The Paediatric European Digestive Diseases Clinical Research Network is an exciting new initiative and was first established in April 2013. The key aim of the project is to form a clinical trials network to study (and ultimately provide) effective medicines for paediatric patients in the speciality of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.
This has been established with the support of LINKS funding from the UEG (United European Gastroenterology) and is led by the BSG (British Society of Gastroenterology) in collaboration with the ISGE (Irish Society of Gastroenterology), NVK (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Gastroenterologie (Dutch Society of Gastroenterology), ESPGHAN (European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) and ENPR-EMA (The European Network of Paediatric Research at the European Medicines Agency).
The objectives of the project are aimed at supporting both industry and non-industry investigators to run high quality multi-centre clinical trials in the speciality of paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. It is hoped by early and positive engagement with industry the network would be able to play a role in influencing the development of study plans and protocols, including PIPs. With investigators from across Europe, the network will facilitate identifying suitable sites for studies through knowledge of interest, expertise and resources.
The first phase of this project is to establish interest, expertise and resources in running clinical trials in this area across Europe using a short online survey. The survey was sent out to the UK, in the last quarter of 2013, to Ireland and the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2014 and to rest of Europe in the second quarter of 2014.
The next phase of the survey will be to further engage with both industry and investigators with the aim of developing high quality clinical trials.
Dr Nicholas Croft
MBBS, PhD, DCH, FRCPCH