WHAT WE DO
Our vision is to gather scientific experts to offer a wide panel of multidiciplinary ressources for the improvement of human physical and mental health.
WHO WE ARE
Three experts in rejuvenative medicine, psychotechnologies and clinic management, who cumulate more than 70 years of experience in Switzerland.
THE INTERNATIONAL MONTREUX CONGRESS ON STRESS
Paul J. Rosch, M.D President of The American Institute of Stress, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, New York Medical College.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN : Our International Congress on Stress was initiated in an attempt to assemble leading authorities from all over the world to present cutting edge research advances and state of the art reviews. This event also served to commemorate and pay homage to Hans Selye by bestowing the Hans Selye Award to a senior scientist who had made significant contributions to our understanding of stress.
The First International Congress on Stress in 1988 was a two day event held in 1988 in Montreux, Switzerland sponsored by The Biotonus Clinic in Montreux. I served as Consultant to Biotonus and chaired an International Conference on Aging they had sponsored in 1976. Claude Rossel, M.D., Ph.D. Executive Vice-President of Biotonus, subsequently indicated his interest in sponsoring a similar International Congress on Stress under the direction of The American Institute of Stress. Since I had been contemplating a conference that would assemble leading authorities in the rapidly expanding field of stress, I eagerly accepted this gracious invitation and attempted to satisfy our mutual goals.
The Congress was held entirely within the confines of the Grand Hotel Excelsior, which is connected to Biotonus Clinic. The Excelsior, a majestic edifice that opened in 1908, is located on Lake Geneva, and every room has a commanding view of the Alps across the lake. The event was unique in that all the participants had breakfast and gourmet lunches and dinners together and met for after dinner conversation and entertainment in the main salon. The elegant but informal ambiance of the surroundings provided a unique opportunity to foster personal and professional relationships. These friendships have grown over the years as the vast majority of participants have returned for subsequent events.
The response to this Congress was so enthusiastic that Dr. Rossel invited me to conduct this on an annual or biannual basis and the Congress quickly grew to a five day conference that expanded on the above themes and introduced others that have proven to be equally exciting. In 1999, a Satellite Holistic Medicine Congress organized by Hugo B.J. Soder of the Biotonus Clinic, was also held the day following the official conclusion of the Congress that was open to registrants. Since all of the above Congresses were conducted within the confines of The Grand Excelsior Hotel, these events were usually referred to as The International Montreux Congress on Stress.
While the ambiance was unique, attendance was limited since only 180 to 200 could be accommodated in the main conference room and there was insufficient space for exhibits and posters. Local officials were anxious to move it to the large Conference Center in Montreux, the site of the annual Montreux Jazz festival.
Due to Dr. Rossel’s untimely death later that year and the sale of Biotonus, we considered other Eleventh Congress venue options in Europe and the U.S. Due to the generosity of Earl Bakken, founder of Medtronics, and others, our Eleventh International Congress on Stress was conducted at the stressless Mauna Lani Bay resort in Hawaii.
HANS SELYE AWARD RECIPIENTS : The highlight of the Congress was the presentation of The Hans Selye Award.
1988 – Stewart Wolf, M.D. received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1938 following which he did his medical residency at Cornell-New York Hospital.
1989 – Björn Folkow, M.D. Ph.D. Chaired the Department of Physiology at the University of Göteborg where he is Emeritus Professor of Physiology.
1991 – James P. Henry, M.D., Professor of Medicine at Loma Linda University and Drew Medical College attended Hans Selye’s seminars at McGill University in 1941.
1992 – Yujiro Ikemi, M.D. has had a lengthy and illustrious career devoted to integrating Occidental and Oriental approaches in psychosomatic medicine that began following his studies in the U.S. in the early fifties.
1993 – Lennart Levi, M.D., Ph.D. founded the Laboratory for Clinical Stress Research at Karolinska Institute and Hospital because of the impression upon him of Hans Selye’s Stress, which was published in 1950.
1994 – Joel Elkes, M.D., who preceded me as the first President of The American Institute Of Stress, is widely regarded as the founder of the field of psychopharmacology.
1995 – Ray H. Rosenman, M.D., Vice-President of The American Institute of Stress, is best known as the co-creator with Meyer Friedman of the concept of Type A behavior over four decades ago.
1996 – Elmer E. Green, Ph.D. obtained his degree in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1942 and was subsequently a graduate student in the Department of Physics, UCLA.
1997 – Richard H. Rahe, M.D. received his medical degree and training at the University of Washington Medical School.
1999 – W. Ross Adey, M.D. has Chaired or participated in sessions dealing with the psychophysiologic effects of weak magnetic fields and communications between cells at almost every Congress since their inception.
(Source : website A.I.S. 2015)