Swiss Tropical Public Health (SwissTPH)

Strategic partner



Meet our partner

Based in Basel, Switzerland, the Swiss TPH is guided by the principle to work in interdisciplinary partnership to respond to local, national and international public health priorities, seeking solutions through needs for innovation (discovery through promotion and testing of hypotheses), validation (evidence providing what works) and application (strengthening individual and public health actions, systems and policies). Swiss TPH generates new evidence, validates it in different health system. In addition to having a strong reputation as a world-class research centre, the Swiss TPH contributes its experience and expertise to the Basel area and Swiss community, as well as internationally. This is achieved through the three departments of the Swiss Centre for International Health (SCIH), Medicines Research (MedRes) and Medical Services and Diagnostic (MEDDIA). The combination of these services with research and teaching creates synergies increasing the quality of work across the entire Swiss TPH.

Why this partnership with the GHF?

Swiss TPH has been a friend and partner of the Geneva Health Forum since it’s first edition in 2006. Experts from Swiss TPH have been reviewers, moderators, speakers, panelists at all editions of the GHF. Travel grants have been made available through generous contributions of Swiss TPH. The aim of this collaboration is to strengthen the existing linkages between the two organisations and to bring to the GHF the cutting edge expertise of the Swiss TPH and their partners around the globe. Swiss TPH over the years has established itself as a thought leader in the arena of Global Health. The GHF as an organization embedded in a public university teaching hospital has a lot to offer in terms of practical implementation of research hypotheses in Global.

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Representative on GHF Steering Committee

Prof. Marcel Tanner


Prof. Tanner has been Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (former Swiss Tropical Institute) in Basel since 1997 and Professor and Chair of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology at the University of Basel since 1993. He has been Professor at the EPFL since 2007. Marcel Tanner was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1952 and he did BSc and MSc studies in Biology, Chemistry and Medical Microbiology/Immunology and Zoology at the University of Basel, and holds a PhD in Medical Parasitology from the same university. He pursued post-doctoral research in Cameroon and Liberia, and followed this with postgraduate studies at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. As Head of the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology at the Swiss Tropical Institute, he undertook research on health development projects as well as in the field of control of communicable diseases. He has presided over the Commission of the Centre Suisse de Recherche Scientifique in the Ivory Coast since 1998. He has more than 400 original papers in peer-reviewed journals, 19 book chapters and he is co-editor of two books and has published more than 200 short communications and abstracts.

Representative on GHF Program Committee

Prof. Nicolaus Lorenz, MD, MPH, Executive MBA, Deputy Director, Head of Department, Swiss TPH


Professional activities at Swiss TPH

  • Head of the Swiss Centre for International Health
  • Deputy Head of Swiss TPH
  • International Health Cooperation

Higher education and qualifications

  • Physician Diploma, Faculty of Medicine, University of Basel, 1979
  • MD, 1982, Faculty of Medicine, University of Basel
  • MSc Community Health in Developing Countries, 1987 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London
  • ex MBA for the non-profit sector, University of Applied Sciences, Northwestern Switzerland, 2006

Past professional activities

  • 2000-present, Head Swiss Centre for International Health, Swiss Tropical Institute, Basel Switzerland
  • 1999-2000, Executive Manager, European Respiratory Society, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1990-1998, Scientific collaborator, Swiss Tropical Institute, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1987-1990, Project Manager, Rural Health Development Programme, Burkina Faso, GTZ
  • 1983-1986, District Medical Officer, Dano District, Burkina Faso, Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst
  • 1979-1982, Houseman in surgical and gynaecological/obstetrical departments of hospitals in Waldshut and Lörrach/Germany


  • Swiss Society for Public Health: Global Health Focus (Group Leader)
  • Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization - GAVI (Independent Review Committee on Systems Strengthening)
  • International Centre of Diarrhoeal Diseases Research Dhaka, Bangladesh - ICDDR-B, Board of Trustees (Chair)
  • Medicus Mundi International (Chair)
  • Romanian-Swiss Centre for Health Sector Development - CRED (Chair)

Representative on GHF Communications Committee

Dr. sc. nat. Christian Heuss, Head of Communication/Public Relations, SwissTPH


Professional activities at Swiss TPH

  • Head of Communication
  • Responsible for Public and Media Relations

Higher education and qualifications

  • 2013 MAS in Applied Ethics, University of Zurich
  • 2002 Certificate in Science Communication, University of California Santa Cruz
  • 2000 PhD / Dr. sc. nat. in Neuroscience, University of Zurich
  • 1995 MSc in Biochemistry / Biology 2, University of Basel

Past professional activities

  • 2009-2013 Senior science editor (Redaktionsleiter), Swiss Radio and Television SRF
  • 2003-2009 Science Journalist, Swiss Radio DRS
  • 2000-2003 Freelance Science Journalist
  • 2000 Postdoc Brain Research Institute, Univeristy and ETH Zurich
  • 1995-2000 PhD Student in Neuroscience


  • 2010 Wissenschaftsjournalist des Jahres (2009 2. Platz, 2008 3. Platz)
  • 2008 Prix Media der Schweizerischen Akademie der Naturwissenschaften (SCNAT)
  • 2007 Prix Excellence der Schweizerischen Akademie der Medizinischen Wissenschaften (SAMW)
  • 2000 Forschungspreis der Universität Zürich für die Doktorarbeit