Recruitment Partner ZURICH has recruited 552 adults age 70+ from Zurich and surrounding areas

Prof. Heike A. Bischoff-Ferrari, MD, DrPH


Principal Investigator, Sponsor, and Coordinator of DO-HEALTH

Prof. Bischoff-Ferrari designed DO-HEALTH with input by the partners and advisors/collaborators to DO-HEALTH. Her team at the University of Zurich is responsible for the preparation, coordination and eventually analysis of the DO-HEALTH study. Prof. Bischoff-Ferrari is an MD with a background in Geriatrics, Rheumatology, and Orthopedic Surgery and Public Health. She is the Chair of Geriatrics and Aging Research at the University of Zurich and University Hospital Zurich and directs the Centre on Aging and Mobility at the University of Zurich and City Hospital Waid since 2008.  From 2000 to 2005 she studied in Boston and has a Doctor of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health with a focus on nutritional epidemiology and biostatistics. She is an internationally acknowledged expert on vitamin D, fragility fractures, falls and functional impairment at older age. From 2009 to 2012, she served as a member of the US Endocrine Society Task Force on vitamin D, the German Nutrition Society working group on vitamin D (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ernährung), and the Swiss Dept. of Health (Bundesamt für Gesundheit) working group on vitamin D.  Since 2009 she is a member EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) / EFORT (European Federation of National Associations of Orthopeadics and Traumatology) working group on the prevention and treatment of fragility fractures.

Prof. Bischoff-Ferrari built the Centre on Aging and Mobility at the University of Zurich together with Dr. Daniel Grob, Chief of Acute Geriatric Care at the City Hospital Waid in Zurich, supported by an effective Board of Directors and experienced Team of Scientific Advisors. The Centre is located at the Waid City Hospital in Zurich, includes about 20 staff members, and is equipped with an Xtreme CT device for bone quality assessment, IDXA for muscle mass and bone density assessment, and various technologies for the evaluation of cognitive, physical and multi-organ functionality at older age. The centre also has access to a gait analysis system (GAITRite).

Prof. Bischoff-Ferrari is the PI or Co-Investigator of 13 randomized clinical trials with a focus on improving health at older age.  Prof. Bischoff-Ferrari’s research focus is prolonging healthy life expectancy at older age through nutritional and exercise interventions. She is the author of 54 original publications as first, second or senior author with an impact factor of 361, was an invited key note speaker at the 2010 European Parliament Hearing on Vitamin D, and was the author of the 2011 IOF World Osteoporosis Day report.

E-Mail: heike.bischoff@usz.ch