Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Center for Neurodevelopment, Growth and Nutrition of the Newborn (LRF NGN Center)

The Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Center for Neonatal Neurodevelopment, Growth and Nutrition (LRF NGN Center) was jointly founded in October 2019 by the University of Zurich and the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation. It is part of the Department of Neonatology at the University Hospital Zurich. The interdisciplinary research group of physicians, cell biologists and psychologists is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Giancarlo Natalucci, a neonatologist and developmental pediatrician.

At the NGN Center, we are investigating the influence of early childhood nutrition on the neurological development of children. We are particularly interested in the influence of breast milk components on child development and interactions with parental parenting behavior and the home learning environment.

In addition to a clinical research program, we conduct basic research on the characterization and biochemical behavior of nutrients and bioactive compounds in breast milk. We are particularly interested in the extent to which these nutrients and compounds can protect neuronal cells and stabilize physiological functions.

Our goal is to establish an interdisciplinary center of excellence for neurodevelopment, growth and nutrition in neonatology that studies the development of children and the specific needs of their families.

A large group of motivated employees, together with local and international cooperation networks, are involved in the successful implementation of our various projects. We would like to thank all pregnant women, mothers, fathers, children and families who take part in our projects and thus make an essential contribution to our research.

Past events

NGN Research Center Exhibition booth at Scientifica with interactive tests for children and adults

NGN Center stand at Scientifica 2021 with interactive tests for children and adults

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Participation and support

If you are interested in participating in one of our projects or supporting our research, please contact us. We will be happy to answer you as soon as possible.


Become part of the NGN team

There are currently no vacancies available.

However, we are always on the lookout for new talent to join our team. If you would like to be considered for future positions, please send your resume and cover letter to:


Giancarlo Natalucci, Prof. Dr. med.

Senior Attending Physician, Department of Neonatology

Tel. +41 44 255 53 86
Specialties: Larsson-Rosenquist Stiftung-Professur für Neuroentwicklung, Wachstum und Ernährung des Neugeborenen

Tilman Reinelt, Dr. rer. nat.

Senior Assistant, Department of Neonatology

Tel. +41 44 255 46 49

Josephine Agyeman-Duah

external scientific cooperation partner, NGN Research Center, Klinik für Neonatologie

Debora Suppiger

Phd Student, Department of Neonatology

Tel. +41 44 255 45 85

Ninib Yakoub

Phd Student, Department of Neonatology