In the context of 3rd edition of the DEEP Open Meeting “Networking and Innovation for local development” organised in Tirana (May 18th, 2015) in collaboration with the University Hospital Center “Mother Teresa” (UHCT), Donato Bonifazi, DEEP Project Manager and Dr. Manika Kreka, DEEP-2 Principal Investigator have been interviewed by the National Albanian Television.
They have highlighted the progresses achieved by the clinical research in Albania so far and the importance of a more tight international collaboration within the European Networks to create synergies to spread excellence and attract European funding.
In particular, Donato Bonifazi explained that the DEEP-2 Safety/Efficacy Study represents the first paediatric clinical trial ever performed in Albania, currently enrolling patients. Beyond the administrative management of the study, the Italian Sponsor is extensively supporting the Albanian study team both in the start-up phase and in the trial progression, ensuring the performance of the trial in compliance to the ICH GCP. This represents a valid example of how to respond to European Commission (EC) Research policies promoting networking and public-private partnership, providing a new model for clinical research and disseminating competencies and technologies in non-European Countries.
The model proposed by DEEP focuses on therapeutic needs in paediatric and the integration of research and culture, adopting a global regulatory framework and patient-tailored transparent communication tools and has to become an example and the first milestone in developing the clinical research in Albania.
The videos of their interviews are available at the DEEP YouTube channel.