The five university children’s hospitals (Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich) as well as the three children’s hospitals of Aarau, Lucerne, and St. Gallen have joined all their efforts and created the SwissPedNet, a Swiss research network of clinical pediatric hubs in 2012.
The task of the network is to promote, facilitate, coordinate, and conduct clinical trials devoted to children ranging from newborns to adolescents, in all pediatric disciplines. The ultimate goal is to enhance clinical research in pediatrics both by supporting pediatric clinician scientists to foster their commitment to high-quality clinical research and by encouraging an overall increased acceptance in the community of trials in children.
Since November 20, 2015 the EOC Ticino, department of pediatrics, is the ninth clinical pediatric hub of SwissPedNet. In addition, SwissPedRegistry, the Swiss pediatric registry center at ISPM in Bern and SwissPedPha, the platform for pediatric pharmacology, are ordinary members of SwissPedNet.