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Position paper: «Culture of research and support for young scientists in medicine»

In a new position paper the SAMS suggests specific measures to improve the culture of research and to support young scientists in medicine. The position paper is available to download in German or French, the English version is coming soon.

Click below to download the position paper and to learn more about the SAMS’ efforts to improve the scientific culture and the situation of young scientists in medicine.

Position Paper: Culture of research and support for young scientists in medicine PDF

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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