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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.

Clinical Trial Units

CTU Network

Clinical research infrastructure to run study projects smoothly

Six hospitals in Switzerland with Clinical Trial Units (CTUs) received seed funds from the Swiss National Science Foundation in 2007. Since then, the CTU Network has developed a well-established and nationally coordinated clinical research infrastructure. The Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC) became ordinary member in 2020 and is now part of this network too. CTUs provide all the services needed to run clinical study projects smoothly. As of 2017, each CTU also coordinates one of our SCTO Platforms focusing on one key area of clinical research. More than 250 people work in the CTU Network.

The Executive Office of the SCTO coordinates the collaboration between the CTUs and supports them in their activities.

CTU network members
DKF Basel
CTU Bern
CRC Geneva
CRC Lausanne
CTU-EOC Lugano
CTU St.Gallen
CTC Zürich

The directors of the CTUs make up a permanent committee of the Board of CTU Directors. The aim of this board is to liaise with the SCTO Steering Board regarding the overall strategy of the SCTO, which includes input related to its implementation.

Associate member
Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil