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Associate members

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.


International networking as the key to success

Today, many clinical research projects need to be carried out at the international level in order to be successful. Such projects are challenging, so the right partner and a professional infrastructure are crucial for project planning and implementation. This applies to studies performed by academia as well as industry-sponsored studies.

The SCTO coordinates services and study centres in Switzerland and in Europe, for example for multicentre studies. This is one of the key objectives of the new collaboration between the SCTO and ECRIN. Even though in multicentre studies a researcher usually makes the initial contact with researchers in other hospitals directly, the SCTO can liaise if desired.

Moreover, through the Swiss Research Network of Clinical Pediatric Hubs SwissPedNet, the SCTO supports the development of new medical products for children and adolescents and coordinates the necessary contacts in Switzerland.

The SCTO itself does not offer services for the operational implementation of trials. This is the task of the Clinical Trial Units (CTUs).