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20 May 2016

International Clinical Trials Day

Every year since 2005, the European Clinical Research Infrastructures Network (ECRIN) has celebrated the International Clinical Trials’ Day (ICTD) at or around 20 May to commemorate the day James Lind started his famous trial and to draw attention to the need for clinical trials.

Learn more at ecrin.org and jameslindlibrary.org

Study nurses und study coordinators: leveraging synergies and bundling forces

On 22 April 2016, the second National Study Nurse / Study Coordinator Meeting was held at Inselspital in Bern. 113 interested and engaged participants followed the lectures and discussed vividly the potential future of a Swiss study nurses and study coordinators network.
The SCTO supports the group of study nurses and study coordinators since the very beginning and is pleased to learn about the positive development. A working group is now going to get together to drive forward the establishment of a strong national network or association and to follow up on issues such as job descriptions, training and education and national meetings.

The programme and the presentations of the latest event are available here

DACH Symposium 2018 in Zurich

After the successful first joint three-nation congress for clinical trials in Freiburg, the second DACH Symposium will be held on 11 and 12 June 2018 in Zurich. As one of the coordination centres for clinical studies the SCTO is again co-organising the event. 

More information about the programme and the presentations of the first symposium can be downloaded here
10 May 2016

Overview of activities – SCTO Short Report 2015

The SCTO reports regularly on its activities and publishes a brief review of the year 2015.

The report is available here
1 April 2016

SCTO Symposium 2016: Building up the future generation of clinical researchers

Leading experts and stakeholders will discuss on 16 June 2016 in Lausanne the current opportunities and challenges as well as future perspectives to promote young physicians in the field of clinical research. Register online

Programme (pdf, 301.5 KB)

Call for Abstracts

We invite all researchers within a Swiss institution performing or coordinating IITs to present their clinical research projects with a poster during the symposium. The three best posters will be awarded a prize at the event.

More information (pdf, 161.4 KB)
24 March 2016

DACH Symposium for clinical trials

More than 550 participants joined the 1st DACH Symposium on 7 and 8 March 2016 in Freiburg (D). Further information about the scientific programme and the presentations of the successful symposium is available here

Seminar for Scientific Journalists

The third Seminar for Scientific Journalists on 13 April 2016 offers an overview of where we stand at present with regard to the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s. This event is aimed primarily at science journalists and also at actors from the science environment.

Invitation, programme and registration

Marie Curie PhD fellowships in Methods in Research on Research

Methods in Research on Research (MiRoR) are recruiting 15 PhD students to be trained in MiRoR in the field of clinical research. Each recruited PhD student will be offered a 3-year Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship. Submission deadline is 1 May 2016.
MiRoR is an innovative and ambitious joint doctoral training programme funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, dedicated to MiRoR in the field of clinical research. «Research on Research», is an emerging new scientific discipline that aims to reduce waste in research and increase research value. The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020.

Read more about the submission process.
11 March 2016

Switzerland is member of ECRIN-ERIC

Switzerland's application to become an observer country to ECRIN was approved by the ECRIN-ERIC Assembly of Members on 18 December 2015. This makes Switzerland the 8th country to join ECRIN. The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has delegated the Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation (SCTO) as scientific partner for Switzerland.

More information about ECRIN-ERIC and its services is available here as well as in the current SCTO factsheet.
Factsheet ECRIN-ERIC (pdf, 280.2 KB)
The factsheets on further activities of the SCTO are available here
12 February 2016

Preannouncement SCTO Symposium 2016: «Building up the future generation of clinical researchers»

On 16 June 2016, leading experts and stakeholders will discuss in Lausanne the current opportunities and challenges to promote young physicians in the field of clinical research. 
More information about the event and the online registration is available here

Preannouncement (pdf, 1.2 MB)
10 February 2016

EUPATI platform Switzerland launched

The national platform EUPATI Switzerland was launched on 3 February 2016. Close to 140 representatives of health and patient organisations, authorities and academy participated at the launch event.
EUPATI is a European patients’ academy for therapeutic innovation with regional platforms in different countries.

The programme (in German or French) and the press release are available here
5 February 2016

Involvement of patients and public in clinical research

Close to 90 participants attended the 6th Forum «Clinical Research» on 27 January 2016 in Bern.

A summary of the event and the presentations of the forum 2016 are availale here

Study nurses and study coordinators: Leveraging synergies and bundling forces

Study nurses and study coordinators are an indespensable link in the clinical research process chain. Yet, there is potential for improvement when it comes to synergies. In order to find concrete solutions to leverage the synergies and bundle the forces of Swiss study nurses and study coordinators, study nurses and study coordinators are cordially invited to join the 2nd national National Study Nurse / Study Coordinator Meeting on 22 April 2016 at Inselspital Bern.

Invitation and programme (pdf, 376.3 KB)

Lest we forget: Why Alzheimer’s research is such a challenge

The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS), the Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation (SCTO) and Interpharma invite scientific journalists and actors from the science community to the 3rd Seminar for Scientific Journalists. The seminar offers an overview of where we stand at present with regard to the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s, as well as current research. The event is taking place on 13 April 2016 at Restaurant Metropol in Zurich.

More information
22 January 2016

DACH Symposium for clinical trials

The coordination centres for clinical studies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland are organising the first joint three-nation congress for clinical trials. The two-day congress including an extensive supporting programme will be held in Freiburg/Germany on 7 and 8 March 2016 and is aimed at all persons active in the field of clinical research. The event language is German.

Online registration (German)Programme (in German) (pdf, 825.5 KB)

EUPATI Toolbox live as of 27 January 2016

On 27 January 2016, EUPATI will launch its second «core product» after the EUPATI Patient Expert Training Course: the EUPATI Toolbox on Medicines R&D. The Toolbox is a reliable source with regularly updated information and contains 83 themes out of 16 categories in Medicines R&D.

Discover! Adapt! Share! as of 27 January 2016 at www.eupati.eu
Toolbox video available here

11 January 2016

Unlimited access to the Cochrane Library within Switzerland

A newly signed national licence offers free access to the Cochrane Library to all residents in Switzerland. Swiss patients and health care practitioners will now have access to over 6500 published systematic reviews in healthcare interventions.
Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health. The organisation gathers and summarises the best evidence from research to help make informed choices about treatment.

Visit the Cochrane Library

Learn more about Cochrane Switzerland


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Transparency

The SCTO supports transparency in clinical research and follows the current developments closely. The SCTO and its CTU network support the overall principles of greater clinical trial data transparency, including registration and disclosure of clinical trial results in public registries, publication of results and sharing of clinical study reports.

In line with international efforts, Switzerland adopted transparency in clinical research with the enactment of the Human Research Act and its ordinances. All approved clinical trials must now be registered in a public registry and the results published after trial closure.

The SCTO calls on researchers, collaborators and network members to implement measures to achieve this.