CTU Bern

News 2018

CTU Newsletter Dezember 2018

• Data Sharing in der Medizin
• News von den SCTO-Plattformen
• Die CTU stellt sich vor: Data Management
• Nächste Kurstermine

MASTER DAPT trial: 1850 patients enrolled

Up to now, 1850 high bleeding risk (HBR) patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) have been successfully enrolled in the MASTER DAPT trial in 96 sites around the world. Click to read more.


Eine vor kurzem im BMJ publizierte Studie hat aufgezeigt, dass weniger als 50% der klinischen Versuche, welche im EU Clinical Trials Register (EUCTR) registriert sind, ihre Ergebnisse öffentlich zugänglich machen.

Diesem Thema nimmt sich nun ein Feature im Wissenschaftsmagazin des SRF2 an. Mehr lesen.

Fundamental Concepts in Epidemiology

This course will provide an orientation to health and medical research from a quantitative and epidemiological viewpoint. It will give an introduction to the design of public health and clinical research, and it will discuss measures of disease frequency and association, and the validity of research in medicine. The course will discuss recent developments in epidemiologic methods for public health and clinical research. It will review the various study designs and major issues in the validity of epidemiologic studies. It will give an overview of elements of epidemiologic data-analysis.
The program of the course can be found here:

Please find here the link for the course registration.

CTU Newsletter September 2018

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  • News von den SCTO-Plattformen
  • Nächste Kurstermine

Three cardiology trials came to a conclusion

Three large randomized cardiology trials came to a conclusion recently: the GLOBAL LEADERS, MATRIX and Bioscience Orsiro trials. CTU Bern was involved in all three trials. Click here to read more.

The BISS trial: Recruitment now open!

Botox Instead of Strabismus Surgery

Today a majority of patients who suffer from a large angle ocular misalignment require a surgical intervention to regain binocular vision. Many of those surgeries are made during childhood. Strabismus surgery has a high success rate and few complications, but it requires anesthesia of about 45 minutes and makes future surgeries less predictable and technically more difficult. Click here to read more.

New Member of Staff: Kathrin

Kathrin has joined our Quality Assurance and Monitoring team at the beginning of August. Click here to read more.

The second national Congress for Study Nurses and Research Coordinators will take place at the NH Hotel in Fribourg on Friday, October 26th, 2018.

To view the program and to find out how to register, click here.

Cannabis trial symbol picture

The Federal Council submitted a draft legislation article for cannabis pilot trials for consultation

The Federal Council submitted a draft legislation article for cannabis pilot trials for consultation. This article and a corresponding act regulates the conduct of scientific studies in the field of recreational cannabis use. The article does not affect regulations of cannabis use outside of such scientific studies. Read more

New member of staff

Arnaud is the newest reinforcement to our statistics team.

Stephanie will support the CTU Bern as a junior research assistant. She received a Bachelor's Diploma in Psychology in 2016 at the University of Bern. Welcome Stephanie!

New member of staff

Melanie joined our Data Management Team in July. She studied biology at the University of Zurich and works as a trial coordinator at the Inselspital. Welcome Melanie!

CTU Newsletter Juni 2018

  • News von den SCTO-Plattformen
  • Das Quality Management stellt sich vor
  • Nächste Kurstermine

New members of staff

Besides working as a junior research assistant at CTU Bern, Lea is studying Social Anthropology at the University of Fribourg. Welcome Lea!

Data Management Plan: Writing Labs & Individualized Consulting

Since October 2017, researchers have to submit a data management plan (DMP) to the SNSF in the course of a grant application. The University of Bern offers a set of services for everyone who needs to write an SNSF Data Management Plan for the October deadline. Click here to find out more about the support services.

New member of staff

We are happy to welcome Philippe as a reinforcement of our central data monitoring team in CTU Bern. He obtained a BA in history this winter and is now studying towards his MA-degree at the University of Bern.

New member of staff

Sylvain will be supporting CTU as a statistician. Sylvain did is PhD at the University of Bern and moved on with the postdoc at the University of Aberdeen. Welcome Sylvain!

New members of staff:

Irina will be supporting CTU as a statistician. Irina did her PhD in statistics at the University of Geneva and the postdoc at Duke University. The last five years she worked as statistician at Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences. Welcome Irina!

Before joining our statistician team in the beginning of May Mikael worked as a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry in Basel. He has previous experience from clinical research projects form the Fraunhofer-Chalmers Center for industrial mathematics and Swiss Paraplegic Research in Nottwil. Welcome Mikael!

New Member of Staff:

Mamatha will be supporting CTU as a Central Data Monitor. Mamatha did her Master in Biotechnology in Mannheim and her PhD in Functional genomics at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. Welcome Mamatha!

New project website released

Do you know hereditary thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (hTTP)?

Likely not, because hTTP is an ultra-rare disease, affecting only around one person out of a million. In Bern at the Inselspital, one of the largest patients cohorts of this disease, the Hereditary TTP Registry, is maintained. To reach out to more patients and their clinicians to join the Hereditary TTP Registry, a new public website has been released recently. Click to read more.

Evaluation of second IICT call: intensive preparations required

In 2015, the SNSF has started a special program to promote Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials (IICT). The funding for IICTs continues to be in high demand. In the recently published evaluation of the 2016 call, the SNSF addresses main reasons for the rejection of applications. Click to read more.

PragMagic Online Tool

The PragMagic Tool aims to support trial design teams to maximize generalizability of trial findings to the routine care setting of interest while ensuring validity and operational feasibility of the trial. It has been developed with the support of CTU Bern and the Insititute for Social and Preventive Medicine of the University of Bern. Read more.

New study published

A prospective multicenter cohort study, supported by CTU Bern, has shown that elderly patients with acute venous thromboembolism have a substantial long-term risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism and that recurrence carries a high case-fatality rate. Only two factors were independently associated with recurrent venous thromboembolism. Read more.


Mitral regurgitation is a frequent condition leading to relevant mortality and morbidity in elderly patients. More information can be found here.

Cardiology Trial: Recruitment open!


Reduction of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels effectively reduces the risk of adverse events in patients with established atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Click here to read more.

2. D|A|CH Symposium in Zürich

Der 2. Dreiländerkongress für Klinische Prüfungen findet am 11. & 12. Juni 2018 in Zürich statt. Der von den Koordinierungszentren für Klinische Studien in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz (D-A-CH) organisierte Kongress, richtet sich an alle, die im klinischen Bereich tätig sind. Klicken Sie hier für weitere Informationen.

New version of CDISC Glossary released

The CDISC glossary is a comprehensive resource for definitions related to clinical research. It is based on authoritative sources and contains definitions of over 650 terms. The newest version of the CDISC Glossary is linked to the National Cancer Institute NCI Thesaurus. Click to read more.

Start of second cohort in April 2018

The sitem-insel School aims to promote researchers and train executives in the fields of translational medicine and biomedical entrepreneurship.

The second cohort of students will start on 19 April 2018. Interested candidates have the chance to submit their application until the end of March.

New staff members:

We are pleased to welcome two new staff members:

Sevil will be supporting CTU as a Central Data Monitor and Michael is the newest reinforcement to our Data Management team. Click here to read more.