On 21st February a delegation from the Omsk State Medical University in Russia came to Luxembourg to visit its biomedical research facilities and get information on how studies with human participants are conducted and coordinated in the country. They had the occasion to see the premises of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) at the University of Luxembourg, the Parkinson Research Clinic, the “Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg” (CHL), the Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg (IBBL) and the Clinical and Epidemiological Investigation Centre (CIEC) at LIH.
Prof Laetitia Huiart, Director of the Department of Population Health, Dr Manon Gantenbein, Head of CIEC, and Jean-Yves Ferrand, Research Nurse Coordinator, presented LIH’s clinical research activities. The CIEC is mainly coordinating phase II and III trials but is currently also developing a phase I trial with CHL as well as remote clinical studies using digital health technologies. Prof Huiart pointed out that it is crucial to have a central organ for the coordination of clinical trials to establish a strong and reliable connection between the research community, health professionals and patients.
The visitors were impressed by the structured organisation of clinical research in Luxembourg. A centre like the CIEC does not exist at their university yet. Prof Alexey Rozhdestvensky, Head of the Neurology Department at the Omsk State Medical University, was interested in particular in the patient and control cohorts recruited for the National Centre of Excellence in Research on Parkinson’s disease (NCER-PD) and asked information on data recording and sample collection. He now aims to establish a collaboration with the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine to conduct research on Parkinson’s disease.
Jean-Yves Ferrand, Research Nurse Coordinator (LIH) explaining the implementation of clinical research in Luxembourg to the delegation from the Omsk State Medical University: (from left to right) Dr Katarzyna Golkowska
Scientific Officer to the Director LCSB; Dr Roman Delov, Assistant Professor; Prof Alexey Rozhdestvensky, Head of the Neurology Department; and Pavel Negoduyko, IT specialist.
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