The SHCS Foundation’s Board of Trustees

President: Prof. Bruno Ledergerber, Zurich

Bruno Ledergerber was head of the Coordination and Data Center of the newly established Swiss HIV Cohort Study from 1988-1995 and is Professor at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich, specialized in Clinical Epidemiology and Medical Informatics. Besides the Scientific Board of the Swiss HIV Cohort Study, he was member of many steering bodies of international collaborations such as EuroSIDA, ART-CC, COHERE and EuroCOORD. Together with colleagues, Bruno Ledergerber has authored or co-authored more than 250 peer reviewed articles predominantly in the field of HIV cohort studies.

Prof. Bernard Hirschel
Treasurer: Prof. Bernard Hirschel, Geneva

Bernard Hirschel is the President of the Research Ethics Committee of Geneva.  He has honorary degrees of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences and the Universities of Geneva and Basel.

From 1988 to 2011 he directed the HIV/AIDS unit of the Geneva University Hospital. He is the author or co-author of more than 400 scientific publications.

Prof. Manuel Battegay, Basel

Manuel Battegay heads the Division of Infectious Diseases & Hospital Epidemiology at the University Hospital Basel and is Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Basel since 2002. He is a former President of the European AIDS Clinical Society and was also the Chair of the European HIV/AIDS Guidelines. He authored or co-authored over 500 scientific publications, in particular on HIV/Aids, but also other viral diseases and infectious diseases. In 2020, during the global Covid-19 epidemic, he is co-chair of the Taskforce Covid-19 at the University Hospital Basel, and member of the National Covid-19 Science Task Force.

Prof. Huldrych Günthard

Prof. Huldrych Günthard, Zürich

Huldrych Günthard has joint appointments at the Department of Infectious Diseases and the Institute of Virology.

His research interest focus on the resistance of HIV to anti-retroviral drugs, and on primary HIV infection.

Dr. Bertino Somaini, Worb

Bertino Somaini has a wide expertise in Public Health, Prevention and Health Promotion. He is consultant on prevention and health promotion to the WHO, UNICEF and other organizations. Before establishing his own company, Bertino Somaini was CEO of Health Promotion Switzerland. He worked with the University of Zurich and was vice director of the Federal Office of Public Health (Switzerland). During this time he developed national programs and campaigns concerning HIV/Aids. He was city physician in Zurich and head of a nursing home.


Prof. Rainer Weber

Prof. Rainer Weber, Zürich

Rainer Weber is Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Zürich since 2005, and he directs the Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Hygiene at the University Hospital in Zürich since 1997. He is the author or co-author of more than 350 scientific publications.