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Research at the Comprehensive Cancer Center Zurich

CCCZ integrates and supports all cancer research activities of the University of Zurich, the University Hospital Zurich, the Balgrist University Hospital and the University Children’s Hospital Zurich. The overall aim is to develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic concepts towards precision oncology.


As an interdisciplinary research platform, CCCZ facilitates cutting edge research on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of cancer, the establishment of novel technologies and the development of innovative clinical trials.

Dedicated CCCZ research areas have been established for Tumor Immunology, (Epi)Genetics & Genomics, Oncogenic Signaling and Imaging, Technology Development and Digitalization. In these areas, scientists and physicians from around 60 research groups and clinical departments work closely together to facilitate the translation of scientific discoveries into clinical application.

Translational cancer programs combine innovative clinical oncology, research, technologies and medical bioinformatics to develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic concepts towards precision oncology.

Clinical trials

CCCZ develops innovative clinical trials, allowing our patients to benefit from novel treatment approaches against cancer and the latest research results.

Cancer Research Areas & Groups

Scientists and physicians from around 60 research groups and clinical departments work closely together to facilitate the translation of scientific discoveries into clinical application.

Translational Cancer Research Programs

Combining innovative clinical oncology, research, technologies and medical bioinformatics to develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic concepts.

C3Z Sample Processing Lab

The C3Z SPL provides standardized tumor sample processing for translational cancer research projects at  CCCZ.

CCCZ Science Highlights

Learn more about recent publications from CCCZ members.

CCCZ Fellow Program

The CCCZ Fellow Program (2018-2022) supports innovative cancer research projects and talented fellows.

C3Z Precision Oncology Funding Program

The C3Z Precision Oncology Funding Program (2022-2025) fosters outstanding translational cancer research programs.

The Ida de Pottère-Leupold and Dr. Iur. Erik de Pottère Cancer Research Award

The award recognizes doctoral students, early-career scientists and clinician-scientists of CCCZ, who have made a significant contribution to basic and/or clinical cancer research.

Funding Tools

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Education and Training in Oncology

CCCZ aims to recruit and train the next generation of talented scientists, physicians and professionals in oncology.