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The SCTO is an independent organisation and is based on a joint initiative of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.

As of 2017, the SCTO is a research infrastructure of national importance funded by the State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation and the Swiss National Science Foundation.


SwissPedNet, the Swiss research network of clinical paediatric hubs, was created in 2012 by Swiss paediatricians from Switzerland’s five university children’s hospitals and three largest cantonal hospitals.

SwissPedNet promotes, facilitates, coordinates, and conducts clinical trials devoted to children – ranging from newborns to adolescents – in all disciplines. This network is open to collaborating with all stakeholders in paediatric clinical research (clinicians, academia, the pharmaceutical industry, authorities, etc.).

Today, SwissPedNet consists of 12 members: the five Swiss university children's hospitals (Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich), five cantonal children’s hospitals (Aarau, EOC Ticino, Fribourg, Luzern, and St Gallen), SwissPedRegistry (the research platform for paediatric registries at the Institute of Social and Preventative Medicine (ISPM) in Bern), and SwissPedPha (the paediatric pharmacology and pharmacometrics research centre at the University Children’s Hospital Basel (UKBB)).

SwissPedNet website

SwissPedNet coordination and SCTO involvement

The SwissPedNet Coordinator is part of the SCTO’s Executive Office and supports SwissPedNet in all matters related to its coordination and organisation. The coordinator is the point of contact for all SwissPedNet stakeholders, such as academic researchers from Switzerland or abroad, research networks, European consortia (e.g. connect4children (c4c)), authorities, and the pharmaceutical industry.

The federal funds received from the State Secretariat of Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) are managed and distributed via the SCTO, and the SwissPedNet’s tasks are included in the service level agreement between the SERI and the SCTO.