CHUV (Vaud University Hospital Center), based in the Canton of Vaud, is one of the 5 teaching hospitals / medical schools in Switzerland. It provides care for in-patients and out-patients in all branches of medicine and surgery, including both somatic and psychiatric disciplines. As a teaching hospital, we work in partnership with the University of Lausanne. The CHUV plays a leading European role in the fields of medical care, medical research and training.
The Lausanne University Hospital is linked to the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne (UNIL). The CHUVs medical services benefit over 45,000 patients a year. Almost 3000 babies are born every year in the obstetrics department. Approximately 9000 employees work at the CHUV. The university hospital acts as a general university hospital for people living in the Lausanne area, covering all areas of medical treatment. It also serves as a hospital offering acute and specialist care for the whole Canton of Vaud and parts of French-speaking Switzerland.
The missions of the hospital are care to the patients, research and teaching. On 28 October 2014, the World Health Organisation welcomed approval by the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products of a vaccine trial against Ebola virus at the University Hospital of Lausanne. mThe CHUV is part of the Lausanne Integrative Metabolism and Nutrition Alliance, a joint research initiative aiming to promote research and education on metabolism, nutrition, ageing and all associated diseases, such as obesity, diabetes or cancer, in Lausanne area.
Prof. JD. Tissot, Dean of the Faculty notified "In terms of training, the Faculty of Biology and Medicine faces the fourfold challenge of developing living biology, resolving the programmed shortage of doctors, ensuring academic succession and giving students a taste for research. A specification that it can not fulfill that by remaining attentive to the changing needs of society".
In the case of biologists, research is an end in itself, it is often a means for clinicians. These are two respectable approaches, linked by "translation", which it is important to respect. Equally, it is essential to guarantee the widest possible freedom, while bearing in mind that research must ultimately remain useful. This is the great paradox of the researchers posture: freedom makes it possible to avoid a mercantile recovery, a system in which only profitability is counted. On the contrary, it promotes research in the service of the living being, the human being, Not just the market. But this freedom has a price. It is based on public funds, and it is therefore our duty to do everything possible to value the fruits of this research. In a broad sense: by publishing them, communicating them, sharing them, pooling resources to advance science and medicine.