Global Research in Paediatrics (GRiP)

At a Glance
  • Status: Active Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2011
  • Initiating Organization: European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
  • Initiator Type: Government
  • No disease focus
  • Location: Europe


The Global Research in Paediatrics (GRiP) consortium focuses on the lack of appropriate testing of pediatric drugs. In particular, most pediatric medications having inadequate information about dosing regimen, dose adjustment and administration. GRiP partners are working to build and maintain an infrastructure matrix, which has the core aim of reducing the current fragmentation of the efforts to study and develop the use of medicine in children. By linking the existing pediatric research networks, GRIP will involve more than 1000 institutions worldwide.


The Global Research in Paediatrics (GRiP) consortium aims to facilitate the development and promote the availability of medicines for children by reducing the fragmentation of ongoing efforts in relevant fields of research. In addition, GRIP aims to create consensus on international standards, methodologies and tools for pediatric research.

The consortium will primarily focus on:

The GRiP infrastructure matrix will promote the sharing of best practices, strategies and plans. Key to these efforts will unifying evaluating methodologies, research standardised recommendations. GRiP intends to produce guidelines which will reflect the needs of researchers (including industry) and patients facilitate interoperability in paediatric research and will improve efficiency in clinical research and enable comparison of study results. New protocol designs, procedures and methodologies for clinical trials in children will also be explored and validated to fill the important ‘gaps’ that currently exist in paediatric medicine.

Consortium History

The GRiP Project started on January 1, 2011 and is expected to last until December 31, 2015.


EU FP7 Project reference: 261060. Funded under: FP7-HEALTH. Global Research in Paediatrics


Points of Contact

Dr. Carlo Giaquinto
GRiP Coordinator
Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova (AOPD)
and Paediatric European Network Treatment AIDS (PENTA)
Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova
Dipartimento di Salute della Donna e del Bambino
Via Giustiniani 3
PADOVA 35128
Tel: +39 049 8213585
Fax: +39 049 8753865
Dr. Steven Hirschfeld
GRiP Co-coordinator
Associate Director for Clinical Research - Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Director - National Children's Study
Chief Medical Officer - U.S. Public Health Service Rapid Deployment Force-1
31 Center Drive, MSC-2425
Bethesda, MD 20914
Dr. Mark Turner - GRiP Co-coordinator
Barbara Richards
National Institute for Health Research (ULIV-NIHR)
Coordinating Centre
University of Liverpool
Department of Women's and Children's Health
Institute of Translational Medicine (Child Health)
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust,
Eaton Road, Liverpool, L12 2AP
Tel: +44 (0)151 282 4711
Fedele (Duccio) Bonifazi
GRiP Project Manager
Consorzio per le Valutazioni Biologiche e Farmacologiche (CVBF-TEDDY)
Tel: +39 0382 25075
Fax: +39 0382 53 65 44

Sponsors & Partners

Institute National de La Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM)

National Center for Child Health and Development

St. George’s Hospital Medical School (SGUL)

Consorzio per le Valutazioni Bologiche e Farmachologiche – TEDDY (CVBF-TEDDY)

Universiteit Ledien (ULIV)

Academisch Medisch Centrum Universiteit van Amsterdam (AMC)

Fundacion Vasca de Innovacion e Investigacion Sanitarias (BIOEF)

Children’s Memorial Health Institute / Instytut Pomnik Centrum Zdrowia Dziecka (PCZD)

World Health Organization (WHO)

University College London School of Pharmacy (UCL-SoP)

Joint Authority for the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa / Helsingin Ja Uudenmaan Sairaanhoitopiirin Kuntayhtymä (HUS)

Brighton Collaboration Foundation (BF)

Fondazione PENTA - Paediatric European Network for Treatment of AIDS (PENTA)

Dutch Genetic Alliance - VSOP-EGAN

Hospital for Sick Children - Toronto (SickKids)

Last Updated: 04/15/2016

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