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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.

Scientific papers

The SCTO regularly contributes to scientific publications as a co-author. Published articles are available below.


Media articles are available in German and in French.

European survey on national harmonisation in clinical research

Clinical trials remain key to the development of evidence‐based medical practice. However, they are becoming increasingly complex, mainly in a multinational setting.

The survey performed among the member and observer countries of ECRIN aimed to describe the harmonisation of academic clinical research processes at national level, to facilitate the exchange of expertise and experience among countries, and to identify new fields of action. 

Currently, the ECRIN member countries offer a very solid base and collaborative spirit for further aligning processes and exchanging best practices for clinical research in Europe. 

Read the complete European survey on national harmonization in clinical research, Magnin et al., Wiley Online Library, published on 21 February 2020.

Training and education of clinical research in European countries substantial, yet lacking a systematic approach

There is a substantial and impressive investment in training and education of clinical research in the individual ECRIN countries. But so far, a systematic approach for (top-down) strategic and overarching considerations and cross-network exchange is missing. Exchange of available curricula and sets of core competencies between countries could be a starting point for improving the situation.

Read the complete European survey on national training activities in clinical research, Magnin et al., Trials journal, published in October 2019

What’s in a name? From 'subject' to 'participant'

Advisor Issue 445 special supplement, What’s in a name? From ‘subject’ to ‘participant’, ISSN 2041-3661, Canary Ltd, UK,, published in July 2019

To contribute to the subject vs participant debate, send your views to info@brookwoodacademy.notexisting@nodomain.comorg (with the subject header "Participant debate") and join the discussion @SwissClinTrial.

Der «Subjektbegriff»: Ausdruck der Vulnerabilität von Menschen, an und mit denen geforscht wird

Read the comment by Dr med. Peter Kleist on the article above, What’s in a name? From 'subject' to 'participant', in German

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