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Preventing preterm birth and neonatal infections in Papua New Guinea

ISPM Professor Nicola Low has been visiting the WANTAIM project in Papua New Guinea. «Wantaim» means «once» or «together» in Tok Pisin creole. It is a perfect fit for the research project, «Women and Newborns Trial of Antenatal Intervention and Management». Continue reading

Chlamydia screening trial prompts rethink about control strategy

Opportunistic testing for the sexually transmitted infection, chlamydia, amongst young adults attending general practices, did not reduce prevalence after three years. Continue reading

New ISPM presentation video

The new ISPM presentation video is online.
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Open Day Uni Mittelstrasse

The Uni Mittelstrasse will open its doors on Saturday, 27 October 2018, 10-18 pm. Continue reading

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Interview on digital transformation in the healthcare sector in «Primary Care and Hospital»

The digital transformation is fundamentally changing the professional world of health workers. Prof. David Schwappach explains the risks and opportunities of technological trends in the healthcare sector and explains the advantages and disadvantages of electronic patient records. Continue reading

Thomas C Chalmers award for ISPM’s Adriani Nikolakopoulou

Thomas C Chalmers award for ISPM’s Adriani Nikolakopoulou

Adriani Nikolakopoulou of ISPM’s Evidence Synthesis Methods research group won the Thomas C Chalmers award for the best oral presentation at the Cochrane Colloquium in 16-18 September 2018 in Edinburgh. Continue reading

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Better understanding, research and treatment of childhood cancer

The Swiss Childhood Cancer Registry (SCCR) at the University of Bern has been collecting data on children and adolescents suffering from cancer in Switzerland for over 40 years. Now, on behalf of the Confederation, the registry will be converted into a Federal Childhood Cancer Registry, which will further improve the documentation, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in children and adolescents. Continue reading

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SRF Tagesgespräch: Matthias Egger and Michael Hagner on Open Access

Open Access aims to make scientific research freely accessible to all and thus to counteract the major publishers and their business model. In the SRF «Tagesgespräch», Matthias Egger of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the science historian Michael Hagner discuss Open Access. Continue reading

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Workshop on Open Science and Biomedical Research in Bern on Friday, Sep 28th, 2018

The Biomedical section of Bern university library, on behalf of the Swiss biomedical libraries commission, would like to invite you to a workshop on Open Science and biomedical research on Friday, Sep 28th, 2018. Continue reading

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New Ambizione grant to be funded by the SNF

Orestis Efthimiou has been awarded an Ambizione grant to develop methods for personalizing treatment choices. Continue reading

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The Federal Council submitted a draft legislation article for cannabis pilot trials for consultation

The Federal Council submitted a draft legislation article for cannabis pilot trials for consultation. This article and a corresponding act regulates the conduct of scientific studies in the field of recreational cannabis use. The article does not affect regulations of cannabis use outside of such scientific studies. Continue reading

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Epidemiology Winter School 2019 in Wengen - registration now open!

The next Winter School will take place from January 21st to 26th 2019, during the week following the International Lauberhorn ski race, when Wengen is calm, with few people on the slopes. Continue reading

Martina Hirayama, the new State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation

Federal Council appoints Martina Hirayama as new SERI State Secretary

The Federal Council has appointed Martina Hirayama as the new State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation, effective 1 January 2019, to replace retiring Mauro Dell’Ambrogio. Continue reading

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SSPH+ Global PhD Program in Public Health Sciences (GlobalP3HS)

Doctoral fellowships in public health sciences available for talented students from all over the world: first call launched on July 2, 2018. Continue reading

Doug Altman of Oxford University has died

Doug Altman, founder of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine at Oxford University, the EQUATOR Network and driving force behind CONSORT, sadly passed away on Sunday 3 June 2018. Continue reading

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ISPM PhD student Eva Pedersen wins prize for best oral presentation

Eva Pedersen won the prize for best oral presentation in the Swiss PedNet Sessions for Clinical Research in Paediatrics with her talk «The 10-item PARC tool to predict childhood asthma – an external validation.» Continue reading

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Interview with Myrofora Goutaki and Rahel Kasteler for the Lung League Bern

Myrofora Goutaki and Rahel Kasteler were interviewed by the Lung League Bern for their annual report. Continue reading

Julia Bohlius Teacher of the Year

Julia Bohlius Teacher of the Year for the fourth year in a row

For the fourth year in a row Julia Bohlius has been selected as «Teacher of the Year» in the three University MPH program. Continue reading

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Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Matthias Egger in the Sonntagszeitung

Ebola vaccination was begun last month as part of the swift international response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Continue reading

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ISPM assessment tool ready to be used in China

An assessment tool to measure health literacy in youth populations that was developed by Thomas Abel and his ISPM colleagues (HLAT-8) has been translated into Chinese (c-HLAT-8). Continue reading

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The ISPM is moving

The ISPM is finally moving to the newly renovated University building located at Mittelstrasse 43. Continue reading

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News from the teaching office

Thomas Abel has been selected as «Teacher of 2017» in the three University MPH program and an ISPM digital learning project has been selected for development. Continue reading

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New ΙSPM research project funded by SNF

What works best? SNF funds the Research Synthesis Methods Group to develop advanced methods for ranking medical treatments (RaT) Continue reading

New Research Group on Migration and Health

Migration is a growing challenge and concern in our modern societies, especially if we consider public health related issues. In order to better coordinate on-going activities and to develop new projects, the ISPM is setting up a new Research Group on Migration and Health. Continue reading

Workshop: Natural background radiation and cancer risks in children

This scientific workshop will bring together researchers in the field and interested parties from around the world to discuss how epidemiological studies of exposure to background radiation and risk of childhood cancer can improve our understanding of the effects of low-dose ionising radiation. Continue reading

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Interview with Mazvita Sengayi at the CROI in Boston

IeDEA researcher Mazvita Sengayi (National Cancer Registry, National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa) was interviewed at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston. Continue reading


ISPM supports position statement against Federal Act on Tobacco Products

The ISPM decided to support this initiative of SSPH+ concerning the Tobacco Products Act Consultation 2018. We encourage all of you to send in a personal rejection. Continue reading

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ESTHER Switzerland News

New Swiss projects and a new ESTHER Global Alliance web page. Continue reading

Network meta-analysis course in Kea island Greece

We are happy to announce that registration for our network meta-analysis course in Kea April 28th – 30th is now open. Continue reading

ISPM's new director

ISPM announces the appointment of its new director, Oscar H. Franco.
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Enrolment for new CAS in Clinical Research is open

We are happy to announce that enrolment for our new CAS in Clinical Research is now open!

The first cohort will start April 26, 2018. Continue reading

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Think before you submit

Column by ISPM Director Matthias Egger in the December 2017 issue of Horizon. Continue reading

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Symposium Research Group «Climate Change and Health»

The new Research Group «Climate Change and Health» at OCCR and ISPM
Invitation to the OCCR and ISPM Symposium



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