Unit | Medicines Implementation Research

The Medicines Implementation Research Unit comprises activities that go beyond the mandate of the provided services of Clinical Operations Unit and Quality Management Services. These projects are neither externally funded nor do they adhere to regulatory requirements. Rather, they support exploratory purposes what comprises research in operations, implementation studies, investigator driven clinical trials and capacity building projects. 

Focus on Local Needs

These projects are carried out by the staff of the service units and/or students. Following our Focus, we operate in resource limited settings and work together with local and regional staff. The development of drugs against tropical diseases and especially the conduct of clinical trials in developing countries require a specialised expertise beyond the in-depth knowledge of the current regulations and guidelines. In each individual project we seek ways to best reconcile those requirements with the local needs.

Christian Burri

Christian Burri, Professor, PhD, MPharm

Clinical Research in Central Africa

Research in general and clinical research in particular have so far received only little attention in Central Africa. To strengthen this area the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute initiated a tripartite Alliance with two partner institutions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (ARCEAU-RDC)


Artesunate to Treat Severe Malaria

The serious disease malaria is a high burden in tropical and subtropical countries. Although big effort has been done in controlling malaria, it still causes more than  400 000 people each year. Therefore, new treatments are urgently needed. The implementation of the promising drug artesunate is assessed in the MATIAS study.


Improving Conduct of Clinical Trials

Good Clinical Practice is essential to ensure efficiency and quality in clinical trials. However, in low-resource settings there are particular challenges in interpretation and implementation of GCP guidlines. A operational research project focuses on these challenges.