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SLOVACRIN (Slovak Clinical Research Infrastructure Network) is a national research infrastructure network connecting hospitals, universities and scientific institutions involved in academic clinical research. SLOVACRIN is coordinated by the Faculty of Medicine of the Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice. SLOVACRIN supports the preparation and implementation of academic clinical trials in Slovakia, including international trials. The aim is to increase the number and quality of academically initiated clinical trials in Slovakia, using the available capacity and expertise to ensure compliance with regulatory, legislative and ethical requirements related to clinical research. ECRIN currently has 9 Member Countries (the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal and Spain) and 3 Observer Countries (Poland, Switzerland and Slovakia). Each country has a EuCo who links the national clinical research network to the ECRIN Core Team and other countries, manages the clinical trial portfolio and coordinates with the national scientific partner with support from the Paris-based Core Team.
Clinical trials conducted in more countries provide better access to patients, resources and expertise, and provide more relevant results and greater impact on public health. The establishment of SLOVACRIN has created an opportunity to become more involved in international clinical trials and biomedical science projects.