On Wednesday 28 October, the first EPTRI-IT settlement meeting took place. Donato Bonifazi, Chief Executive Officer of CVBF and Coordinator of EPTRI (European Paediatric Translational Research Infrastructure), has initiated the meeting explaining what Research Infrastructures are, focusing the attention on the Italian hub of EPTRI (EPTRI-IT). Later, he underlined the lack of a Paediatric Research Infrastructure in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap where there are 13 RIs but EPTRI that has submitted the application to be included in the ESFRI Roadmap 2021 on the 9th of September, is the first RI focused on paediatrics.
The aim of EPTRI is to create the framework for paediatric research by integrating all the technological aspects necessary to favour all phases of paediatric drug development In addition, EPTRI promotes the cooperation and integration of its proposals with those of existing infrastructures.
Donato Bonifazi has also showed what the Italian Joint Research Unit of EPTRI-IT is going to do in these years. He stated that the settlement of an Italian hub of EPTRI would be fundamental to render the association among stakeholders, such as Universities, Hospitals and IRCSS even stronger.
Consolidation, strengthening and expansion are the goals that EPTRI-IT wants to achieve, both at national and at European level.
EPTRI-IT will be constituted by a Joint Research Unit which entrusts the institutional leadership to the CNR (President of the General Assembly), the scientific leadership to INCiPiT (President of the Scientific Committee) and the coordination to CVBF thanks to the work of 3 resources: a Coordinator, a Joint Research Unit Manager and a Liaison Officer.