National Steering Board

The National Steering Board (NSB) is the highest governing body of SPHN and is responsible for the overall strategy, for maintaining regular contacts to the superordinate political authorities and for external communications in coordination with the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS).


The NSB includes representatives from key institutions in Switzerland (e.g. University Hospitals, universities, ETH-Domain, swissuniversities, FOPH, SNSF, patient organisation). The integration of representatives from additional institutions (e.g. private hospitals, health insurances, industry) is foreseen in the future. The members of the NSB are appointed by SAMS.


The Ausschuss of the NSB (AS) has the duty to prepare the meetings of the NSB and meets regularly to advance activities, process information, and enable more effective management of the SPHN as a whole.


The brackets indicate the affiliation, if different from the institution represented.


Prof. Hugues Abriel

Swiss National Science Foundation (University of Bern)

Prof. Ron Appel

SIB (University of Geneva)

Prof. Beatrice Beck Schimmer

swissuniversities (University of Zurich)

Dr. Stéphane Berthet

Campus Biotech (University of Geneva)

Prof. Herbert Binggeli

swissuniversities (Bern University of Applied Sciences)

Prof. Mirjam Christ-Crain

Cluster Zurich-Basel (University Hospital Basel)

Prof. Urs Frey

Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (University Children's Hospital of Basel)

Prof. Antoine Geissbühler

Cluster Geneva-Lausanne-Bern (University Hospital Geneva)

Prof. Matthias Gugger

Cluster Geneva-Lausanne-Bern (University Hospital Bern)

Prof. Detlef Günther

ETH Zürich

Prof. Nouria Hernandez

swissuniversities (University of Lausanne)

Prof. Peter Meier-Abt

Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences

Dr. Olivier Menzel

ProRaris (patient organisation)

Prof. Anita Rauch

Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (University of Zurich)

Prof. Gabriela Senti

Cluster Zurich-Basel (University Hospital Zurich)

Prof. Jean-Daniel Tissot

Cluster Geneva-Lausanne-Bern (University Hospital Lausanne)

Prof. Didier Trono

EPF Lausanne

Ex officio members

Dr. Katrin Crameri

Director of the SPHN Data Coordination Center (SIB)

Dr. Adrien Lawrence

Managing Director SPHN

Prof. Torsten Schwede

Chairperson of the Scientific Expert Board

Prof. Effy Vayena

Chairperson of the ELSI advisory group

Permanent Guests

Dr. Christine Currat, Swiss Biobanking Platform

Prof. Matthias Egger, Swiss National Science Foundation

Annette Magnin, Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation

Former members of the National Steering Board

Prof. Denis Hochstrasser, Campus Biotech (University of Geneva) (2016-2019)

Prof. Christoph Hock, swissuniversities (2016-2018)

Prof. Christoph A. Meier, Cluster Zurich-Basel (University Hospital Basel) (2016)

Prof. Arnaud Perrier, Cluster Geneva-Lausanne-Bern (University Hospital Geneva) (2016-2018)

Prof. Dominique Soldati-Favre, SNSF (2016-2018)

Prof. Gregor Zünd, Cluster Zurich-Basel (University Hospital Zurich) (2016)


The NSB has overall strategic responsibilities for the whole network. Inter alia, it exercised the following duties and powers:


  • determine the strategic focus of SPHN;

  • decide on funds allocated to projects, upon proposal of the International Advisory Board (IAB);

  • supervise activities of other governing SPHN bodies;

  • represent the SPHN initiative to the outside, in collaboration with the Scientific Expert Board (SEB).


For more information: Rules of Procedures; SPHN Factsheet.


Chair: Prof. Urs Frey

Vice-Chair: Prof. Peter Meier-Abt

Next NSB meetings


Thursday 21 November 2019 (13.40-17.00)



Thursday 20 February 2020 (13.40-17.00)

Thursday 14 May 2020 (9.30-12.30)

Thursday 17 September 2020 (13.40-17.00)

Thursday 19 November 2020  (9.30-12.30)