National MD-PhD program: revised regulations

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Our work relies on the time and commitment of a large network of volunteers

This is no news for anyone, 2017 is about to come to an end. It is time for SAMS to thank all those who have graciously put their time and knowledge to its disposal.

Throughout the year we have informed you through our website about activities which could not have been possible without close collaboration with many partners in the fields of medicine, science and politics and without the voluntary commitment of the members of the Executive Board, the Senate, the Central Ethics Committee and the numerous groups of experts who make the Academy a respected and recognized institution in the Swiss health system. SAMS is counting on their commitment and that of all its partners to continue fulfilling its missions in 2018.



Robert Bing Prize in neurosciences 2018 : call for applications

Every two years, the SAMS awards the Robert Bing Prize for outstanding achievements in neurosciences from the fund established by the Basel neurologist Robert Bing. The call for proposals is open until March 2018.

Scientists and physicians (up to 45 years) doing research in basic, translational or clinical neurosciences are eligible for the Prize. Candidates should be Swiss or have been working in Switzerland for a significant amount of time. The prize amounts to CHF 50'000.–, the next submission deadline is 1 March 2018.

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The Swiss Personalized Health Network supports 15 projects with CHF 15.7 million

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) coordinates the development,  implementation and validation of the data infrastructure necessary to make health-related data interoperable and shareable across Switzerland. In June 2017, SPHN has launched the first call for proposals to support research projects contributing to this objective.

For this first call for proposals, a total of 38 applications were received. Based on the recommendation of its International Advisory Board, SPHN decided to support 15 projects for a total amount of CHF 15.66 million. An overview of the funded projects is published on the SPHN website, a second call for proposals is foreseen in 2018.

Factsheet: SPHN at a Glance PDF

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Valérie Clerc is the new Secretary General of SAMS

In June 2017, the Executive Board appointed Valérie Clerc General Secretary of SAMS. On 1 November, she is taking over from Hermann Amstad, who will leave SAMS at the end of the month after 18 years of cooperation.

The press release dated July 4, 2017 contains more information on Valérie Clerc’s career. Contact details of all SAMS employees can be found on our website under «Portrait».

Press release (German): Valérie Clerc wird Generalsekretärin der SAMW PDF

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Four research projects supported by the Käthe Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fund

The KZS Fund provides funding for research projects in biomedical ethics. The 2017 call for proposals focused on the «Impact of digitalization on the patients and health professionals relationship». The Expert Committee selected 4 projects out of the 28 submitted applications.

A total of about CHF 250'000.– was available to the Expert Committee who decided to support 4 projects after a careful scientific evaluation. An overview of supported projects since 2007 can be found in the synopsis. The next call will be launched in 2018, details will be published on our website.

Synopsis of funded projects PDF

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Strengthening biomedical research for the benefit of European citizens

Europe is facing a number of major healthcare challenges, particularly as a result of an ageing population. To master these challenges, joint research activites in biomedical and clinical research across the European Union are needed. In a recent position paper, FEAM postulates five key points to overcome current gaps. As a member of FEAM, the SAMS supports these efforts.

The Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM) and the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe have united to strengthen biomedical research in Europe. In their recently published position paper they call upon the EU, that the support of biomedical research has to be a key priority for the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. To learn more, download the position paper or visit the FEAM website.

Strengthening biomedical research for the benefit of European citizens PDF

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Weighing of interests for proposed animal experiments

Researchers submitting an application to conduct an animal experiment in Switzerland are required to consider ethical as well as scientific aspects. The ethical evaluation takes the form of a «weighing of interests». A new guidance for applicants should help to carry out the procedure correctly.

The brochure (Englisch/French/German) explains the principle of the weighing of interests for proposed animal experiments and contains a step-by-step guide. Printed copies are available free of charge – also in bulk – from: order@samw.ch.

Weighing of interests for proposed animal experiments – Guidance for applicants PDF

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Steps #2: Getting to know the SPHN Partners

SAMS highlights specific topics concerning the Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) in its newsletter «Steps». The current issue presents relevant partners and their activities.

Steps #2 is dedicated to the actors who play – besides universities and university hospitals – a central role in the research in personalized health in Switzerland. Find out who is integrated into the SPHN initiative and learn about their role. Find more publications on the SPHN website.

SPHN Newsletter «Steps #2»: SPHN Partners PDF

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