Matthias Schwenkglenks has been Head of Research at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Medicine (ECPM) of the University of Basel, Switzerland, since 2003. He also leads the Division of Medical Economics at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine of the University of Zürich, Switzerland, since 2010. He obtained a Master of Arts in Sociology and Political Sciences from the University of Tübingen, Germany, a Master of Public Health from the Universities of Basel, Bern and Zürich, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Basel. He received the Venia legendi in "Health Economics and Public Health" from the University of Zürich in 2009. Current research interests and teaching activities are in the fields of pharmacoeconomics and health economics, health economic evaluation and modelling, health services research, epidemiology, observational study and trial design, and biostatistics. He previously headed the Department of Medical Economics at the Hirslanden Group of Private Clinics, Zürich, and worked as a research fellow at the Department of Medical Economics of the University of Zürich. He also has extensive professional experience in internal intensive care nursing.