5th Rare Diseases Summer School

Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache

Wednesday, June 7th to Friday, June 9th 2017 Tagungszentrum Schloss Au, Wädenswil (on lake Zurich)



The 5th radiz Rare Diseases Summer School will focus on a wide variety of subjects in the arena of rare diseases, from disease mechanisms and animal models, to improving diagnoses, to novel therapeutics. There will be lectures by national and international rare disease experts, workshopsposter viewing sessions and selected oral presentations by participants.
A high faculty-to-student ratio will allow participants to optimally benefit from the varied expertise of the faculty. There will be ample time for discussions, teamwork, as well as for socializing.


The school addresses clinicians, physician-scientists, postdocs, and PhD students as well as select students from various disciplines such as medicine, biology, pharmaceutical science, psychology, sociology, and related fields. Up to 30 participants will be admitted. There are a limited number of spaces available to participants from industry. Participants are responsible for having valid insurance and a valid visa, if applicable, for Switzerland.
Participants are expected to bring a poster about their work or research interests related to rare diseases. The posters will be exhibited during the whole duration of the Summer School and participants will present their poster duing dedicated poster viewing sessions. The best two posters will be awarded a prize. Authors of selected abstracts will also have the possibility to present their work with an oral presentation.
Please apply by sending the completed application form, a short CV with picture, a letter of motivation including a brief description of your project or research interest, and one letter of recommendation to elisabetta.vannoni@kispi.uzh.ch


The Summer School will be held in English.


Accommodation on lake Zurich, close to the conference venue, will be organized, but needs to be pre-paid by participants.
There is a choice of rooms for either CHF 50 per night (double occupancy in a youth hostel), or CHF 65 per night (single occupancy in a youth hostel, limited availability). Please indicate your choice on the application form. Choice is subject to availability. Prices may be subject to change.
Hotel accommodation is also available nearby but shall be organized by the participants themselves.

Meals and social activities

Coffee breaks and meals as well as social activities are included in the registration fee.

Registration fee and payment

There is a non-refundable registration fee of CHF 250 for PhD students, of CHF 350 for other participants from academia and clinics and of CHF 500 for participants from industry. The fee becomes due upon notification of acceptance. Participants are responsible for their own travel.

Time and Venue

The summer school will take place at Tagungszentrum Schloss Au, Wädenswil (on lake Zurich), Switzerland and will start on Wednesday, June 7th at 9:30 am and end on Friday, June 9th at 12:30 pm. Information about how to best reach the venue will be sent to participants prior to the event.

The program is subject to change without notice.