The Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) is a national initiative designed to promote the development of personalized medicine and personalized health in Switzerland.
SPHN will lay the foundations that are needed to facilitate research projects in this area such as a system for a nationwide exchange of health-related data.
The ultimate goal is to promote health and well-being, to prevent, diagnose and treat unfavourable health conditions more precisely, thus reducing the risk of developing such conditions and permitting more effective treatments of disease states with fewer adverse effects.
With the advent of Christmas, the second year of the first SPHN funding period is coming to a close. It is thus time for SPHN to thank all those who have graciously contributed their time and knowledge in the continuation of the initiative. Without the close collaboration of the many partners from the fields of medicine, science, public management and research support this would not have been possible.
Thanks to the continuous support of the members of the SPHN bodies and the voluntary commitment of other experts, the way to establishing nationwide interoperability of biomedical information and data sharing continued to be paved. While the projects funded in 2017 have all successfully started by now, the second call for proposals – which was again coordinated with the ETH-program PHRT – was organized. As a result, 10 new projects have been awarded financial support, 3 of them receiving co-funding by SPHN and PHRT. Throughout the year, SPHN has further participated in the organization of a number of events. Particular mention deserves the 1st joint Personalized Health Day, which took place in March at the Paul Klee Center in Bern and the 4-day Summer School at the Campus Biotech in Geneva, which gathered 80 students and post-docs, and 40 speakers from 26 countries.
The Management Office will continue to inform you regularly about current SPHN activities on the website and with newsletters and is looking forward to a fruitful and exciting new year 2019!
The International Consortium for Personalised Medicine (ICPerMed) has published the announcement of their "Best Practice in Personalised Medicine" Recognition 2019. The Recognition aims to recognise, encourage, promote and disseminate outstanding examples of best practices in personalised medicine.
The deadline for proposal submission is 21 January 2019. More information
During this second call for proposals, a total of 38 applications were received: 20 applications for Infrastructure development projects and 18 applications for Driver projects, including 6 applications that requested co-funding (SPHN and PHRT). The total budget requested for all project applications was CHF 31.8 million.
Based on the recommendation of its International Advisory Board, SPHN decided to support 5 Infrastructure development projects and 5 Driver projects for a total amount of CHF 9.65 million. Three of the 10 projects will be co-funded by SPHN and PHRT.