Technology for human health

ETH plans competence centre for holistic rehabilitation

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6.11.2019 – ETH researchers are planning to partner with clinics, foundations, public authorities and other institutions through the broad-based Rehab Initiative, aimed at improving the quality of life and participation of people with physical disabilities. The initiative, which was announced to the press today, focuses on a centre that will be a nexus of ETH expertise with up to eight new professorships and the new Rehabilitation Science and Technology Master’s programme.

Funding has already been secured for four of the new professorships; for example, the Wilhelm Schulthess Foundation is contributing 10 million Swiss francs to the planned professorship for data science in personalised health. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) will provide a 10 million grant for a professorship in the area of barrier-free and inclusive architecture, named the professorship in Architecture and Care. Both foundations are also partners in Cybathlon, which will take place for the second time on 2 and 3 May 2020. During the competition, people with disabilities solve everyday tasks using state-of-the-art technological assistive systems.

Two additional professorships, one for mobile health systems and the other for healthy ageing, will be funded by ETH. Another four professorships are planned in the following areas: economic evaluation of health programmes and technologies, disability and health technology in society, human wound healing, and personalised health care for spinal cord injury. Additional partners to provide kick-start funding for these areas are currently being sought.

ETH Zurich press release

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