History

The history of the TNU began in December 2011 when its Founding Director, Klaas Enno Stephan, was jointly appointed by the University of Zurich (UZH) and ETH Zurich as Professor of Translational Neuromodeling at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.  The TNU obtained its home in July 2012 when the group moved into a UZH building at Wilfriedstr. 6. This building underwent reconstruction in order to provide a unique research space which integrates computational scientists and clinicians under one roof and provides a custom-designed research clinic for evaluating the practical utility of computational models in patient studies.

At its foundation in 2012, the TNU consisted of a handful of scientists; within a few years, we have grown to include more than 30 researchers, technicians and administrators. This has been made possible by the generous support of various institutions and foundations, including

  • UZH & ETH Zurich
  • René und Susanne Braginsky Foundation
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
  • European Union FP7 Program
  • European Union Horizon 2020
  • SystemsX.ch – The Swiss Initiative in Systems Biology
  • German Research Council (DFG)
  • NCCR „Neural Plasticity and Repair“
  • Neuroscience Center Zurich (ZNZ)

The TNU celebrated its Opening Symposium on 18-20 September 2013 with presentations from internationally leading scientists. For details of the event, click here.