ZIHP members can design cooperative projects that are integrative on several levels: from molecules to cells, organs and organisms as well as across disciplines and from basic to clinically oriented research. Furthermore, it is important that the combined expertise of the consortium represents an „added value" in the sense that the outcome is more than the sum of its parts. Within these projects there has to be a strong focus on the education of young researchers. The supported research projects significantly strengthen the interaction between research groups with complementary capabilities and specifically between basic and clinical scientists.
Read here reports on completed cooperative projects:
High altitude research at the ZIHP: Safer trips to the mountains (ZIHP News, March 2013)
Sirtuins - «magic bullets» against atherosclerosis and diabetes? (ZIHP News, January 2013)
Some of the completed cooperative projects paved the ways to larger cooperations at a national and international level and for external funding: Beside the NCCR Kidney.CH, a collaboration within the SPUM (Special Programm University Medicine) of the Swiss National Science Foundation was established under the title Inflammation and acute coronary syndromes. Furthermore, a Transatlantic Network of Excellence funded by the Fondation Leducq High-density lipoproteindysfunction in the development of cardiovascular disease and as a therapeutic target was awarded which also evolved from a ZIHP funded cooperative project. Further examples are the COST Actions HDL: From biological understanding to clinical exploitation and HypoxiaNet: Hypoxia sensing, signalling and adaptation. Read also The ZIHP acts as a catalyst for large international cooperations: The example of HDL in the April 2012 issue of the ZIHP News.
All these cooperations are led by ZIHP members, with a number of additional ZIHP members as consortium participants. These networks demonstrate that the ZIHP provides an attractive platform for extending interactions to prestigious cooperations in science and industry.