Applied patient-oriented clinical research is an indispensable pre-condition for improving the prevention, recognition and treatment of ailments, besides fundamental biomedical research.
The success of clinical studies essentially depends on professional study management: Clinical studies are after all subject to national and international criteria and follow ethical principles. MedUni Vienna advises and supports doctors and scientists as well as partners of industry in planning, conducting and evaluating clinical and pre-clinical research projects.
The Clinical Trials Coordination Centre
The Clinical Trials Coordination Centre (KKS) founded in April 2008 by the Medical University at Vienna is one of the first consultation centers for clinical research in Austria. The consultation offer of the KKS covers all areas of the management of clinical studies: The KKS plans clinical studies, carries them out and evaluates them. The procedure as per current internal standards (SOP) is thus the pre-condition. The following services are offered in parts or comprehensive support:
- Consultation and management
- Project management and monitoring
- Submission and notification to officials and Ethics Commissions (Regulatory Affairs)
- Developing the master policy for clinical studies
- Preparing electronic Case Report Forms (eCRF)
- Data management
- Ongoing safety monitoring of trial subjects (pharmaco-vigilance)
- Preparing logs, test plans and GCP-compliant conclusive reports (Medical Writing)
- Initial and continuing education: Good Scientific Practice, further education events
- Cooperation with employers from industry
- Free consultation for employees of the MedUni Vienna
- Pediatric module OKIDS (studies on children)
KKS guarantees that study data is consistently interpreted through close cooperation with doctors, data managers and statisticians, and an internal quality management system. The KKS offers the consultation, planning and support of some parts herewith, or even the complete assumption of a clinical study. Parts may relate to project management, performance of monitoring or preparing the case report form and other study documents, for example. The offer is agreed upon in a personal consultation on respective requirements. Costs are calculated accordingly, where there are affordable tariffs for academic research projects.
Core facility laboratory animal breeding and husbandry
Preclinical research is the engine of scientific progress and the basis for tomorrow's medical therapy. The "Core Facility Laboratory Animal Breeding and Husbandry" (CFL) of the Medical University of Vienna enables scientists to conduct animal experiments in the field of biomedical research within the strict legal requirements. CFL consists of several functional units with different levels of hygiene for breeding and keeping laboratory animals. The main task of the CFL team with its veterinarians, animal keepers and technical staff is to keep and care for the animals used in the researchers` scientific projects.
Most modern operation rooms, laboratories and animal enclosures guarantee successful and research projects appropriate for the species. All projects are carried out as per Good Scientific Practice guidelines of the MedUni Wien, in addition the option of the GLP (Good Laboratory Practice)-compliant test exists. Animal Ethics Commission supports in producing and submitting applications.