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Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology (ZIHP)


The Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology (ZIHP) is a virtual network that brings together more than 100 research groups. It is an interdisciplinary center associated to Faculty of Medicine 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 covering topics from A as in auto-immune diseases to Z as in zebrafish mutants. Until end of 2016 the ZIHP funded Cooperative Projects in integrative human physiology. Two assistant professorships were funded in the fields of Oxygen Transport and Utilization and Epithelial Cancers. Since 2017 the ZIHP aims at establishing cooperative projects in the field of oxygen and movement in health and disease.

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 are covered by the PhD Program in Integrative Molecular Medicine (imMed).

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.

In 2022, the ZIHP launched  ZIHP-Unconventional, a program that aims to support biomedical researchers with unconventional careers.

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

The ZIHP was funded until end of 2016 by the University Research Priority Program (URPP) Integrative Human Physiology. The final report can be downloaded here (PDF, 970 KB).

Weiterführende Informationen

ZIHP on Social Media

UZH Foundation - Research projects of ZIHP members

Predicting patients at high risk for severe Covid-19
Project leader: ZIHP-member Prof. Onur Boyman


Zurich Exhalomics, a Flagship project of the University Medicine Zurich
Project leaders: ZIHP-member Prof. Malcolm Kohler


Women's Health
Project leaders: ZIHP-member Prof. Catherine Gebhard and Prof. Susanne Wegener


Sickle Cell Anemia
Project leader: ZIHP-member and Chairman of the Steering Committee Prof. Max Gassmann