4 December 2023

23 graduates completed the eight-month training course at the DKF last week.

The DKF developed and organised this course for patients and their relatives who want to participate in clinical research in collaboration with the national platform of the European Patients Academy on Therapeutic Innovation (EUPATI CH). The project was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMW).

Successful first implementation

The course has undoubtedly been a success. Over the past few months, the participants have acquired specific knowledge about how the research organisation works and where they can make an effective contribution. Great emphasis has been placed on practical relevance. In addition to knowledge transfer, a number of best practice examples from different institutions were presented, mostly by patient representatives.

At least as important was the exchange within the group and with researchers. The opportunity to meet and discuss on a regular basis was seen as very enriching.

Watch the video below to hear some of the voices of this year's participants:

Participants talk about the training course to become an "EUPATI Switzerland Patient Expert" 2023

Participants talk about the training course to become an "EUPATI Switzerland Patient Expert" 2023

Expanding the course programme

Lessons learned from the first round of courses and feedback from participants are currently being incorporated into plans for next year. The next round of courses will start in the first half of the year. In order to provide a low-threshold offer to even more people, the online courses will also be available as stand-alone courses in a slightly modified form. This means that people can learn about the topic on their own and then join the full course if they are interested. These stand-alone courses will also be available in French and Italian.

Scene from the course

Training course to become an EUPATI CH patient expert

Course structure
6 modules, each online course combined with attendance day

  • Fundamentals of research involving human subjects
  • Ethical and legal aspects with a focus on Switzerland
  • Research priorities and study methodology
  • Implementation of ethical and legal requirements
  • Informing and communicating
  • Transferring new findings into practice

Course location
University Hospital Basel

Course leader
Daniel Hammes, PhD, Senior Research Associate, DKF

Barbara Peters, PhD, Head of Education and Training, DKF

Further information
Article: New training course

Course description

Registration 2024
The dates will be announced shortly