Publications

11.05.2021

A joint Code of Conduct for Scientific Integrity

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The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences understand it as their duty to promote scientific integrity in research and teaching and to contribute to good framework conditions. Together with swissuniversities, the Swiss National Science Foundation and Innosuisse, they are publishing the new Code of Conduct for Scientific Integrity.

The Code of Conduct is available in four languages (English, French, German, Italian). It describes a common understanding of scientific integrity and defines which responsibilities follow from this understanding. SAMS President Henri Bounameaux recommends: «Read, read again and above all apply it.» More information can be found on the Swiss Academies website.

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Projects

06.05.2021

Cochrane Library: Renewal of the national licence

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With the support of swissuniversities, the SAMS has promoted the renewal of the national licence for the Cochrane Library until 2024. The Cochrane Library is available free of charge to professionals, but also to the Swiss population, enabling everyone to make informed health-related decisions thanks to reliable information.

The Cochrane network consists of around 12 000 people active in more than 130 countries. For over 25 years, they have been working together to produce systematic reviews without any commercial funding. The latter summarise research findings in the field of medical care and serve as a reliable basis for evidence-based medicine. The national licence is financed by the SAMS, the Federal Office of Public Health, the Swiss Medical Association as well as university libraries and hospitals. More information can be found on our website.

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Projects

26.04.2021

Smarter medicine: Top 5 List for general internal medicine in the outpatient setting

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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 April 2021, the Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine (SSGIM) published a second list for the outpatient setting.

A core concern of general internal medicine is the best possible care and treatment of increasingly multimorbid patients in GP practice and in hospital. As early as 2014, the predecessor of the SSGIM launched a campaign to improve quality and efficiency in the Swiss healthcare system and published a first Top 5 List in 2016. Now, the SSGIM follows up in the outpatient setting. The recently published recommendations can be downloaded below (in German). More information on the initiative and the Top 5 lists of other specialist societies can be found on the «smarter medicine» website (German or French).

Top 5 List for general internal medicine, in German (PDF)

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Academy

08.04.2021

Discover our project overview from A–Z at a glance

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Serving as a think tank, the SAMS aims to encourage reflection on challenging issues in medicine and to help shape developments. An alphabetical list of keywords from A to Z on our website makes it easier to find the many topics covered.

In the newly structured menu you will find an overview of the topics we are currently working on or have worked on in recent years, an overview of the networks in which the SAMS participates and, lastly, information on the medicine and health-related activities of other members of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Take a look, ask questions or let us know if we can do things better.

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Funding

31.03.2021

Young Talents in Clinical Research: Call 2021

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With the «Young Talents in Clinical Research» programme, the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation and the SAMS aim at encouraging young medical doctors to start out in clinical research. For 2021, CHF 1 million is made available to finance «protected research time» and «project grants» for a consecutive research project. The submission deadline is 30 June 2021.

The YTCR programme, which comprises two funding instruments, «beginner grants» and «project grants», focuses on residents who wish to be freed from clinical duty to gain a first research experience. Details on the adapted participation criteria, submission procedure and evaluation can be found in the updated programme regulations, on our website and in the FAQ.

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Publications

24.03.2021

Discover the SAMS Annual Report 2020 online

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For the SAMS too, 2020 was a year marked by the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, it was more than that: we dealt with numerous topics ranging from A for Autonomy to S for Smarter Medicine, published various brochures, implemented funding programmes and awarded prizes. You can find all the details in our online annual report (in French or German).

For those who prefer browsing rather than clicking, you can download a PDF version and print it out. We hope you enjoy discovering or rediscovering the many highlights that reflect our commitment to science, medicine and society.

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SPHN

01.03.2021

Swiss Personalized Health Network: changes in the Management Office

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The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) was launched in 2017 to contribute to the development, implementation and validation of the research infrastructure necessary for health data interoperability and sharing in Switzerland. Having served for seven months as director ad interim of the Management Office, Myriam Tapernoux passes on the baton to Thomas Geiger.

Already in charge of the Science Department at the SAMS, Myriam Tapernoux added in August 2020 the ad interim direction of the SPHN Management Office to her tasks. On 1 March 2021,  she is returning full time to her duties as head of the Science Department. Thomas Geiger was manager of «Personalized Health Basel» before joining the SAMS. Thanks to this experience, he is ideally prepared to take over the direction of the Management Office. More information about SPHN can be found on the website.

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Funding

23.02.2021

Young Talents in Clinical Research: funding renewed for 2021 – 2024

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The Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation and the SAMS launched the Young Talents in Clinical Research (YTCR) funding programme in 2017 to encourage more young medical doctors to start out in clinical research. The Bangerter Foundation has renewed its generous support for a period of four years with a total of 4 million francs.

YTCR finances, with 1 million francs per year, protected time for research (beginner grants) and project grants for young clinicians who wish to take their first steps in research. Since 2017, the programme has established itself, is recognised and fills a gap as the only national competitive instrument to support starters in clinical research. The next call for proposals will be launched at the end of March 2021 with slightly adapted regulations. Further information on the programme can be found on our website.

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