Portrait Adriano Aguzzi

Adriano Aguzzi
Prof. Dr. med.

Director of the Institute, Institute of Neuropathology


  • Diagnosis of diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system and skeletal muscles
  • National Center for Human Prion Diseases (NRPE/NHUP)


Tel. Sekretariat +41 44 255 21 07


2004-2017 Co-Head of the Department of Pathology, University Hospital Zurich
since 1998 Professor of the Faculties of Medicine and Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Zurich
since 1997 Full Professor of Neuropathology and Director of the Institute of Neuropathology, University of Zurich
since 1995 Director of the National Reference Center for Prion Diseases
1993-1997 Attending Physician and private lecturer in pathology and neuropathology, University of Zurich

Most important memberships

  • Swiss Society of Neuropathology (President: 1998-2002)
  • EMBO Member (European Molecular Biology Organization)
  • Royal College of Pathology (MRCPath)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FRCP)
  • German Society for Neuropathology
  • International Society of Neurovirology (Member of the Board of Directors)
  • International Society of Neuropathology
  • SEAC (Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee, UK)
  • Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS)
  • Research for Life Association
  • Italian Society of Virology: Honorary member
  • Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Research focus

  • Neurodegeneration
  • Immunological and molecular basis of the pathogenesis of prion diseases
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Organotypic brain slice cultures
  • Generation of transgenic and knock-out mouse models
  • High-throughput screenings


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