Stern-Gattiker Prize 2020 for female role models in medicine

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The SAMS is looking for a new Head, Ethics Department

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The position of Head of the Ethics Department in the SAMS General Secretariat is vacant. Together with research funding, ethics is one of the two pillars of the SAMS and contributes to its national influence, particularly in the form of medical-ethical guidelines.

If you have a university degree, are trained in medical ethics, think strategically and conceptually, this position may be the right one for you. For details and contact information, please refer to the full text of the advertisement. The deadline for applications is Friday, 7 February 2020.

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Prof. Henri Bounameaux will be the new president of the SAMS

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The year 2020 will be a year of change for the SAMS. On 1 May, Daniel Scheidegger will hand over the presidency to his successor Henri Bounameaux, who was unanimously elected to this position by the Senate. Daniel Scheidegger will remain with the Academy as Vice-President.

Henri Bounameaux knows the SAMS very well. An individual member of the Senate since 2015, he joined the Executive Committee one year later and became Vice-President in 2019. He has participated in several SAMS working groups and represents the institution in external bodies. In his speech to the Senate, Henri Bounameaux emphasized that his programme would be that of the Academy, because: «Presidents pass, the Academy lasts». Get to know the new president better by reading his interview in Bulletin 1/2020 which will be published in March 2020. The current composition of the Executive Board can be found on our website.

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A Greta for the healthcare system – a wish for 2020?

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In the last newsletter for 2019, the SAMS looks back on the year of the climate movement, draws parallels to the health care system and combines it with a wish for the New Year: to raise public awareness about the challenges of a sustainable healthcare system.

The parallels between the environment and the healthcare system are obvious; like the average temperature, health costs are rising steadily. While millions of young people are taking to the streets to demonstrate for the climate, there has been no similar movement for the healthcare system to date. Perhaps one of the differences is that this topic has not yet found its Greta. A Greta for the healthcare system, a wish for 2020? For the time being, we wish everyone a happy holiday season and all the best for 2020. The SAMS General Secretariat.

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Fifteen grants for «Young Talents in Clinical Research»

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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. 15 grants have been awarded among the 62 proposals submitted for this third 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. The next call is planned for 31 March 2020.

Synopsis of grantees (PDF)

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Retrospective of the Symposium «Research in Palliative Care»

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To conclude the funding program «Research in Palliative Care» (2014 – 2018), the SAMS held a full-day symposium in November 2019. More than 120 participants gained insight into the results of the projects and discussed the future of this young discipline in Switzerland.

To establish palliative care research in Switzerland on a sustainable basis, stable structures are needed that enable constant research work with appropriate support and funding instruments as well as defined career paths. The «Manifesto for sustainable research in palliative care and end of life care in Switzerland» served as basis for the discussion. You can find the manifesto and the presentations of the symposium on our website.

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KZS Fund: four Seed Grants for young researchers in biomedical ethics

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The 2019 call for applications for the Käthe-Zingg-Schwichtenberg Fund (KZS Fund) was thematically open and aimed at young researchers in the field of biomedical ethics. Out of the 33 submitted applications, four were retained for funding.

Four Seed Grants for a total amount of 180 000 francs will allow grantees to explore novel research ideas, to realize a small, independent pilot project and/or to prepare their own project proposal to be submitted to a larger funding agency. The synopsis below (pdf) provides an overview of all supported projects by the KZS Fund. The next call will be launched in spring 2020.

Synopsis of funded projects (PDF)

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The Power of Patients

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The Swiss healthcare system, worth CHF 84 billion, is financed by health insurance contributions and taxes. In the latest bulletin of the SAMS, Susanne Hochuli, President of the Swiss Patient Organisation (SPO), questions whether this enormous sum is really spent for the benefit of the population.

In the article «The power of the patients» you will learn how the SPO wants to strengthen the patients and build the «fourth power» in the Swiss healthcare system. The SAMS bulletin also contains information about current activities of the Academy and the Swiss Personalized Health Network. It is available in German and French.

SAMS bulletin 4/2019 in French (PDF)

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The Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation invites to dialogue

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How do patients experience their participation in a clinical study? How are both participants and trial investigators protected against risks during a clinical trial? You can ask such questions on the anniversary website of the Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation (SCTO) which will provide answers in short video clips.

The Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is taking this opportunity to foster dialogue about clinical research. The anniversary project «People. Data. Biosamples. Clinical research – at eye level» offers the opportunity to ask questions related to these topics. Researchers, physicians, patients, authorities, or data managers, will answer them in snappy video portraits starting at the end of January 2020.

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