First review report of the International Advisory Board

13 December 2019


As per the Rules of Procedure and its mandate, the International Advisory Board (IAB) of SPHN has to provide a review on the progress of the initiative every two to three years. After submission of their first activity reports beginning of 2019, the project leaders of the first 15 SPHN funded projects and the representatives of the five University Hospitals, presented the advancementsof their works to the IAB during a meeting in September. The presentations and discussions provided the IAB with a broad overview on SPHN’s core activities and thereby facilitated the Board’s first review of the initiative, almost three years after its operational launch.


The full report of the International Advisory Board can be downloaded here

Call for candidatures: Election to the new SPHN National Advisory Board (NAB)

22 November 2019


During the review of the SPHN Initiative over the last 9 months, several gaps were identified in the SPHN infrastructure landscape with a need for action. The National Steering Board of SPHN therefore decided to create a SPHN National Advisory Board (NAB). The focus of this new advisory body will be to strengthen the infrastructural aspects of the initiative. A Call for candidatures is launched to elect a chairperson and 3 - 4 members of the National Advisory Board (NAB). 


More information on the Call for candidatures and the mandate of the new SPHN National Advisory Board can be found here.

New online course on SPHN Data Privacy and IT Security

15 October 2019


Within the Swiss Personalized Health Network and related national initiatives, researchers use patient data (i.e. confidential human data) in their research projects. Dealing with confidential human data requires awareness of data privacy, respective laws and information security. The SPHN training on Data Privacy and IT Security explains what should be done in practice to protect the patients’ privacy when performing biomedical research on human data. For researchers and users of the SPHN/BioMedIT infrastructure this course is highly recommended. The respective exam is mandatory to use the BioMedIT infrastructure.


The BioMedIT/SPHN Data Privacy and IT Security training is now available also as online course (video tutorial and script). More information can be found on the DCC webpage.

Get to know SPHN: the new fact-sheet shows all information at a glance

16 September 2019


The new SPHN fact-sheet 2019 aligns all stakeholders on the vision, the mandate, the national governance, and implementation of SPHN. This large-scale, national initiative rallies all decision makers from key clinical, research, and research support institutions as well as patient organisations around the same table.


The combined know-how, experience and commitment of the numerous partners and experts enable discussion, collaboration, and progress in the quest to advance Personalized Health research and innovation for the benefit of society.

The fact-sheet was developed by Personalized Health Informatics Group (PHI) and the Management Office.

Common templates to facilitate data and material exchange

3 June 2019


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. More information can be found here and in the newsletter.

Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI) – Call for proposals 18 & 19 

15 May 2019


The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) is a partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry. IMI facilitates open collaboration in research to advance the development of, and accelerate patient access to, personalised medicines for the health and wellbeing of all, especially in areas of unmet medical need. IMI’s next Calls for proposals are currently planned for 26 June 2019. More information 

Welcome to the new Hospital IT Working Group of the Data Coordination Center

10 April 2019


The new Hospital IT Working Group of the DCC brings together representatives of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) departments of the five University Hospitals, in order to promote the development of the Swiss-wide IT infrastructure and accelerate the harmonization process regarding the implementation and adoption of technical solutions within SPHN. More information 

New leadership of the Data Coordination Center

4 April 2019


On 1 March 2019, Katrin Crameri took over the leadership of the Personalized Health Informatics (PHI) Group responsible for the Data Coordination Center of SPHN. In an interview, they share their vision of the PHI group’s mandate and their common longstanding passion to make data-driven medicine a reality in Switzerland. More information

Onboarding for the new SPHN Driver projects

1 March 2019


Within the frame of the second call for proposals, 5 new Driver projects have been selected for funding by the SPHN International Advisory Board and the National Steering Board.


During an Onboarding meeting organized by the Personalized Health Informatics (PHI) Group and the SPHN Management Office, representatives of the research consortia were informed about the SPHN mission, partners as well as expected deliverables by the projects. More information

SPHN strengthens its international collaboration

5 February 2019


Two years after its launch, SPHN was selected by the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) to join an international group of leading initiatives. This group works collaboratively to create frameworks and standards to enable responsible research in the field of genomics and personalized health. More information

Results of the call for proposals 2018 coordinated with PHRT

29 November 2018


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. More information

Second call for proposals

15 March 2018


SPHN is launching its second call for proposals with a submission deadline on 30 June 2018. More information

A strong signal from the University Hospitals

30 January 2018


SPHN is a national initiative that contributes to the development, implementation and validation of a coordinated data infrastructure in order to make health-relevant data usable in Switzerland for research. At the end of 2017, collaboration agreements were concluded with all five University Hospitals. More information

Results of the call for proposals 2017 coordinated with PHRT

24 November 2017


During this first call for proposals, a total of 38 applications were received by 15 September 2017: 16 applications for Infrastructure Development projects and 22 applications for Driver projects, including 11 applications that requested co-funding (PHRT and SPHN). The total budget requested for all project applications was CHF 58.6 million. More information

First call for proposals

16 June 2017


SPHN is launching its first call for proposals aimed at the development of a national interoperable research infrastructure ecosystem for competitive personalized health research. More information

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