BERN – University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy


Can Botox Beat
The Blues ?

Kristina Rhode and the PLEX Research Partners, Jacqueline and Alexandre, begin their SYNERGIES series by discussing the ethical considerations required when planning a scientific trial.

BERN - University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Latest Episode

  • Synergies – Bern

    Finale – The Bern project comes to a close…

    The Botox based project in Bern comes to a sudden stop, due to lack of funding. Alexandre, one of the PLEX Research Partners involved, bemoans this lack of vision from funders but remains optimistic as the all important SYNERGIES programme +

  • Synergies - Bern

    Meeting 1 Episode 1 – Protection and application of data

    So who’s data is it anyway? Jacqueline and Alexandre was to know what happens to the data if a participant in the trial decides not to continue… +

  • Synergies - Bern

    Meeting 1 Episode 2 – Enlightened Consent

    How long is too long? Jacqueline wants to know how do you go about ensuring participants in this trial really do give their “enlightened consent”? +

  • Synergies - Bern

    Meeting 1 Episode 3 – a Question of Ethics

    Getting it right. Kristina emphasises the importance of ethics in scientific research… +

  • Synergies - Bern

    Meeting 1 Episode 5 – PLEXRP first impressions – Alexandre

    No navel gazing here. Alexandre is pleasantly surprised by the scope of the ethics consultation… +

  • Synergies - Bern

    Meeting 1 Episode 6 – PLEXRP first impressions – Jacqueline

    What happens next? Jacqueline reflects on the lack of feedback or continuity in scientific trials… +

Research Partners

Gregor – PI

Alexandre – PLEX RP

Kristina – PI

Kristina Rhode and her PLEX Research Partners discuss the procedure and implications of recruiting PLEX candidates for inclusion in her Botox based research project…

  • Synergies - Bern

    Meeting 2 Episode 1 – How long are these interviews?

    Caroline and Alexandre have their doubts about the time available for the interviews and what can be achieved in the time given. +

  • Synergies - Bern

    Meeting 2 Episode 2 – What indicates improvement in depression?

    The BERN group lay down some markers for when things “get better”... +

Research Partners

Gregor – PI

Alexandre – PLEX RP

Kristina – PI

  • Synergies – Bern

    Meeting 3 Episode 1 – The role of PLEX in this research

    The Bern group discusses potential scenarios for collaboration - with on eye on the funding issue... +

  • Synergies – Bern

    Meeting 3 Episode 2 – Depression and fatigue…

    Alexandre explains how depression can undermine resistance to stress and fatigue... +

  • Synergies – Bern

    Meeting 3 Episode 3 – How Seasons impact Illness

    Spring or Autumn? Alexandre unpacks the complex impact that seasonal change can have on those suffering with bi-polar or depression... +

  • Synergies – Bern

    Meeting 3 Episode 4 – Decisive diagnosis – Bipolar or Borderline Personality Disorder

    Bipolar or borderline? Alexandre tells us why clarity in diagnosis is crucial... +

  • Synergies – Bern

    Meeting 3 Episode 5 – Is there a lag between lab and clinic?

    "Bench to Bed" is a phrase frequently used to describe an idealised relationship between research and clinical practice - Kristine explains to the PLEX-RPs one reason why this process isn’t quite as simple as it sounds... +

  • Synergies – Bern

    Meeting 3 Episode 6 – How useful is a diagnosis?

    Is diagnosis and subsequent labelling a help or hindrance to people living with mental illness? Kristina touches on the potential for rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD) in people with severe depression while Alexandre adds n since to the debate... +

  • Synergies – Bern

    Finale – The Bern project comes to a close…

    The Botox based project in Bern comes to a sudden stop, due to lack of funding. Alexandre, one of the PLEX Research Partners involved, bemoans this lack of vision from funders but remains optimistic as the all important SYNERGIES programme +

Research Partners

Gregor – PI

Alexandre – PLEX RP

Kristina – PI

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