Recommendations on preimplantation genetic testing PGT

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The genetic testing of embryos created through in vitro fertilizsation has been regulated since 2017 by the Federal Act on Human Genetic Testing. Its implementation, however, confronts health professionals and cantonal authorities with a number of practical and ethical questions. The new recommendations of the SAMS deal with important ethical aspects of the PGT counselling and decision-making situation in order to contribute to consistent good clinical practice in Switzerland.

The recommendations deal, on the one hand, with the indication of PGT for couples with genetic diseases and, on the other hand, with the screening of embryos in the context of infertility treatment. In addition, they discuss how, for example, surplus information should be managed. The recommendations are available in German, French, Italian and English and can be ordered in printed form (German/French) free of charge.

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Young Talents in Clinical Research: Call 2020

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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. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the submission deadline has been postponed to 30 November 2020.

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.

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Personalized health in dialogue

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Developments in the field of personalized health and related issues such as data protection, handling of probabilities etc. affect the whole population. For this reason, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences conducted the dialogue project «Tailor-made people: personalized health». A recently published bilingual report summarizes the population's answers to an online questionnaire and from nine dialogue events.

As the questionnaire made no scientific claims, the answers were not evaluated according to scientific criteria. However, the publication «Personalized Health in Dialogue» reflects the diversity of views and may provide experts with food for thought for future research projects.

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The SAMS is looking for a scientific officer

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The SAMS opens a position as scientific officer to support its activities related to research promotion in the field of academic and personalized medicine. If you have a university degree in medicine, life sciences or natural sciences and have experience in project management, this job may be the right for you.

The position offers varied and challenging tasks at the interface between medicine and research, contact with young researchers and external experts, a dynamic and multilingual working environment close to Bern railway station.

For details and contact information, please refer to the full text of the advertisement (in German). The deadline for applications is Thursday, 11 June 2020.

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Epidemiologist Marcel Tanner is President of the Swiss Academies

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The Assembly of Delegates has elected Marcel Tanner president of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. The former director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute has already been President a. i. in the last months and is currently a member of the Federal Government’s Covid-19 Science Task Force.

As president of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences since 2016, Marcel Tanner is familiar with the concerns and needs of the scientific community that is united under the umbrella of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. He sees the role and strength of its members in the dialogue between science, politics and society. Further information can be found in the press release of the Academies.

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Prof. Henri Bounameaux is President of the SAMS

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Today, 1 May 2020, Henri Bounameaux takes over the SAMS presidency from Daniel Scheidegger. He was unanimously elected to this position by the Senate in November 2019 and, as the previous Vice-President, is well prepared.

In Bulletin 1/2020 (p. 4) we introduced the new SAMS president in a short interview. In the next few weeks there will be further opportunities to read about Henri Bounameaux, while personal encounters will have to wait a little longer depending on the situation. Daniel Scheidegger will remain an asset for the SAMS as Vice-President. The current composition of the SAMS Executive Board can be found on our website.

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The annual report 2019 is published online

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The Annual Report 2019 is now available online. We use the advantages of the internet to link this review with further information and ongoing activities.

Those who prefer to leaf through rather than click have the option of downloading a printable PDF. We hope, you will enjoy discovering or rediscovering the many highlights of 2019. Our report is available in German or French.

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Covid-19 pandemic: interim report on patient triage

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So far, the bottlenecks in Swiss hospitals feared because of Covid-19 have been avoided. The triage guidelines published by the SAMS and the Swiss Society for Intensive Care Medicine (SGI) are currently not being applied. Since their publication, however, they have been widely discussed and have led to numerous responses. How does the SAMS deal with this feedback?

Given the current situation, the SAMS and SGI have concluded that there is no immediate need to update the document. Rather, the feedback received should be carefully reviewed as part of an overall evaluation of the Covid-19 pandemic, in order to decide to what extent the guidelines should be adapted, or even whether they should remain in force. The guidelines and other relevant documents can be found on our website.

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