50 Years Helmut Horten Foundation

04.11.2021 09:19

The Helmut Horten Foundation celebrated its 50-year anniversary with a festive event at the ETH Zürich on the 22nd of October 2021. The evening’s program was focused on immunological challenges posed by the pandemic and the newest trends and developments in precision medicine. It also emphasized the remarkable long-term cooperation between the Hemut Horten Foundation and the University of Zurich, the University Hospital Zurich, the ETH Zurich and the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Bellinzona (IRB).

Picture from left to right: Prof. Davide Rossi (IOR / EOC Bellinzona), Prof. Davide Robbiani (IRB Bellinzona), Prof. Thorsten Zenz (USZ/UZH/The LOOP Zurich), Dr. Markus Fellner (personal counsel to Countess Goëss-​Horten), Alain Robert (president of the Helmut Horten Stiftung) (picture: Valeriano Di Domenico)

The highlight of the celebration that took place in the Helmut Horten lecture theatre, was the award ceremony for the Helmut Horten anniversary project. Countess Goëss-​Horten, represented by her personal counsel, Dr. Markus Fellner and Alain Robert, president of the foundation awarded the prize of EUR 1 million for a research project in the field of precision medicine to Prof. Thorsten Zenz (USZ/UZH/The LOOP Zurich), Prof. Davide Robbiani (IRB Bellinzona) and Prof. Davide Rossi (IOR / EOC Bellinzona). A reason to rejoice, also for The LOOP Zurich, as the Helmut Horten anniversary project is carried out in cooperation with The LOOP Zurich.

This translational and multidisciplinary project titled: « Precision oncology in cancer of the immune system (“rare lymphomas”). Connecting infection, inflammation, and lymphoma to develop causal and curative cancer treatments. » brings together top-level researchers from Ticino and Zurich. Its aim is to establish how normal immune functions, viruses and frequently used drugs for cancer modulate tumors and immune system. Consequently, very much in the spirit of translational research, strategies are developed to employ desired immune functions against tumors. The project is closely connected to and synergistically complementing the research consortia INTeRCePT.

The LOOP Zurich congratulates the Helmut Horten Foundation for its 50th anniversary and is looking forward to a continuing and successful cooperation.