Academy

14.10.2021

No to a ban on animal and human experimentation

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On 13 February 2022, the federal popular initiative for a ban on animal and human experimentation will be put to the vote. Acceptance of this initiative would prevent biomedical research and new medical treatments. At stake are the high quality of healthcare and responsible research in Switzerland.

Together with the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, swissuniversities and other scientific institutions, the SAMS recommends to reject the initiative. More information can be found on our website.

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SPHN

01.10.2021

Five additional Swiss cohorts can join the Maelstrom catalogue

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The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is committed to responsible and sustainable use of health data. With a new funding program, SPHN enables Swiss cohort studies to integrate their metadata in the international Maelstrom catalogue. The funding program thus strengthens international scientific collaborations and advances the reuse of these valuable data for research purposes in Switzerland.

The renowned Maelstrom catalogue scheme enables the visualization of comprehensive information from more than 240 studies from around the world, which are grouped into several research network. In June 2021, SPHN launched an open call for applications to allow Swiss cohort studies to join the Maelstrom catalogue. After a careful evaluation of the applications, five additional cohort studies will be supported. More information can be found in the SAMS’ newsletter published today.

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Projects

24.09.2021

Clinical Research Careers: new online portal

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Getting trained and planning a career as a clinical researcher can be challenging. One of the hurdles is the access to relevant information: Which path to follow? Which trainings to attend? What kind of career support and funding instruments exist locally and nationally? The new Clinical Research Careers web portal now provides all relevant information in one place.

With their joint project, the SAMS, the association Médecine Universitaire Suisse (unimedsuisse) and the Education Platform of the Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation (SCTO, project leader) aim at guiding young physicians throughout their career in clinical research. Explore the new web portal, which offers information on the diverse support offer by clicking on the link below.

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Ethics

14.09.2021

Monkey, Mouse or Zebrafish? Considerations in choosing model organisms

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On what considerations do researchers base their choice of model organisms for their work? How do they deal with the implicit moral hierarchy among animals, with primates at the top and fish at the bottom? Scientific and ethical questions concerning the choice of model organisms were at the heart of the symposium on 1 July 2021 organised by the Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (ECAE). The report is now available.

The aim of the symposium was to raise awareness of these issues among researchers, animal welfare officers and regulators. In order to address questions as concretely as possible, the topic of the symposium was discussed with reference to a specific research field – Alzheimer’s disease. The report, available in English, German and French, can be downloaded below or on the ECAE website.

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Ethics

01.09.2021

Changes in the SAMS Ethics Department

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Medical progress continually opens up new possibilities that raise challenging ethical questions. The SAMS Ethics Department supports the development of guidelines and recommendations that provide practical assistance to physicians and other health professionals in medical practice and biomedical research. Sibylle Ackermann is the new Head of Department as from 1 September 2021.

Sibylle Ackermann has worked in the General Secretariat for 11 years, first as a scientific collaborator and then as project manager for the Ethics Department. She will build on her many years of experience in the SAMS and her extensive network to bear on the numerous tasks ahead. She will be joined by Manya Hendriks, who holds a doctorate in biomedical ethics and a master's degree in anthropology and sociology. We wish Manya Hendriks a warm welcome. You will find all the faces of the General Secretariat in the «Portrait» menu.

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Academy

12.08.2021

Peter Meier-Abt: a tribute to a tireless spokesman for science

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Peter Meier-Abt, President of the SAMS for many years, passed away in May. In the next Bulletin we will publish a tribute to this tireless spokesman for science. The full version of the article can be found on our website. It was written jointly with the Swiss Personalised Health Network and the Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation, two institutions that he has significantly shaped.

Peter Meier-Abt was a man of many talents: a physician with two specialist titles, a leading clinical researcher and a tireless spokesman for science. His intelligence, energy and standing left their mark on all the positions he held during his career. We remember him with gratitude and fondness. Read the tribute on our website in French or in German.

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Projects

05.08.2021

smarter medicine: Top 5 list for paediatrics

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The association «smarter medicine – Choosing Wisely Switzerland», of which the SAMS is a member, aims to prevent unnecessary medical treatments. It promotes the development of Top 5 lists, for which medical societies determine interventions that should be avoided or only used under certain conditions. In August 2021, «pédiatrie suisse» (the Swiss Paediatric Society) published its list.

Like many other specialist societies, «pédiatrie suisse» supports the «smarter medicine» initiative. Its list contains five recommendations for the care of infants, children and adolescents and is aimed at paediatricians and general practitioners who care for children. The Top 5 list concerns paediatrics in private practice and in hospitals and focuses mainly on therapeutic aspects in the sense of «do not harm».

The recommendations can be downloaded below (in French). More information on the initiative and the Top 5 lists of other specialist societies can be found on the «smarter medicine» website (French or German).

Top 5 list for paediatrics in French (PDF)

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Projects

22.07.2021

White Paper: Seven goals for clinical research

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What does publicly funded clinical research need to increase its benefit for patients and society? The SAMS White Paper Clinical Research presents a roadmap with seven goals to strengthen the impact of clinical research in Switzerland. It suggests ways on how to use resources more efficiently and how to align efforts on common priorities.

Considering the main stakeholders of clinical research, fragmentation, overlaps, and a lack of shared strategic priorities are evident. Elaborated by the SAMS on behalf of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, the White Paper outlines in an action plan for change how to address the current challenges for clinical research so as to increase its benefit for all and to make Switzerland an international leader in the field.

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