The Faculty of Medicine in the Basel Life Science Network

According to Life Sciences Cluster Basel, around 800 companies and institutions are active in the medical field in the extended Basel and Basel-Land area. The center of this massive cluster is located around Basel's Schanzenstrasse with the University Hospital and the University Children's Hospital. The Medical Faculty is also located here, together with its Departments of Biomedicine, Clinical Research, and Public Health, so the distances between practice, research and teaching could hardly be any shorter.

But spatial proximity is only one factor. It only comes into its own through inspired and trusting cooperation between many different, well-networked actors. The Faculty of Medicine therefore sees itself as a co-creating part of a structure of hospitals, research institutions, cantons, foundations and interest groups that want to maintain and improve the health of the population. From the knowledge that we all share this common goal comes the trust on which flexible, agile and bold collaborative projects can flourish. 

Initiatives within the network comes from all possible angles and levels, is supported within the Faculty of Medicine by a coordinating body and a steering committee. These bodies are the interfaces to the Department of Health of the Canton of Basel-Stadt and the Department of Economic Affairs and Health of Basel-Landschaft.

The Faculty of Medicine as Part of the Global Scientific Community

The Faculty of Medicine is part of the global life science community and contributes to the improvement of health worldwide. Thus, practitioners, teachers and researchers of the Faculty of Medicine are networked with colleagues and institutions all over the world, not only in knowledge transfer and publications, but also in translational and clinical work on site. In particular, but not only, there are numerous projects in which we collaborate with the Swiss TPH, or the research consortia supported by the Botnar Research Center for Child Health, based at the University of Basel and ETH Zurich.

Such and numerous other joint research projects, the exchange of experts, and the transfer of technology and knowledge contribute significantly to maintaining and further developing Basel as a life science center of global importance.