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ESTHER Alliance for Global Health Partnerships: Webinars about COVID-19

23.03.2020 – Every Friday at 1:00 pm, GMT, the ESTHER Alliance for Global Health Partnerships organizes a webinar about COVID-19. This series of webinars hosts Global Health experts from different parts of the world to discuss aspects of COVID-19. The webinars are being prepared on behalf of ESTHER Alliance for Global Health Partnerships, ESTHER Ireland and Irish Global Health Network. Continue reading

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ISPM researchers granted CHF 500'000

20.03.2020 – ISPM researchers granted CHF 500'000 for understanding the role of noncaloric sweeteners on microbiome and cardiometabolic risk in women undergoing menopause. Professor Oscar Franco, Director of ISPM and Dr. Taulant Muka, leader of the Cardiometabolic Research Group at ISPM, were awarded a «Spirit Grant» by the Swiss National Science Foundation to run a 3-year joint project with Dr. Amin Salehi-Abargouei, associate professor of nutritional sciences at Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences in Iran. Continue reading

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Coronavirus: Colombia, a tres semanas de Italia. Todavía hay tiempo de actuar!!

18.03.2020 – Berna, Bogotá y Medellín, 18 de marzo de 2020. Epidemiólogos colombianos del Instituto de Medicina Social y Preventiva (ISPM) de la Universidad de Berna, en Suiza, de la Universidad de Antioquia, de la Fundación Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud (FUCS) y de la Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, liderados por el Director del ISPM, el Profesor Oscar Franco utilizan los más recientes métodos matemáticos disponibles para predecir el curso del COVID-19 en Colombia. Continue reading

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Fogarty-IeDEA Mentorship Program (FIMP)

18.02.2020 – In collaboration with the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the US National Institutes of Health, six International Epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS (IeDEA)  regions working in low- and middle-income countries have created the Fogarty-IeDEA Mentorship Program. ISPM will be host to FIMP mentees for the IeDEA Southern African region. Continue reading

Daily exposure to ozone pollution associated to increased risk of death

11.02.2020 – An international study confirms the link between daily exposure to ground level ozone and mortality risk worldwide. This new study published in The BMJ represents the largest investigation of its kind, assessing almost 50 million deaths from over 400 cities in 20 countries across the world, in which Switzerland is included. Continue reading

Coronavirus outbreak in China

24.01.2020 – ISPM researchers used computer simulations to analyze the early transmission pattern of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in Wuhan, China. The findings indicate the potential for sustained human-to-human transmission. Continue reading

Healthy habits extend our lives

10.01.2020 – Healthy habits extend our lives.  People with five healthy habits—persons who never smoke, have a normal body weight, a healthy diet, and low alcohol consumption, and who exercise regularly—live longer. And as a study by an international team of researchers from the US, China, the Netherlands, and Switzerland that was just published in BMJ shows, they also live better. Continue reading