Author Archives: Ann Walser

SSPH+ PhD Abstract Award

Magali Leyvraz and Giulia Pestoni, students of the SSPH+ PhD Program in Public Health from IUMSP Lausanne and EBPI Zürich, are amongst the the winners of the this year’s SSPH+ PhD Abstract Award.

In total, 28 abstracts were submitted to the Swiss Public Health Conference 2018 by PhD students supervised by an SSPH+ Faculty member.

Congratulations to the winners!


Jerry J. Hella wins the SSPH+ Award for the “Best Published PhD Article”

SSPH+ PhD student Jerry J. Hella from Swiss TPH won the award at the Swiss Public Health Conference 2018 in Neuchâtel with his article “Tuberculosis transmission in public locations in Tanzania: A novel approach to studying airborne disease transmission” published in the Journal of Infection (2017) 75, 191-197. Supervisor is Prof. Lukas Fenner.  Download article here

His article was ranked out of 24 submissions. Following him closely you will find the next ranked four articles:

Heresh Amini, Swiss TPH, Supervisor: Prof. Nino Künzli
Nanina Anderegg, ISPM Bern, Supervisor: Prof. Matthias Egger
Fabien Belle-van Sprundel, IUMSP Lausanne, Supervisors: Prof. Murielle Bochud and Prof. Claudia Kuehni
Nadia Danon-Hersch, CHUV, Supervisor: Prof. Brigitte Santos-Eggimann

Giulia Pestoni wins ScienceFlashTalk Award in Lausanne

Giulia Pestoni, SSPH+ PhD student from University of Zurich and supervised by SSPH+ Faculty member Sabine Rohrmann, has won the second of three events of the 2018 SSPH+ ScienceFlashTalk Award at the SSPH+ Faculty Meeting in Lausanne on 14 June 2018.


Giulia convinced the audience with her 3-minute flash talk on “What does the Swiss population eat? Characterization of food consumption and dietary patterns in the Swiss language regions”. In 2014/2015, the first National Nutrition Survey (menuCH) aiming to assess the food consumption of the Swiss population was conducted allowing the analysis of dietary patters by language region as well as the finding of major determinants of a healthy diet. Giulia’s study may help to further understand differences in the prevalence of chronic diseases morbidity and mortality in Switzerland. Furthermore, it will allow to identify population groups that are currently not meeting general dietary recommendations and to develop more targeted public health interventions.

Watch her flash talk HERE.