4th Rare Diseases Summer School

Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache

Wednesday, July 13th to Friday, July 15th 2016 Tagungszentrum Schloss Au, Wädenswil (on lake Zurich)



The 4th 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 and workshops on drug development, model organisms, how to choose clinical endpoints, clinical trials, regulatory aspects, patient registries, patient initiated research, ethical considerations, as well as what rare diseases may tell us about common diseases.
The summer school will contain lectures by national and international rare disease experts, workshops, and poster 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 present a poster about their work or research interests related to rare diseases at the Summer School. The best posters will be awarded a prize.
Please apply by sending the completed application form, a short CV, a letter of motivation including a brief description of your project or research interest, and one letter of recommendation to melanie.borer@kispi.uzh.ch

The application deadline is March 31st 2016. Notification of acceptance will be given by April 11th 2016.

Application Form (DOC, 94 KB)


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 will be a choice of rooms for either approximately CHF 105 for two nights (double occupancy in a youth hostel), approximately CHF 140 for two nights (single occupancy in a youth hostel, limited availability), or approximately CHF 300 for two nights (single occupancy in a hotel). Please indicate your choice on the application form. Choice is subject to availability. Prices may be subject to change.

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 participants from academia and clinics and 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, July 13th at 9:30 am and end on Friday, July 15th at 1 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.