Issue 7 NEWSLETTER October 1999
The Research Institute for Special Surgery and Traumatology, Brno, Czech Republic.        

   Going from strength to

The annual Novak Traumatological Congress is one of the largest scientific trauma care meetings in Europe and this year was attended by delegates from Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, USA and UK. David Yates, lead clinician on the CRASH trial, presented the trial to the 350 delegates, a presentation that stimulated much discussion and resulted in several new collaborating centres. Thanks to Professor Petr Zelníček, Chairman of the Czech Traumatological Society, we were also able to run a CRASH trial symposium alongside the main congress. The symposium was hosted by Dr Petr Svoboda the Czech National Co-ordinator for the CRASH trial and was a great success. Dr Filip Kramar from the Department of Neurosurgery at Charles University has already obtained ethics committee approval to take part and is expected to start recruiting patients soon. In the coming months we can look forward to new collaborating centres in Banska Bystrica, Usti nad Labem, Olomouc, Bratislava, and Prague. The symposium was also an opportunity to meet with collaborators who are already actively recruiting patients into the CRASH trial including Drs Petr Svoboda, Ilona Kantorova and Ladislav Kozumplik. Unfortunately, Dr Jiri Ochmann our top recruiter was on a well-deserved holiday in Malta!

Dr Petr Svoboda, Dr Ilona Kantorova, Dr Stefan Trenkler and Professor Michael Bracken at the Brno traumatology meeting.
Dr Harald Kubiena and Professor Walter Mauritz, CRASH collaborators in Vienna, Austria.

South UK Regional Collaborators Meeting 23rd November 99
The first regional CRASH collaborators meeting for the South of England will be held on the 23rd November at the CRASH Co-ordinating Centre in London from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. The meeting will be an opportunity to feedback information on the progress of the trial, share experiences, and find out from trial collaborators how the trial procedures might be improved. We look forward to meeting collaborating A&E doctors, nurses, intensivists and neurosurgeons from centres in the south of England and the Midlands. 
See you there!
The 100th UK Patient was randomised in to the trial by the team at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL

Welcome to Professor Adeyemi-Doro, University of Lagos, Nigeria, who has received Ethics Committee approval and is preparing to start recruitment.
Dr Fiona Lecky will be presenting the CRASH trial at the ICRAN ’99 meeting in Taipei, Taiwan. If you are attending the meeting I hope you get to see her presentation.
All centres who have not done so yet - Please return monthly target estimate forms
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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