6th Rare Diseases Summer School

Wednesday, July 11th to Friday, July 13th 2018 Kartause Ittingen, Warth (Canton Thurgau)

Webpage SS2018

Concept and Program

The 6th 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.

Please donwload the preliminary program here (PDF, 472 KB)

The program is subject to change without notice.


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

Please donwload the application form here (DOC, 94 KB)

Grants for students

Grants covering the accommodation and part of the registration fee are available. The grant will be awarded to selected PhD students based on the quality of the application and on the need to travel from abroad. The recipients of the grants will be notified by mid-April.


The Summer School will be held in English.


Accommodation at the conference venue will be organized, but needs to be pre-paid by participants. The cost of the room is of CHF 135 per night (breakfast included).
Alternative 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 the Kartause Ittingen, Warth (Canton Thurgau), Switzerland and will start on Wednesday, July 11th at 9:30 am and end on Friday, July 13th at 12:30 pm. Information about how to best reach the venue will be sent to participants prior to the event.