DOG-AG Clinical Study Centers


The conduct of clinical trials is essential for the testing and implementation of new therapies. There is – fortunately – an increase in the number of high-quality trials. At the same time, however, the requirements associated with studies have been increasing in recent years. Clinical study centres have already been established at numerous locations and hospitals, which also frequently participate jointly in multicentre, prospective, controlled studies. Many centres are certified members of the network and have excellent prerequisites in terms of organisation, structure, personnel, spatial and technical equipment capacities, as well as with regard to the qualifications of the staff for clinical trials.

With the establishment of the DOG working group “Clinical Study Centres”, a common platform is to be created in order to continue and expand the activities in high quality in the future and to enable a targeted exchange between the clinical study centres. This new working group is also intended to strengthen the position of German eye hospitals in clinical research. Specifically, uniform procedures for contracting and budgeting – especially in multi-centre studies – are to be developed, also with the aim of shortening the duration of contract negotiations. Furthermore, the objectives include comparisons and the determination of actual costs of individual study-related services, measures for the further training and motivation of investigators, study coordinators and study nurses, a joint study register as well as the coordination of contributions within the framework of the DOG annual congresses.

Members of the Working Group

Prof. Dr. Barbara Wilhelm
STZ eyetrial at the Department of Ophthalmology, Tübingen
Prof. Dr. Katrin Lorenz
University Eye Hospital, Mainz