Differences of sex development: Opinion of the Central Ethics Committee
In 2016, two articles were published in the «Schweizerische Ärztezeitung» concerning medical interventions relating to sex assignment. The Central Ethical Commitee (CEC) of SAMS was called on to ensure, by issuing ethical recommendations, that no unnecessary medical or surgical treatments are carried out during infancy or childhood.
In the present situation, the CEC does not consider it appropriate to issue comprehensive medical-ethical guidelines on this topic. However, after consulting both the Swiss Medical Association and the Federal Office of Justice and seeking the views of experts, it offers the following recommendations.
«Differences of sex development»: Opinion of the Central Ethics Committee of the SAMS / 16.12.2016 PDF
Daniel Scheidegger is the incoming president of SAMS
Daniel Scheidegger, from Basel, will assume presidency of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences on 1 November 2016. He has been a member of the Academy since 2005 and has been involved in numerous projects. Daniel Scheidegger is taking over from Peter Meier-Abt, who has been President since May 2011.
From 1988 to 2013, he was the Head of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the University Hospital of Basel and a Professor of Anaesthesia and Resuscitation at the University of Basel. He is well-known among many players in the healthcare system because of his involvement in national committees such as Member and President of the specialist body for highly specialised medicine of the CMPH or Member of the Swiss Science and Innovation Council SSIC. The press release contains further information about his professional background.
Press release: Daniel Scheidegger is the incoming president of SAMS (26.10.2016) PDF
Improve the reproducibility of biomedical research
Togther with 45 members of the InterAcademy Partnership for Health the SAMS commits to taking action to address issues of reproducibility in a Statement: «A Call to Action to Improve the Reproducibility of Biomedical Research».
The Statement outlines the causes of irreproducible results and recognises the leading role the academies can play in addressing this challenge in their own countries and worldwide.
A call for action: Reproducibility of biomedical research PDF
The new SAMS website is online
Technological advances are not only changing healthcare, they are also influencing the way we communicate: online, on mobile devices – anywhere, any time. The SAMS is keeping up with the times and has therefore updated its website and given itself a completely new look.
The new SAMS logo takes the shape of a strong word mark featuring two acronyms, which work for all of Switzerland's national languages: SAMW/ASSM. The website's design echoes the new logo and is laid out so that all area can also be accessed easily on mobile devices. We value your feedback and welcome any comments. Please let us know if anything is missing or not right so we can fix it as quickly as possible.
Newsletter about the Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN)
The first steps to set up the Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) are complete. The SAMS has written about this in its newsletter «Steps #1».
The latest issue contains information about the schedule and people who are involved in the various SPHN committees.
SPHN Newsletter «Steps #1» PDF
Robert Bing Prize awarded to Caroline Pot and Sebastian Jessberger
Every two years, the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) awards the Robert Bing Prize for outstanding achievements in the field of neurological sciences. This year, the prize, which is endowed with prize money of CHF 60,000, was shared equally between Caroline Pot of the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and Sebastian Jessberger of the University of Zurich.
The prize is awarded from the fund established by the Basel neurologist Robert Bing (1878–1956). In accordance with the stipulations of the founder’s will, the prize is awarded to scientists who have done outstanding work in the fields of recognition, treatment and cure of neurological diseases. This year’s prize honours achievements in both basic and clinical research. The press release issued on 6 June 2016 contains information about the research work carried out by the two prizewinners.
Robert Bing Prize for young researchers in neurosciences goes to Caroline Pot and Sebastian Jessberger PDF
Information on healthcare: top 10 tips for using the Cochrane Library
What kinds of breathing exercising help children with asthma? How should I get my cruciate ligament tear treated? You can find answers to these sorts of questions in the Cochrane Library. The international Cochrane network systematically publishes reviews, summarising healthcare research findings.
So that not only healthcare professionals but also those outside the profession can navigate the Cochrane Library as quickly as possible, there is a new leaflet available featuring the «top 10 tips» for using the library and straightforward explanations of the database's layout.
Cochrane Library: top ten tips (ENG) PDF
Research initiative: Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN)
Thanks to progress in the fields of life sciences and information technology (IT), we now have a huge amount of health-related data at our disposal. The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) tackles the question of how these data can be used in a meaningful manner for research and innovation.
The course is currently being set for the establishment of the Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN), a national research initiative proposed in 2014 by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (ETHs) and at various universities and university hospitals. The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) took up this initiative and commissioned the SAMS to take on a fundamental role in the planning and implementation process.
The SAMS website documents past work and provides an ongoing overview of the progress so far.