Issue 18                        N E W S L E T T E R                        October 2000
in the Czech Republic
Jan Bürger

Petr Svoboda
Phil Edwards from the CRASH Co-ordinating Centre recently visited three of the four participating centres in the Czech Republic.  Thank you Jan Bürger in Hospital Pribram, Karel Edelmann, Tomas Wanek and Roman Mišicko in Masaryk Hospital, Usti and Filip Kramár in Univerzity Karlovy Neurochirurgicka Klinika, Prague, for your kind hospitality and time.  Petr Svoboda from Research Institute for Special  Surgery and Trauma in Brno (the 4th Czech centre) had  joined us in Garmisch at the same time – thank you  Petr!  We are delighted that Czech Republic is the country recruiting the highest number of patients outside the UK and look forward to meeting you all again in December.
Univerzity Karlovy Neurochirurgicka Klinika, Prague

Karel Edelmann                      Tomas Wanek


London 8-9 December 2000
We have received a tremendous response for the meeting – thank you for your enthusiasm which, as always, we are very grateful to have from all our trial collaborators.  It promises to be a very exciting meeting with many ‘cutting edge’ speakers.  We are looking forward to meeting you all, many who are travelling from outside the UK and from different specialities.  Please confirm your attendance (it’s still not too late) and book travel and hotel accommodation now, well ahead of the usual pre-Christmas rush to London!


CRASH presented in Germany
The CRASH team were delighted to be given the opportunity to present the trial at the prestigious 5th International Neurotrauma Symposium held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in October.  The trial was presented by Ian Roberts, Jonathan Wasserberg and David Yates to a full audience. There were lots of questions covering practical issues and scientific rationale.  We would like to thank all of you who were there for participating in a lively discussion which brought many pertinent issues to the attention of a new neurosurgical audience.  Let's hope that this translates into lots of new participating centres!

...............Recruitment News

Again more centres have joined the CRASH Trial this month. Ethics approval has been gained and trial materials recently received by:
  • Hesham El-Sayed, Suez Canal University in Ismailia, Egypt
  • James Siah Heng Tan at National Neuroscience Institute, Singapore
New centres to randomise this month include:
  • Sam Eljamel, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Dundee, Scotland
  • Michael Gaab and Waltraud Kleist, Ernst Moritz Arndt University Hospital in Greifswald, Germany
  • Bennie Hartzenberg, Tygerberg Academic Hospital in South Africa 
  • Jean-Marie Jacques, Hospital Jolimont, Belgium
  • Filip Kramár, Univerzity Karlovy Neurochirurgicka Klinika in Prague, Czech Republic
It is always very exciting when a new centre joins the trial, and particularly so when the centre recruits patients within a week of receiving trial materials, as happened in both Germany and South Africa.
Recruitment rates are now picking up speed – maybe partly due to the horrendous weather recently experienced in the UK – have you ever seen rain like it???  I would particularly like to thank the following centres who have worked especially hard this month:
  • Guy Mazairac, Centre Hospitalier Regional De Namur, Belgium
  • Tony Bleetman and Shiela Pantrini, Birmingham Heartland Hospital
  • Veronique Laloe and team in Batticaloa Hospital, Sri Lanka
  • Christine Clark and Alison Pickford, Blackburn Royal Infirmary
  • Brian Flavin and Barbara Fogg, Royal Bolton Hospital
  • Paul Wilson and Claire Knight, Cheltenham General Hospital
  • Jiri Ochmann and Petr Svoboda, Research Institute for Special Surgery and Trauma, Czech Republic
  • Miguel Arango, Clinica Las Americas, Colombia
  • Gabby Lomas and David Yates, Hope Hospital, Manchester
  • Diane Lee and Alan Pinto, Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan
  • Stephan Trenkler and Radovan Nachaj, Reimann Hospital, Slovakia
  • Maria de los Angeles Muñoz Sánchez and Juan Manuel Flores Cordero, Trauma Centre Virgen del Rocio, Spain
  • Silke Ludwig and Sonja Brokop, University Hospital of Zurich


CRASH Trial Co-ordinator, Nin Ritchie

CRASH Co-ordinating Centre, FREEPOST LON 14211, LONDON WC1N 1BR

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7299 4684 Fax: + 44 (0)20 7299 4663 email:

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