Home institution: University of Zurich
The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "Kidney.CH – Kidney Control of Homeostasis" is the world’s first research network to explore the physiological processes in healthy and diseased kidneys across a broad thematic spectrum.
The aim is to seek insights for new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to treating kidney patients. The motivation being that kidney diseases have increased dramatically in recent years. Patients with chronic kidney diseases risk exposure to further secondary diseases such as high blood pressure or osteoporosis. Reduced kidney function has drastic consequences for the body as the kidneys are responsible for maintaining the balance between the most varied of substances in the body (homeostasis). Homeostasis is of central importance to body functions and thus a healthy life.
Further information on the NCCR:
Prof. Johannes Loffing
Phone: +41 (0) 44 635 53 20
Management / Coordination
Scientific Project Manager
Phone: +41 (0) 44 635 59 68
NCCRs are financed through grants awarded by the SNSF, but also from other sources. The home institution involved in the NCCR also contributes a substantial amount of money. The available overall budget of the NCCR is further increased by monetary contributions from the project participants and third-party funds, which are generally invested by industrial companies.
The SNSF is financing the NCCR Kidney.CH in its third funding period.
Financing 2010 – 2021 (Swiss francs)
Time-frame Funding source 2010 – 2013 2014 – 2017 2018 - 2021 SNSF grant 16’530’000 16'568'958 10’580’000 Funds of Zurich University 2’168’316 4'709'507 4'776'662 Group funds of the project participants 5’271’515 3'333'162 2'406'392 External funds 146’955 0 1'154'740
Evaluation / Review Panel
For each NCCR, the SNSF appoints a Review Panel composed of renowned experts whose task it is to evaluate scientific quality and the progress made in NCCR projects. The Review Panel of the NCCR Kidney.CH consists of the following experts:
Contact person at the SNSF:
Swiss National Science Foundation
Phone: +41 (0) 31 308 23 51
National Centres of Competence in Research leave their mark on the research landscape well beyond the SNSF funding period. They help to define key topics and sustainably change Swiss research structures. Thus NCCRs can lead to the creation of new professorships and courses of study as well as new infrastructures or platforms at the universities involved.
NCCRs operate as a network in which a large number of scientific partners are active. Working within these networks has borne fruit in the form of new research approaches and excellent scientific contributions.
Structures created by this NCCR until now:
Contributions to society and the economy
The National Centres of Competence in Research not only engage in cutting-edge research, they also play an important role in transferring knowledge and new technologies to the economy and to society at large. They lead to the formation of start-ups, and the new insights have the potential to awaken the interest of politicians, globally active companies and the public at large.
Communication and knowledge transfer of the NCCR Kidney.CH:
Promotion of academic careers and equal opportunities
The National Centres of Competence in Research consciously promote promising young researchers and are committed to equal opportunities for men and women in research.
Measures taken by the NCCR Kidney.CH to promote young researchers and gender equality.