CAFE-S program

The Faculty of Science of the University of Geneva launches the CAFE-S program to optimize the orientation of future students.  Shortcomings in disciplines such as mathematics often handicap students when they begin their studies at the Faculty of Science. They can also lead them to make poor career choices. In collaboration with HSeT, a new device aims to improve this situation.

Future students are often unaware of the levels required when they begin their studies at the Faculty of Science. This is particularly true in secondary but eliminatory subjects (for example mathematics for a bachelor’s degree in biology). This situation leads to hesitation during the first year and the possible reorientation towards other studies. To remedy this situation, the CAFE-S program intends to provide the students with the tools and necessary framework to follow a program of self-assessment and self-study centered on mathematics. These are indeed essential for studies in chemistry and biochemistry, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, as well as earth and environmental sciences. The CAFE-S program will then be gradually extended to the other secondary disciplines of the bachelors offered by the Faculty, then to the main disciplines. Self-assessment and self-study in mathematics has been implemented thanks to a cooperation agreement signed by the Faculty of Science with an international academic website, OMB+, hosted by the University of Aachen. Chapel.

eTraining in Gerontology and Geriatrics

eTraining in Gerontology and Geriatrics

The Federation of Geriatric Education (FGE) of the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG) created in 2017, has decided to go online, with a new program aimed at “training the future lead- ers in Gerontology Geriatrics”, called
“e-TRIGGER” for “e-TRaining In Gerontology and GERiatrics”
IAGG has commissioned HSeT to create a public web- site (https://iagg-fge.org/) and a training website for IAGG attendees and trainers.

Free monthly 3-hour online training sessions are organized by the IAGG FGE, with the contribu- tion of the Regional IAGG Academy in Geriatrics and Gerontology.
Each session consists of three one hour training including:

• an introduction by the President of the regional Academy
• a 20-minute keynote lecture by an expert in Gerontology or Geriatric medicine
• a 10-minute case report presented by a trainee (health care profes- sional or MD) participating in the program
• a 20-minute discussion between the experts and the trainees.
• a quiz to test the knowledge acquired by the trainees during the session, so that their acquisition of the topic studied in that session may be validated.
• an evaluation of the session by all the trainees and attendees

CAS/DAS Translational nephrology

CAS/DAS Translational nephrology

CAS/DAS Translational nephrology

Module 6  ‘Inflammation and Immunity
started on November 2021 with a kickoff session in Bern
and ending in March 2022

Participation: 22 MDs, MD-PhDs and PhDs

The speakers of the kickoff meeting were:

  • Uyen Huynh-Do (Bern University) on Pathophysiology of vasculitis,
  • Harald Seeger (Zurich University) on Complement in renal diseases
  • Pietro Cippà (Regional Hospital Lugano) on Basics of transplant immunology
  • Cédric Hirzel (Bern University) on Sars-Cov2 vaccination:

Principal and special aspects for immunocompromised individuals

Deshnee Achary

Deshnee Achary

Deshnee Achary, a student of the International Master of Vaccinology (IMVACC) class 2021, working at Pfizer vaccines in Johannesburg South Africa, received an award from the former President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki and The University of South Africa Principal and Vice-Chancellor (VC), Professor Puleng LenkaBula, who honored her for the work she has done in vaccines for the past 17years.

In her thank you speech she spoke about empowerment through education, highlighting the importance of using the education for the greater of mankind “When you are educated you are empowered and encouraged, and you have the power to change your life, your community around you and most importantly you have the power to educate others.”

She also touched on the topic of vaccine resistance and hesitancy and how fake news miscommunication can lead to people making bad decisions about their health which leads to disease, increased burden on the healthcare system and increased mortality.

Duduzile Ndwandwe

Duduzile Ndwandwe

Duduzile Ndwandwe, from South Africa, has defended with success her IMVACC Master thesis entitled “Prevalence and determinants of missed opportunities for vaccination in South Africa: a multi-level analysis”. She has been awarded the diploma and 60 ECTS from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Duduzile Ndwandwe was honored in 2021 by the South Africa Medical Research Council as a champion woman. She has published 31 peer-reviewed articles in high-impact factor journals and is the team leader for clinical trial registration and vaccine implementation research projects at Cochrane South Africa, where she shares her vaccinology expertise with colleagues.

In addition, she serves on various global COVID-19 clinical research networks. In her private capacity, Duduzile organised a Career Expo for High School learners from underprivileged communities in July 2019.

The Board of directors June 15, 2021

The Board of directors June 15, 2021

The Board has appointed two new members,
 Armelle, Phalipon, PhD, Research Director at Institut Pasteur, Paris to replace Nicolas Fasel from the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne, who decided to leave the Board.

 François Verrey, MD, Emeritus Professor, Zurich University, to replace Jonathan Fuchs from the Public Health Institute of San Francisco. The Board expresses its gratitude for their commitment and contribution over the past years.