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Copeptin as a Stress Marker During a Written Examination (CoEXAM)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 31, 2014
Last Update Posted : December 4, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

Brief Summary:
To investigate whether copeptin levels increase upon a psychological stress (i.e. written examination) and whether copeptin levels measured immediately before the written examination predict success of the examination.

Condition or disease

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 42 participants
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Copeptin as a Stress Marker During a Written Examination - the CoEXAM
Study Start Date : January 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2014

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in copeptin levels upon examination stress comparing copeptin levels prior and after examination [ Time Frame: 4 hours ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Correlation between copeptin levels prior to an exam and exam success [ Time Frame: 4 hours ]
  2. Correlation to cortisol as the classical stress marker [ Time Frame: 4 hours ]

Biospecimen Description:
Serum, Li-Heparin

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 35 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
42 healthy voluntary medical students studying in the 4th year at Basel University

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age over 18 years
  • Member of 4th year in medical course at Basel University

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Intake of any medication (except birth control pill)
  • BMI over 30kg/m2
  • Evidence of acute disease
  • History of chronic illness, including chronic psychiatric disease
  • Anamnestic certain or assumed pregnancy
  • Regularly smoking students

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University Hopsital Basel
Basel, Switzerland
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
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Principal Investigator: Mirjam Christ-Crain, Prof. University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland Identifier: NCT02051647    
Other Study ID Numbers: 325/13
First Posted: January 31, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 4, 2014
Last Verified: December 2014
Keywords provided by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland:
medical students
Basel University
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Diabetes Insipidus
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases
Pituitary Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases