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Thirteen grants for «Young Talents in Clinical Research»

In 2017, the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation and the SAMS jointly launched the «Young Talents in Clinical Research» program to support doctors venturing into clinical research. 13 grants have been awarded among the 42 proposals submitted for this second call.

The Bangerter Foundation provides 1 million francs each year until 2020 to support young doctors making their first steps in clinical research and ensure a well-trained next generation of physician scientists. You will find the list of grantees in the synopsis below.

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Medical management of suspected persons with body packs

Doctors in charge of people suspected of smuggling drugs in their bodies (body packing) are confronted with conflicting expectations. In consultation with the Conference of Swiss Prison Doctors, the Central Ethics Committee (CEC) of the SAMS has supplemented the guidelines «Medical practice in respect of detained persons» with a new appendix clarifying the tasks of the doctors involved.

People who illegally transport drugs in their bodies across the border run a high risk to their health. In case of suspicion, border guards may request their hospitalization for verification purposes. The doctors involved are faced with the dilemma that they are simultaneously responsible for verifying the «suspicion of body packing» but also for the medical surveillance of the person concerned. The new Appendix H of the SAMS Guidelines «Medical practice in respect of detained persons» provides a clarification of the roles.

Medical practice in respect of detained persons (appendix lit. H amended 2018) (PDF)

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New medical-ethical guidelines: Assessment of capacity in medical practice

The presence of capacity is an essential prerequisite for the validity of a patient’s consent to medical treatment or care. Declaring whether a patient has or does not have capacity has thus profound implications. With its new medical-ethical guidelines published today, SAMS offers support for medical practice.

Patients’ autonomy is of major importance in medical decision-making processes. In this respect, the presence of capacity plays a fundamental role. However, health professionals often face significant uncertainties when assessing this capacity. The new SAMS guidelines provide guidance for all professionals involved in such an assessment. The guidelines can be downloaded in PDF format (in German, French, Italian and English); printed copies can be ordered in German and French free of charge:

Guidelines: Assessment of capacity in medical practice (2018) (PDF)

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The Swiss Personalized Health Network supports 10 projects with 9.6 million Swiss Francs

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) contributes to the development, the implementation and the validation of the data infrastructure that is required to make health-related data interoperable and shareable across Switzerland. Under the second call for proposals, SPHN decided to support ten projects for a total amount of CHF 9.6 million.

In order to make the best use of the available resources, the second call for proposals launched by SPHN was again coordinated with the ETH-Domain Strategic Focus Area in Personalized Health and Related Technologies (PHRT). A list of the funded projects is published on the SPHN website; three of the ten projects will be co-funded by SPHN and PHRT.

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Research in palliative care: six projects supported

The SAMS, the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation and the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation jointly supported palliative care research from 2014 to 2018. In the last call for proposals, six projects were approved for a total amount of CHF 898’519.

The synopsis provides an overview of all recipients of this funding program since 2014. The most important results of supported projects will be presented at a research symposium organized by the SAMS in autumn 2019. This day will also be an opportunity to review the program and reflect on the future of palliative care research funding in Switzerland. Details will be published via newsletter and on our website.

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Call for proposals: national MD-PhD scholarships 2019

The SAMS and the Swiss National Science Foundation, with the support of Swiss Cancer Research, award a number of competitive MD-PhD scholarships. The submission deadline is 15 December 2018.

MD-PhD scholarships enable young physicians to complete a doctoral research training in natural sciences, public health sciences, clinical research or biomedical ethics at a Swiss university. In 2019, the scholarships covering the salary of the beneficiaries for a period of 2 to 3 years will be funded by the SNSF, the SAMS and Swiss Cancer Research. Details on the format and procedure for submission can be found in the program regulations and on our website.

National MD-PhD program regulations (PDF)

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Umgang mit Sterben und Tod: Kernbotschaften zur Regelung der Suizidhilfe

Im Juni 2018 hat die SAMW die medizin-ethischen Richtlinien «Umgang mit Sterben und Tod» in Kraft gesetzt. Morgen Donnerstag, 25. Oktober 2018, diskutiert die FMH, ob diese Richtlinien in den Anhang der Standesordnung aufgenommen werden. Das Kapitel zur Suizidhilfe löste bereits im Vorfeld eine engagierte öffentliche Debatte aus. Lesen Sie dazu die Kernbotschaften der SAMW.

Die FMH nimmt regelmässig medizin-ethische Richtlinien der SAMW in den Anhang ihrer Standesordnung auf. In den letzten Wochen wurde eine engagierte öffentliche Debatte über die neuen SAMW-Richtlinien «Umgang mit Sterben und Tod» geführt, allerdings nur mit dem Fokus auf das Kapitel 6.2.1 – Suizidhilfe. Mit fünf Kernbotschaften stellt die SAMW dieses kontrovers und isoliert diskutierte Kapitel wieder in den Gesamtzusammenhang.

Kernbotschaften zur Regelung der Suizidhilfe (PDF)

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What do you think about personalized health?

Personalized health is influencing medicine more and more. But what does the population think of this evolution? The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences invite to dialogue on personalized health with online questions, various events, and a new thematic portal.

The field of personalized health is one of the six strategic priorities of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. SAMS coordinates the various activities within the association. Detailed information can be found in the press release (PDF) published today and on our website. Take part in the dialogue, your opinion interests us.

Media release: Personalized health – public dialogue project (in German) (PDF)

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National MD-PhD programme: 10 scholarships awarded

The national MD-PhD programme – a joint initiative of the SAMS and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) – supports this year ten young doctors interested in research who wish to complete a doctorate in a discipline close to medicine.

MD-PhD scholarships enable a doctorate in natural sciences, public health sciences, clinical research or biomedical ethics at a Swiss university. This year, the scholarships will be financed by the SNSF, the SAMS, and Swiss Cancer Research. An overview of the grants is available in the synopsis and more information on the programme can be found on our website. The next call for proposals will take place in autumn 2018 with a submission deadline of 15 December 2018.

Synopsis of grantees (PDF)

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Dominik Bach is the laureate of the Robert Bing Prize 2018 in neurosciences

Every two years the SAMS awards the Robert Bing Prize to researchers up to 45 years of age for outstanding achievements in the field of neurological sciences. This year, the Prize of 50'000.– Swiss francs goes to Dominik Bach, neuroscientist and psychiatrist at the University of Zurich.

The Prize originates from a generous bequest of Basel neurologist Robert Bing (1878 – 1956). In accordance with the donor’s will, the Prize is awarded for outstanding work contributing to the recognition, treatment and cure of nervous diseases. Dominik Bach's pioneering work on the neurobiological mechanisms of anxiety and fear memory is internationally recognized and paves the way to an innovative treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Further information can be found in the media release of 3 July 2018.

Media release: Robert Bing Prize 2018 (PDF)

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Medical-ethical guidelines «Management of dying and death»

Since the publication of the SAMS «End-of-life care» guidelines in 2004, the topics of dying and death have been subject to increasing professional and public debate. Therefore, the Central Ethics Committee (CEC) decided to revise the 2004 guidelines. As of today, the new guidelines become effective.

The medical-ethical guidelines «Management of dying and death» aim to link different points of view and moral concepts, and to ensure that the right to self-determination of everyone involved – patients, relatives and medical practitioners – is respected and safeguarded. Further information about the goals and the development of the guidelines can be found on our website.

Guidelines: Management of dying and death (2018) (PDF)

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Prof. Annalisa Berzigotti is awarded the Stern-Gattiker Prize

With the Stern-Gattiker Prize, the SAMS recognizes a female physician who acts as a role model for early-career female scientists. The first laureate is Prof. Annalisa Berzigotti, senior physician in hepatology at the Inselspital Bern.

The first call generated great interest in the medical world: more than 40 nominations were submitted to the SAMS. Prof. Annalisa Berzigotti convinced the jury with her excellent clinical, academic, and scientific achievements. In several nominations, she has been recognized as a highly appreciated supervisor who coaches and supports numerous younger colleagues. More information can be found in the media release published today (in German) and on our website.

Medienmitteilung: Stern-Gattiker-Preis 2018 (PDF)

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The annual report 2017 is published online

The SAMS keeps up with the times and publishes its annual report for the first time online. We hope you enjoy discovering and rediscovering the 2017 milestones.

With the digital annual report we use the possibilities of the internet to make the review more attractive and to link the contents directly with further information. Our report 2017 is available in German or French.

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KZS Fund call for proposals: «Coercion in medical practice»

The SAMS is providing a total of CHF 250'000.– from the Käthe Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fund to support research projects on the subject of «Coercion in medical practice». The submission deadline is 15 August 2018.

In 2018, support is to be provided for empirical or theoretical research projects investigating the topic of «Coercion in medical practice» from an ethical, philosophical, social scientific or medical perspective. Details on the format and procedure for submission can be found on our website.


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Call for proposals «Young Talents in Clinical Research»: submission deadline is 30 June 2018

With the «Young Talents in Clinical Research» program, the SAMS and the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation aim at encouraging young medical doctors to venture into clinical research. Young physicians working in Switzerland can be supported with «protected time for research» and «project grants».

The funding program supports young physicians with protected time for research and a consecutive project grant. For the period 2017 – 2020, CHF 1 million per year is made available by the Bangerter Foundation to this end. Applications must be written in English and registered online. The second call for proposals is open until 30 June 2018.

Flyer «Young talents in clinical research» (PDF)

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Swiss Personalized Health Network: Second call for proposals

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is launching its second call for proposals with a submission deadline on 30 June 2018. A total amount of max. 9 million Swiss francs is available.

The aim of the SPHN initiative is to establish a national interoperable data infrastructure at University Hospitals and other research institutions, in order to promote developments in the field of Personalized Health. For further information see the «SPHN Call for Proposals 2018» or visit the SPHN-Website.

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Stern-Gattiker Prize: Recognising female role models in academic medicine

The SAMS is launching a new prize to recognise women in academic medicine and to motivate early-career female scientists. The prize is named after two women with distinguished medical careers: Lina Stern, who was the first woman to hold a professorship at the Faculty of Medicine in Geneva, and Ruth Gattiker, who was among the first female professors appointed at the Faculty of Medicine in Zurich.

The Stern-Gattiker Prize is to be awarded each year to a female medical scientist who has obtained her postdoctoral qualification within the past ten years, holds a permanent position as a senior hospital physician, and is suitable to act as a role model. The Prize carries an award of CHF 15,000. Information on the nomination process can be found in the call for nominations (pdf) and on our website. The deadline for submissions is 15 April 2018.

Call for Nominations: Stern-Gattiker Prize 2018 (PDF)

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SPHN: Collaboration agreements with all five University Hospitals

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is a national initiative led by SAMS. It contributes to the development, implementation and validation of a coordinated data infrastructure in order to make health-relevant data usable in Switzerland for research. Collaboration agreements have been concluded recently with all five University Hospitals.

The overarching goal of the SPHN initiative is to promote personalized health and health research by making health-related data shareable and exchangeable in order to better prevent, diagnose and treat disease. Patient data plays a key role in this endeavor. With their common collaboration agreements all five University Hospitals have sent a strong signal to support the SPHN initiative. More information on the framework conditions, goals and instruments of the SPHN can be found online.

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Research in neurological sciences: call for proposals

After a few years’ interruption due to the unfavourable stock market situation, returns from the Théodore Ott Fund are again sufficient to launch a call for proposals. In 2018, a total of CHF 200’000.– is available to support research in neurological sciences. Submission deadline is 1 April 2018.

In accordance with the wishes of the donor, grants supported by the Théodore Ott Fund are primarily intended for young scientists or research groups who want to carry out a research project at a Swiss higher education institution. Applications must be written in English and registered online. Details regarding the application format and submission procedure can be found on the registration page.

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