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We are an academic research organization that provides expertise in research methodology, project development, implementation and management for academic and industry initiated research and quality improvement initiatives in health care.

By working with us, our colleagues and collaborators are able to participate in innovative, cutting edge scientific clinical research that has a high impact on the health outcomes of patients and their families. By providing the necessary framework and benchmarking, we can help identify areas of improvement in current practices.

We are committed to engage in national and international collaborations in order to build a sustainable research infrastructure.

Functional Groups within CERU:

Scientific Leadership

The scientific leadership of our organization is provided by Dr. Daren Heyland, Dr. Jayshil Patel, and Dr. Christian Stoppe. 

Project Management

Our Project Leaders and Project Assistants manage the day-to-day conduct of the trial including finalization of the study protocol, development of comprehensive study procedures, execution of contracts, administration/oversight of study funds, training and liaising with the sites, conducting site monitoring visits, arranging all trial meetings, reporting the progress of the trial to the participating sites and the steering committee, reporting to study stakeholders, and supervision of all CERU trial staff.

Data Management and Information Technology

The data team coordinates all aspects of the trial data set beginning with establishment of data elements, development of the CRF, data collection and validation. The information technology team will implement the web-based data entry/query/monitoring/reporting system for efficient conduct of the trial, this includes randomization, timely dispatch of questionnaires, automatic CRF monitoring, data validation and cleaning.


The Statistician and Data Analysts at CERU are responsible for all aspects of the data analysis and reporting.

Financial Administration and Human Resources

Our Financial and Human Resource staff handle all administrative aspects related to our research unit. Additionally, they support the financial activities (payments and reporting) related to individual projects.



We engage in a broad range of research activities that ultimately lead to:

  • An increase in survival for seriously ill patients
  • An improvement in the quality of life of seriously ill patients and the satisfaction with care of their families.
  • For those at the end of life, an improvement in the quality of their experience and that of their families.
  • Increased efficiency in our health care system.
  • Increased clinical research capacity of our institution and of our partners.


We see ourselves conducting innovative, cutting-edge scientific clinical research that has a high impact on the health outcomes of the patients we study and along the way; we are building a sustainable research infrastructure. To extend our reach, we have partnered with colleagues from the United States, Germany, and Malaysia.


Quality Work:  We aim for excellence as judged by ourselves, our peers, sponsors, and other partners across the world.

Honesty, integrity and ethical behavior: We honor the position of trust we hold and will work in a fashion consistent with the standards of good clinical practice and be respectful of others.

Innovation:  We are open-minded to new ideas, projects and approaches.

Team Work:  We value and respect our relationships with each other and strive to work together, helping each other accomplish our goals where necessary.  We want to maintain a positive balance in our emotional bank account with one another.

A Collaborative, Multidisciplinary Environment:  We value the support and interaction with our colleagues from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.

Continuing Education of Staff:  We provide the means by which our staff can continually renew themselves, improving their skills and knowledge.

Training New Clinical Scientists and Researchers:  We provide an environment and infrastructure whereby we can nurture new investigators.


Future opportunities:

The Clinical Evaluation Research Unit would like to explore potential opportunities for collaboration with you as a site investigator in future clinical trials.

Please fill up the following registry form to help us gauge the feasibility of your site participating in future trials conducted by our research group.




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