SAMS Annual Report 2016 is now available

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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: order@samw.ch.

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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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

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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

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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

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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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