CVBF promotes the design and execution of educational programmes and provide training activities on medicines development, regulatory issues, and clinical research.
The promotion of scientific and technology-driven research needs to go along with a proactive training and education of the scientific community as well as of all the involved stakeholders.
Educational activities proposed by CVBF, are addressed to public bodies, research institutes and private companies as well as individual professionals involved in clinical research.
CVBF promotes patients’ empowerment and advocacy in clinical research, favouring awareness on the topics of research and innovation and identifying unmet medical needs.
CVBF has a central role in leading and managing communication and dissemination activities that are tailored according to different target audiences and is particularly committed in the development of age-appropriate informative materials to duly inform children and families involved in clinical studies (e.g. DEEP and GAPP projects with patients’ informative materials, videos and booklets).
Projects and initiatives
ICH-Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training Course
The ICH-GCP is an e-learning training course lasting 3 hours aimed at providing a guide for all individuals that are involved in clinical research and clinical trials and they need to acquire GCP recognized certification. The e-learning training course is based on the international E6 ICH Good Clinical Practice (R2), revised in 2016, and meets the Minimum Criteria for ICH-GCP Investigator Site Personnel Training identified by TransCelerate BioPharma, as necessary to enable mutual recognition of GCP training among trial sponsors. The ICH-GCP training course is intended to provide indication for all the steps of a clinical trial, starting from the planning phase and Ethics Committee submission, passing through the trial conduction and up to the reporting of results.
The course is available at the e-learning platform www.gcptraining.cvbf.net.
SPASD – Strengthening the Capacity of Professionals Working in Schools with Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Strengthening the Capacity of Professionals Working in Schools with Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) project (SPASD) was aimed to strengthen the teacher’s knowledge and skills in conducting inclusive classrooms and dealing with complex classroom realities. The project proposed a set of activities that respond to the following objectives: 1. Strengthen the knowledge and skills of conducting inclusive classrooms and dealing with complex classroom realities for 800 teachers from mainstream schools in 4 countries through e-learning. 2. Support teachers from 12 schools in acquiring/improving the use of ICT in teaching ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) children. 3. Improving access of teachers to high quality learning through a set of four original e-learning materials disseminated towards over 120 local and national school authorities.
The project foresaw the delivery of an e-learning dedicated to school teachers and intended to promote knowledge in the following aspects
- general information on ASD, understanding and managing ASD in the classroom;
- curriculum adaptation for students with ASD;
- using ICT in teaching ASD students;
- helping students with ASD transitioning from school to adult life.
Currently the course is still freely available at www.teachasd.com, in five different languages (English, Romanian, Italian, Polish and Dutch).
CVBF dealt with the implementation and management of the Italian version of the course as well as the project communication and dissemination activities.
The aim of Sharing Good Practices for Brain Education in Europe (Share4Brain) project is to connect patients, brain researchers, scientists, clinicians and carers at national and international level, providing them with the skills and knowledge necessary to promote brain research and raise awareness about the societal impact of brain diseases. Representatives of the above groups will meet on multiple occasions during the lifecycle of the project in order to share best practices, exchange perspectives on effective advocacy strategies and learn how to engage with decision-makers at national and EU levels. The project, led by Belgian Brain Council, gathers a consortium of 4 partners beyond the coordinator: Greek Carers Network EPIONI, Consejo Español del Cerebro, Serbian Brain Council, Consorzio per Valutazioni Biologiche e Farmacologiche.
CVBF is involved in the implementation of training activities and sharing of good practices through workshops and translational meetings.
The project is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus Plus – Key Action 2 Programme.
Visit the project website: www.share4brain.org
Young Persons Advisory Groups
CVBF aims to increase the participation of children in paediatric research and for this reason has promoted the creation of the first Italian (KIDS Bari) and Albanian (KIDS Albania, located in Tirana) Young Persons Advisory Groups (YPAGs), in collaboration with the local University Hospitals and the TEDDY European Network of Excellence for Paediatric Research, and is now working to create four new Young Persons Advisory Groups (YPAGs) in Romania, Czech Republic, Greece and Belgium.
#wecare youth exchange
#wecare_ye is a project coordinated by Consorzio per Valutazioni Biologiche e Farmacologiche (CVBF) with the aim to create four new Young Persons Advisory Groups (YPAGs) in Romania, Czech Republic, Greece and Belgium following the experience of KIDS Bari and KIDS Albania developed under the umbrella of the TEDDY Network, by fostering youth active participation (including young patients) in health promotion. To achieve this goal, a youth exchange was organized on July 8-18, 2019 with the group leaders responsible for the setting up of the group and the youngsters, aged 13-18 years, that have been selected by each organisation among those involved in their local activities (young patients, patients’ relatives, youngsters interested to health in general). The youths followed a training period characterized by the “peers education” and “learning by doing” approaches, aimed to increase their engagement on health and research issues (through a better knowledge and active engagement) and learn how to be actively involved in the decisions concerning their own health, but also the planning, participation and evaluation of research involving children.
The project was funded by Erasmus+ Italian Agency, KA105 – Youth mobility
EVOLUTIO START UP
By means of ARTI–Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation, Puglia Region launched “Estrazione dei Talenti” (Talents mining) action, aimed at funding custom training paths to help entrepreneurs teams creating new companies under priority innovation areas, as stated in the regional Research and Innovation Strategy.
The Factory EVOLUTIO START UP stems from the experience of Bioindustry Park, CNR IC (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche-Istitute of Crystallography), and CVBF which collaborate to promote and support innovative business ideas in the Health sector. EVOLUTIO START UP helps your Team to develop your business idea and build a talented company, through enhancement paths, technology transfer actions and business development, thanks to our significant and global experience in r&d, pharm, biotech, medical devices and eHEalth as well as in boosting innovative initiatives in the life science field.
EVOLUTIO START UP integrated approach is: to support temporary settlements (incubation in the CNR areas); to provide services’ platform to promote the growth (acceleration) of an individual Team, according to their specific needs. Together with the Teams, the Factory will elaborate a personalised Action Plan according to the degree of maturity of the business idea and to define a long-term objectives for its realistion to be achieved during the 6 months coaching period.
To participate in the selection, the Teams wishing to receive tutorship services provided by the Factory must present an entrepreneurial project in the “Human health” field. Useful information for the Teams “Selezione Team”. Video infographic of the call “Selezione Team” (available only in Italian).
SMART – Small Medicine Advanced Research Training
SMART was a project funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme, aimed at raising the Instytut Pomnik Centrum Zdrowia Dziecka (IPCZD – Poland) staff’s research profile and increase capacity in providing innovative paediatric research methods. A specific training programme has been foreseen including the organisation of staff exchanges, face to face courses and summer schools. These activities was oriented to share experience, promote cross-interaction among disciplines and institutions, boost the project’s cohesion and ensure the effective participation of all partners. SMART is a replicable and exportable interaction model, in which research, innovative enterprise and public administration work together to shape a smart development, sustainable and inclusive strategy to be applied to the development of pediatric medicines. CVBF acted as internationally-leading research institution providing specific expertise in paediatric medicine, clinical trial government and developing, M&S and Extrapolation applications. The University of Bari ‘Aldo Moro’ provided expertise in new formulation generation.