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New grant for ISPM to join the WHO special initiative on urban governance for health

19.07.2021 – The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), committed to generating evidence that improves health at the individual, community, population and planetary levels, has now received a grant by the World Health Organization to develop a protocol and implementation strategy for operational research in the WHO special initiative on urban governance for health, equity, and wellbeing (UGH_Bern). Continue reading

New platform on lifestyle and behaviour

14.07.2021 – The Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, conscious of the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle throughout the life course and stemming from its commitment to generating evidence that improves health at the individual, community, and planetary levels, has now established a new research group on lifestyle and behaviour. Continue reading

Study shows that poorer people less likely to be tested for SARS-CoV-2, and more likely to be hospitalised, enter ICU and die

10.07.2021 – New research from Switzerland presented at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), held online this year, shows that people living in poorer neighbourhoods were less likely to be tested but more likely to test positive, be hospitalised, or die, compared with those in more wealthy areas. The study is by Professor Matthias Egger and Dr Julien Riou, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, Bern, Switzerland. Continue reading

Swiss Lung Association grant on phenotypes of Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia

09.07.2021 – Eva Sophie Lunde Pedersen  has been awarded a grant from the Swiss Lung Association to identify phenotypes of primary ciliary dyskinesia and study their association with genotypes and disease progression using longitudinal data from a large international study. Continue reading

ISPM PhD candidate won prize for best oral presentation at the annual congress of the Swiss Society of Paediatrics

21.06.2021 – Sven Strebel, like Carmen de Jong and Eva Pedersen previously, won the prize awarded in the SwissPedNet session for Translational and Clinical Research in Paediatrics with his presentation “Prevalence and Clinical Risk Factors of Severe Hearing Loss in Swiss Childhood Cancer Survivors.” Continue reading

Annelies Wilder-Smith appointed as adjunct professor at ISPM

14.06.2021 – In May 2021, Annelies Wilder-Smith was appointed Adjunt Professor at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine. She will support the work of ISPM and particularly the new research group on community health and health care systems. Continue reading

Figure legend: The new SARS-CoV-2 variant 20E (EU1) has spread widely across Europe. The diameter of the circles shows the number of sequences (color-coded by country). Spain is shown in red, and Switzerland in purple. Bottom right: The corresponding “family tree” of sequences of the new variant (color-coded by country) indicates that 20E (EU1) traveled between countries multiple times. (Visualization: Nextstrain, Mapbox, OpenStreetMap)
The new SARS-CoV-2 variant 20E (EU1) has spread widely across Europe.

European variant from summer 2020 shows the impact of human behaviour and travel on SARS-CoV-2 spread

08.06.2021 – As Europe once again begins balancing summer holiday travel with pandemic precautions, a paper out today in Nature looks at how post-lockdown border opening and movement helped to spread a novel SARS-CoV-2 variant across Europe last year. The variant, known as 20E (EU1) and studied by researchers in Switzerland, Spain, and the US, was the most prevalent variant in western Europe by the end of 2020, before the rise of the Alpha variant. Continue reading

Estimate of historical heat-related mortality (1991 - 2018) attributed to human-induced climate change (CC), expressed as mortality fraction (%), in the 732 locations included in the study.
Estimate of historical heat-related mortality (1991 - 2018) attributed to human-induced climate change (CC), expressed as mortality fraction (%), in the 732 locations included in the study.

Global warming already responsible for one in three heat-related deaths

31.05.2021 – An international study coordinated by Ana M. Vicedo-Cabrera, researcher of ISPM, in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine shows for the first time the actual contribution of man-made climate change in increasing mortality risks due to heat: between 1991 and 2018, more than a third of all deaths in which heat played a role were attributable to global warming. The study, the largest of this kind, used data from 732 cities in 43 countries around the world and has just been published in the "Nature Climate Change" journal. Continue reading

Dr. Annika Frahsa appointed as Assistant Professor for «Community Health and Health Care Systems» at ISPM Bern

03.05.2021 – Promoting health in and with communities is a key area in Public Health research and practise. Supported by an endowment of the Lindenhof Foundation, Annika Frahsa has joined the ISPM team starting in May 2021. Continue reading

COVID-19 and the Inverse Care Law

25.04.2021 – A study of ISPM Bern / FOPH / ETH Zurich illustrates the inverse care law Julian Tudor Hart proposed 50 years ago. Continue reading

Public Health kompakt: Fourth edition of textbook published

29.03.2021 – Edited by Matthias Egger, Oliver Razum and Anita Rieder, Public Health kompakt (in German) has established itself as an introductory text for students of medicine, nursing and other health professions in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The textbook Public Health kompakt provides an excellent overview of the concepts and fields of public health and an exciting introduction to the world of population health. Continue reading

Publish or perish and the journal impact factor – is the end in sight?

12.03.2021 – Matthias Egger gave a talk at the «7ème Symposium annuel de recherche» of unisanté, University of Lausanne. The talk is in French. Continue reading

Congratulations to Sofia Zambrano for the SNSF Eccellenza Fellowship

08.02.2021 – Sofia Zambrano has received an SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowship to perform her research at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM). The social scientist studies the role of emotions in the practice of medicine with a special emphasis on how emotions affect the communication between physicians and patients at the end of life. Continue reading

ISPM is celebrating its 50th birthday! Prevention today and tomorrow!

05.02.2021 – Since 1971, for 50 years, the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) at the University of Bern has been devoted to the improvement of health and wellbeing of individuals and populations. Through high quality research in the fields of prevention, social medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics and public health and together with numerous national and international partners ISPM stands for health for all. Continue reading

Only 14% of the Bernese population have antibodies against coronavirus

04.02.2021 – In the canton of Bern, only 14% of the population were infected with the coronavirus and developed antibodies against SARS-Cov-2. These are the preliminary results of a seroprevalence study coordinated by the Swiss School of Public Health and carried out in Bern by the University of Bern in cooperation with the Inselspital, University Hospital Bern. Continue reading

The MHCOVID project: Corona and mental health

03.02.2021 - A global review aims to summarize and make available evidence on the psychological effects of the COVID19 pandemic using an innovative approach, described in the newly released project website. Continue reading

Nicola Low on the board of directors of the new Multidisciplinary Center for Infectious Diseases and Immunity (MCIDI)

27.01.2021 - Despite widespread warnings from the WHO in 2019 about the risks and the prediction of a «disease X», the COVID-19 pandemic caught the world completely off guard. Continue reading