Past Events


May 12, 2022, 09:00 - 17:00

For the third time, the Synapsis Foundation offered a research proposal writing workshop exclusively for clinical researchers on 12 May 2022. The goal of the online course was to set new standards for clinical research applications. Pieter Jelle Visser not only presented the "Dos and Don'ts" of proposal writing. In the discussion with the representatives of the new MAS ETH digital Clinical Research, the participants received valuable input on ethical and regulatory aspects of clinical research projects. All in all, it was a very intensive day with many exciting discussions!

We would like to thank all speakers for their much appreciated support.

Synapsis Forum 2021

On November 8, after a two-year break, the time had finally come again: researchers supported by the Synapsis Foundation met in Gerzensee for a scientific meeting. After the 2020 event had to be held online due to the pandemic, all participants were very much looking forward to meeting in person.

Over seventy participants shared the latest findings from their research projects and also established new relationships. The topics of the presentations ranged from research into new biomarkers for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease to the use of exergames to improve cognitive skills. The range of projects supported by the foundation - from basic biomedical research to clinical projects - was also highlighted. It was in particular this interdisciplinarity that made the event interesting, the participants remarked. The undisputed highlight of the event was the poster session on the first evening. Young researchers were given the opportunity to discuss their research projects with other participants in an informal atmosphere.

"I am impressed by the high quality of the research," said a delighted Mathias Jucker, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Synapsis Foundation. "It shows that we are selecting the right projects for funding."

The Synapsis Foundation team is pleased that the event successfully supported the networking of Alzheimer's researchers in Switzerland!

How to write successful research proposals

On 11 May 2021, the Synapsis Foundation organised for the second time a proposal writing workshop for clinical researchers. Fiveteen participants gained insights into the expectations of reviewers and received valuable tips on how to write successful grant proposals during the online workshop.

We would like to thank the speakers Stéphanie Buvelot Frei, Sven Trelle, Paul Unschuld and Pieter Jelle Visser for sharing their experiences!

Synapsis Forum 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Synapsis Forum 2020, which was scheduled to take place at Hotel Schloss Gerzensee on 23 and 24 November 2020, had to be cancelled.

To provide a platform for knowledge exchange and networking to supported researchers, the Synapsis Foundation organized a virtual meeting in the afternoon of 24 November 2020. Supported researchers presented their project ideas and research results. More than 60 particpants used the opportunity for lively discussions during the virtual coffee break and poster sessions. Despite the restrictions caused by the pandemic it was a great experience to meet the "Synapsis Family" online.

We hope we will be able to meet in person in Gerzensee in November 2021!

Proposal Writing Workshop for Clinical Researchers

On 10 June 2020, the Synapsis Foundation organized an online workshop for clinical researchers who intended to improve their skills in drafting project proposals. Fiveteen participants benefited from the experiences of successful grant authors and gain insights into the expectations of reviewers and funding agencies. The participants particularly appreciated the one-on-one sessions to discuss their own research ideas with the experts.

«It was a great experience and I have learned a few more important things about grant applications.» explained a participant.


The Synapsis Foundation would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the workshop. We also thank the participants for their excellent feedback.

Synapsis Forum 2019

For the second time, more than 50 scientists supported by the Synapsis Foundation met at the Synapsis Forum in Gerzensee on 25 and 26 November 2019 for networking and knowledge exchange.

Selected speakers presented their projects supported by the Synapsis Foundation and discussed current research questions in the field of Alzheimer's disease. During the poster session in the evening of the first day, young researchers presented their work to each other. Highlights of the event were the keynote speeches by Prof. Philip Scheltens, member of the Scientific Advisory Board since 2019, and Dr. Ansgar Felbecker, President of the Swiss Memory Clinics. Both speakers provided valuable insights into the clinical aspects of Alzheimer's research and created awareness for their work.

The event was well received by the growing community of researchers supported by the Synapsis Foundation. The scientists expressed their gratitude for the support of their research activities by the Synapsis Foundation and addressed their thanks to all donors.


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