Funding

02.02.2023

Call for proposals: KZS Seed Grants for junior researchers in biomedical ethics

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This year the SAMS provides a total of CHF 250’000 from the Käthe-Zingg-Schwichtenberg (KZS) Fund to support junior researchers in biomedical ethics who wish to carry out an independent research project. The submission of deadline is 1 May 2023.

Per Seed Grant, up to CHF 80'000 can be awarded for a maximum period of 18 months. The contributions allow grantees to explore an innovative research idea, to realize a small, independent pilot project, and/or to prepare their own project proposal to be submitted to a larger funding agency. Visit our website for more information on the format and submission procedure.

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Funding

20.01.2023

Foundations for a «smart» health care system

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For five years, the Swiss National Science Foundation has funded the National Research Programme «Smarter Health Care» (NRP 74). In the 34 projects researchers addressed a broad array of topics, from case management to interlinking of health data. The programme summary provides recommendations on how health care in Switzerland can be adapted to the challenges of both the present and the future.

To strengthen health services research in Switzerland, the SAMS and the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner-Stiftung conducted a joint funding programme from 2012 to 2016. This was the decisive step towards Switzerland becoming aware of the topic of health services research and the launch of NRP 74. The findings gained and the recommendations can be found in the programme summary and on the NRP-website.

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Funding

17.01.2023

The Robert Bing Prize goes to three remarkable neuroscientists

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The Robert Bing Prize 2022 goes to three remarkable clinical and experimental neuroscientists: Cristina Granziera and Mira Katan Kahles, Professors of Neurology at the University Hospital in Basel, and Johannes Gräff, Professor at EPFL. Each prize is worth CHF 20’000.

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. The award ceremony will take place on 1 June 2023. 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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Projects

06.01.2023

Understanding and empowering health professionals and informal caregivers

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Giving a voice to health professionals and informal caregivers is the ambition of the SCOHPICA project: Swiss COhort of Healthcare Professionals and Informal CAregivers. The creation of this national cohort will allow a better understanding of the needs of these two supporting pillars of our healthcare system. Registration for the first project phase is open until 31 January 2023.

«Unisanté Lausanne» and «Institut et Haute Ecole de la Santé La Source» are joining forces to better understand the individual careers of healthcare professionals and informal caregivers and to identify possible causes of dissatisfaction or premature departure from the profession. In view of demographic developments, it is essential to make the best possible use of these resources. The SAMS supports this project as part of its commitment to a sustainable healthcare system.

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Projects

03.01.2023

The Medbase Group is a new partner of smarter medicine

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The association «smarter medicine – Choosing Wisely Switzerland», of which the SAMS is a member, aims to prevent unnecessary medical treatment. Since 1 January 2023, the Medbase Group has been a partner of smarter medicine. This means that another outpatient service provider is committed to quality healthcare that aims to avoid excessive or inappropriate medical treatment.

Around 3200 Medbase employees provide comprehensive care for their patients – from prevention to acute medicine and rehabilitation. The group has declared the implementation of smarter medicine to be a company-wide quality objective. Specialists should meet patients at eye level and decide together on the optimal, not maximum, medical treatment. You can find a wide range of free information material and other documents on the smarter medicine website (in German or in French).

Media release in French (PDF)

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Academy

16.12.2022

Become a member of the Swiss Young Academy

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The Swiss Young Academy (SYA) brings together young researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines. It creates an inspiring environment for inter- and transdisciplinary exchange. The current call for applications, with submission deadline at the end of February 2023, offers the opportunity to apply for a five-year membership.

The Swiss Young Academy consists of 25 - 30 members from different scientific disciplines and universities. They are regarded as the young voice of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and can raise concerns relevant to the next generation of researchers. Are you interested in becoming actively involved in the largest scientific network in Switzerland? Please visit the JAS website for more information on the requirements and application procedure.

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Funding

06.12.2022

Young Talents in Clinical Research: 14 grants for young medical doctors

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With the «Young Talents in Clinical Research» (YTCR) programme launched in 2017, the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation and the SAMS aim at encouraging young medical doctors to start out in clinical research. 14 grants have been awarded among the 43 proposals submitted within the 2022 call.

During the sixth call for proposals, the SAMS evaluation committee proposed to support 14 promising young clinician scientists. The Bangerter Foundation approved the awards for a total of CHF 1 million. You can find the list of grantees and supported projects in the synopsis below (PDF). The next YTCR call will be opened at the end of March 2023.

Synopsis of grantees (PDF)

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Ethics

01.12.2022

Public Consultation: Guidelines «Living Donation»

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Living donation presents an exceptional medical-ethical situation: A healthy person undergoes a surgical intervention to donate an organ or parts thereof to another person. In order to help health professionals deal with the questions and challenges related to this complex medical procedure, the SAMS published medical-ethical guidelines in 2008. These have been revised and are open for public consultation until 1 March 2023.

Developments in the field of living organ donation and the revision of the Federal Act on the Transplantation of Organs, Tissues and Cells required revisions to the existing guidelines. An interdisciplinary subcommittee including both donor and recipient representatives has updated and revised the guidelines. Interested organizations and individuals are invited to submit feedback. The necessary documents can be found on our website.

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