Interview with Patric Amcoff
Patric Amcoff is the director of the node Forum Uppsala-Örebro - and thereby part of the network Clinical Studies are working with in Sweden.
Who are you?
Patric Amcoff, I have been the director of the node Forum Uppsala-Örebro for the past year. I am a PhD researcher with a background in reproductive toxicology and pathology (a simple explanation would be that my research has focused on impacts that harm human reproduction and on diseases and how they are diagnosed) and I have been working internationally for the past 15 years. My last job was as a director of R&D in Brussels, but before that my work involved research and development and regulatory matters at the European Commission and the OECD.
How is the node organisation
structured for Forum Uppsala-Örebro?
We are a large healthcare region consisting of seven county councils/regions: Gävleborg, Uppsala, Sörmland, Västmanland, Örebro, Dalarna and Värmland. The Regional Research Council – RFR (which is governed by the region’s political cooperation committee) is the commissioning authority for Forum Uppsala-Örebro, while the Uppsala Clinical Research Center (UCR) and Uppsala County Council in Uppsala have the employer’s liability. Forum Uppsala-Örebro is a separate unit within RFR and is located at UCR.
Why is this assignment important?
By developing and improving the cooperation between all stakeholders involved in clinical studies, we create better conditions in which to carry out clinical studies and are thus able to offer patients in the region the best possible care. As the region consists of seven local actors and the local conditions for clinical studies differ somewhat, the establishment of the regional node is important in order to highlight areas in the region where there is a need for deeper and more extensive cooperation. Clinical Studies Sweden’s role is also an important contribution to the coordination of national initiatives and the development of common processes and guidelines for all the regional nodes.
What is currently happening in your region?
Forum Uppsala-Örebro is a new organisation, so our focus in 2016 will be on defining needs and establishing an operational organisation and infrastructure.
The region is home to many types of activities that are of a very high national and international standard and many expert groups and networks have already been established here. Our goal is to involve relevant existing networks and activities such as the Regional Biobank Centre (RBS) and Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) in the regional node’s infrastructure. The aim is to increase transparency and promote a shared vision among all actors about how to cooperate in order to improve the conditions for clinical studies in the region. One important component of effective cooperation is local support. The Local Node Network has a very important role to play here. In this network, a coordinator from each region/county council is responsible for the local organisation and infrastructure in matters such as feasibilities (student requests), guidance and education, etc. There is a joint regional service catalogue in which most types of services relating to clinical studies can be found and where specialised advisory services within, for example, statistics and randomised controlled trials (RRCT) can be provided. A consultation group with regional representatives from academia, industry and the healthcare system will also be established in the near future. This will meet to discuss shared issues and opportunities for deeper cooperation.