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.
SPHN Call for Proposals 2018 PDF