Groundbreaking top-level research into child and adolescent health: On 19 September 2018, the University of Basel and ETH Zurich co-founded the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health in Basel.

Health and wellbeing for children and adolescents.

The Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH) has a clear vision: To establish itself in the next few years as the leading institution conducting use-inspired cutting-edge research that will improve the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents worldwide.

Combining expertise.

The BRCCH brings together top scientists and clinical researchers from a variety of disciplines in order to develop digital and next generation healthcare solutions for use in paediatrics. It combines the expertise of the University of Basel and ETH Zurich in systems biology, medicine and various areas of life sciences, engineering, economics, social sciences and information technology that are relevant to health.

With the results it produces, the BRCCH will help to prevent diseases, develop new treatment approaches, improve diagnoses and effectiveness forecasts, and make healthcare systems more affordable.


Strong partners.

The BRCCH operating institutions are the University of Basel and ETH Zurich, while other partner institutions belonging to the research centre network include the University Children’s Hospital of Basel (UKBB) and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel. The BRCCH is funded by a CHF 100 million contribution from Fondation Botnar in Basel which is spread over a 10-year period.

Fondation Botnar is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents in fast-growing cities across the world. It invests in solutions that use and promote artificial intelligence and digital innovations.


Prof. Dr. Andrea Schenker-Wicki

Rector, University of Basel

«At the BRCCH, a combination of basic research and clinical research will help to generate outstanding results that can be translated into practical solutions. We want to have an impact on the lives of children and adolescents.»

Prof. Dr. Lino Guzzella

President, ETH Zurich

«At the BRCCH, we bring together persons conducting basic research in biomedicine, life sciences and information technology in order to develop groundbreaking digital solutions to improve the health of children and adolescents.»

Dr. Peter Lenz

President of the Board, Fondation Botnar

«Children and adolescents are a key part of our society. We want to give them tools to shape their lives successfully and to actively contribute to positive development. The BRCCH will provide many new solutions to help achieve this.»

Prof. Dr. Torsten Schwede

Vice Rector for Research, University of Basel

«We have wide-ranging experience in clinical paediatric research – and we will bring this into the BRCCH. We also believe that the transdisciplinary approach of the research centre is important.»

Prof. Dr. Detlef Günter

Vice Rector for Research, ETH Zurich

«As institutions, ETH Zurich and the University of Basel know each other and are already collaborating in various different research fields. We are looking forward to exploring scientific uncharted territory together in the BRCCH.»

Dr. Aline Cossy-Gantner

Chief Learning Officer, Fondation Botnar

«The University of Basel and ETH Zurich are outstanding operating institutions that will enable the BRCCH to develop new digital solutions for the health and wellbeing of children.»

Dual leadership for BRCCH.

Professor Georg Holländer, a distinguished expert, has been recruited as founding director of the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH). Professor Sai Reddy of the Department of Biosystems, Science, and Engineering (D-BSSE) at ETH Zurich has been appointed Vice Director.

Prof. Dr. Georg Holländer

Founding director of the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health at University of Basel and ETH Zurich

Prof. Dr. Sai Reddy

Vice director of the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health at University of Basel and ETH Zurich

Transdisciplinary research.

At the BRCCH, basic researchers, clinical researchers and other scientists will collaborate closely in the fields of implementation research, health systems, health economics, educational science, ethics and law. The focus in on countries with limited resources, but with the potential to implement solutions worldwide. This approach facilitates research and development with a direct benefit for the health of children and adolescents.


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Visitor Address: Mattenstrasse 24, 4058 Basel, Switzerland
Postal Address: Botnar Research Centre for Child Health, University of Basel
Mattenstrasse 24a, PO BOX 3350, 4002 Basel, Switzerland