Research and teaching in medical engineering at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology ranges from basic research to clinical application and involves various length scales, from the molecular to the organismal.
The topics build on the concepts and methods of engineering sciences and include investigations into the influence of mechanical forces on biological tissue, the development of advanced quantitative diagnostic- and patient-monitoring systems as well as new technologies that support the rehabilitation and recovery of patients.
Activities are focussed on discovering
- the structure, degeneration and regeneration of the central and peripheral nervous system
- the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system
i.e. the three most typical side-effects of aging that have high socio-economic relevance.
Success in the very interdisciplinary field of medical engineering relies on close interactions within the new department, and also between the medical faculty of the University of Zurich, the hospitals in and around Zurich, the research institutes of the ETH domain, and other departments of ETH Zurich.