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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.

From our network

EUPATI Guidance for Patient Involvement in Medicines Research and Development

Patient Involvement in Ethical Review of Clinical Trials
Read the article in Frontiers in Medicine (09/2018)

Patient Involvement in Health Technology Assessment
Read the article in Frontiers in medicine (09/2018)

Patient Involvement in Regulatory Processes
Read the article in Frontiers in medicine (08/2018)


Pioneering quality framework from our network: INQUIRE

The University of Basel and University Hospital Basel have initiated the INQUIRE framework, a first of its kind set to optimise patient-oriented clinical research, internationally.

Read the full article, “Academic response to improving value and reducing waste: A comprehensive framework for INcreasing QUality In patient- oriented academic clinical REsearch (INQUIRE)” through open access from PLOS Medicine (06/2018).

You can also download the framework summarised as a user-friendly graphic guide. Find out more at the Department of Clinical Research, University of Basel.


Reflecting on the value of 10 years of the Clinical Trial Network in Switzerland

"The impact of clinical trial units on the value of clinical research in Switzerland", published in the Swiss Medical Weekly (04/2018).


SwissPedNet: new President

Introducing Klara Posfay Barbe, the new President of SwissPedNet (04/2018)


10 years of the CTU Network

In 2017, the Clinical Trial Unit (CTU) Network celebrated its 10th anniversary – a reason to honour the CTUs’ success stories with an anniversary publication. (06/2017)

Get your free copy from the SCTO Executive Office.


The EUPATI project

The Swiss Cancer Bulletin reports on EUPATI, the European Patients' Academy on Therapeutic Innovation. (04/2016)

Swiss Cancer Bulletin 04/16

Research dedicated to children: SwissPedNet

SwissPedNet, the Swiss Research Network of Clinical Pediatric Hubs, in the Swiss Medical Weekly (09/2014)


More publications from our network in German and French