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Increased risk of childhood leukaemia in the vicinity of highways

ISPM researchers found that young children living in the close vicinity (<100 m) of a highway have an increased risk of leukaemia. Read more

Health risk assessment and counselling improves survival in older people

A study published this week in PLOS Medicine shows that a collaborative care model improves health behaviors and survival among community-dwelling older people. Read more

More prizes for our PhD students!

In the last few weeks, four PhD students working at the ISPM Bern were awarded prizes for their abstracts at conferences or for their Master thesis. Congratulations! Read more

ESTHER Switzerland Secretariat moves to ISPM

The Ensemble pour une Solidarité Thérapeutique Hospitalière En Réseau (ESTHER) was established by the French government in 2001 to address global inequalities in access to HIV drugs. Read more

Dr. Georgia Salanti started this week her joint appointment with ISPM, BIHAM and CTU

Georgia arrived a few days ago from the University of Ioannina in Greece, were she is an Associate Professor in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Read more

Ebola vaccine tested successfully for the first time

A vaccine against the Ebola virus, tested in West Africa for the first time in a field trial, has proved to be effective according to the first interim analysis published today in The Lancet. ISPM researchers were involved in designing and implementing the World Health Organization (WHO) «Ebola ça Suffit» vaccine trial. Read more

Joining forces: IEFM and ISPM merge

As of January 2016 the Institute for Evaluative Research in Medicine (IEFM) and the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) will merge and continue to work under the name ISPM. Read more

2014 impact factors are out

Here is the news about the numbers that are really not that important ;-). Click on the quicklink (Journal Citation Reports) for full details. Read more

International Epidemiologic Databases to Evaluate AIDS - Southern Africa

The IeDEA-SA steering group meeting took place from 11 to 13 May 2015 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Read more

Aerosolised measles vaccine did not work as well as subcutaneous vaccine in India

The results of a large randomised trial are published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Nicola Low was an investigator on the trial, which was sponsored by WHO and the Serum Institute of India with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Read more

Background ionising radiation affects cancer risk in children

That ionising radiation increases cancer risks is well known from studies of people exposed to relatively high doses including atomic bomb survivors from Japan or patients receiving radiation therapy. But what about the more common low doses of radiation to which the population at large is exposed to such as natural background radiation or diagnostic radiology; do these also contribute to cancer risk and, if yes, do similar dose-response relationship apply? Read more

GetReal Annual Meeting in Bern

The second GetReal General Assembly was hosted by the ISPM and University of Bern the 28-29 of January 2015. Read more

Meeting of Young Researchers in Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia!

On March 12-13th, 2015 the ISPM Bern will host the first international young researchers meeting, with a focus on PCD. The conference, organized by young scientists from Bern, Southampton and Copenhagen, provides a unique opportunity for scientific exchange among doctoral students and junior researchers who work on PCD. Read more

Ebola Vaccine Trial in Guinea

ISPM and CTU Bern will participate in a trial to evaluate the effectiveness of ring vaccination to control the current outbreak in Guinea, West Africa. We are urgently looking for staff to support this trial in Guinea and Bern. Read more