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.

Synopsis of past laureates PDF

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Forschung in Palliative Care: 12 Zusprachen und Mittel für eine zusätzliche Ausschreibung

Die SAMW fördert gemeinsam mit der Gottfried und Julia Bangerter-Rhyner-Stiftung und der Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung die Forschung in Palliative Care. 2017 wurden zwölf Zusprachen in der Höhe von insgesamt 922'715 Franken gutgeheissen. 2018 stehen Fördergelder für eine zusätzliche Ausschreibung zur Verfügung.

Nach einem sorgfältigen Evaluationsverfahren hat die SAMW-Expertenkommission zehn Projekte und zwei Stipendien zur Förderung ausgewählt; diese wurden anschliessend von beiden Stiftungsräten bestätigt. Die Synopsis bietet eine Übersicht über alle Beitragsempfänger/innen seit 2014. Die letzte Ausschreibung wird im Frühling 2018 lanciert, mit Eingabetermin am 1. Juni. Informationen zum Förderprogramm finden Sie auf unserer Website.

Synopsis der bisherigen Beitragsempfänger/innen PDF

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Das Bulletin 4/2017 ist dem Schwerpunkt «Umgang mit Sterben und Tod» gewidmet

Sterben und Tod sind in der öffentlichen Diskussion längst keine Tabuthemen mehr, über den absehbaren Tod zu sprechen, fällt den meisten Patientinnen und Patienten hingegen schwer. Der Schwerpunkt im aktuellen Buelltin ist dem Umgang mit Sterben und Tod gewidmet, die Richtlinien zum Thema sind derzeit in der öffentlichen Vernehmlassung.

Das SAMW Bulletin erscheint vierteiljährlich und bietet eine Übersicht über die Aktivitäten der Akademie. Laden Sie das Bulletin hier herunter oder bestellen Sie es bei den Publikationen in gedruckter Form.

4/2017: Umgang mit Sterben und Tod – revidierte medizin-ethische Richtlinien PDF

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National MD-PhD program: revised regulations

SAMS and SNSF have revised the regulations of their joint funding program. The aim of the national MD-PhD program is to equip young physicians interested in research with the skills necessary for a career as clinician and scientist.

The revised regulations are more transparent regarding the evaluation procedure and clarify the roles of the program partners. Details about the aims of the MD-PhD program and the evaluation procedure can be found on our website. The next submission deadline is 15 December 2017.

National MD-PhD program regulations PDF

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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:

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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Swiss Personalized Health Network: First call for proposals

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is launching its first call for proposals aimed at the development of a national interoperable research infrastructure ecosystem for competitive personalized health research. The submission deadline is on Friday, September 15, 2017.

In order to make the best use of the available resources, the SPHN call for proposals is coordinated with the ETH-Domain Strategic Focus Area in Personalized Health and Related Technologies. For further information see the «SPHN Call for Proposals 2017» or visit the SPHN-Website.

SPHN Call for Proposals 2017 PDF

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Swiss Personalized Health Network: The website is online

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is a national initiative designed to promote the development of personalized medicine and personalized health in Switzerland. The SAMS heads the implementation of the Initiative on behalf of the Federal Government. Details on the initiative can be found on the newly launched website.

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SAMS Annual Report 2016 is available

Learn more about SAMS activities in the latest annual report.

The Annual Report is available in German (download below) or French. You can order a printed copy in the menu 'publications'.

SAMW Jahresbericht 2016 PDF



Factsheet on the Swiss Personalized Health Network

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is a national initiative designed
to promote the development of personalized medicine and personalized health in Switzerland. SPHN will lay the foundations needed to facilitate research projects in this area such as a system for a nationwide exchange of health-related data. Download 'SPHN at a Glance' to learn more about the initiative.

The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences was mandated by the State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI) to develop the SPHN. All relevant documents concerning the initiative are published on our website.

Factsheet: SPHN at a Glance PDF

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Käthe Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fund

The 2017 call for proposals «Impact of digitalization on the patients – health professionals relationship» is open. Ethical analyses as well as projects covering sociological and/or communicative aspects can be submitted. A total of CHF 250'000.– is available for the 2017 call.

Proposals can be submitted in English, French or German. All applications must be registered online. The submission deadline is Wednesday May 31, 2017. For more information on the submission procedure, please refer to the call paper 2017.

Call 2017 (in German) PDF

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