Highlights of the program

The 2nd SFCNS Congress is proud to present the following highlights:


SFCNS mandates in highly specialized medicine

The SFCNS presently coordinates the implementation of three decisions of the Swiss Conference of the Cantonal Ministers of Public Health, its decision board, and its scientific committee on highly specialised medical services (HSM). The federation is currently concerned with the stroke area and two neurosurgery areas, i.e., deep brain stimulation surgery (DBS) and refractory epilepsy surgery in adults.

Individual certification committees are in charge of coordinating the implementation. The committees integrate delegates from various clinical neuro-societies, intensive care, and general internal medicine. Their task is to elaborate certification criteria, in collaboration with an accredited institution, and to supervise the preparation and implementation of all certification processes.

The certifications are aimed at insuring both quality assurance and health care excellence.

Thursday 06.06.2013, 13:45-14:45 h, Auditorium Stravinski | More information


Foundation of the Swiss Brain Council

At the second SFCNS congress scheduled to take place in in Montreux on Thursday 6 June 2013, the initiative Swiss Brain Council (SBC) will be launched in a kick-off session at 14:45-15:45. Prof. Esther Stöckli (Zürich), Prof. Claudio Bassetti (Bern), and Prof. Jürg Kesselring (Valens) will give short presentations. It will be a great pleasure for the SBC to welcome Prof. Mary G. Baker, President of the European Brain Councils, who has accepted our invitation to represent SBS’s mother society at the meeting.

Thursday 06.06.2013, 14:45-15:50 h, Auditorium Stravinski | More information


Human Brain Project (with Prof. Dr. Henry Markram, Lausanne)

The Human Brain project has been elected by a consortium of European universities as the finalist of the European FET Flagship programme. The aim of the project is to sum up the whole knowledge about the human brain and simulate it with computer-based models. With these simulations the scientists believe of better being able to understand the functionality of the brain than with research at the complex human brain. Switzerland plays a leading role within the Project. Professor Henry Markram and his team from the «Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne» (EPFL) will coordinate the project and are responsable for the development and operation of the brain stimulation platform. Professor Richard Frackowiak from the «Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois» (CHUV) and his team are in charge of the medical computer science platform and the Swiss Supercomputing Centre in Lugano provides high performance calculating capacities.

We are therefore very proud to present you Professor Henry Markram with a talk about the Human Brain Project:

Wednesday 05.06.2013, 15:15-15:50 h, Auditorium Stravinski | More information


Théodore Ott Prize

Every 5 years, the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) offers the Théodore Ott Prize for outstanding achievements pertaining to basic research in the neuroscience field. The prize was founded in honor of the physicist Théodore Ott (1909-1991), Professor of Neurology in Lausanne. Endowed with CHF 60’000.– , the prize is the highest distinction for brain research in Switzerland. It will be awarded to established researchers, with preference given to scientists working at Swiss universities.

The award session of the Théodore Ott Prize 2012 takes place during the 2nd Congress of the Swiss Federation of Clinical Neuro-Societies (SFCNS). The awardees are Adriano Aguzzi, Zurich and Pico Caroni, Basel.

Friday 07.06.2013, 14:00-15:15, Auditorium Stravinski | More information