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European Commission will not change legislation in response to "Stop Vivisection" European Citizens' Initiative 

On 3.6.2015, the European Commission has responded to the European Citizen’s Initiative that sought to repeal the current EU Directive and impose a ban on animal research within the EU.  The Commission has announced that it does not intend to submit a proposal to repeal Directive 2010/63/EU and is not intending to propose the adoption of a new legislative framework.  The response notes: “In medicine development, animal models have been very effective in removing candidate medicines that could have been dangerous to humans when tested in later clinical phases.  In areas of great biological complexity where existing alternatives do not yet provide sufficient predictive power, animal models are still needed to decipher the complex biological mechanisms leading to an observed effect or to provide the information needed to ensure that a product is safe.”

SSN Honorary Member 2015

The SSN Council selected Prof. Mario Wiesendanger, fomerly active at the University of Fribourg as Honorary member of the SSN for his outstanding scientific achievements and his continuous support and promotion of Neuroscience in Switzerland.


SSN Best Publication Award 2014

At the 2015 Annual Meeting in Fribourg the SSN Best Publication Award was presented to Anna-Sophia Wahl (University Zurich) for her publication entitled "Asynchronous therapy restores motor control by rewiring of the rat corticospinal tract after stroke" Science 2014 Jun 13;344(6189):1250-5.


SSN Volker Henn Poster Award 2014

The SSN Volker Henn Poster Awards 2014 have been given to Foivos Markopoulos, Geneva (Molecular Neuroscience), Steffen Wolff, Basel (Systems Neuroscience), and Laurent Sheybani, Geneva (Clinical Neuroscience).


SSN Honorary Member 2014

The SSN Council selected Prof. Hans-Rudolf Lüscher, fomer director of the Instutute of Physiology at the University of Berne as Honorary member of the SSN for his outstanding scientific achievements and his continuous support and promotion of Neuroscience in Switzerland.


The Young SSN is ONLINE

At the last Business Meeting in Geneva the young SSN was created. It consists of 7 PhD/postdocs of 7 different institutions in Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Zurich and Basel. They now created a web page dedictaed to the young members of our society providing information about events, talks, jobs, News etc., etc. The member zone of this web page can be accessed by members of the SSN only. Enter the ySSN site


SSN Volker Henn Poster Award 2013

The SSN Volker Henn Poster Awards have been given to Sahana Murthy, Geneva (Molecular Neuroscience), Gijs Plomp, Geneva (Systems Neuroscience), and Diana Wotruba, Zurich (Clinical Neuroscience)


SSN Best Publication Award 2013

At the 2014 Annual Meeting in Bern the SSN Best Publication Award was given to Christian Pozzorini from the Brain Mind Institute of the EPFL  for his publication entitled 'Temporal Whitening by Power Law Adaption in Pyramidal Neurons' published in Nature Neuroscience, 2013, Jul; 16(7): 942-948.


SSN Best Publication Award 2012

At the 2013 Annual Meeting in Geneva the SSN Best Publication Award was presented to Kristina Schulz (University Zurich) for her publication entitled 'Simultaneous BOLD fMRI and fiber-optic calcium recording in rat neocortex' published in Nature Methods, 2012 Jun;9(6):597-602.


Robert-Bing-Prize 2012 for Andreas Papassotiropoulos and Michael Sinnreich

The Robert-Bing-Prize 2012 of the SAMS (Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences) has been awarded to Andreas Papassotiropoulos and Michael Sinnreich. The award ceremony was held at the Annual Meeting of the SSN in Geneva, on February 2nd, 2013.


Théodore-Ott-Prize 2012 for Adriano Aguzzi and Pico Caroni

The SAMS (Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences) recognizes the life-time achievements of Adriano Aguzzi and Pico Caroni with the Théodore-Ott-Prize. The award ceremony will be held at the 2nd Congress of the Swiss Federation of Clinical Neuro-Societies (SFCNS) in Montreux (June 5-7, 2013).


Petition to defend a full access of Switzerland to European Research and Education programs 

Following the adoption of the initiative against mass immigration the SSN council has launched a petition that ask the Federal Council to strongly stand up for our rights to participate in European research and education programs and to recruit foreign researchers. It is very clear that the exclusion of Switzerland from these research and education programs would be a very substantial loss for neuroscience research, like any other research, in our country. The petition has been signed by 338 members of the SSN and has been sent to the We have formulated a petition that we will send to the Federal Council with the list of SSN members who signed the petition. 388 members of the SSN signed the petition that was sent to the Swiss Federal Council on March 4, 2014. The text of the petition and the response of the Federal Council (Bundesrat Schneider-Ammann) can be downloaded here (must be logged into website as SSN member).