Three new "Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials" approved

The SNSF has made available 3.4 million francs for clinical trials initiated by researchers.

​​With the programme Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials (IICT), the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) promotes outstanding clinical studies in under-researched areas that do not attract industry interest. In the 2018 call, the SNSF evaluated 18 proposals. Three of them fully met all evaluation criteria and were awarded grants worth 3.4 million francs in total. Consequently, the budget of 10 million was not used up this year. The funded studies focus on pulmonary embolism, cough treatments and breast surgery. Before the projects can get underway, they need to be approved by the cantonal ethics commissions and Swissmedic.

Approved projects:

Drahomir Aujesky, Inselspital, Bern

Is it sufficient to keep low-risk patients under observation after a subsegmental pulmonary embolism, or should blood thinner be used?

Andreas Zeller, Centre for General Medicine of Basel University, Liestal

Does prescription of cortisone-like substances by GPs help to cure persistent, dry coughs?

Walter Paul Weber, University Hospital Basel

Should implants be inserted over or under the pectoral muscle after nipple-sparing mastectomy?​

IICT website​