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International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) 2022



ICTD 2022: Recruitment in Clinical Trials

Together with the KKS Netzwerk, ECRIN will host ICTD 2022 as a hybrid event located in Berlin. ICTD 2022 builds on the intentions of ICTD 2020 which was cancelled due to the pandemic and will bring together stakeholders from across Europe and the globe to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to recruitment in clinical trials.  ICTD is open to research organisations, clinical research professionals, patient organisations, regulatory and ethics bodies, funders and industry. 

📅 17 May 2022  
🕒 10:00-17:00 CEST  
📍Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, Berlin  
💻or online  


The event is free of charge however, registration is required for both on-site and online participation. Please be careful when you arrive on the registration landing page to select the correct attendance type as they are not transferable. 


Registration is now closed

Preliminary Agenda



10:00 - 10:10

Jacques Demotes,
 Director General, ECRIN
Heiko von der Leyen, German member of ECRIN Network Committee

10:10 - 10:30


Introduction: Delay and premature termination in publicly funded clinical trials due to insufficient recruitment
Svenja Krebs,
Scientific Officer, Dept. Clinical Research and Digital Health, Division of Health, DLR Project Management Agency

10:30 - 11:15 


Keynote lecture: Recruitment in clinical trials: The ultimate challenge
Matthias Briel,
Head of Meta-Research Centre, Dept. of Clinical Research, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University, Canada


11:15  - 11:40

European perspectives for recruitment in clinical trials
Anna Ceccarelli, General Directorate for Research and Innovation in Healthcare, Ministry of Health, Italy

11:40 - 12:05 

Patient involvement in clinical research and its impact on patient recruitment
Joan Jordan,
EUPATI fellow 

12:05 - 12:30

Secondary use of electronic health records for clinical trial feasibility and patient recruitment
Nerea Ruiz del Arbol, HM Hospitales

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch break






14:00  - 14:25

Difficulties of recruitment in early disease stages – experience from the MACUSTAR study
Jan H. Terheyden
Dept of Opthalmology, University of Bonn

14:25 - 14:50 


Pragmatic trial design and trials within cohort
Anna C. Bibby,
Consultant Respiratory Physician & Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Academic Respiratory Unit, University of Bristol Medical School, Translation Health Sciences

14:50 - 15:15

VACCELERATE Volunteer Registry: A European study participant database to facilitate clinical trial enrolment
Jon Salmanton-García,
Excellence Center for Medical Mycology (ECMM) & Cologne Excellence Cluster on Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD), Faculty of Medicine and University Hospital Cologne, University of Cologne

15:15 - 15:45 

Coffee break


15:45  - 16:45 

Panel discussionNew perspective for patient recruitment
Matthias Briel, Anna Ceccarelli, Nerea Ruiz del Arbol, Anna Bibby & Jana Popova (Patient Engagement Training Coordinator, EUPATI)


16:45 - 17:00

Closing remarks
Jacques Demotes,
Director General, ECRIN
Co-host ICTD 2023