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New factsheet about the Swiss Personalized Health Network

The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is a national initiative aiming to lay the foundations required to make health-related data accessible for research across the country. The ultimate goal is to promote the development of personalized medicine and health in Switzerland. A newly published SPHN factsheet provides an overview of the vision, the mandate, its key actors and the governance structure.

Since the launch of SPHN in 2017, infrastructures have been analyzed, expanded and coordinated to efficiently manage health data and make them nationally accessible for research, by developing common standards. The initiative has adopted a federative approach by building upon existing data sources and infrastructures. To learn more about the initiative, download the factsheet or visit the SPHN website.

Factsheet SPHN 2019 PDF

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Eleven MD-PhD grants awarded

The national MD-PhD program has awarded eleven grants to young physicians engaged in research to complete a doctorate in natural sciences, public health sciences and clinical research at a Swiss university. The synopsis of grantees gives an overview of the supported projects.

The national MD-PhD expert committee retained 11 young researchers for funding out of the 22 candidates preselected by the local MD-PhD committees. The grants cover the salary of grantees for two to three years. They are sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Swiss Cancer Research (KFS) and the SAMS. The next call for proposals of the National MD-PhD program will be launched in autumn 2019 with submission deadline on 15 December 2019.

Synopsis of grantees PDF

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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