Workshops, conferences & events

This resource highlights upcoming workshops, events and conferences run by the HTMR Network and our colleagues in clinical trials. For more training courses, including short courses, Masters degrees, and training resources from our colleagues visit our training pages.


Location: UCL

Course dates: 10th October 2018

Do you or will you sit on Independent Data Monitoring Committees (IDMC)* or have a trial that needs to be overseen by an IDMC? If so, this popular one-day course is for you, whether you are a clinician, statistician, or work in trial operations.

The multidisciplinary Faculty will lead participants through many of the challenges associated with reviewing accumulating data from clinical trials, and the practical and statistical issues that you need to know when setting up and running an IDMC.

Using lectures, group discussions, and real-life case studies the course will cover: roles and responsibilities of an IDMC membership and the need for independence best practice and decision-making recommendations, decisions, and relationships to other committees Course fee:This course is free for staff from Units within ICTM (UCL).

£75 for attendees from other UCL departments;

£150 for attendees from other not-for-profit organisations; and

£250 for attendees from for-profit organisations. £475, includes course materials, lunch and refreshments

Places on this course are limited, and priority will be given to applicants actively involved with Data Monitoring Committees

Target audience

This course is aimed at health and research professionals, particularly those aiming to become Chief Investigators.


The experienced panel is co-chaired by Prof Max Parmar and Matt Sydes, with Laura Farrelly, and joined by leading trial clinicians drawn from a pool that includes Jeremy Chataway, Janet Darbyshire, Rick Kaplan, and Sheena McCormack.

This course is a practical, interactive workshop for those working in clinical trials who already or wish to actively involve patients or the public in their trials. It offers participants the opportunity to:

• build an understanding of PPI in health research and specifically in clinical trials;

• begin involving patients and public in their research, and/or develop their involvement activities in a meaningful manner; and

• learn from other participants about what works in specific contexts.

Learning objectives

• To build participants’ understanding of patient & public involvement in health research in general and in clinical trials in particular

• To enable participants to distinguish between participation, engagement and involvement

• To identify some of the obstacles to effective PPI and to think about how to overcome these

• To learn about what kind of PPI might work in specific contexts by looking at a range of case studies

• To enable participants to begin to plan to actively involve patients in a trial, or to develop this involvement if it is already taking place

• To address any specific questions or concerns that participants may have about PPI in clinical trials


Places on this course are limited, and priority will be given to applicants currently or soon to be actively involving patients and/or members of the public in a trial or related study. If demand exceeds the number of places, places will be awarded to those who the course presenters believe will benefit most from the course. Applications will close on 24 October 2018 but you are encouraged to apply early. Please note that non-attendance will be penalised.

Fees • £75 for attendees from other UCL departments; • £150 for attendees from other not-for-profit organisations; and • £250 for attendees from for-profit organisations.

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  • Advanced STATA: Programming and other techniques to make your life easier. A five day course from the Population Studies Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    The course is aimed at researchers and other professionals, from any discipline, who regularly use Stata for analysis but want to learn how to work more efficiently. It would be particularly suited to those who are about to embark on large analyses. We will cover a range of topics including:

    • efficient ways of working using do files commands that allow you to manipulate data and to easily create new summary variables and datasets.

    • Stata's commands for accessing and outputting results including putexcel to send results to Excel, a similar command to send output to Word documents and two simple commands to write text files and Stata datasets containing results.

    • creating new commands (programs) for Stata.

    The course has run since 2008 and has been a great success. Participants have consistently commented on the excellent teaching and feedback includes "I learnt so much in such a short time", "I would recommend this course" and "This has saved me months of work". Each year we find that many people have had the course recommended by a friend or colleague.

    One day training course: Practicalities in designing, grant funding, setting up and running a Continual Reassessment Method (CRM) dose finding phase I trial

    In this one day course you will learn about the practicalities of running a phase I dose-finding Continual Reassessment Method (CRM) trial. During the day we will introduce the CRM design, run a CRM trial, provide training on the features in designing a CRM, move onto ideas in making a grant application, then planning in set-up and running of a CRM trial.

    Date: Wednesday 28th November 2018 (10:00 - 16:30)

    Venue: Seminar room 6.075, Level 6 Worsley Building, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9NL

    Course Fee:

    Academic employees - £150

    Industry/commercial employees - £300

    Last registration date - 16th November

    A free one day training event for newly funded Chief Investigators on randomised clinical trials.

    The workshop will include panel discussions, presentations from chief investigators, clinical trial units, trial funders and trial methodologists.

    The workshop is targeted to recently funded Chief Investigators on RCTs.

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    The IDEAL Conference

    13-14th September 2018

    IDEAL is a development of Evidence Based Surgery which aims to provide practical solutions to the real-world challenges of promoting innovation and evaluation in modern surgery and other complex and invasive therapeutic devices and procedures.

    The third IDEAL international conference will be held over 2 days to celebrate the latest work of the IDEAL collaboration and to focus on the most pressing issues in surgical/interventional care in various clinical areas. Aimed at surgeons, triallists, methodologists, regulators and researchers interested in the evaluation of surgical innovation and its practical, regulatory and ethical challenges, the conference will showcase a number of high profile case studies and bring together a wide variety of perspectives.

    Plenary lectures will be given by outstanding experts in the field, including Professor Carl Heneghan, University of Oxford; Professor Chris Witty, Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Health and Social Care; Professor Wendy Rogers, Macquarie University Australia, and Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, Chair of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. These will be intermixed with parallel educational sessions plus highly interactive opportunities for surgeons and scientists to explore pathways towards safe introduction of new surgical devices and procedures, and to present their own innovative work.

    Conference fee: £150 (or £100 early bird rate); £50 for students and trainees, which covers delegate materials and all refreshments. Conference dinner: an additional £40. To register, click here.

    On behalf of the International Population Data Linkage Network’s (IPDLN) International Scientific Committee, we invite you to participate in the 2018 IPDLN Conference on 12-14 September, 2018, at the Banff Centre, located in beautiful Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

    With our theme, Linking Data – Improving Lives, we have created a forum for the presentation and discussion of research and innovation in the area of Linked Population Data Science and Policy Impact.

    The next International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference 2019 will be held in Brighton, 6-9 October 2019. Save the date!

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