FBM Award Program in Details
The FBM Award Program is designed to recognize basic and clinical researchers as well as clinicians of the FBM, for outstanding achievements in their field. As of 2009, 8 awards in three main categories (Teaching, Life sciences & Clinical sciences) will be attributed annually on the occasion of the LABEL-FBM Day. Each award consists of a Certificate and a small stipend.
Candidates can be nominated by their Department Chair, FBM colleagues, and, in the case of the Clinical Medicine and Outstanding Mentoring Awards, by trainees, including residents, post-docs and graduate students. Two letters of support are required, one of which must be from the nominating party, clearly explaining why the individual deserves the nomination. The CV of nominees must be included.
The categories are:
1. Excellence in Teaching Award for Biology
The Excellence in Teaching Award for Biology honors individuals or groups who display outstanding contribution to teaching and dedication to students within the Biology School Program.
2. Excellence in Teaching Award for Medicine
The Excellence in Teaching Award for Medicine honors individuals or groups who display outstanding contribution to teaching and dedication to students within the Medical School Program.
3. Outstanding Mentoring Award
The Outstanding Mentoring Award is given to individuals who make an outstanding contribution to supporting the careers of young investigators and physicians, counselling students and junior staff, and providing guidance for study and career development. Any Faculty member can be nominated irrespective of rank or seniority.
4. Basic Life Science Award
The Basic Life Science Award is intended for researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to a specific area in biological or medical sciences during their tenure at the FBM. Eligible candidates include all Faculty members, irrespective of rank. The majority of the work for which a candidate is rewarded must have been done at the FBM. Thus, a newly recruited Faculty member who has made an outstanding discovery at his/her previous institution cannot be rewarded for that particular work. The conditions under which the work was performed should also be taken into account. For example, a researcher who has made an outstanding discovery with relatively meager means should be given priority over one who has made a discovery of similar importance but with massive manpower and lab support.
5. Translational Research Award
The Translational Research Award is intended for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to bridging basic research and clinical medicine. It is therefore synonymous to a « Translational Research Award ». Nominees can include MD and PhD Faculty members whose research in a biological field has been, or is being, applied to patient management. The notion of biological field here is broad, including biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, bioengineering, biophysics, bioinformatics, etc.
6. Investigator-in-Training Award
The Investigator-in-Training Award is intended for young investigators at the post-doctoral level, since there are already numerous awards for students. Two awards will be given, one for basic research in a biomedical or biological field and one for research in a clinical field. The work that is being awarded may be published or in press. Exceptionally, outstanding work that has been submitted but not yet accepted may be considered.
7. Clinical Research Award
The Clinical Research Award should recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to clinical science during their tenure at the FBM. Research fields targeted by this award include diagnostics (development of a new diagnostic tool or strategy), epidemiology, novel therapeutic medical and surgical approaches that hold promise for successful management of any given medical disorder, etc.
8. Clinical Practice Award
The quality of patient care is of paramount importance in a biomedical center such as the CHUV. However, we seldom recognize individuals whose bedside manner, humanity and capacity to provide an example for young physicians, in addition to pure diagnostic prowess, make our institution a better place for patients. The Clinical Practice Award is intended for exactly that purpose and should recognize physicians who, in addition to being outstanding clinicians and surgeons distinguish themselves by their equally outstanding bedside manner. When considering potential nominees, think about answering the simple question - if you were to be admitted to the CHUV tomorrow for any serious medical/surgical condition, whom would you want as your physician?
Information & Contact
FBM Award Program
Tel. +41 692 50 17