Clinical Research Lunch:
Making Trial Research Better!

In this seminar series, we will present basic principles and current research findings on the design of clinical trials. We will explain these new developments using practical examples from our daily work at DKF.

With regard to patient-centeredness, methodological validity and relevance for everyday clinical care, we want to show ways to further improve clinical trials. We are looking forward to exciting discussions.


Topics & Dates 2021/22

In his talk, Charles Weijer will provide practical insights on informed consent issues in cluster randomized trials. The talk will be based on the very recent paper in BMJ Open:

"The objective of this paper is to provide a practical framework to guide researchers and research ethics committees through informed consent issues in cluster randomised trials. We explicate a three-step framework: (1) identify research participants, (2) identify the study element(s) to which participants are exposed, (3) determine if a waiver of consent is appropriate for each study element. We apply our framework to examples of trials evaluating cluster-level, professional-level, and individual-level interventions, and provide key lessons on informed consent for each. We conclude that it is the unit of intervention-not the unit of randomisation-that drives informed consent issues in cluster randomised trials."


Speaker
Prof. Charles Weijer, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and Philosophy at Western University in London, Canada


Chair & Moderation
PD Dr. med. Lars G. Hemkens, MPH
Senior Scientist Clinical Epidemiology, DKF

 



Time
Tuesday, 23 November 2021, 12.30-13.30
 

Location
online registration for all participants

For USB employees only: Hörsaal 4, Klinikum 1, University Hospital Basel
Please note that masks and keeping distance of at least 1.5 meters are mandatory on site.


Target audience
Interested parties in clinical research (clinical researchers, PhD students, research assistants, study staff, etc.)

Speakers
Dr. Leila Rooshenas, Senior Lecturer in Qualitative Health Sciences,
Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol

Dr. Leila Rooshenas is a member of the QuinteT research group (Qualitative Research integrated within Trials), which specializes in supporting recruitment to challenging randomised controlled trials (RCTs). To date, the team’s principal innovation is the QuinteT Recruitment Intervention (QRI) which seeks to optimise recruitment and informed consent in RCTs – particularly those that are experiencing, or anticipated to experience, recruitment difficulties.


Direction & Moderation
PD Dr. med. Lars G. Hemkens, MPH
Senior Scientist Clinical Epidemiology, DKF


Target audience
Interested parties in clinical research (clinical researchers, PhD students, research assistants, study staff, etc.)

 



Time
Tuesday, 14 December 2021, 12.30-13.30


Format
Due to the current pandemic situation, this Clinical Research Lunch will be held online via Zoom:

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Language
This seminar will be held in English

Speaker
 Prof. Dr.med. Stefan Sauerland, M.san.
Head of the Department of Non-Medical Procedures IQWiG (Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care), Cologne, Germany

 
Stefan Sauerland teaches at the University of Cologne and worked from 1998 to 2009 at the II Surgical Chair of the University of Cologne, then at the Institute for Research in Operative Medicine (IFOM) at the University of Witten/Herdecke. Since 2010, he has headed the Department of Non-Medicinal Procedures at IQWiG (Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care). IQWiG's legal mandate in Germany includes assessing the advantages and disadvantages of medical procedures, for example comparing different drugs or surgical procedures.

In his lecture, he will talk about the design and evaluation of clinical trials on surgical and medical device interventions, and will also address diagnostics, patient-relevant outcomes and digital applications.


Direction & Moderation
PD Dr. med. Lars G. Hemkens, MPH
Senior Scientist Clinical Epidemiology, DKF


Target audience
Interested parties in clinical research (clinical researchers, PhD students, research assistants, study staff, etc.)

 



Time
Tuesday, 18 January 2021, 12.30-13.30
 

Venue/Format
Due to the current situation this seminar will be held online via Zoom

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Language
This seminar will be held in German