Winners of Alexandre Yersin Award honoured hinh anh 1A representative (centre) of the research "In Vitro Fertilization: Transfer of fresh embryos and frozen embryos is equally effective" receives the Alexandre Yersin award (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) - The Swiss - Vietnamese Medical Association (HELVIETMED) on July 26 presented the prestigious Alexandre Yersin Award to the four best medicine research works of Vietnamese scientists.

The award aims to honour outstanding medicine publications by Vietnamese scientists for their international medicine research.

The award was given to "In Vitro Fertilization: Transfer of fresh embryos and frozen embryos is equally effective" by Dr. Vuong Ngoc Lan and colleagues from Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University; "Building the model of fatality prognosis in emergency patients" by Dr. Ha Tan Duc from Can Tho  Central General Hospital; "Effects of lean mass and fat mass to osteoporosis" by Dr. Ho Pham Thuc Lan and colleagues from Ton Duc Thang University in HCM City; and “Optimisation of Polymerase chain reaction (PRC) method for septicemia diagnosis” by Dr. Ngo Tat Trung and colleagues from the Military Central Hospital 108 in Hanoi.

The winning studies were selected from more than 80 entries, which were appraised by professors and doctors from Switzerland, France and Australia, based on scientific quality, clinical and scientific influence, innovation and the prestige of the scientific magazines the work was published in. 

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Othmar Hardegger, Swiss Consul General in HCM City, highlighted the significance of the award named after the Swiss-born physician and bacteriologist who made great contributions to Vietnam’s and the world’s medicine.

Alexandre Yersin is a symbol of the cooperation and friendship between Vietnam and Switzerland over the last 47 years, he said.

He expressed his hope the award is not just an honour for current Vietnamese scientists but also drives others in the future.

The prize is named in honor of Dr. Alexandre Yersin (1863 – 1943) who was a pioneer in medical research in Vietnam and discovered the bubonic plague bacillus and Yersinia pestis. His research helped eliminate the epidemic disease that killed millions of people over the century.

Yersin was the founder and first head of Indochina Medical College, which is known as Hanoi Medical University today.-VNA