Artwork created for the opening of our pediatric ECTU on 29 October 2019. The tree represents the various activities involved in carrying out early pediatric clinical studies.
Children need medication tailored to their needs! However, children and adolescents are significantly under-represented in clinical trials and they are thus disadvantaged in terms of treatment opportunities. Because of the lack of clinical studies, children and adolescents are often given drugs “off label” or “off licence” (i.e., the drug has not been approved for pediatric use for a given condition or, in some cases, has not been approved for pediatric use at all).
The Center for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine aims to encourage and promote clinical studies in a wide range of pediatric conditions. This is the only way that children and adolescents can quickly and safely access the innovations and rapid advances that modern medicine offers.
The Early Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU) is the first interdisciplinary unit for early clinical trials for children in Germany. For almost ten years now, the Center for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine has been supervising several dozen clinical trials and registries in close cooperation with the Center for Clinical Trials.
In the new ECTU, the necessary processes and structures will be professionalized and consolidated, creating an infrastructure that allows us to initiate and conduct early clinical trials in children and adolescents very quickly, in all areas that include children and adolescent medicine. The ECTU will have its own premises within the new children’s clinic building that is currently being built in Freiburg.
The opening of the ECTU was celebrated on 29 October 2019; an interview (in German) with PD Dr. Simone Hettmer published by the Badische Zeitung newspaper on the occasion can be found here. More information about the ECTU (in German) can be found on our main webpage.