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News 2021

New in-hospital mortality prediction model for patients treated in the intensive care units

20.12.2021 – Researchers from a multinational collaboration between intensive care units from Finland, Estonia and Switzerland developed and validated a new in-hospital mortality prediction model.

Click here to read more.


CTU Newsletter Dezember 2021

10.12.2021 – Rückblick 2021

  • Datenmanagement
  • Statistik & Methodologie
  • Monitoring
  • Qualitätsmanagement
  • Nächste Kurstermine

SAKK Event Lay Summaries of Clinical Study Results

18.10.2021 – The SAKK Patient Advisory Panel is organizing an event on 20 November 2021 to discuss lay summaries of clinical trial results.

The registration for this event is now open. For more information please click here.

Funding opportunity - Patient-directed clinical trials

01.10.2021 – This year, Swiss Cancer Research (SCR) is celebrating 30-years of research funding. In parallel, Rising Tide Foundation for Clinical Cancer Research (RTFCCR) is having a 10-year celebration. To mark these milestones, they have launched a joint call for proposals to fund a jubilee award. Visit their website to find out more about this funding opportunity.

ECRIN International Clinical Trials Day 2021

07.05.2021 – In light of the current pandemic, ECRIN is organising a virtual event for International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD) on May 20th, 2021.

University Library Bern launches new Research Information System with Data Repository

29.09.2021 – BORIS Portal has been officially launched. BORIS Portal allows researchers at the University of Bern to archive and manage research data, projects and fundings, to make it accessible and clearly identifiable.

For more information check the website of the University Library Bern.

CTU Newsletter September 2021


  • RISKLICK –  Datengeschützte Entwicklung
    von klinischen Studienprotokollen
  • News von der SCTO:
    - Roundtable SCTO –  swissethics –  Swissmedic
    - Statistik-Plattform
  • Nächste Kurstermine

MASTER DAPT: results just published

31.08.2021 – Results of a global trial on dual antiplatelet therapy after percutaneous coronary artery intervention were published in The New England Journal of Medicine on 28th of August 2021.
More information can be found here.

Software developed at CTU Bern

25.08.2021 - Besides building databases and analysing projects, staff at CTU also develop software to ease our work and make us more productive.

Specific projects might also result in a technique that is of interest to others. In the spirit of Open Science, we make these software packages, mostly R packages but also Stata packages, available to any interested parties on our GitHub site. The "Software developed at CTU Bern" page on the CTU Bern website gives details of the packages and provides links to get more information on the individual packages.

ICTD 2021 will bring together stakeholders from across Europe and the globe to discuss the growing interest in platform trials from best practices to challenges in the European context. ICTD is open to research organisations, clinical research professionals, patient organisations, regulatory and ethics bodies, funders and industry.
More information can be found here.

SCTO's PPI Guide for Researchers

22.07.2021 - The SCTO „PPI Guide for Researchers“ offers support for researchers when they start planning a project and apply for potential funding.
DE: https://www.scto.ch/de/stakeholders/researchers.html
EN: https://www.scto.ch/en/stakeholders/researchers.html

Final results of the OPERAM trial now published

22.07.2021 - We are happy to announce that the final results of the OPERAM trial have been published by the BMJ. CTU Bern was involved in Statistics, Data Management, Project Management and Monitoring.
The paper is accessible online here: BMJ


swissmedic Online-Veranstaltung: Informationen zur neuen Medizinprodukte-Regulierung

21.07.2021 - Die neue Medizinprodukte-Regulierung ist

seit dem 26. Mai 2021 in Kraft und anwendbar. Hauptziele der neuen rechtlichen Vorgaben sind die Verbesserung der Produkte- und somit der Patientensicherheit sowie die Erhöhung der Transparenz. Mehr Informationen zur Online-Veranstaltung finden Sie auf der Website von swissmedic.

CTU Newsletter Juni 2021


  • Was ist mit Swiss Medtech passiert?
  • ... mehr als nur neue Vorschriften
  • Risikokategorien für klinische Studien
  • Nächste Kurstermine

New legislation – Clinical Investigations with Medical Devices

10.05.2021 – On 26th May 2021, the European Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devices (MDR) will become fully applicable. As a consequence, the legal requirements for clinical investigations with medical devices are changing.
More information can be found here.

Medical devices: Lost in translation?

10th SCTO SYMPOSIUM - 8 June 2021, online

Together with Bern University Hospital, the University of Bern, and sitem-insel AG (Swiss Institute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine), the SCTO is holding its 10th symposium on 8 June 2021.


Shiny App implementation of the COVID-19 Social Monitor

The COVID-19 Social Monitor is a population-based online survey which informs the public, health authorities, and the scientific community about relevant aspects and potential changes in social and health behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic in Switzerland. As of March 2021, 14 survey waves have been conducted since the first survey in March 2020. Click here to read more.

CTU Newsletter März 2021

  • VACCELERATE –  ein Netzwerk, das für die Koordination und Durchführung von COVID-19-Impfstoffstudien in Europa geschaffen wurde
  • Nächste Kurstermine

CTU Bern becomes national coordinator of the European project VACCELERATE

VACCELERATE is a network created for the coordination & execution of COVID-19 vaccine Trials in Europe, currently involving 214 clinical trial sites in 30 countries. The project plans to address key questions of interest outside the big registration trials, such as vaccine efficacy in virus variants, trials in children, pregnant women, immunocompromised patients, trials on combination of different vaccines and others. Click here to read more.


In October 2020 the Swiss Reproducibility Network (SwissRN) was founded. It is a peer-led consortium that aims to promote and ensure rigorous research practices in Switzerland. Within the network universities form nodes that organise different activities. At the University of Bern we want to initiate a journal club which will give you the opportunity to get a gentle intro to matters of good scientific practice or, along the way, more advanced discussions in a cross-disciplinary setting - paired with your favourite beverage. Click here to read more.

SNSF IICT Call Deadline: 25th May, 2021

The IICT programme is targeted at researchers who wish to conduct an investigator initiated clinical trial. Applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI) via mySNF by 25 May 2021.

Please contact us for a consulting so we can support you in developing your study idea: 
Contact form

Experience tells us, that early involvement of a CTU considerably improves the quality of proposals. Writing of IICT call proposals is labor-intense (but rewarding and fun). More information on the call can be found here.

Schweizer Gesundheitsstudie

1000 Proband*innen sind das Ziel bis Ende 2021 – Der Einschluss geht weiter!

Die Schweizer Gesundheitsstudie soll Aufschluss über die Gesundheit der Schweizer Bevölkerung geben.

Langfristiges Ziel ist es insbesondere, den Einfluss von Umweltfaktoren, Chemikalien, Lebensstil und Infektionskrankheiten wie z.B. COVID-19 auf die Gesundheit allgemein und die häufigsten Volkskrankheiten zu untersuchen.

Klicken Sie hier für weitere Informationen.