Once a year, the University of Bern honours its best young researcher with the Theodor Kocher Prize. The prize, which is an award of CHF 50,000, is given to young researchers at the University of Bern for outstanding and innovative scientific achievement in any field.
This year the prize was awarded to Olivia Keiser, of ISPM, at the Dies Academicus. She was recognized for her work on epidemiology of HIV in Africa. Dr. Keiser's interdisciplinary research team develops mathematical simulation models that assess the (cost-) effectiveness of different screening and treatment strategies for HIV and its co-infections, and other co-morbidities, and she also leads a large project on prevention of mother-to-child transmission in Malawi. Her research has gained her international recognition. The prize committee also emphasized her active exchange with African universities and institutions.