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Alexandre Yersin Prize 2017 to encourage medical researchers in Vietnam

Released at: 17:24, 27/09/2017

Alexandre Yersin Prize 2017 to encourage medical researchers in Vietnam

Dr. Alexandre Yersin (Source: Wikipedia)

Submitted research papers must be conducted in Vietnam and be original articles and/or case studies with new data.

by Quang Huy

Launched and organized by HELVIETMED, a Swiss-Vietnamese Association, in cooperation with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Ho Chi Minh City, the Alexandre Yersin Prize 2017 is set to encourage medical researchers in Vietnam to make significant contributions to medical literature and will recognize outstanding research achievements.

Named in honor of Dr. Alexandre Yersin, a Swiss-born physician and bacteriologist who was a pioneer in medical research in Vietnam, the Prize will go to the best published research in the 24 months prior to the closing date on December 31. For the inaugural prize, the duration is five years.

To qualify, research must be conducted in Vietnam, with only original articles and/or case studies with new data. Candidates must be the first author and correspondence author of the published paper, or the “main author” whose contribution is explicitly specified in the paper. The evaluation is based on five criteria: scientific quality, significance, innovation, scientific impact, and journal prestige.

There are three prizes each year, with each worth VND30 million ($1,320). To honor the Prize winner as well as Dr. Yersin, the award ceremony will be organized in association with the Swiss Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City at a convenient venue.

To honor authors for their work, organizers may organize a scientific conference in which the authors may present their results to a wider public of physicians, researchers, and other interested parties. The presentation, in power-point format, will also be put on the organizers’ website.

The announcement of the Prize will be broadcast in communication channels such as Facebook, blogs, advertisements in non-medical journals, and professional networks of HELVIETMED members and their colleagues from Vietnamese universities. Help from the Swiss Consulate may be needed to reach other health-related authorities. Results will be announced via email by February 28, 2018.

Candidates are advised to prepare a short dossier that includes a PDF-version of the paper(s) for consideration and a short non-technical essay (at a maximum of 200 words) explaining the rationale, aim, findings, and significance of the paper. The dossier should be sent by email to the office of HELVIETMED: qvnguyen@swissonline.ch.

Founded in 2011 by medical doctors of Vietnamese origin, HELVIETMED is a Swiss non-profit and humanitarian association with the aim of promoting cooperation between Swiss and Vietnamese institutions and individuals in the fields of health, medical education, and research. It also supports poor medical students in Vietnam through scholarships and mentoring.

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