Ulrich Heininger

Prof. Dr. med.
Ulrich Heininger

Head of Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology

University Children's Hospital Basel

Phone +41 61 704 29 09



Research Focus

Immunology & Infectious Diseases

Area of Research

Vaccine preventable infectious diseases, especially in children and adolescents: epidemiology, disease burden and prevention. Vaccine safety and side effects

Approved Research Projects

  • A randomised controlled trial of adjunct corticosteroid therapy in hospitalised children with community acquired pneumonia (CAP): KIDS-STEP STUDY
  • Hospital based surveillance of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 cases in Switzerland
  • Long-term outcomes of osteoarticular infections in children
  • What Matters to Parents Regarding Immunization of Their Children: Systematic Analysis of Expert Advice to Parents in an Internet Forum.
  • Child-parent immunization survey: How well are national immunization recommendations accepted by the target groups?
  • Attitudes of Swiss Health Care Providers Towards Childhood Immunizations


National Collaborations

  • Paediatric Infectious Disease Group Switzerland
  • Swiss Paediatric Surveillance Unit
  • SwissPedNet

International Collaborations

  • European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Brighton Collaboration

Ongoing Research Projects

  • Hospital-based surveillance of Covid 19 and Influenza (University of Geneva and Swiss Public Health Office)
    Ongoing since March 2020; Coordinator for paediatric module
  • Surveillance of varicella-zoster-virus infections, Swiss Paediatric Surveillance Unit, SPSU (in collaboration with Swiss Public Health Office)
    Ongoing since July 2021; Co-prinicipal investigator
  • KIDS STEP Study - A randomised placebo-controlled multi-centre effectiveness trial of adjunct betamethasone therapy in hospitalised children with community acquired pneumonia (SNF)
    Ongoing since July 2016; local Principal Investigator Basel

Research Team

Prof. Dr. Jan Bonhoeffer

Attending Physician and Researcher

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Nina Vaezipour (MD)

Clinical and Research Fellow

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Michael Büttcher (MD)

Attending Physician and Researcher

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Chloe Schlaeppi (MD)

Clinical and Research Fellow

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