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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.

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The long and winding road to better therapies

Will a new, expensive blood thinner work better against heart attacks? Will an exercise programme mitigate the side-effects of a cancer treatment? Whether or not a good idea actually works in practice is something only clinical studies can answer. But fewer and fewer of them are being carried out in Switzerland.

President Christiane Pauli-Magnus speaks in the article "Clinical studies: The long and winding road to better therapies", published on 4 June 2020 in the Swiss research magazine Horizons.


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