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ESA Clinical Trial Network

The European Society of Anaesthesiology Clinical Trial Network (CTN) provides an infrastructure for institutions, clinicians and scientists to work collaboratively across international borders to improve the care of patients in the fields of anaesthesiology, intensive care, perioperative medicine, emergency medicine and pain medicine.

International networks all over the world have demonstrated the advantages of collaboration to address and answer clinically relevant research questions.


A CTN grant of up to € 30,000 is provided for Study costs. The grant is intended mainly to cover travel costs for steering committee meetings, use of a statistician, and possibly study coordination assistance at the institution of the principal investigator (PI). In general, no case money for participating centres is foreseen. In addition to the financial support, the ESA offers to the PI and steering committee members a valuable coordination support package: administrative, technical and logistic help for all phases of the study: preparation of documents, centre set-up and coordination, case report forms and cleaning of the data.


Every physician can apply for support by the ESA CTN. Non ESA members who are health care professionals are entitled to present proposals in the field of clinical anaesthesiology research on an international level.


The ESA Research Committee is pleased to inform that the following study proposals have been selected for the 2018 ESA Clinical Trial Network:

  1. Ib Jammer, Norway: Vasopressor therapy following surgery. A prospective international observational multicentre study (SQUEEZE)
  2. Andreas Ranft, Germany : Anaesthesiological Routine Care for Thrombectomy in Cerebral Ischaemia. A prospective, observational, European, multicentre study (ARCTIC-I)

The CTN awards will be formally awarded during the Award Ceremony at Euroanaesthesia in Copenhagen by Prof. Thomas Fuchs-Büder, ESA Research Committee Chair.

Next Call for CTN Studies proposal is planned end 2019