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The first months of 2020 marked a turning point not only for the scientific community, but for the whole world. We have seen the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many academies stepped up to provide evidence-based advice to national governments and international institutions. This global crisis has been central to our work, but we also launched new projects, publications, a brand new website, and communication campaigns that engaged not only our network, but the wider public.

To discover more about our work and the work of the YPL alumni simply check the links below!

IAP Young Physician Leaders Programme 2020

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, IAP will not hold the regular leadership workshop at the World Health Summit in October 2020, but specific initiatives aimed at alumni will be organized and participants of the past editions will shortly be receiving information on how to participate. Read the news.

News from IAP YPL alumni

Hélène Rossinot

Hélène Rossinot is a medical doctor specialized in public health. Her recently-published book Aidants, ces invisibles (‘Caregivers: the invisibles’) sheds light on caregivers and addresses their role in our society. Her work recently got recognition by the Académie de Stanislas, that awarded her a prize on 19 January 2020. Read the news.


Edsel Salvana

Edsel Salvana, a physician studying the genetics of HIV, is among the new group of TED2020 Fellows and Senior Fellows. TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks, and this year’s class represents 13 countries across four continents. Read the news.


Paramdeep Singh

Paramdeep Singh is an Associate Professor of Radiology at University Hospital of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) in India. He recently wrote two editorials abot the COVID-19 crisis. Read Scientific Advice during Pandemics: Exploring the role of Clinicians and Unsustainability and Pandemics: Exploring the relationship and finding the crucial underlying factor.


Fabien Vincent

Fabien Vincent is a physician-scientist currently employed as a research fellow in the rheumatology group, centre for inflammatory diseases at Monash University, Australia. He recently wrote an article on The Conversation that sheds some light on why being immunocompromised increases your risk of coronavirus, and his research project on lupus won an award by the Australian Government. Read What does it mean to be immunocompromised? And why does this increase your risk of coronavirus? and the NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council) Investigator Grant.


Biljana Gjoneska

Biljana Gjoneska, a Research Associate at the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, recently co-authored an article on Comprehensive Psychiatry Journal. Read Preventing problematic internet use during the COVID-19 pandemic: Consensus guidance.


Academy Response to COVID-19

Many IAP member academies around the world are playing their own part in national or regional initiatives – helping to ensure that trustworthy and credible information is reaching as many people as possible, much of it in local languages. We set up an online space that has rapidly became a one stop shop to discover how academies around the are playing their own part in national or regional initiatives to fight the pandemic. You can find it here.

IAP released this video as part of a social media campaign.

World Academies Call for Global Solidarity on COVID-19 Pandemic

The new IAP Communique on COVID-19 emphasises the vital importance of doing more now to act collectively because effort on the global scale is essential to mitigate the spread of coronavirus in all territories. Read the communiqué.


Global Academy Network Condemns US decision to Halt WHO funding Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Any disruption to the WHO’s operating budget amidst the COVID-19 pandemic threatens its ability to perform its critical role of coordinating the international medical and scientific response to the virus. Read the press release.


Open Letter to the UN: Health Inequity during the Pandemic: A Cry for Ethical Global Leadership

IAP signed a letter to the UN about the escalating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic among already vulnerable and marginalized populations worldwide. Read the news and endorse the letter by filling in this form.


New Urban Health Video

“Urban health is systemically relevant and critically linked to social, economic, and ecological systems in all countries of the world,” explains ISC's Franz Gatzweiler in the latest IAP Urban Health video. Watch it here.


Depei Liu appointed as IAP representative at the Steering Committee of the Urban Health and Wellbeing programme

IAP YPL alumnus Suraj Bhattarai, Akinyinka Omigbodun, and Paulo Saldiva are the IAP experts selected for the programme’s Scientific Committee. Read the announcement.


Combatting Predatory Academic Journals and Conferences

Predatory journals, fake conferences and related practices that undermine these standards increasingly plague the research enterprise, and the consequences can be profound. This new IAP project will explore predatory practices, complementing projects led by other global institutions on related issues of open science and scientific publishing. Read the press release.


COVID-19! How Can I Protect Myself and Others?

IAP and Smithsonian Science Education Center with support of the World Health Organization launched a new COVID-19 guide for youth. A group of 9 IAP Young Physician Leaders alumni - Jaifred Lopez, Atiya Mosam, Julio Muñoz, Nathaniel Orillaza, Trisha Peel, Omary Mussa Chillo, Amarjargal Dagvadorj, Yangmu Huang, and Dipendra Khatiwada - served as technical reviewers of this publication along with other experts and medical doctors.  Read it here.


How can science help to guide the European Union’s green recovery after COVID-19?

An EASAC Commentary on science-based European recovery post COVID-19. Read it here.


Arctic warming and microbial threats: Perspectives from IAP and EASAC following an international academies’ workshop

A new workshop report by IAP sheds light on existing and possible future risks of harmful infectious agents emerging from thawing permafrost and ice in the Arctic region. Read it here.


Addressing the social determinants of global mental health in the Sustainable Development Goals era

A new report from our workshop with the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2019. Read it here.


Interdisciplinary research in epidemic preparedness and response

A new report by IAP, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Medical Research Council. Read it here.


S.O.S. Booklet for Global Young Scholars

This booklet was written by some partecipants of the GYA/IAP Young Researchers Leadership Workshop in the Framework of the World Science Forum 2019. Read it here.


Assessing the Potential Risks and Benefits of Advances in Science and Technology: Results of a Pilot Exercise Using Qualitative Frameworks

IAP and the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine collaborated on a pilot exercise to examine how two qualitative frameworks could facilitate structured discussions of advances in S&T using BWC-relevant case examples. Read the summary report here.


TWAS and IsDB launch COVID-19 research grant

Deadline to apply is 4 June 2020. More info here.

Latest News Highlights

Launch of new IAP website

 A new design and improved search function: discover the profiles of 140 member academies, 14 ongoing projects and over 200 publications. Discover it here.


South Korea holds webinars on how to contain COVID-19

 Webinars will be available in Korean, English and Russian on 27 May, 10 June, and 17 June. Discover more here.


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