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  • First use of gene therapy to prevent blindness in Switzerland

    07.04.2022 12:00  

    A new gene therapy-based medication is offering protection against blindness to patients with a hereditary retinal condition. A team at the Eye Clinic of University Hospital Basel under Prof. Hendrik Scholl and Prof. Christian Prünte has now administered the medication to a patient in Switzerland for the first time using microsurgery.

  • University Hospital Basel ranked 14th best hospital in the world

    03.03.2022 15:51  

    University Hospital Basel (UHB) has shot up the rankings by the American magazine “Newsweek”, rising from an already outstanding 35th place last year to 14th best hospital in the world out of 2200. The ranking is based on evaluations from patient surveys, measurements of quality and surveys of nurses, doctors and other health care professionals.

  • New Head of Complex Coronary Interventions at University Hospital Basel

    04.02.2022 10:22  

    PD Gregor Leibundgut will take over as Head of Complex Coronary Interventions at University Hospital Basel (USB) as of 1 September 2022. Gregor Leibundgut has led the cardiac catheter laboratory in Liestal since 2015 and has headed the entire cardiology department at Cantonal Hospital Baselland (KSBL) since 2017. Under his leadership, the Interventional Cardiology department at KSBL has achieved both national and international recognition for its complex coronary interventions.

  • International recognition for Department of Urology as pioneer of robot-assisted prostate biopsy

    11.01.2022 07:55  

    The MONA LISA system, the only robot-assisted prostate biopsy method of its kind in Switzerland, has been available to patients at University Hospital Basel for around two years. To date, over two hundred procedures have been performed with the system, which combines the advantages of MRI fusion with the precision of robot technology. This method is safer and less invasive for patients than previous methods, and achieves excellent results.

  • For the medicine of the future: USB Innovation Focus

    09.08.2021 12:00  

    University Hospital Basel has defined seven interdisciplinary areas of focus for its clinical, research and development activities and renowned experts are expecting these to give rise to important advances for the future of medicine. With its “USB Innovation Focus” programme, University Hospital Basel aims to make a name for itself on the national and international stage and generate direct benefits for patient treatment.

  • New centre combines medical tradition with artificial intelligence

    24.06.2021 15:00  

    The Universitäres Zentrum für Lippen-Kiefer-Gaumenspalten und Gesichtsfehlbildungen (University Centre for Cleft Lip, Jaw and Palate and Facial Deformities) is combining a 150-year-old medical tradition in Basel with state-of-the-art treatment methods. Under the leadership of PD Andreas Müller, University Hospital Basel is developing a promising method which will simplify treatment and enable a significantly better quality of life for affected children, including in poorer countries.

  • University Hospital Basel takes over the leadership of one of the world's most important trials in breast cancer surgery

    26.05.2021 16:32  

    A surgical method developed in Switzerland that enables the targeted removal of cancerous lymph nodes in breast cancer patients is being investigated internationally as part of the TAXIS trial under the leadership of University Hospital Basel. The surgical method aims to reduce the side effects of surgical overtreatment and thus help to ensure a better quality of life for the patients affected.

  • Prof. Raphael Guzman announced as new Chief Physician for paediatric and vascular neurosurgery

    01.04.2021 07:48  

    The Supervisory Boards of the University Hospital Basel (USB) and the University Children’s Hospital Basel (UKBB) have appointed the Deputy Head of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University Hospital Basel as the new Chief Physician for vascular and paediatric neurosurgery.

  • University Hospital Basel signs cooperation agreements with Roche and Novartis for its multiple sclerosis research centre

    18.03.2021 16:13  

    The Research Center for Clinical Neuroimmunology and Neuroscience Basel (RC2NB) has signed long-term cooperation agreements with both Novartis and Roche. The two world-leading pharmaceutical groups previously supported the RC2NB via the Foundation for Clinical Neuroimmunology and Neuroscience Basel, which was founded by the University Hospital and the University in late 2019.

  • University Hospital Basel climbs to third in Swiss hospital rankings

    09.03.2021 15:00  

    The American news magazine Newsweek has awarded the University Hospital Basel third place in its ranking of Swiss hospitals. In the global list, USB came 35th out of more than 2,000 hospitals in 25 countries. The ranking is based on analyses of patient questionnaires, quality assessments and a survey of nurses, doctors and other health care professionals.

  • The Department of Urology is a global centre of reference for use of “AI-Pathway Companion” software

    04.03.2021 16:00  

    Due to advances being made in technology and medicine, the treatment of patients with prostate cancer is generating a large and increasing amount of data that requires multidisciplinary teams to manage it. In order to improve interdisciplinary patient care, Siemens Healthineers has been working in close partnership with the Department of Urology, headed by Prof. Helge Seifert, to develop a software solution that provides targeted processing of patient data processing and visually maps out the entire treatment pathway for patients with prostate cancer.

  • Urologists at University Hospital Basel treat benign prostate enlargement with high pressure

    08.10.2020 08:00  

    Patients with a benign enlarged prostate can be treated quickly, with millimetre accuracy and more gently then ever thanks to a new surgical robot that uses a high-pressure water jet instead of heat and electricity.

  • The University Hospital Basel’s Breast Care Centre at the international forefront

    06.08.2020 10:00  

    An ongoing study, seven newly defined key research areas and a clear mission for the years ahead: the Breast Care Centre at the University Hospital Basel is setting the benchmark in surgical breast cancer treatment at international level via the Oncoplastic Breast Consortium.

  • Hope for patients with advanced prostate cancer

    11.06.2020 08:00  

    The first patient to undergo lutetium-177-PSMA therapy at the University Hospital Basel was treated on 25 May. This makes USB the first Swiss hospital to produce and use lutetium-177-PSMA for the in-house treatment of advanced metastatic prostate cancer.

  • Doctor from children’s hospital awarded top paediatrics prize

    10.06.2020 08:00  

    Urs Frey from the University Children’s Hospital Basel (UKBB) has received this year’s “Guido Fanconi Memorial Prize”.

  • Coronavirus crisis: see a urologist by video

    31.03.2020 12:00  

    Due to the coronavirus crisis, in most cases it is currently not possible to attend appointments at the University Hospital Basel in person. The Department of Urology at the University Hospital Basel has now become the first clinic to offer video consultations. Further services are set to follow.

  • Prize for Basel breast surgeon for breast-preserving surgical methods

    16.03.2020 15:30  

    The Head of Breast Surgery at Basel University Hospital has received a research prize for his work on how best to reconstruct the breast after a cancer operation.

  • The Multiple Sclerosis Centre: Person-centred care and research at the highest level

    09.03.2020 12:00  

    The prospects for people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis have significantly improved in recent years thanks to new therapies. If the “disease with many faces” has been recently diagnosed, those affected by it these days can hope to lead a largely normal life with little or no impairment.

  • The "Mona Lisa" robot is saving lives

    01.03.2020 08:00  

    Around 6'100 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Switzerland every year. The "Mona Lisa" is being used for early detection of prostate cancer at University Hospital Basel.

  • University Hospital Basel is offering a robot-controlled biopsy for suspected prostate cancer – the only one of its kind in Switzerland

    20.02.2020 14:00  

    If prostate cancer is suspected, patients can now take advantage of a method from University Hospital Basel (the only one of its kind in Switzerland). The device is called “Mona Lisa”, and it carries out robot-controlled biopsies that are more precise and safer than all testing options used to date.

  • A dermatologist on your smartphone

    27.11.2019 14:00  

    The University Hospital Basel is now offering an online dermatology consultation service. Patients take a photo of the change in their skin, complete a survey and pay by credit card for the service.

  • University Hospital Basel opens clinic for regeneration and aesthetics

    24.09.2019 10:45  

    The University Hospital Basel presented its Margarethenklinik to the public today. The University clinic for regeneration and aesthetics is joining forces with the new endowed chair for aesthetic surgery to conduct university research in this field of medicine, consolidate findings in the clinic and pass them on to students in lessons.

  • University Hospital Basel Tumor Center still the best

    16.09.2019 08:00  

    The University Hospital Basel Tumor Center and its organ tumor centers have been recertified by the German Cancer Society (DKG). University Hospital Basel's performance clearly surpassed requirements in some areas.

  • “Cold” laser ablation replaces conventional saws and drills

    04.07.2019 10:00  

    After around eight years of development and extensive studies and testing, yesterday (3 July 2019) the world’s first corrective surgery of the upper jaw using robot-guided cold laser ablation was carried out at University Hospital Basel. The laser technology, which is an integral part of the CARLO® system, will not only increase safety levels and lead to faster healing for patients, but is also suitable for universal use in a digital operating theatre environment.

  • Dr YouTube is a quack

    01.07.2019 08:00  

    36 per cent of the most viewed YouTube videos on neurodermatitis could cause potential harm, according to a study presented by Basel dermatologists at a meeting in Liverpool. This shows once again that self-diagnosis or even recommendations for treatment on the Internet are not reliable.

  • First special consultation for patients with retinal diseases

    25.01.2018 09:14  

    The Eye Clinic of the University Hospital of Basel and the patient organization Retina Suisse are joining efforts. Together, they are now offering a special consultation for patients with retinal diseases – a first of its kind in German-speaking Switzerland. Another novelty for the German-speaking region in Switzerland is that the Eye Clinic of the University Hospital of Basel is offering transcorneal electrical stimulation as a new treatment option for inherited retinal diseases.

  • Best conditions for those trying to conceive

    21.12.2017 17:15  

    The Department of Reproductive Medicine and Gynecological Endocrinology of the Women’s Health Clinic at the University Hospital of Basel is moving to a new location. The modern offices at Vogesenstrasse 134 offer not only more treatment rooms and much more space, but also a high-tech laboratory and significantly more discretion for couples trying to conceive a child. The conditions for success in trying to conceive are also considerably improved thanks to the new law on medically assisted reproduction.

  • Downhill skiing world champion, Ilka Stuhec, undergoes a successful knee operation

    27.10.2017 15:23  

    The Slovenian Ilka Stuhec, downhill skiing world champion in St. Moritz in 2017 and winner of the downhill World Cup 2016/2017, has undergone knee surgery at the University Hospital in Basel. According to the operating surgeon, Prof. Niklaus Friederich, the operation on the cruciate ligament was a success. Ilka Stuhec will nevertheless miss the entire skiing world cup season 2017/2018 as well as the Winter Olympic Games in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.

  • USB Voluntary Service

    07.08.2017 15:40  

    I am a member of the Voluntary Service at Basel University Hospital and we are recognisable from ourred waistcoats bearing the hospital logo.

  • Viola Heinzelmann in Swiss Health Magazine

    07.03.2017 09:51  

    Despite the development of worldwide medicine and pharmaceuticals, the number of cancer patients is growing steadily. Cancer is not called ‘the silent killer’ for nothing. No one is safe from the risk of this frightening diagnosis. Here we meet the famous surgeon Viola Heinzelmann, professor at the Basel University Hospital, to talk about research and modern methods of treatment of cancer in women.

  • A new drug to treat two forms of multiple sclerosis

    22.12.2016 09:12  

    Considerable advances continue to be made in multiple sclerosis treatment. The latest data shows that the new drug ocrelizumab is clearly superior to the previously authorized drug interferon beta-1A in the treatment of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. In addition, ocrelizumab is the very first drug to have an effect in the treatment of primary progressive multiple sclerosis and to delay the progression of disability. Results of the international phase 3 studies, which were conducted in part also at the University Hospital of Basel, have recently been published in the renowned New England Journal of Medicine.

  • Significant vision improvements in blind people

    08.12.2016 09:41  

    The retina is part of the central nervous system and the basis of our sense of sight. Frequently, the retina is affected by hereditary diseases that were untreatable until now. At present, an international research team headed by Prof. Hendrik Scholl, the new Chief Physician at the Eye Clinic of the University Hospital of Basel, is reporting progress in the development of therapy and a breakthrough in the treatment of blindness.

  • A More Sophisticated Approach to Shoulder Instability

    07.06.2016 10:10  

    The soft tissue surgery traditionally used to treat shoulder instability, named the Bankart Repair after the surgeon who first described it, is not always the ideal solution. A more sophisticated approach and a thorough analysis of risk factors is essential in ensuring that individual patients receive the treatment best suited to their symptoms.

  • The Future of Cancer Treatment?

    07.06.2016 10:10  

    Immunotherapy at University Hospital Basel, Switzerland: Immunotherapy is opening up new perspectives on the treatment of tumors. Our own immune systems can now be used to stop or even reverse tumor growth and control it long term. This is already a standard treatment for many tumors and an active field of study in practically every type that is treated.

  • New Surgical Methods

    07.06.2016 10:10  

    Proctology at University Hospital Basel, Switzerland: University Hospital Basel has expanded its range of proctological services. Patients receive interdisciplinary care and are offered cutting-edge treatment options such as laser treatment for fistula and hemorrhoids.

  • A Service for International Patients at University Hospital Basel

    07.05.2016 15:31  

    A conversation with Simone Rüdlin, head of the departement of International Service

  • Tailored Surgical Technique Sets New Standards.

    11.04.2016 10:10  

    Oncoplastic Surgery for Breast Cancer at University Hospital Basel, Switzerland: Tailored surgical technique takes account of a host of factors, and enables surgery to be performed in the way that best suits individual patients. However, issues such as aesthetics and quality of life also come into play.

  • A New ESWL Unit for the Treatment of Kidney and Urinary Stones

    11.04.2016 10:00  

    Fragmentation Made Easy at University Hospital Basel, Switzerland. The University Hospital’s Department of Urology has expanded its range of treatments for patients suffering with stones. We now have a state-of-the-art ESWL unit that allows us to fragment kidney and urinary stones more reliably and comfortably.