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2012-09-20
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GRiP builds integrated online research infrastructure
Epidemiological and post marketing drug studies team launches online platform

 

The GRiP team in charge of WP2 (Integrated infrastructure for paediatric epidemiological and post marketing drug studies), led by Dr. Miriam Sturkenboom of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, has launched an online platform to facilitate scientific collaboration. The platform resembles a single ‘virtual’ research institution, and provides the capacity for standardized data transfer in the frame of a distributed network approach.

 

This is a fundamental step in ensuring productive collaboration and standardisation of research practices.

 

The background for this GRiP result is the need for standardized methods and study designs, new methodologies and guidelines regarding the scope of pharmacoepidemiology in paediatric clinical drug and vaccine development. These are urgently needed in order to promote shared methodologies to retrieve paediatric information.  

 

The GRiP WP2 team addresses these issues by building an integrated research infrastructure for epidemiologic and post licensure paediatric studies. This infrastructure will have 3 main technical requirements. First, the capacity for standardized data transfer in the frame of a distributed network approach. Second, an online platform for scientific collaboration resembling that of a single ‘virtual’ research institution. Third, a network of experts sharing knowledge and spreading excellence within and beyond the network. The Work Package 2 team will leverage extensive experience of drug and vaccine related data linkage with expertise in building and managing effective online collaboration platforms. The team will make use of an extensive network of experts, building upon projects such as EU-ADR, TEDDY-NoE, US-VSD, VAESCO, E-EVAL, and the Brighton Online Platform Project to build an integrated online collaboration platform.

 

As first step in the completion of WP2, the team led by Dr. Miriam Sturkenboom of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam has completed Deliverable 2.1, which consisted of building an online platform facilitating scientific collaboration. The platform resembles a single ‘virtual’ research institution, and provides the capacity for standardized data transfer in the frame of a distributed network approach. This deliverable is of paramount importance for GRiP, as it is a fundamental step in ensuring productive collaboration and standardisation of research practices.