Fondazione Benzi is partner of the European clinical trial network conect4children (c4c) which promotes innovation in the design of paediatric clinical trials in order to foster the development of new medicines in paediatric diseases. Particularly, Fondazione Benzi – with experts from its Information Technology (IT) Lab - co-leads activities related to the working group on “Data coordinating centre and data quality standard”. The main objective of this group is to create systems, tools, and standards to enhance quality, utility, reusability, and uniformity of the data collected during the paediatric clinical trials.

An online meeting, open to all c4c consortium members, was organised on 24th June 2020 to present the achievements reached so far and the next steps related to data coordination and quality standard tasks. It was an occasion to have a series of talks, demonstrations and interactive sessions of the Information Technology (IT) tools that are under development.

An overview on the c4c Information System (c4c-IS), designed jointly by c4c academic and industry partners to support c4c functioning and allow performance monitoring, was presented with a video demonstration session of its main components.

Representatives from the University of Newcastle and its third party, the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (I-HD), offered interesting insights into Clinical Modelling and an interactive live demo of the findings from the pilot which provided information on creating clinical models to represent data items from the c4c Cross Cutting Paediatric Data Dictionary (CCPDD). A data dictionary defines the way in which data should be represented within databases.

The last session, co-chaired by the University of Newcastle, and its third-party Amsterdam Medical Centre, clarified the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) Data principles and how they could be implemented within c4c.

The event was a crucial opportunity to generate discussion with the whole c4c consortium and to exchange useful suggestions which will be implemented within the project.

Visit the c4c website to find out more information about the project and to keep update about its activities within the paediatric sector!

Funding statement:

This project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 777389.
The Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA.

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