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21 April 2017

Overview of activities – SCTO Short Report 2016

The SCTO reports regularly on its activities and publishes a brief review of the year 2016.

The report is available under Publications


31 March 2017

Invitation SCTO Symposium 2017: "Adding value in clinical research"

On 1 June 2017, international experts and stakeholders are addressing the topic "Adding value in clinical research" at the University Hospital Basel.

Read more about the interesting programme and register online by 22 May 2017.

Save the date: Study Nurses and Study Coordinators celebrate foundation of association

The third Study Nurse/Study Coordinator Meeting is taking place on 15 September 2017 in Basel. Besides presentations on issues arising from daily practice and work processes, the network takes the opportunity to lay the foundation for the association "Swiss Professionals of Clinical Research Coordination".

For more information about previous Study Nurse/Study Coordinator Meetings please see our event calendar.


7 March 2017

Future generation in clinical research

The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) and the Gottfried und Julia Bangerter-Rhyner-Stiftung are launching the joint funding programme "Future generation in clinical research". The aim is to enable young physicians to acquire first research experiences through protected research time and project grants. The funding programme is taking account of the Roadmap for developing the next generation of clinical researchers presented by the Federal Office of Public Health in 2016.

Read more (in German or French) at samw.ch.


2 March 2017

Publication of SSIC report related to funding under Art. 15 RIPA

Between late 2015 and early 2016, the Swiss Science and Innovation Council (SSIC) assessed the multi-year plans of 30 research institutes, including the SCTO, on behalf of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). In December 2016, the Confederation made its funding decisions, among other things based on the analysis of the SSIC, for the period 2017-2020 under Art. 15 RIPA of the Federal Act on the Promotion of Research and Innovation (RIPA).

The SERI subsequently released the assessment report for publication, which is available in French and German at swir.ch.


10 February 2017

Pre-announcement SCTO Symposium 2017:
'Adding value in clinical research: what‘s been achieved and how do we manage new challenges?'

What are the main sources of wasted resources in clinical research? What role can Clinical Trial Units, researchers, academic institutions, funders and scientific journal editors assume in enhancing clinical research quality in the future? Experts and stakeholders will discuss these and other important questions on 1 June 2017 at the University Hospital Basel.

The preliminary programme is available under event calendar.

Register online


2 February 2017

Press release "PedCRIN kick-off"

ECRIN has announced the launch of the Paediatric Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (PedCRIN). The three-year project brings together ECRIN and the founding partners of the European Paediatric Clinical Trial Research Infrastructure (EPCT-RI) to develop capacity for the management of multinational paediatric clinical trials.

Beneficiary of this Horizon 2020 project in Switzerland is SwissPedNet, the Swiss Research Network of Clinical Pediatric Hubs and hence the Swiss hub of the EPCT-RI and PedCRIN. Further information is available at swisspednet.ch and at ecrin.org.


27 January 2017

SCTO Forum "Clinical Research" 2017

Close to 90 participants attended the 7th Forum "Clinical Research" in Bern on 25 January 2017. Once more, the SCTO successfully launched an important discussion: this year on the topic "A more patient- and research-friendly future thanks to dynamic consent and e-consent?"

A summary of the event will follow shortly. The presentations of the forum are available under event calendar.


5 January 2017

10th IMI 2 Call is open

On 4 January 2017 IMI (Innovative Medicines Initiative) launched its 10th call for submission of project proposals under the IMI 2 programme. The deadline for submitting proposals under Call 10 is 28 March 2017.

Further information is available at euresearch.ch and at imi.europa.eu.


3 January 2017

ERA-NET E-Rare on Rare Diseases

The E-Rare network launches its 9th transnational call for funding multilateral research projects in the field of "Innovative Therapeutic Approaches for Rare Diseases". The submission deadline for pre-proposals is 1 February 2017. Learn more about this topic at snf.ch and erare.eu.

The SCTO actively promotes adequate research funding, irrespective of the pathology. For more information see research promotion.


Media reports on clinical research in Switzerland

The media interest in clinical research is growing, both in Switzerland and abroad. The SCTO feels the effects of this trend, too. In the course of 2016, the SCTO as umbrella organisation commented on current themes and issues in the field of clinical research. The respective media releases and articles are available under Publications.

As the central cooperation platform for patient-oriented clinical research in Switzerland, the SCTO is committed to high-quality and independent information concerning clinical research issues and promotes a factual exchange on its risks and benefits.

For older news and press releases please see our news archives 201620152014 and 2013.