Kurt Hersberger was born in Basel (Switzerland) in 1953. He studied Pharmacy in Basel and Zürich and received in 1981 at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich a certificate in management, technology and economics (BWI) and in 1992 his PhD. He started in 1994 as a lecturer for Pharmacy Practice and became head of the Pharmaceutical Care Research Group at the University of Basel in 2000. In 2007 he was awarded the post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) and appointed senior lecturer for Clinical Pharmacy by the University Council. To keep in touch with the needs of community pharmacies, he continues working part-time in his own pharmacy. He is president of the Drug Committee of the Swiss Pharmaceutical Association (AKA). His research aims to evaluate and develop services provided by pharmacists in primary care. Quality and safety for patients are the goals. Special focus is on screening for cardio-metabolic risk, self care including self medication and therapeutic lifestyle change, seamless care, drug-related problems, adherence, management of drug-drug interactions and newly on anticoagulation therapy.