Promoting junior medical researchers at the University of Zurich

Gabriela AcklinKinderspital Zürich2

The foundation
Most German-speaking physicians are familiar with the name Siegenthaler. The highly talented Gertrud Siegenthaler was the senior physician for internal medicine at the Swiss Nursing School in Zurich and later chief of service at the UniversityHospital Zurich. Her husband, Walter Siegenthaler, also dedicated himself to medicine. As head of clinic, a physician and an author, he led an active life. In professional circles, Walther Siegenthaler enjoyed an excellent reputation and was also known to the general public. He was also passionate about educating students and was therefore highly popular as a professor and lecturer. He received a number of prizes for his work.    
The awards
On the occasion of his 80th birthday in 2003, Walter Siegenthaler established the Walter and Gertrud Siegenthaler Foundation to promote young academics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Zurich. At the Dies academicus, the Foundation presents two different prizes: a research grant and the Science Award.

- Research grant: The Foundation awards grants for research purposes in Switzerland and abroad with a duration of one to two years each to young researchers in the Faculty of Medicine. The research grant is worth CHF 50,000.

2020 research recipients

  • Dr. Antonios Kolios (UniversityHospital Zurich) “Modulation of the autoimmune diseases Lupus erythematosus and Psoriasis vulgaris by stimulation of regulatory T-cells with novel Interleukin-2 formulations.”

  • Dr. Thomas Gaisl (UniversityHospital Zurich, Department of Pulmonology) “Health Registry of Inmates and Refugees during the European Refugee Crisis.”

- Science award:
The Foundation presents the Science Award to excellent young academics at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Zurich with excellent academic performance at an internationally competitive level in the area of clinical or translational medical research. The award comes with prize money of CHF 20,000.

2020 prize winners

  • Dr. med. Patrick Meyer Sauteur (University Children’s Hospital Zurich) “Precise diagnostic tool for tailored treatment of childhood pneumonia.”

  • Dr. med. Dilmurodjon Eshmuminov (UniversityHospital Zurich, Department of Surgery and Transplantation) “An integrated perfusion machine preserves injured human livers for 1 week.”


Your support
Do you want to support further developments in the area of medical research that might help save human lives? Your donation can send a signal and help support young researchers to develop new research approaches that can be used in the Faculty of Medicine.

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Tonja Küng
Executive Assistant

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