Common templates to facilitate data and material exchange
The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) and Swiss Biobanking Platform (SBP) have worked in close collaboration to deliver Data Transfer and Use Agreement and Material Transfer Agreement templates to facilitate data and material exchange in the context of academic research projects.
In order to be able to exchange data and samples for research projects between institutions, a Data Transfer and Use Agreement (DTUA) and/or Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) are required. As part of a national harmonization effort, SPHN and SBP have, together with Swiss universities, ETH-Domain institutions and University Hospitals, developed common templates for both documents. Details can be found in the newsletter published today.Futher information
The annual report 2018 is published online
The SAMS keeps up with the times and publishes its annual report online only. We use the advantages of the internet to link the review with further information and ongoing activities.
Perhaps you will find the commission in which you were involved or the title of your project selected by our experts? We hope you will enjoy discovering or rediscovering the many highlights of 2018. Our report is available in German or French.Visit the website
Young Talents in Clinical Research: Call 2019
With the «Young Talents in Clinical Research» program, the Gottfried and Julia Bangerter-Rhyner Foundation and the SAMS aim at encouraging young medical doctors to venture into clinical research. CHF 1 million is made available for this call with submission deadline set on 30 June 2019.
The program is conceived in two consecutive steps: Young medical doctors can start out in clinical research thanks to a «beginner grant» which guarantees them protected time for research by covering a portion of their salary. Interested grantees can then apply for a «project grant» to consolidate the acquired research skills during the next two years. More information can be found on our website.
Flyer «Young talents in clinical research» PDF
KZS Fund call for proposals for young researchers in biomedical ethics
In 2019, the SAMS is providing a total of CHF 250’000.– from the Käthe-Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fund (KZS Fund) to support junior researchers in biomedical ethics who wish to carry out an independent research project with a Seed Grant. The submission deadline is 15 June 2019.
Contributions for 2019 from the KZS Fund are provided to junior researchers aiming at an academic career in biomedical ethics. Up to CHF 50’000.– can be awarded per Seed Grant to explore novel research ideas, to realize a small, independent pilot project or to prepare a project proposal to be submitted to a larger funding agency. Details on the call and procedure for submission can be found on our website.Visit the website
Sustainable development of the health system
The SAMS has issued a new position paper on sustainable development of the health system. It describes eight general measures and contains a roadmap defining specific steps, deadlines and responsibilities.
What is needed in the health system are reforms oriented towards common goals. According to the SAMS, appropriate orientation is offered by the Triple Aim framework, the basic idea of which is to formulate goals from – at the same time – the perspectives of public health, individual medicine and sustainability.
Position paper: Sustainable development of the health system (2019) PDF
Recommendations to support young clinical researchers
The SAMS is committed to a good scientific culture and thereby to improving the situation of young researchers. A working group has evaluated the existing instruments for the support of young scientists at university hospitals. The report published today summarizes the recommendations to strengthen and improve the current structures and instruments.
The working group recommends, among other things, the establishment of a web portal offering a direct access to the resources available to young clinical researchers. This portal is to be developed until mid-2020. More information can be found in the recommendations (in German or in French) available on our website.
Nachwuchsförderung in der klinischen Forschung – bestehende Instrumente und Bedarf PDF
New recommendations: Ethics training for health professionals
In daily clinical practice, healthcare professionals are often confronted with ethically challenging situations. The recommendations on ethics training for health professionals reflect the SAMS’ commitment to a successful collaboration when dealing with ethical issues in everyday medical practice.
Ethics education is important in two ways: on the one hand, to ensure that ethically sensitive situations are recognized as such in the first place, and on the other hand, to develop appropriate options for action. The SAMS recommendations describe the contents of a solid ethics education and training and offer a uniform basis for all health professionals. The document can be downloaded in German, French, Italian and English and can also be ordered in printed form (d/f) free of charge.
Recommandations: Ethics training for health professionals (2019) PDF
Patient, doctor, big data. Who has the power of definition?
At first glance, concepts of health and disease seem to be limited to abstract reflections. Patients and health professionals are, however, tangibly affected. During the workshop «Patient, doctor, big data. Who has the power of definition?», the exchanges were focused on three perspectives on health: health as conceived through scientific data, health as defined by the professionals and health understood as a public good.
Experts from health and science policy discussed whether there’s a need for redefining today's concepts of health and disease to better reflect the age of big data and artificial intelligence. The trilingual workshop report (German, English, French) summarizes the most important results of this day rich in discussions. The brochure can be downloaded; a printed copy can be ordered free of charge.
Patient, doctor, big data. Who has the power of definition? PDF
General Consent for Research: the common model for university hospitals is online
The General Consent for Research (GCR) allows persons treated in hospitals to consent to the collection and reuse of their data and samples for future research projects. In 2017, the SAMS and the Swiss Ethics Committees (swissethics) published a first harmonized model of the GCR. In the meantime, the five university hospitals have adopted a common model that is now available online.
The harmonized model of the GCR, published today, was developed under the leadership of unimedsuisse (swiss university medicine) and approved and adopted by the five university hospitals as well as the swissethics Executive Committee. It contains understandable information for patients on the use of their data and the protection of their rights. In addition, with the harmonized model of the GCR, researchers are provided with a standard document for multicentre research projects in Switzerland. Other hospitals are encouraged to use this model. The document is available in German, French, Italian and English on the unimedsuisse website (German page).Visit the website
SPHN strengthens its international collaboration
The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) contributes to the development, the implementation and the validation of the infrastructure that is required to make health-related data interoperable and shareable across Switzerland. Two years after its launch, SPHN was selected by the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) to join an international group of leading initiatives in the field of genomics and personalized health.
The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) is an international, nonprofit alliance formed to accelerate the potential of research and medicine to advance human health. This new collaboration will allow SPHN to align with GA4GH’s global efforts, contributing to the development of international frameworks and standards. The SPHN initiative, however, remains a national initiative designed to facilitate the exchange of data in Switzerland. More information can be found in the newsletter published today.Futher information
The KZS Fund supports three projects on «Coercion in medical practice»
The 2018 KZS Fund call for proposals focused on the topic of «Coercion in medical practice». Out of the 27 submitted applications, three were retained for funding.
The SAMS supports research projects in biomedical ethics with resources from the KZS- Fund. In 2018, a total of 250'000 Swiss francs was available to support research projects investigating the topic of «Coercion in medical practice». 27 applications were submitted until the deadline of 15 August 2018. At the end of a careful evaluation process, the KZS Expert Committee selected three projects for funding. The synopsis below (pdf) offers an overview of all supported projects by the KZS Fund.
Synopsis of grantees PDF
Cochrane Library answers your questions on health care
With the national licence for the Cochrane Library, health professionals and the Swiss population have free access to a quality and validated source of information on medical issues and health care.
For over 25 years, the Cochrane network has been producing systematic reviews to summarize research findings in the field of medical care. Each review allows you to quickly form an opinion on a specific question, without having to read all related studies. The reviews are regularly updated and reflect the current state of knowledge. Since 2016, the national licence for the Cochrane Library has been funded by the SAMS, the Federal Office of Public Health, as well as university libraries and hospitals. Take the opportunity to visit the Cochrane Library, when a next question related to health or medical care arises.Futher information
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.
Synopsis of grantees PDF
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidelines: Assessment of capacity in medical practice (2018) PDF
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.Visit the website
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.
Synopsis of grantees
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.Visit the website
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
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.Visit the website
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
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.Visit the website
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.Visit the website