hospitals in Western Switzerland, there are a number of renowned private clinics, which also participate in some multi-centre clinical trials.