Direction de l’étude

Thierry Rochat is currently the principal investigator of the project. He is a pulmonary physician and director of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, University Hospitals of Geneva. As former president of the Swiss Respiratory Society, he is chairing the SAPALDIA directorate since 2005.

Nino Künzli, Chair of Public Health at the Medical Faculty University Basel and Vice-director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute since 2010 is a SAPALDIA member from the very beginning. Once a physician, he got trained in environmental epidemiology. As a research professor in Los Angeles (USC) and in Barcelona (CREAL) he focused investigations on the effects of ambient air pollution in the US and Europe.

Nicole Probst-Hensch is associate professor at the Medical Faculty University of Basel and heading the Unit of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. Originally a pharmacologist, she got PhD training in epidemiology at UCLA, held a research professor position at USC in Los Angeles, and is the former director of the National Institute of Cancer Epidemiology and Registration in Switzerland. Her research focuses on public health relevant mechanisms underlying chronic diseases As a SAPALDIA member from the beginning; she is leading biobanking and genetics  

Jean-Michel Gaspoz is a specialist both in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He is chairman of the Department of Community medicine, primary care and emergency medicine of the Geneva University Hospitals, and director of the Department of Health and Community medicine at Geneva Medical School.

Christian Schindler is biostatistician at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel. He is one of the earliest scientific investigator of the SAPALDIA project. He is in charge of the clinical database of the participants to the cohort and is particularly supervising the statistical methods in SAPALDIA'S scientific publications.

Following are the addresses of the members of the SAPALDIA directorate:

Prof. Thierry Rochat
Service de Pneumologie
Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève
CH-1211 Genève 14 (Suisse)
tél + 41 22 372 99 02
fax + 41 22 372 99 09
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Prof. Nino Künzli
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Socinstrasse 57
CH - 4002 Basel
Tél + 41 61 284 83 99
Fax + 41 61 284 81 05
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Prof. Jean-Michel Gaspoz
Médecin-chef du Service de Médecine de premier recours
Chef du Département de Médecine Communautaire et de
Premier Recours et du Département facultaire de
Santé et Médecine communautaire
Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève
CH -1211 Genève 14 (Suisse)
tél + 41 22 372 95 20
fax + 41 22 372 95 82
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Prof. Dr. Nicole Probst-Hensch
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Socinstrasse 57
CH - 4002 Basel
Tél + 41 61 284 83 78
Fax + 41 61 284 81 05
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PD Dr. Phil. II Christian Schindler
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Socinstrasse 57
CH - 4002 Basel
Tél + 41 61 284 87 10
Fax + 41 61 284 81 05
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