Caroline Ospelt


Center of Experimental Rheumatology

Department of Rheumatology

University Hospital of Zurich

Winterthurerstrasse 190

8057 Zurich, Switzerland.





Caroline Ospelt finished her medical studies at the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck, Austria in 2003. In 2012, she received her PhD from the University of Amsterdam and in 2014 the venia legend from the University of Zurich (lecturer). Currently, she works as a senior researcher in the Center of Experimental Rheumatology, Zurich, Switzerland. Her research focuses on epigenetic changes, microRNA expression and innate immune pathways in synovial fibroblasts of rheumatoid arthritis patients. She authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications (h-index 27) and is a scientific committee member of the Foundation for Research in Rheumatology (Foreum).

Experience within EMEUNET

Caroline joined EMEUNET in 2009 and first served as chair of the visibility subgroup until becoming chair elect in 2013. In the visibility subgroup, she introduced the social activities for EMEUNET members at EULAR and ACR and initiated the EMEUNET corner at EULAR meetings. As EMEUNET chair, her main task was to re-organize the social media subgroups, so that EMEUNET could make an appearance on facebook and on twitter in addition to the webpage. Her work for EMEUNET did not only provide her with invaluable experience in team organization, but also widened her social and professional network substantially.