Academy

08.04.2021

Discover our project overview from A–Z at a glance

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Serving as a think tank, the SAMS aims to encourage reflection on challenging issues in medicine and to help shape developments. An alphabetical list of keywords from A to Z on our website makes it easier to find the many topics covered.

In the newly structured menu you will find an overview of the topics we are currently working on or have worked on in recent years, an overview of the networks in which the SAMS participates and, lastly, information on the medicine and health-related activities of other members of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Take a look, ask questions or let us know if we can do things better.

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Funding

31.03.2021

Young Talents in Clinical Research: Call 2021

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With the «Young Talents in Clinical Research» programme, the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation and the SAMS aim at encouraging young medical doctors to start out in clinical research. For 2021, CHF 1 million is made available to finance «protected research time» and «project grants» for a consecutive research project. The submission deadline is 30 June 2021.

The YTCR programme, which comprises two funding instruments, «beginner grants» and «project grants», focuses on residents who wish to be freed from clinical duty to gain a first research experience. Details on the adapted participation criteria, submission procedure and evaluation can be found in the updated programme regulations, on our website and in the FAQ.

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Publications

24.03.2021

Discover the SAMS Annual Report 2020 online

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For the SAMS too, 2020 was a year marked by the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, it was more than that: we dealt with numerous topics ranging from A for Autonomy to S for Smarter Medicine, published various brochures, implemented funding programmes and awarded prizes. You can find all the details in our online annual report (in French or German).

For those who prefer browsing rather than clicking, you can download a PDF version and print it out. We hope you enjoy discovering or rediscovering the many highlights that reflect our commitment to science, medicine and society.

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SPHN

01.03.2021

Swiss Personalized Health Network: changes in the Management Office

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The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) was launched in 2017 to contribute to the development, implementation and validation of the research infrastructure necessary for health data interoperability and sharing in Switzerland. Having served for seven months as director ad interim of the Management Office, Myriam Tapernoux passes on the baton to Thomas Geiger.

Already in charge of the Science Department at the SAMS, Myriam Tapernoux added in August 2020 the ad interim direction of the SPHN Management Office to her tasks. On 1 March 2021,  she is returning full time to her duties as head of the Science Department. Thomas Geiger was manager of «Personalized Health Basel» before joining the SAMS. Thanks to this experience, he is ideally prepared to take over the direction of the Management Office. More information about SPHN can be found on the website.

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Funding

23.02.2021

Young Talents in Clinical Research: funding renewed for 2021 – 2024

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The Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation and the SAMS launched the Young Talents in Clinical Research (YTCR) funding programme in 2017 to encourage more young medical doctors to start out in clinical research. The Bangerter Foundation has renewed its generous support for a period of four years with a total of 4 million francs.

YTCR finances, with 1 million francs per year, protected time for research (beginner grants) and project grants for young clinicians who wish to take their first steps in research. Since 2017, the programme has established itself, is recognised and fills a gap as the only national competitive instrument to support starters in clinical research. The next call for proposals will be launched at the end of March 2021 with slightly adapted regulations. Further information on the programme can be found on our website.

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Funding

04.02.2021

Neurosciences: Robert Bing Prize 2020 for Johanna Joyce and Grégoire Courtine

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The Robert Bing Prize 2020 goes to Lausanne: Johanna Joyce, professor at the University of Lausanne and member of the international Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, is distinguished for her pioneering work on the role of immune cells in the development of brain tumours. Grégoire Courtine, Professor at EPFL, the University of Lausanne and CHUV, is awarded the Prize for his highly innovative research on neurotechnology to restore walking ability after a spinal cord injury. Each prize is worth 30’000 francs.

Every two years, the SAMS bestows the Robert Bing Prize. In accordance with the donor’s will, the Prize is awarded to researchers who have done outstanding work to improve the recognition, treatment and cure of neurological diseases. Due to the corona virus situation, laureates were confirmed by the SAMS Senate at the end of 2020 only, and the announcement was postponed to 2021. The award ceremony will take place on 27 May 2021. Further information about the laureates and the Prize can be found in the media release published today and on our website.

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SPHN

01.02.2021

SPHN: Report from the National Steering Board 2016 – 2019

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Personalized health has the potential to transform health research and the healthcare system towards more quality and efficiency. The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) initiative was launched in 2016 on behalf of the Confederation with the aim of developing a national research infrastructure for interoperable health data. The report of the National Steering Board 2016 – 2019 presents the progress of the initiative and the challenges to be met.

The report presents the many infrastructures, technologies and methods that SPHN and its partners have developed to enable research with large amounts of sensitive data in a responsible, ethical, secure and legally compliant manner. One of the most important achievements of the first phase of the initiative is the in-depth analysis of the systemic challenges and complexity of data-driven health research in the Swiss federalist system. On that basis, solutions were developed with the aim to establish a sustainable research ecosystem for personalized health. You can download the report below or order a free printed copy.

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Academy

25.01.2021

Science Communication: Call for Proposals

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The Future of Science Communication Conference brings together European actors from research and practice of science communication. The conference will take place on 24-25 June 2021 in Berlin. It is co-organised by «Wissenschaft im Dialog» and ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities. The call for proposals is open until 28 February 2021.

Who can apply? The organizing committee explicitly encourages the submission of contributions by researchers as well as practitioners whose research and work is focused on science communication and the relationship between science, researchers and the public. The «Call for Proposals» (PDF) provides all the necessary information including the application form. More information regarding the conference can be found on the ALLEA website.

Call for Proposals (PDF)

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