Events of the Senate Commission on Key Questions in Clinical Research
25 June 2021: Online Symposium: “Ideal Positions for Researching Doctors – Do We Need New Structures in University Medicine?”
What type of position do researching doctors at German university hospitals ideally need? What staffing structures are required to ensure excellent patient care, internationally competitive research and teaching at the highest level? We would like to discuss these and other issues with representatives of governing bodies and doctors involved in research.
25 – 26 January 2021 International Symposium Translate! 2021 – Metrics and Milestones of Success
Under the direction of Prof. Georg Duda (Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) | Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin), more than 35 internationally renowned scientists from various disciplines presented their experience of translational research in medicine.
The “Clinical Trials, Translation” Working Group of the DFG Senate Commission on Key Questions in Clinical Research (SGKF) organised the session “Translational Hubs – Infrastructures to Boost Translation” led by Prof. Jörg Schulz (RWTH Aachen). Here, international representatives of university hospitals and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided information on the subject of translational infrastructures.
Debate was lively, indicating that the complex processes of biomedical translation require individual strategies for targeted implementation. The first successful role models are to be found worldwide in the area of private, non-commercial institutions as well as state institutions, where infrastructures are fostered to promote translation and there is a pronounced culture of innovation among all stakeholders involved. The conclusion to be drawn from the perspective of the Senate Commission on Key Questions in Clinical Research is that infrastructures are needed in line with the translational hub concept for the efficient, patient-centred translation of preclinical research results, and that if further elaborated and implemented, these have the potential to achieve groundbreaking progress.
8 October 2019: Symposium "Funding of Translational Research in University Medicine"
The DFG Senate Commission on Key Questions in Clinical Research and the BIH Center for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT) hosted the symposium "Funding of Translational Research in University Medicine" in Berlin on 8 October 2019. The symposium marked the publication of "Recommendations for Funding of Translational Research in University Medicine" by the DFG Senate Commission on Key Questions in Clinical Research in September 2019.
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.