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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.

SCTO Platforms


28 January 2020

SCTO Platforms Event 2020: Yielding a bumper harvest

On 14 January 2020, three years after the CTU Network first established thematic platforms, members of all the platforms held their first joint event in Bern. The event, dedicated to the exchange and the presentation of the projects and products of the individual platforms, brought together over 70 collaborators from the CTU Network.

The morning “marketplace” enabled each of the nine platforms to showcase their activities to one another. The afternoon was dedicated to INQUIRE, a quality framework initiated by the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel, intended to optimise patient-oriented clinical research. In the workshop that followed, the participants discussed how this quality framework can be ploughed into their daily activities and projects.

A short report and photos of the day are available below.

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Pools of expertise in key areas of clinical research

To optimise clinical research, our platforms focus on eight key fields: 

data management 
project management
regulatory affairs
statistics and methodology 

The SCTO Platforms serve different clients with a range of needs. As pools of expertise, our platforms aim to be the first point of contact when questions arise regarding any topic related to clinical research. We will publish regular updates on the objectives and output of these platforms as they continue to develop.

To find out more about our platforms, please consult the fact sheet below on this page.

Who is behind the platforms?

Each Clinical Trial Unit (CTU) of our CTU Network runs a platform, and each platform includes staff from all CTUs. Furthermore, the Swiss Group for Clinical Cancer Research (SAKK) also contributes by participating in the majority of the platforms. Further stakeholders and external experts may be invited to join the platforms for specific topics.

Each SCTO platform is run by one or more coordinators: 



Dr Anja Eskat and Dr Nicole Leisinger, CTU Zurich

Data Management 

Dr Patrick Wright, CTU Basel

Education  Dr Melanie Glättli, SCTO Executive Office
Monitoring Dr Jocelyne Chabert, CTU Geneva
Project Management Dr Synove Otterbech and Dr Simone Kälin, CTU St.Gallen
Regulatory Affairs Dr Séverine Méance, CTU Lausanne
Safety Elena Porro, CTU Lugano
Statistics & Methodology Brigitta Gahl, CTU Bern