ECRIN's latest news for partners - April 2017 issue
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Spotlight: ICTD 2017

ECRIN's 2017 celebration of International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on 19 May 2017. 

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Data sharing and reuse: attitudes and practices in multinational clinical research'. 

The aim is to engage with the public, scientific community and decision makers on issues related to multinational clinical trials in Europe, and to address data sharing and re-use in particular.

The ICTD meeting will be followed by a complementary meeting organised by ECRIN's Portuguese national scientific partner, PtCRIN, in collaboration with partners. The theme is 'Support to Clinical Trials: Funding, Infrastructures and Investigator Perspectives'. 

Both events are free to the public and will be held in English. Registration is open until 17 April, or earlier if maximum capacity is reached.
Learn more and register here

New Clinical Trials

Six new H2020 projects have been funded for which ECRIN will provide trial management services.
Launched in January 2017, the trials include four on 'new therapies for chronic diseases' (HIVACAR and LIVERHOPE, coordinated by Spain; and PAPA-ARTIS and PROOF, coordinated by Germany) and two on 'clinical research on regenerative medicine' (ORTHOUNION, coordinated by Spain; and RESPINE, coordinated by France). 
Press release on the launch of the Spanish trials

ECRIN is also involved in the new MACUSTAR trial (Dry age-related macular degeneration: Development of novel clinical endpoints for clinical trials with a regulatory and patient access intention), coordinated by Germany and funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).

See all of ECRIN's current and past trials

New Capacity Building Projects

Clinical Research Initiative for Global Health (CRIGH)
CRIGH was officially launched on 1 January 2017. The project aims to support international collaboration on clinical research for the benefit of patients, healthcare professionals, and health systems. It will seek to optimise clinical research programmes in participating countries, to develop global standards on clinical research, and to promote the take-up of innovative methodology and technologies. Learn more

Paediatric Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (PedCRIN)
PedCRIN got off to a busy start following the kick-off meeting in Paris from 9 to 10 January.   
Shortly after, a press release was disseminated via partner networks to announce the project. On 15 February, the call for multinational paediatric clinical studies was released (please share with your networks). A mini PedCRIN website (on the ECRIN website) will be officially launched soon, along with various communications materials.
PedCRIN has received funding from H2020 under grant agreement no. 731046. 

European Research Infrastructures in the International Landscape (RISCAPE)
Another project launched early 2017 that ECRIN is involved in is RISCAPE. It will provide a comprehensive, peer-reviewed international landscape analysis report on the position and complementarities of the major European research infrastructures (RIs). 

The RISCAPE kick-off meeting was held in Helsinki from 30 to 31 January 2017, bringing together 25 representatives from 11 different RIs, including ECRIN. Learn more
RISCAPE has received funding from H2020 under grant agreement no. 730974.

Learn more about ECRIN capacity building projects

Data Centre Certification

Asian Auditors' Workshop
ECRIN hosted a workshop, from 16 to 17 February in Paris to train Asian auditors on the ECRIN data centre certification programme. This programme identifies non-commercial clinical trial units (CTUs) demonstrating that they can provide safe, secure, compliant and efficient management of clinical research data.

Training Opportunities

RITrain Staff Exchange and Masters Programme
The Research infrastructures Training Programme (RITRAIN) project is organising staff exchanges as part of its mission to share management expertise among European RIs. Learn more
RITRAIN is also organising an executive Masters programme in management of RIs, which will run from September 2017 to March 2019. Learn more

ECRIN is involved in RITrain for project management; definition of competencies required by RIs; and continuing professional development of RI managers. RITrain has received funding from H2020 under grant agreement no. 654156.

Meetings & Events

Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-science Services (CORBEL)
The final meeting of the CORBEL patient-level data task force was held in Paris from 27 to 28 March 2017. Learn more
The Medical Infrastructure/Users Forum (MIUF) of the CORBEL project will be holding a third meeting in Paris on 19 April 2017. Learn more
Finally, CORBEL will be holding a meeting on 20 June 2017 in Brussels to explore how the 11 participating Biological and Medical Sciences Research Infrastructures (BMS RIs) - including ECRIN - can stimulate innovation in Europe. Learn more
CORBEL has received funding from H2020 under grant agreement no. 654248.

See all ECRIN events and select partner events

Publications & Resources

'Raising standards in clinical research – The impact of the ECRIN data centre certification programme, 2011–2016'
This new article, published in Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, summarises the nature and purpose of the ECRIN Data Centre Certification Programme; provides a very brief description of the underlying standards (129 in total, divided into 19 separate lists); describes the certification activity performed so far; and outlines the impact and benefits of the programme.
Click here to view the full article (open access)

'Publicly funded practice-oriented clinical trials: of importance for healthcare payers'
In this article, the authors conclude that governments should see public funding of pragmatic practice-oriented clinical trials as a good opportunity to improve the selection and quality of treatments and stimulate the efficient use of limited resources. Access the abstract

CORBEL MIUF Survey Report
The MIUF developed a survey in 2016 to assess the needs and expectations of medical research communities and the users of RIs in Europe. The responses have been collected and analysed in a report, available here.

The information will be used to make recommendations for continuous improvement and development of new, transversal services available from the medical RIs participating in CORBEL (including ECRIN).

See all ECRIN scientific publications

National Partner News

Zoom on the Swiss Network (SCTO) 

  • The Swiss CTU network will celebrate its 10th anniversary at its annual symposium on 1 June 2017 in Basel. Programme and registration
  • The new SCTO factsheet for the 'Swiss CTU network' is out now. Access here
  • The DACH Symposium for clinical trials, a joint three-nation congress for clinical trials (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), will take place in Zürich, Switzerland from 11 to 12 June 2018. The event is organised by SCTO and KKSN (ECRIN's German national partner), and will be conducted in German. Programme and registration
  • The member institutions of the SCTO and its network of CTUs offer specialised units for clinical research with special conditions or methods. Learn more
  • EUPATI CH is now an association, and its secretariat is hosted by one of its founding members, the SCTO. Learn more

Other Partner News

EMA Publishes Framework and Action Plan for Closer Interaction 

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has developed a framework to formalise, structure and further develop interactions with the academic community in the context of the European medicines regulatory network. Read the press release


The European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN) is a non-profit intergovernmental organisation that supports multinational clinical trials in Europe.

With a focus on investigator-led studies, we provide diverse services and tools for the preparation, validation and implementation of trials. We also participate in projects aiming to facilitate and enhance collaboration on clinical research in Europe and globally. 

ECRIN's "distributed infrastructure" includes a Paris-based Core Team, European Correspondents working in-country, and national scientific partners in our nine Member/Observer Countries:

ECRIN can support investigators to develop EU funding applications for multinational clinical trials, and then provide trial management services.

Learn more here
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