Surgical Research Training Day

Category: Training - School of Surgery

Date: February 7th 2014

Location: Room LG08 - Canynge Hall, University of Bristol, 39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS

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Research in surgery is challenging and requires multi-disciplinary collaboration with methodologists and clinicians to design and conduct high-quality studies. The Bristol Surgical Trials Centre (BSTC) is a new initiative funded by the Royal College of Surgeons of England which aims to increase the number and quality of randomised trials in order to transform care for surgical patients. An important part of this is to provide inspiration and training for future surgeons.

The BSTC, led by surgeons and methodologists, will run a new course during 2013/14. Four separate training days will take place, helping trainees to understand study designs and appraise evidence, with a focus on randomised trials in surgery. Per Professor Jane M Blazeby, Director of BSTC: “The course will be educational, entertaining and productive – it is expected that engaged trainees will learn to understand evidence based surgery and participate in the creation of evidence by attending the tutorials, practical sessions and working with the team to complete systematic reviews to inform the design of new trials in surgery.”


Chairs: Professor Jane M Blazeby, Dr Jelena Savović and Professor David Beard

Topics: Recruitment to surgical trials, intervention complexity and blinding


09:00 – 09:20 Registration & coffee/tea

09:20 – 09:50 Welcome and Introductions. Jane Blazeby

09:50 – 10:50 Measuring outcomes in surgical trials. Barry Main

10:50 – 11:10 Coffee break

11:10 – 12:00 Practical 1: What did they measure and how was it measured?

12:00 – 13:00 Statistical power and sample size: How many patients do I need? (lecture and practical) Sara Brooks

13:00 – 13:50 Buffet lunch & informal discussion about research opportunities

13:50 – 14:30 Recruiting patients to surgical trials: Can we do better? Sangeetha Paramasivan

14:30 – 15:00 Practical session 2: Trial recruitment role-play.

15:00 – 15:20 Coffee break

15:20– 16:00 Lecture title to be confirmed. Sara Brooks

16:00– 17:00 Practical session 3: Simulation of randomization, follow-up and analysis of a trial. Sara Brooks & the team

Complete list of Training Days

The training days will be held on:

  • Friday, November 29th 2013 (Oakfield House, University of Bristol)
  • Friday, February 7th 2014 (Canynge Hall, University of Bristol)
  • Thursday, April 10th 2014 (venue to be confirmed)
  • The final day of the programme will be the Research and Audit Prize Day in September 2014 (date to be confirmed).


Attendance is free. For queries and registration, please contact Amy Collings at