DCR Lectures

On the last Wednesday of each month (except August and December) 12.45 – 13.30 VIA ZOOM.

Program 2024
Date Lecturer Topic
31.01.2024 Prof. Dr Gian Luca Di Tanna Health Economics and Evidence Generation to Support Medical Decision-Making
28.02.2024 Prof. Dr. Hans Prenen Phase 1 Trials in the Era of Active Drugs
27.03.2024 Dr Simon Wandel Reflections on event adjudication in cardiovascular outcome trials
24.04.2024 Prof. Dr Tobias Nef Digital Neurology – From Assessments to Interventions
29.05.2024 Prof. Dr Jessica Bastiaansen Has MRI delivered its promise? Reflections on past, present and future utility
26.06.2024 Prof. Dr med. Reto Auer Harm Reduction Intervention among Tobacco and Cannabis Smokers
31.07.2024 Prof. Dr med. Dr sc. nat. Cathérine Gebhard Gender Medicine in Switzerland: Change is coming
25.09.2024 Prof. Dr Kathleen Seidel Between neuroscience, clinical neurophysiology and neurooncological surgery- how (basic) science impacts clinical work?
30.10.2024 Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Wilhelm Clinical Research in rehabilitation- challenges and progress in protracted inventions and outcomes
27.11.2024 Prof. Dr Dominik Obrist

DCR Lecture - Wednesday, 24 April 2024

12.45 – 1.30 PM via Zoom.

From Assessments to Interventions

Sensors in the environment of patients with neurodegenerative diseases can be used to measure the everyday behavior of patients in their natural environment.

In this talk, we will discuss advantages and disadvantages of applications in the hospital, in the instrumented apartment NeuroTec Loft, and at the patient's home.

Prof. Dr Tobias Nef is an Assistant Professor and Technical Group Head at ARTORG Centre for Biomedical Engineering Research.

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DCR Lecture - Wednesday, 27 March 2024

12.45 – 1.30 PM via Zoom.

Reflections on Event Adjudication in Cardiovascular Outcome Trials

Event adjudication is widely applied in cardiovascular outcome trials (CVOTs) to standardize endpoint ascertainment and remove potential bias due to spurious events. I will present selected findings from a recent individual-participant meta-analysis that we undertook to evaluate the effect of event adjudication on heart failure outcomes. In the second part, I will highlight some statistical challenges around milestone event prediction for CVOTs.

Dr Simon Wandel holds a master's in Statistics and a PhD in Medical Statistics/Epidemiology (both from the University of Bern). Since 2021, he has been the Global Group Head of Biostatistics for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at Novartis Pharma AG.

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This lecture is cancelled.

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DCR Lecture - Wednesday, 28 February 2024

12.45 – 1.30 PM via zoom.

Phase 1 Trials in the Era of Active Drugs

The therapeutic landscape in cancer has rapidly evolved with dramatic and prolonged responses observed in certain tumor types. This also led to a rethinking of early-phase clinical trial designs. In this talk, Prof. Dr. Hans Prenen would like to discuss the evolution of the process of optimally developing a novel cancer agent.

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Hans Prenen obtained his medical degree and PhD at the Catholic University Leuven (Belgium). He is currently the head of the Medical Oncology Department at the University Hospital Antwerp and director of the Oncology Clinical Trial Unit. He is a member of several scientific organizations including the Belgian Society of Medical Oncology (board member since 2015) and the European Society of Medical Oncology (scientific committee). He is a recognized international expert in the field of cancer and is regularly invited to national and international meetings and has published more than 180 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is the principal investigator of multiple clinical trials focusing on phase 1 and basket trials.  His research interests relate to translational studies on targeted therapies, new anticancer therapies, and understanding the molecular changes induced by anticancer therapy.

Wednesday 28 February 2024 | 12.45 - 1.30 pm via Zoom

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DCR Lecture Wednesday, 31 January 2024
12.45 – 1.30 PM via zoom.

Health Economics and Evidence Generation to Support Medical Decision-Making

Lecturer: Dr.Gian Luca Di Tanna, Professor of BioStatistics and Health Economics, Head of Research, Department of Business Economics, Health & Social Care (DEASS), SUPSI • Professorial Fellow of The George Institute for Global Health and UNSW

Prof. Dr. Gian Luca Di Tanna has a PhD in Health Economics, an MPhil/PhD in Medical Statistics, and an MSc in Data Intelligence and Decision Analyses. He is an Accredited Statistician (AStat) of the Statistical Society of Australia and a Chartered Statistician (CStat) of the Royal Statistical Society (UK).
He is the Chair-elect of the Statistical Methods in Health Economics and Outcomes Research Special Interest Group of the ISPOR - The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Statistical Editor of two Cochrane groups, the Breast Cancer and the Consumer and Communication Review Group.

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