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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

The SCTO Platforms have their own website:
Tools & Resources: Our new website for academic clinical research professionals

With our new, user-friendly website, our platforms’ practical tools and resources are even more accessible for your day-to-day work. The website will be continually updated and expanded with additional tools, so it’s worth visiting regularly!

Visit www.sctoplatforms.ch

Pools of expertise in key areas of clinical research

The SCTO Platforms aim to be the first point of contact when questions arise regarding any topic related to clinical research. They focus on eight key fields: auditingdata managementeducationmonitoringproject managementregulatory affairssafety, and statistics and methodology.

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.

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


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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