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.

Scientific Advisory Board June 15, 2021

Scientific Advisory Board June 15, 2021

Amos Marc Bairoch, PhD, Professor; Department of Microbiology and Molecular Medicine – Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB ) University of Geneva Medical School. (left photo).

Victor Jongeneel, PhD,  director of the High Performance Biological Computing of the University of Illinois and emeritus associate professor at the University of Lausanne (right photo).

2020 Biobanking course

2020 Biobanking course

December 1st 2020

The 2020 Biobanking course that started on March 6th 2020
ended on December 1st 2020 with 4 Round table sessions.
Out of the 10 participants, 9  passed the final exam and
received a certificate with 5 ECTS credits from the University
of Lausanne

This biobanking course organized by the Pasteur Institute Bioresources network (PIBnet), the European Virus Archive goes Global consortium (EVAg), and HSeT aimed to enhance the transfer of knowledge on biobanking by providing an online and practical training. An three months Online training period in the spring was followed by 4 round tables to present and discussion practical aspects related to biobanking including legal, quality and logistic issues, as well as examples of viral biobanks their role, organization and sustainability. The training period terminated with a final exam with a certificate of 5 ECTS credits from the University of Lausanne.