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Dipl. Mikrobiologie  -  Biostatistik
Dipl. Physik -  Doktorandin ETHZ
Prof. Dr. med., MSc
Administration Swiss NeoNet
Dr. sc. ETH - Postdoc
MSc in Industrial Physics Engineering -  Doktorand
Prof. Dr. med. - Leitender Arzt
Dr. rer. medic. -  Musiktherapeutin
MSc in Bioethics &
MSc in Medical Anthropology and Sociology
MSc ETH in Physics  -  Doktorandin ETHZ
MSc in in Biomedical Engineering ETHZ
Dr. med. -  Oberärztin
Eidg. Turn- und Sportlehrerin ETHZ
MSc in Psychologie
MSc in Electronics & Electrical
Engineering  -  Doktorand EPFL
Dr. med. - Oberärztin
PD Dr. med. -  Oberarzt
MSc ETH in Biology  -  hD student
MAS Medical Physics, MSc in Embedded
Systems Design  -  Doktorand UZH
Dr. med. -  Assistenzärztin
Dr. med. -  Oberarzt
Dr. rer. nat. -  Postdoc
Dr. med. -  Oberarzt meV.
Dr. sc. nat. -  Postdoc
Direktionsassistentin - Finanzen + Personal
MSc ETH in Mechanical Engineering -
Doktorand ETHZ


Mark Adams
Swiss Neonatal Network
Project leader of the Swiss Neonatal Network & Follow-up Group, a national registry for very preterm children. Its purpose is to monitor and research their mortality and morbidities and to generate quality indicators for the Swiss neonatal intensive care units. My main activities are the development and maintanance of the registry; statistical evaluation of the data; organization of the participating committees (Scientific Committee, Neo-Group, Follow-up Group); coordination with the Vermont-Oxford Network, EuroNeoNet and similar national and international organizations; coordination of and participating in epidemiological studies; co-authorship in publications; compilation of quality indicator reports and QI-alert lists.

Linda Ahnen
Preterm infants are at high risk to suffer from long-term neurodevelopmental problems. Most long-term impairments are caused by injuries to the brain that occur early after birth. Periventricular diffuse white matter injury (WMI) is the major reason for persisting spastic motor defects and cognitive abnormalities. Cerebral ischemia (low blood perfusion) is a key initiating factor. Determining the brain’s oxygenation may help to gain knowledge about the causes of WMI. In this collaborative project we aim to develop a novel multimodal hybrid diagnostic imager, combining Ultrasound, Optoacoustic and near-infrared optical tomography. This imager will allow us to gain spatially resolved quantitative information about the blood oxygenation levels in preterm infant’s brains.

Dirk Bassler
NEuroSIS see...,  ALBINO see...,  ROPROP see... 

Tanja da Cunha
Administration Swiss NeoNet

Damien de Courten

Aldo di Costanzo
3D TOF Imaging

Barbara Dinten-Schmid

Jean-Claude Fauchère
End-of-life decisions: Attitudes and values - NFP 67 (Lebensende)

This study aims to examine attitudes and values that play a role in end-of-life decisions for preterm infants. It focuses on all physicians and nurses working in neonatal intensive care units in Switzerland. Of great interest is the effect on these health care providers of the long-lasting strain of working with seriously ill newborn infants, and of the ethical dilemmas that arise with difficult and wearing decision-making.
NFP 67
NFP67 Lebensende...

Friederike Haslbeck
Music Therapy   (for more information please go to...)

Manya Hendriks
End-of-life decisions: Attitudes and values - NFP 67 (Lebensende)

This study aims to examine attitudes and values that play a role in end-of-life decisions for preterm infants. It focuses on all physicians and nurses working in neonatal intensive care units in Switzerland. Of great interest is the effect on these health care providers of the long-lasting strain of working with seriously ill newborn infants, and of the ethical dilemmas that arise with difficult and wearing decision-making.
NFP 67...
NFP 67 Lebensende...

Helene Isler
Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) allows for non-invasive, pain-free, low-cost oxygenation monitoring of various tissues. The goal is to develop and build a NIRS device that recognizes critically low abdominal oxygenation values. Used as a bedside monitoring device in clinical practice, this NIRS tool will be able to recognize an under- or oversupply of oxygen and alert the medical staff when needed.

Jingjing Jiang
Tumor oxygenation is one of the important biomarkers for diagnosis of cancer. Tumor hypoxia is often heterogeneous, i.e. showing different oxygenation levels in different parts of a single tumor. However, the lack of non-invasive measurement of distribution of tissue oxygenations sets obstacles to achieve this valuable information successfully.
Near Infrared Optical Tomography (NIROT) shows great potential to image tumor oxygenation levels non-invasively. NIROT is intrinsically sensitive to the quantities of Oxy-haemoglobin (O2Hb) and deoxy-haemoglobin (HHb), two major molecules to determine tissue oxygenation.  Moreover, the use of non-ionizing region of light and harmless intensities gives NIROT the strength to image objects non-invasively and continuously.  My project aims to develop a NIROT system for clinical applications.

Alexander Kalyanov
3D  TOF Imaging

Tanja Karen
Continuous measurement of brain oxygenation, haemodynamics and brain function in preterm infants using near-infrared spectroscopy. The overall aim is to optimize intensive care in preterm infants including cerebral monitoring with NIRS as part of the clinical management and to study brain development which are the keys to reduce mortality and morbidity in this vulnerable and high-risk population.

Claudia Knöpfli
Epo Study, Virtopsy, ALBINO see...

Brigitte Koller
Study Nurse Epo Studie

Scott Lindner
My research focuses on the development of single photon CMOS image sensors for application in near-infrared optical tomography (NIROT). We are developing, in collaboration with TUDelft and EPFL, a high-speed time-of-flight camera which will enable image acquisition times of 1-5 minutes in a clinical setting, e.g. determining tumor oxygenation or cerebral oxy-haemoglobin concentration in neonates. Once integrated into an imaging setup, the camera will be used in clinical trials, providing accurate, quantitative measurements of blood and tissue oxygenation.

Julia Maletzki
ALBINO see...

Giancarlo Natalucci
Developmental paediatrics, BrainDNIU study, IUGR

Thi Dao Nguyen
Impact of intrauterine growth restriction on brain development and consequences for later neurodevelopmental outcome: a prospective cohort study (BrainDNIU).

Daniel Ostojic
develops hard- and software for non-invasive oxygenation monitoring NIRS. Combining design methodologies of user-centered design and design-for-safety, the NIRS as a technology is being gradually brought into neonatal clinical practice.

Tanja Restin
The lack of oxygen supply does not only cause encephalopathy, but also contributes to restricted fetal growth and the development of necrotizing enterocolitis. Our goal is to better understand the molecular mechanisms of oxygen sensing and adaptation and to find ways to improve patient outcome.

Christoph Rüegger
Erythropoietin for repair of cerebral injury in very preterm infants
A first project called "Erythropoietin for repair of cerebral injury in very preterm infants" is a randomized controlled trial which will test the hypothesis that EPO is beneficial when intraventricular haemorrhage (IVH) occurred as suggested by previously published retrospective observational studies. The new "EPO-Repair trial" will only include infants with IVH, and EPO or placebo will be given subsequently. The main endpoint will be neurodevelopmental assessment at 5 years, the second endpoints MRI at term equivalent and neurodevelopmental assessment at 2 years, respectively.
Virtual autopsy or Virtopsy
A second project deals with a new autopsy technique, called "virtual autopsy" or "virtopsy". This minimally invasive autopsy by post mortem cross-sectional imaging has been suggested as an alternative for conventional autopsy in view of the declining consented autopsy rates. With this prospective multidisciplinary investigation we aim to compare the accuracy of this "virtual autopsy" approach using post mortem MR imaging and CT-guided biopsy with that of conventional autopsy in fetuses, neonates and children for detection of the major pathologies and/or determination of the cause of death.

Salvador Sánchez Majos
Tumor Oxygenation
My research focuses on the determination of tumor oxygenation by means of near infrared imaging techniques. Last generation single photo-detectors and ultrafast supercontinuum laser sources are employed to study the diffusion of photons in tissue in the presence of anomalies. Computer simulations and inversion algorithms allow the accurate extraction of important optical properties directly related with tumor oxygenation. It is believed that this information can help physicians in determining the malignity of tumors in different regions like breast, face or neck. As compared with other methods near infrared imaging is a non-invasive technique free from ionizing radiations and consequently can also be employed for treatment monitoring.

Felix Scholkmann
Fields of research: (i) (biomedical) signal processing and data analysis, (ii) biomedical optics (measurement of tissue hemodynamics and oxygenation using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)), (iii) neuroscience and integrative physiology (brain research using NIRS, interaction between brain activity and the autonomic nervous system), (iv) biophysics (ultra-weak photon emission from biosystems).

Manuel Schmid
Clinical Research and NIRS

Iris Suter
Research Finances, Personnel Management, Web

Dominik Wyser
RELab ETH, NIRS, brain-computer interface    More information....

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