Unit | Clinical Research

Participant in paediatric TB diagnostic trial, Bagamoyo, Tanzania

The aim of the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) is to design, conduct, analyse and report clinical research studies at Swiss TPH and partner institutions and to provide support for Swiss TPH scientists for clinical questions. The CRU has a focus on clinical trials in phase I to III.

Research

The CRU aims to strengthen high standard clinical research at Swiss TPH. The CRU conducts clinical research in the areas of malaria, febrile illnesses, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, neglected tropical diseases, and emerging non-communicable chronic diseases in low- and middle-income countries in collaboration with numerous partner institutes. Key CRU research areas are found under "Main CRU Activities".

Support

The members of the CRU, who have a wide range of expertise in clinical research, provide scientific support with regard to clinical and methodological aspects during the development of research proposals and protocols. The clinical support is part of the Project and Grant Service at Swiss TPH. All proposals and protocols for clinical trials are reviewed by the CRU. Observational clinical studies may also be reviewed if desired by the investigators.

Research Clinic at IHI, Kingani, Tanzania

Abidi S.K et al. An individual patient data meta-analysis to estimate the diagnostic accuracy of a machine learning-based software for analyzing chest x-rays of persons with symptoms of pulmonary tuberculosis: preliminary findings. Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 2019;199:A5167

Albrecht S et al. Age-related comorbidities and mortality in people living with HIV in rural Tanzania: data from a prospective cohort study. AIDS. 2019;33(6):1031-1041. DOI: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000002171

Amelio P et al. HIV infection functionally impairs Mycobacterium tuberculosis-specific CD4 and CD8 T-cell responses. J Virol. 2019;93(5):e01728-18. DOI: 10.1128/JVI.01728-18

Amstutz A et al. VIBRA trial - Effect of village-based refill of ART following home-based same-day ART initiation vs clinic-based ART refill on viral suppression among individuals living with HIV: protocol of a cluster-randomized clinical trial in rural Lesotho. Trials. 2019;20:522. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-019-3510-5

Amstutz A et al. The HOSENG trial - Effect of the provision of oral self-testing for absent and refusing individuals during a door-to-door HIV-testing campaign on testing coverage: protocol of a cluster-randomized clinical trial in rural Lesotho. Trials. 2019;20:496. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-019-3469-2