CTU Bern (Clinical Trials Unit)


New members of staff: Gaby and Grazia

We are pleased to welcome Gaby as a new member of staff here at CTU. Before joining our Clinical Investigation team, she worked as a Clinical Study Coordinator and IBD Nurse for Crohn-Colitis Zentrum Bern. Welcome Gaby!

Grazia started to work at CTU in November. She studied Biology at ETH Zürich and held a PhD in Biology. She also has a Diploma of Advanced Studies Clinical Trials Management. Grazia will work as a project manager and is responsible for the coordination of the NOSTONE clincal trial. Welcome Grazia!

The SCOPE I trial was recently published in the Lancet

The SCOPE I trial was recently published in the Lancet, comparing 30 days outcomes of the self-expandable ACURATE neo transcatheter aortic valve replacement device versus the balloon-expandable EDWARDS SAPIEN 3 transcatheter aortic valve replacement device, using the transfemoral access route.
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CTU Newsletter September 2019

  • Quelldatenliste (Source Data Location List)
  • Umzug ins sitem-insel
  • Nächste Kurstermine

The EVOPACS trial was recently published in the JACC

EVOPACS was an investigator-initiated, double-blind trial comparing Evolocumab vs Placebo treatment in the management of LDL levels, on the background of a high-intensity statin treatment of 40mg atorvastatin. The primary endpoint was calculated LDL-C reduction (%) over an eight week time period. The mean difference in calculated LDL-C change was -40.7% in favour of Evolocumab compared to Placebo. 2mt Ulm provided the Webspirit Data capture system, CTU Bern was involved in Data Quality surveillance and Statistical analyses. See for further reading: http://www.onlinejacc.org/content/early/2019/07/31/j.jacc.2019.08.010

The primary endpoint analyses of the BIOSTEMI trial were recently published in the Lancet

It used a Bayesian analysis to combine data from a previous trial (BIOSCIENCE, STEMI subgroup) with the data newly acquired. Two stents were compared, an ultra-thin strut drug eluting stent vs a thin strut drug eluting stent, randomisation and data acquisition were done in the Webspirit system (2mt Ulm). CTU Bern was involved in planning of the trial, data quality checks and statistical analyses. For further reading and the commentary, see Lancet: paper comment

3rd Congress of the Swiss Professionals of Clinical Research Coordination (SPCRC)

The 3rd congress of the Swiss Professionals of Clinical Research Coordination will take place at the Hotel Olten on Friday, November 08th, 2019.

CTU Bern is now ISO 9001:2015 certified

In the first quarter of 2019, the CTU Bern had its QMS externally evaluated, assessed and certified with regards to the services offered. As such, the CTU Bern is successfully ISO certified since April 2019. The certification to the ISO 9001:2015 Standard on Quality Management System includes the CTU services Project Management, Consulting, Data Management, Statistics, Monitoring and Regulatory Affairs.
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Online course for systematic reviews and meta-analysis

A new, online, introductory training course on how to conduct a systematic review of interventions. 10 hours of self-directed learning on searching, risk of bias, meta-analysis, GRADE and the complete systematic review process, developed by world-leading experts in systematic review methods.
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CTU Newsletter Juni 2019

  • CTU Bern 2018 in Zahlen
  • ISO 9001:2015 Quality-Management-System-Zertifizierung
  • News von den SCTO-Plattformen
  • Nächste Kurstermine

Special Seminar, 28 May 2019

Retiring statistical significance: why and how? Join the discussion 4 to 6 pm at Mittelstrasse 43, room 224
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Regulatory Affairs Watch issue 1, April 2019

Dear clinical research investigators, partners, and friends,
The Swiss Clinical Trial Organisation is delighted to share with you the first issue of Regulatory Affairs Watch.
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Announcement of Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials (IICT) Call 2019

For the fifth time, the SNSF is launching a call for targeted funding of investigator-initiated clinical studies that are outside the industry focus.
Submission deadline: 01/Nov/2019

If you are interested, please contact us early on for a consulting: info@ctu.unibe.ch 
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CTU Newsletter März 2019

  • Was sind Quell-Daten/Source Data und Quell-Dokumente/Source Documents?
  • REDCap Light  ̶  ein neuer Service der CTU Bern
  • News von den SCTO-Plattformen


New member of staff: Martina

We are pleased to welcome Martina as a new reinforcement to our Monitoring team. Before joining us she worked at the University of Zurich at the Biochemical Institute and the University Hospital of Zurich, where she obtained her PhD as a biologist in cancer research. Welcome Martina!

EVOPACS Trial: Recruitment completed!

A total of 308 patients have been successfully enrolled in the EVOPACS trial. The final follow up visits will occur within next 8 weeks. Click here to read more.

New members of staff: Nicole and Giuseppe

We are pleased to welcome Nicole as a new member of staff here at CTU. Before joining our administrative team, she worked as a public servant in Germany. Welcome Nicole!

Giuseppe started to work at CTU in February; he is responsible for the implementation of our new project CTU @ SITEM. He is experienced in biology, management and communication and worked for several universities and in the industry. Welcome Giuseppe!

Bern Center for Precision Medicine (BCPM)

Request for applications

First Call for Pilot Projects

The BCPM is soliciting applications for one-year pilot projects. The primary goal is to support innovative translational research projects that address key challenge areas in Precision Medicine.

Request for applications and application form you can find here

CAS Clinical Research

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research
in Health Care Organisations (CAS CRHCO) 2019/2020

Still free places!

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CTU Lecture Februar 2019:
«50 oder 500 Studienteilnehmende? Prinzipien der Sample Size Berechnung erklärt»

Donnerstag, 14. Februar 2019
12.45 - 13.30 Uhr
André Schroeder Auditorium, zmk bern (Eingang 51a)
Referent: PD Dr. med. Sven Trelle, Direktor, CTU Bern
Wir freuen uns auf Ihren Besuch!

Wissenschaftscafé Bern und Thun

Was genau bedeutet translationale Medizin und was will damit erreicht werden? Welche Chancen und auch Gefahren bringt diese Herangehensweise mit sich? Welche Prozesse müssen eingehalten werden, damit Forschungsergebnisse im Spital umgesetzt werden können? Was ist die Sitem-Insel und wie wichtig ist sie für den Forschungs- und Wirtschaftsstandort Bern?

New members of staff:

We are happy to welcome Annetta as a reinforcement of our Data Management team. She studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Fribourg, followed by a Master in Translational Medicine at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

Christiane has joined our Data Management team at the beginning of January. After her diploma in biology at the University of Würzburg she did her PhD in biochemisty at the University of Konstanz. Welcome both!

Announcement of Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials (IICT) Call 2019