Promoting translational & clinical research

«At no other time before it has been more important to close the gap between biomedical researchers and the patients in need of their discoveries»

Elias A. Zerhouni 2005 | Former Director of National Institutes of Health
The Research Group on Oral Soft Tissue Biology & Wound Healing is a part of the Clinical Research Foundation for the Promotion of Oral Health (CRF), an organization seated in Brienz, Switzerland, and registered since 1988.
The key priority of the Research Group is the promotion and realization of high-quality patient-oriented research in the field of mucosal healing, investigating the reparative and regenerative systems of the oral cavity.
The pioneering approach of the Research Group consists of the strict application of the Malik Sensitivity Model® on each relevant question before preparing the study protocols. Such methodology allows the reduction of the many influencing factors to few system relevant key dynamics, leading to innovative study designs and meaningful results.


Who we are

Prof. Niklaus P. Lang
DDS, MS, PhD, Dr. odont. hc. mult., Hon FRCPS (Glasgow), Professor Emeritus University of Berne
Niklaus P. Lang holds four honorary doctorates as well as honorary memberships of 10 national societies and authored over 520 refereed publications and conference proceedings.
He is the former president of the International Team of Implantology (ITI) and the Swiss Society of Periodontology (SSP), and past editor-in-chief of Clinical Oral Implants Research. Niklaus P. Lang, formerly Chair of the Department of Periodontology at the University of Berne, Switzerland, and Professor of Implant Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong, actively participates in clinical research related to implant dentistry, periodontology, etiology and pathogenesis of peri-implant infections, risk evaluation, wound healing and oral microbiology.
Dr. Rino Burkhardt
DDS, MAS in Periodontology
Rino Burkhardt runs a private clinic in Zurich, Switzerland, limited to periodontology and implantology. In the early 90ies, he was one of the first clinicians who introduced microsurgical techniques in periodontics. Today, he is a leading expert in this field with a clinical experience of more than two decades.
He has authored several refereed articles and book chapters and holds an honorary professorship at the University of Hong Kong and an associate professorship at the University of Zurich.
He is a board member of several national and international associations and currently vice president of the Swiss Society of Oral Implantology.
His research activities are focused on wound healing, the refinement of minimally-invasive approaches in mucosal surgery and skills evaluation in periodontal surgery.
Dr. Otto Zuhr

Dr. Otto Zuhr studied dentistry at the University of Aachen from 1986 to 1992. In 1992 he received his DMD from the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Aachen. Several educational programs led him to Switzerland, Scandinavia and USA during the following years. From 1999 to 2008 he worked together with Drs. Bolz, Wachtel, and Hürzeler in the Institute of Periodontology and Implantology (IPI) in Munich. In 2001 he received his Specialist in Periodontology of the German Society of Periodontology (DGP). Since 2008 he is in professional partnership with Marc Hürzeler. Presently, he`s holding an assistant professorship position in the Department of Periodontology at the University of Frankfurt (Director: Prof. Dr. Peter Eickholz).

Otto Zuhr has written several articles in the field of periodontology and is lecturing nationally and internationally. From 2007 to 2014 he was board member of the German Society of Periodontology (DGPARO). His book “Plastic Esthetic Periodontal and Implant Surgery” was published by Quintessence in 2012.

Additional Board Members of the Clinical Research Foundation for the Promotion of Oral Health:
Dr. iur. Beatrice Gukelberger, Prof. Dr. Peter Gehr, Rolf Christeller, Rudolf von Siebenthal, Adrian Glatthard (notary)