The fifth annual NTA stakeholders meeting "Towards personalised medicine in Nordic clinical trials cooperation", was held in Oslo 31 January 2017. It was opened by Lisbeth Normann, State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services.
Clinical Studies Sweden, the collaboration between the Swedish Research Council and Sweden’s health care regions, recently launched a new website.
Harmonized Nordic Ethical Evaluation of Clinical Trials - a one-day seminar was held on January 30, 2017, in connection with the NTA Stakeholders’ meeting the following day.
The ministers of health in Norway and Finland, Bent Høie and Juha Rehula, are sending out a joint letter to the other Nordic health ministers that recommends a stronger Nordic effort to enhance cooperation in health research.
The NTA Working Group on Ethics recently launched a report on the ethical review of clinical trials in the Nordic countries.
New paper reviews ethical aspects of registry-based research, the legal framework, the role of ethics review boards in the Nordic countries, and the structure of the ethics application.
The fourth annual NTA stakeholders meeting, “Potential in Nordic Clinical Research Cooperation”, was held in Oslo 26 January 2016 and opened by the Norwegian Minister of Health and Care services, Mr Bent Høie. He stated that we have only seen the start of a Nordic collaboration on clinical research and we need to build on the work that has been achieved by Nordic Trial Alliance.
The Total hip and knee arthroplasty report 2015 is now available online.
The Nordic Cancer Union (NCU) provides funding to support and stimulate collaborative cancer research within the Nordic countries. Deadline for the call is 1 September 2015.
Jacob Hølen, Director of The National Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics in Norway, speaks about Nordic Trial Alliance and a common Nordic committee for ethical review in their latest edition of "Forskningsetikk".
NTA's project on monitoring of clinical research recently released a guideline for a coordinated GCP-monitoring of clinical trials in the Nordic countries. The aim of the guidelines is to describe the prerequisites required for collaboration within the Nordic GCP Units specifically associated with the monitoring of academic trials.
NTA's NordicPedMed project aimed to set up a Nordic network of investigators, centres and the national networks with recognized expertise in performing clinical studies on children. Their first report is now available.
The Nordic Trial Alliance initiated project - Collaboration between Industry and Academia, held a conference in Helsinki 22 - 23 April 2015. The conference showcased the opportunities, possibilities and advantages that exist in the Nordic region for clinical research. Each country presented strategies and initiatives from government level, specific projects undertaken at hospitals and universities, and distinctive resources and platforms for clinical research.
Final report on Transparency and Registration in Clinical Research in the Nordic countries published
NTA's implementation project on Transparency and Registration recently published their final report.
The Nordic Trial Alliance (NTA) annual stakeholder meeting 2015 took place at the Paasitorni Hotel and Conference Center in Helsinki, and this year’s topic was Nordic cooperation on ethical review procedures. During the meeting, differences in legal frameworks and common Nordic practices in ethical review procedures in clinical research were discussed.
As part of the pilot project Nordic Trial Alliance, the NordForsk Board has awarded funding to five research projects promoting joint Nordic clinical studies. Twenty grant applications of very high quality were received in response to the call for proposals. The selected projects will receive a total of NOK 16 million in funding.