Events of the Senate Commission on Key Questions in Clinical Research
29 October 2018: “Clinical Trials as the Key to Medical Progress: What Do We Need to Do Better in Germany?”
On 29 October 2018, the DFG Senate Commission on Key Questions in Clinical Research (SCCR), the Medical Committee of the German Council of Science and Humanities and the Health Research Forum of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) presented the results from their respective working groups at an event attended by around 70 people from business, politics and society. After an introductory presentation by Professor Rita Schutzler (University of Cologne), the chairs of the different working groups and Jan Geißler (European Patients’ Academy, EUPATI), representing the patient side, discussed the current situation of clinical trials in Germany.
18 - 19 February 2016: Symposium “Clinician Scientists: Structured Academic Qualification Programmes in Parallel to Specialist Training”
At the invitation of the DFG, a symposium entitled “Clinician Scientists: Structured Academic Qualification Programmes in Parallel to Specialist Training” was held in Freiburg on 18 – 19 February 2016. A total of 86 participants from the scientific community, medical faculties and research funding organisations discussed issues concerning the funding, design and establishment of programmes for clinician scientists.
15 December 2015: Roundtable "Ensuring Replicability and Support for Replication in DFG Funding Programmes in Biomedicine and Psychology”
Since publication of the series "Increasing value, reducing waste" in the journal The Lancet in January 2014, there has been an intense discussion about the reliability and qualitative base of scientific results in biomedicine. Similar discussions have also occurred in other subject areas that use inferential statistics – such as psychology – after it became apparent that a number of empirical research findings could not be confirmed in repeat trials.
3 - 4 March 2015: Workshop “Quality Criteria in Patient-Oriented Research as the Foundation for Knowledge Gain“
At the invitation of the DFG, a workshop entitled “Quality Criteria in Patient-Oriented Research as the Foundation for Knowledge Gain” was held in Bonn on 3 – 4 March 2015. The event was jointly organised by the review boards (clinical trials peer review panel) and the DFG Senate Commission on Key Questions in Clinical Research.