The Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology (ZIHP) is a virtual network that brings together more than 150 research groups. It is an interdisciplinary center of competence of the University of Zurich. Integrative physiology combines research on the level of molecules, cells, organs and the whole organism with the aim to bring the complex functions of the human body into focus.


Basic and clinically-oriented research groups are linked through the funding of Cooperative Projects, covering topics from A as in auto-immune diseases to Z as in zebrafish mutants. Sprint Fellowships support outstanding PhD and MD-PhD students for their research in integrative human physiology.

Two assistant professorships have been established in the fields of Oxygen Transport and Utilization and Epithelial Cancers.

State-of-the-art equipment, techniques and services related to cardio-vascular, renal, respiratory, muscle and metabolism functions are provided by the Zurich Integrative Rodent Physiology (ZIRP) Facility.

Educational activities cover the PhD Program in Integrative Molecular Medicine (imMed) and the Master Program in Human Biology.

Since 2008, the ZIHP organizes a series of public events: Wissen-schaf(f)t Wissen. Prominent speakers present hot topics, followed by lively discussions with the audience.

Have a look at publications of ZIHP members mentioning the ZIHP in the affiliation section or acknowledging the financial support.

The ZIHP is funded by the University Research Priority Program (URPP) Integrative Human Physiology.