| ISID and the Swiss
Society for Infectious Diseases (SSI) jointly sponsor the SSI/ISID
Infectious Diseases Research Fellowship Program.
The purpose of this Fellowship Program is to support infectious disease
physicians and scientists from developing and middle income countries
through multidisciplinary clinical and laboratory training at select
biomedical institutions in Switzerland. The objectives of the Fellowship
- to train promising young physicians and scientists from developing
and middle income countries for clinical and research positions
in infectious diseases,
- to foster partnerships between Fellows and infectious disease leaders in Switzerland, and
- to increase scientific research capacity in low income/high disease burden countries.
Opportunities for training and research in a variety of areas ranging from
basic studies of the mechanism of disease to studies in public health,
epidemiology, diagnostics, therapeutics or vaccine development,
are available through this program.
Language skills of French or German are necessary according
to the institution chosen (German for Basel, Bern, Zurich and St.
Gallen; French for Geneva and Lausanne). Please indicate in your application
your speaking and writing proficiency of these languages and of English.
The term of the Fellowship is for one year. The start date of the
will be determined by arrangement between the host institution and
A financial stipend of up to 36,000 SF per year (approximately $21,000
USD) will be given to Fellows to cover travel costs and living expenses.
The program intends to award two fellowships every year.
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SSI/ISID Fellows will be placed at one of six collaborating research centers in Switzerland according to technical
interests and skills. All infectious diseases programs at each institution offer experience in clinical infectious
diseases, including HIV, and microbiology. The technical research interests at each site include:
- Bern: Meningitis. Brain injury in CNS infection. Molecular
pathogenesis of respiratory pathogens. Epidemiology and resistance
of pneumococcus. (Tauber MG, Leib SL, Aebi C, Muhlemann K)
- Geneva: Clinical trials in hospital infections and HIV
infection. Hospital hygiene and epidemiology. Genomics, molecular
biology, and pathogenicity of S. aureus. Foreign body infections.
(Lew D, Garbino J, Pittet D, Perrin L, Hirschel B,Vaudaux P, Schrenzel
J, Kelley W, ) [additional information is available at http://www.geneve-infection.ch/]
- Lausanne: Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. Molecular
pathogenesis of endocarditis. Cytokines and sepsis. Resistance,
pharmaco-epidemiology, and therapeutic drug monitoring in HIV.
Molecular epidemiology of nosocomial infections. Antibiotic use.
(Glauser M, Calandra T, Moreillon P, Telenti A, Francioli P, Zanetti
- Basel: Infectious diseases, hospital hygiene and epidemiology.
Full clinical service in all areas of infection diseases and hospital
hygiene and epidemiology. Pathophysiology and clinical research
including health economy. HIV: pathogenesis and course of disease.
(Battegay M, Flckiger U, Widmer A, Erb P) [additional information
is available at http://www.kantonsspital-
- Zurich: Clinical trials in HIV. Molecular biology of
HIV, latent reservoirs, and anti-HIV immune response. HIV epidemiology.
Intestinal infections. Zoonotic infections. Hospital epidemiology.
(Weber R, Ruef C, Guenthart H, Opravil M, Trkola A, Flepp M, Speck
R, Ledergerber B)
- St. Gallen: Sexual transmission of HIV (Vernazza P).
[additional information is available at http://www.infekt.ch]
The program is open to applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of developing countries or Eastern Europe.
Applicants should have a M.D. or a Ph.D in a relevant field and should hold a position at a medical, research, or
public health institution. An endorsement by the home institution is required for participation in the program.
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Application materials are available for download in PDF format
or in Microsoft Word.
To read the PDF file you must have the Acrobat Reader installed
on your system. Download
a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Applications will be reviewed by a joint SSI and ISID committee. Selection will be based on the applicant's academic
potential, career plans, previous clinical/research experience, letters of reference, and relevance of training to
home institution and home country. Personal interviews will be arranged with selected applicants as the final step
in the application process.
The annual application deadline for Fellowship applications is 1
April. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their
application by 1 July.
Requests for application materials and additional
information should be directed to:
ISID Professional Development Working Group
1330 Beacon Street, Suite 228
Brookline, Massachusetts 02446
Fax: (617) 731-1541
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