Young Talents in Clinical Research: submission deadline is 30 June 2018

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Medical-ethical guidelines «Management of dying and death»

Since the publication of the SAMS «End-of-life care» guidelines in 2004, the topics of dying and death have been subject to increasing professional and public debate. Therefore, the Central Ethics Committee (CEC) decided to revise the 2004 guidelines. As of today, the new guidelines become effective.

The medical-ethical guidelines «Management of dying and death» aim to link different points of view and moral concepts, and to ensure that the right to self-determination of everyone involved – patients, relatives and medical practitioners – is respected and safeguarded. Further information about the goals and the development of the guidelines can be found on our website.

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Prof. Annalisa Berzigotti is awarded the Stern-Gattiker Prize

With the Stern-Gattiker Prize, the SAMS recognizes a female physician who acts as a role model for early-career female scientists. The first laureate is Prof. Annalisa Berzigotti, senior physician in hepatology at the Inselspital Bern.

The first call generated great interest in the medical world: more than 40 nominations were submitted to the SAMS. Prof. Annalisa Berzigotti convinced the jury with her excellent clinical, academic, and scientific achievements. In several nominations, she has been recognized as a highly appreciated supervisor who coaches and supports numerous younger colleagues. More information can be found in the media release published today (in German) and on our website.

Medienmitteilung: Stern-Gattiker-Preis 2018 PDF

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KZS Fund call for proposals: «Coercion in medical practice»

The SAMS is providing a total of CHF 250'000.– from the Käthe Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fund to support research projects on the subject of «Coercion in medical practice». The submission deadline is 15 August 2018.

In 2018, support is to be provided for empirical or theoretical research projects investigating the topic of «Coercion in medical practice» from an ethical, philosophical, social scientific or medical perspective. Details on the format and procedure for submission can be found on our website.


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Call for proposals «Young Talents in Clinical Research»: submission deadline is 30 June 2018

With the «Young Talents in Clinical Research» program, the SAMS and the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation aim at encouraging young medical doctors to venture into clinical research. Young physicians working in Switzerland can be supported with «protected time for research» and «project grants».

The funding program supports young physicians with protected time for research and a consecutive project grant. For the period 2017 – 2020, CHF 1 million per year is made available by the Bangerter Foundation to this end. Applications must be written in English and registered online. The second call for proposals is open until 30 June 2018.

Flyer «Young talents in clinical research» PDF

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Swiss Personalized Health Network: Second call for proposals

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is launching its second call for proposals with a submission deadline on 30 June 2018. A total amount of max. 9 million Swiss francs is available.

The aim of the SPHN initiative is to establish a national interoperable data infrastructure at University Hospitals and other research institutions, in order to promote developments in the field of Personalized Health. For further information see the «SPHN Call for Proposals 2018» or visit the SPHN-Website.

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Stern-Gattiker Prize: Recognising female role models in academic medicine

The SAMS is launching a new prize to recognise women in academic medicine and to motivate early-career female scientists. The prize is named after two women with distinguished medical careers: Lina Stern, who was the first woman to hold a professorship at the Faculty of Medicine in Geneva, and Ruth Gattiker, who was among the first female professors appointed at the Faculty of Medicine in Zurich.

The Stern-Gattiker Prize is to be awarded each year to a female medical scientist who has obtained her postdoctoral qualification within the past ten years, holds a permanent position as a senior hospital physician, and is suitable to act as a role model. The Prize carries an award of CHF 15,000. Information on the nomination process can be found in the call for nominations (pdf) and on our website. The deadline for submissions is 15 April 2018.

Call for Nominations: Stern-Gattiker Prize 2018 PDF

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SPHN: Collaboration agreements with all five University Hospitals

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is a national initiative led by SAMS. It contributes to the development, implementation and validation of a coordinated data infrastructure in order to make health-relevant data usable in Switzerland for research. Collaboration agreements have been concluded recently with all five University Hospitals.

The overarching goal of the SPHN initiative is to promote personalized health and health research by making health-related data shareable and exchangeable in order to better prevent, diagnose and treat disease. Patient data plays a key role in this endeavor. With their common collaboration agreements all five University Hospitals have sent a strong signal to support the SPHN initiative. More information on the framework conditions, goals and instruments of the SPHN can be found online.

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Research in neurological sciences: call for proposals

After a few years’ interruption due to the unfavourable stock market situation, returns from the Théodore Ott Fund are again sufficient to launch a call for proposals. In 2018, a total of CHF 200’000.– is available to support research in neurological sciences. Submission deadline is 1 April 2018.

In accordance with the wishes of the donor, grants supported by the Théodore Ott Fund are primarily intended for young scientists or research groups who want to carry out a research project at a Swiss higher education institution. Applications must be written in English and registered online. Details regarding the application format and submission procedure can be found on the registration page.

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