Dear DESCARTES ordinary members,

The DESCARTES Working Group is pleased to announce that it will endorse the services offered by the Centre for Evidence in Transplantation (CET) that are provided as part of a collaboration between the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) and the CET. Please find below more information on the CET, which is led by Sir Peter Morris.

Centre for Evidence in Transplantation
The Centre for Evidence in Transplantation (CET) was established in 2005 with the aim of providing high quality, evidence-based information on all aspects of solid organ transplantation. One of our early projects was an analysis of all randomized controlled trials in organ transplantation between 2004 and 2006, which showed that only around one third of trials were of good methodological quality. This indicated the need for good quality randomised controlled trials in solid organ transplantation and led to our collaboration with the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT).
What can the ESOT-CET collaboration mean to you?
The collaboration has a special emphasis on helping with the design and reporting of randomised controlled trials in Europe. The CET can provide assistance in the following ways:

Trial protocol help desk: provide help with the design and/or reporting of randomised controlled trials.
• Trial protocols submitted to the CET will undergo a comprehensive review of all sections of the protocol to ensure it meets the fundamental methodological standards.

Reviewing the literature:
• Help with searching and reviewing the literature.
• Provide a second opinion for researchers who have been approached to participate in a trial but they are unsure if a trial is warranted based on the existing literature.

These services are free and available to ESOT members or anyone within the European transplantation community. To receive help or find out how the CET can help you with your research, contact the CET (transplantevidence@esot.org) or check the CET website.

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