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. Ron Appel

SIB (University of Geneva)

Prof. Beatrice Beck Schimmer

swissuniversities (University of Zurich)

Prof. Herbert Binggeli

swissuniversities (Bern University of Applied Sciences)

Prof. Mirjam Christ-Crain

Cluster Zurich-Basel (University Hospital Basel)

Dr. Katrin Crameri

Federal Office of Public Health

Prof. Urs Frey

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

Prof. Matthias Gugger

Cluster Geneva-Lausanne-Bern (University Hospital Bern)

Prof. Detlef Günther

ETH Zürich

Prof. Nouria Hernandez

swissuniversities (University of Lausanne)

Prof. Denis Hochstrasser

Campus Biotech (University of Geneva)

Prof. Peter Meier-Abt

Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences

Dr. Olivier Menzel

ProRaris (patient organisation)

Prof. Arnaud Perrier

Cluster Geneva-Lausanne-Bern (University Hospital Geneva)

Prof. Anita Rauch

Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (University of Zurich)

Prof. Gabriela Senti

Cluster Zurich-Basel (University Hospital Zurich)

Prof. Dominique Soldati-Favre

SNSF (University of Geneva)

Prof. Jean-Daniel Tissot

Cluster Geneva-Lausanne-Bern (University Hospital Lausanne)

Prof. Didier Trono

EPF Lausanne

Ex officio members

Dr. Adrien Lawrence

Managing Director SPHN (SAMS)

Prof. Torsten Schwede

Chairperson of the Scientific Expert Board, Director of the DCC

Prof. Effy Vayena

Chairperson of the ELSI advisory group


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. Peter Meier-Abt

Vice-Chair: Prof. Urs Frey

Next NSB meetings


Friday 9 November 2018 (13.35-16.00)

Wednesday 12 December 2018 (10.00-12.30)



Thursday 7 February 2019 (13.40-17.00)

Thursday 16 May 2019 (13.40-17.00)

Thursday 12 September 2019 (13.40-17.00)

Thursday 21 November 2019 (13.40-17.00)