The collaborative work “Paediatric clinical research in Europe: an insight on experts’ needs and perspectives”, developed within the Paediatric Clinical Research Infrastructure Network - PedCRIN project, was recently published on Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications journal.

PedCRIN is a Horizon 2020 project aimed to implement paediatric competences in the context of the European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network – ECRIN, through collaboration with Paediatric Networks and Research Consortia. Fondazione Gianni Benzi participates, as third party of Consorzio per Valutazioni Biologiche e Farmacologiche, in the project by providing knowledge and expertise to develop and adapt tools supporting the conduct of neonatal and paediatric trials to be used for multinational paediatric clinical trials.

The published manuscript aims to capture the needs of stakeholders involved in paediatric clinical research to receive infrastructural support to cover specific paediatric research gaps. To this aim, a questionnaire was submitted from April to May 2017.

The survey results show that the preparation of protocols for paediatric intervention clinical trials, including the application of innovative study design as well as the identification and application to relevant calls for funding and the collaboration with regulators and Ethics Committees were acknowledged as areas in which respondents reported the need for support.

Activities reported as extremely needed of support

Authors point out the need of structured support to paediatric research and highlight the importance of supporting the cooperation with biomedical research infrastructures, clinical trials specialty networks, national hubs and large collaborative research initiatives.

This will allow to integrate the paediatric specificities in all the stages of research and to connect the centres and experts among Europe to improve collaborative research as well as to push for support and structured funding from national and European bodies, covering the whole pathway of paediatric research.

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