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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.

The Role of EUPATI CH in Promoting Patient Involvement in Clinical Research: A Multi-Stakeholder Research Project

The European Patients' Academy on Therapeutic Innovation Switzerland (EUPATI CH) was established as an association in 2016 with the mission to improve patient empowerment in Switzerland, raise public awareness of EUPATI's education material, and foster multi-stakeholder partnerships in order to promote public involvement in all aspects of medicines research and development (R&D).

In order to achieve its goal of improving patient involvement (PI) in all processes of medicines R&D in Switzerland and to obtain guidance and recommendations for future activities, EUPATI CH initiated a multi-stakeholder survey on PI experiences, hurdles, and best practices. The survey enabled EUPATI CH to obtain and analyse the views of various stakeholders and shape its workplan.

Read the complete article The Role of EUPATI CH in Promoting Patient Involvement in Clinical Research: A Multi-Stakeholder Research Project, Cristiana Sessa et al., Frontiers in Medicine, published on 23 December 2021.

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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