Mission and objectives
The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) was founded in 1943 by the five Swiss medical faculties, the two veterinary medical faculties and the Swiss Medical Association (Foederatio Medicorum Helveticorum - FMH). The principle mission of this independent foundation, with its Headquarters in Basle, at that time – when Switzerland was in a state of isolation due to the Second World War – was the promotion of research and of the professional training of the coming generation of physicians.
Today, with its two main programmes, «Medicine and Society» and «Medical Science and Practice», the activity of the SAMS is concentrated on the following:
- Promotion of the professional training of the coming generation of physicians, especially in clinical research;
- Support of the high quality of the research in biomedical and clinical research;
- Acquisition of knowledge from basic research and from practical clinical research, taking into account in particular the needs of the basic providers;
- Identification of new ethical questions arising from top biomedical research and from the development of new technologies, and the drawing up of ethical guidelines and procedural instructions;
- Reflection on the future of medicine.
All these activities concern primarily the Swiss environment, but they are also strongly oriented towards international developments. These international connections are maintained through membership of various important international organisations and the participation of members of the SAMS at the most important international meetings and congresses in the fields of biomedical ethics and the future of medicine.