Centre for Emerging Viral Diseases


Mission of the Centre for Emerging Viral Diseases

The Geneva Centre for Emerging Viral Diseases (GCEVD) is a joint institution of the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) - with the aim to understand and prevent the spread of emerging and re-emerging viruses, by providing diagnostic capacity combined with clinical expertise and basic research.

We believe that only in this interdisciplinary approach we will be able to tackle the global challenges of the future posed by novel viruses and their pandemic risks.

The goal of the Geneva Centre for Emerging Viral Diseases is the connection of all services working in the field of viral infectious diseases within the Geneva University Hospitals (Infectious Diseases, Tropical and Humanitarian Medicine, Vaccinology Center, Virology Laboratory and National Reference Center for Emerging Viral Infections), the Institute of Global Health and the virus research groups of the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva. Beyond this, we aim to foster and enhance our partnerships within the international Geneva (governmental and non-governmental organizations).

The recent Ebola outbreak has demonstrated the high level of human and technical expertise available in our two institutions: Geneva was the first center designated by the Worl Health Organization (WHO) to test the most promising Ebola vaccine and the HUGs have been among the very few European hospitals that have successfully treated a patient infected with Ebola. Furthermore, the HUG has the only diagnostic laboratory hosted by a hospital in Switzerland with the highest level of biosecurity.

The term "emerging" is not exclusively limited to novel and exotic viruses, but the Centre has an additional focus on the complex viral syndromes seen in high-resource countries in hospitalized patients (chronic viral infection, infection of the immunocompromised host).

The core mission of the Centre are:

  • A competent up-to-date diagnostic platform for Switzerland, available 24/24h and 7/7d.
  • Interdisciplinary, cross-cutting research on emerging viruses at the fundamental, translational and clinical level
  • Expertise for viral diseases including complex viral syndromes in patients hospitalized at the HUG

Vaccinology Center


Mission of the Vaccinology Center

Vaccinology is the science that encompasses all aspects related to the prevention of diseases using vaccinations. The goal of Vaccinology is to meet the prevention needs of everybody in an individualized manner, with personalized approaches that make it possible to identify the degree of protection, to define the necessary vaccination strategies and to decrease any risks of adverse reactions.  

In 2000, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva created the first Chair of Vaccinology in Europe. Its Vaccinology Center, which is managed by Professor Claire-Anne Siegrist, is the privileged partner in a major European program (the ADITEC project, “Advanced Immunization Technologies”), which has a network of 42 research partners located in 13 countries. This research project should make it possible to develop a new generation of more effective vaccines that just as safe in terms of controlling the risk of adverse effects. The Geneva Vaccinology Center has obtained more than a million euros in financing and is on the committee that is steering the project scientifically.

By creating its own Vaccinology Center, HUG is making available to everyone the unique experience acquired by its research doctors - and is confirming its leadership position in Switzerland. The mission of the center relates to anything that has an impact on vaccinology, for any age, and in all contexts.


Professeure Claire-Anne Siegrist Professor
Claire-Anne Siegrist
Head of Center



A single telephone number

A unique number allows you to contact the Center for Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine directly.

022 727 15 50

Staff will know how to guide you over the phone to get the most suitable consultation for your condition.

In some cases, in order not to overload one or another specialist consultation, you will be asked to see your attending physician first, who will arrange a consultation with a specialist at HUG for you, if required.


Main diseases treated

The main pathologies treated are the following:

  • Knee sprain
  • Muscle injury
  • Ankle sprain
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Joint fracture
  • Fracture of the long bones
  • Fracture of the collarbone
  • Tendinopathy
  • Overload injuries

The Center for Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine guarantees a perfectly coordinated care, irrespective of the pathology and facility a patient is initially sent to within HUG. At each stage, the patient benefits from a specialist's expertise.

Medical Specialties

Medical specialties represented in the center are the following:

  • Obesity Prevention and Care Program
  • Angiology Division
  • Cardiology Division
  • Orthopedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Trauma Care Division
  • Division for Therapeutic Education for Chronic Diseases
  • Pediatric Orthopedics Division
  • Pulmonology Division
  • Neuro-Rehabilitation Division
  • Rheumatology Division


Research and Teaching

The Center's mission is to organize and promote multidisciplinary postgraduate training in medical genetics.

In order to promote research and exchanges between specialists, it wants to develop anetwork of doctors and biologists at HUG who are particularly involved in genetic medicine. Establishing a monthly multidisciplinary seminar will contribute to these exchanges as well as joint projects in clinical research.

Its mission is also to implement clinical research protocols.