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Medical Research Agency VP: we created Polish Clinical Trials Network

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The Polish Clinical Trials Network established last Thursday consists of 10 centres with the most experience in clinical trials, Dr. Jakub Berezowski, Vice President for research funding at the Medical Research Agency told PAP.

He said: “The Polish Clinical Trials Network launches today. These are ten centres that have already received funds from the agency as part of grants for standardizing processes and introducing the same quality in clinical trials.

“They are in fact the best clinical centres in Poland, because it was necessary to demonstrate a lot of experience in conducting clinical trials to receive a grant from the Medical Research Agency.”

The network members are: the Medical University of Lodz, the Medical University of Bialystok, the Poznań University of Medical Sciences, the Military Institute of Medicine, the Maria Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology branch in Gliwice, the Medical University of Gdańsk, the Stefan Cardinal Wyszyński National Institute of Cardiology, the Children's Memorial Health Institute, the Wroclaw Medical University, the National Institute of Geriatrics, Rheumatology and Rehabilitation.

In the next stage, the beneficiaries of the second Medical Research Agency competition will join the network. The results of the competition launched in the beginning of 2021 will be announced in April.

Berezowski said: “As part of the ongoing competition, we plan to select another five centres that will join the Network.”

The purpose of networking these centres is to ensure that the quality, standard of both commercial and non-commercial procedures and research, is standardized. At the same time, he emphasized that the launch of the network would increase the number of trials carried out in these centres, and thus contribute to greater patient access to innovative therapies.

In addition, the Medical Research Agency allocated PLN 150 million for the construction of the network.

Berezowski said: “More funds will be available shortly to support the Network. There will be educational activities, a shared digital platform, joint processes on this platform, procedures, contracts, consultancy, and Network promotion, also abroad.”

He added that such a network of centres would also be a good solution for acquiring funds from sponsors.

'At this point, they will not be dealing with individual centres, but with the entire network, in which individual centres cooperate. A synergy effect will be created,” he said.

He also noted that the creation of a national network of clinical research centres was not a new initiative. A similar model exists in Western European countries, such as Spain and Denmark. He added that the centres that join the network will be audited and that “every year, the certificate of their quality will be confirmed.”

(PAP)

Author: Klaudia Torchała

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