Surgical Research Training Day

Category: Training - School of Surgery

Date: April 10th 2014 9:00am until 4:30pm

Location: Botnar Research Centre, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Old Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LD

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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.”


Meta-analysis, Design, Placebo, Expertise, Setting-up and Running trials

Chairs: Professor David Beard and Professor Jane Blazeby

09.00-09.30 Registration and refreshments

09.30 Welcome and Introductions (Prof. David Beard)

9.30-09.50 Test your Trials Knowledge (a simple warm up quiz) (Profs Beard & Blazeby) (interactive)

09.50-10.50 Basic introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (Dr Sally Hopewell)

10.50-11.10 Refreshments

11.10-12.10 The Ins and Outs of Trial Design (Prof Jonathan Cook)

12.10-12.45 (Practical Workshop) PROMS and Outcomes Revised

12.45-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.00 Placebo Trials, Expertise Trials and other tricky issues (Prof David Beard)

14.00-14.45 Workshop: Pragmatics of setting up a trial & governance (Cushla Cooper/Victoria Rush)

14.45-15.15 Practical: The nuts and bolts of running a trial (David Beard, Jane Blazeby, Cushla Cooper, Lottie Davies)

15.15-15.30 Refreshments

15.30-16.30 Interactive Workshop: Putting it all together: The Funding Body Interview Panel! (all)

Complete List of Training Days

The training days will be held on:

  • Friday, November 29th 2013
  • Friday, February 7th 2014
  • Thursday, April 10th 2014 (Botnar Research Centre, Headington)
  • The final day of the programme will be the Research and Audit Prize Day on the 26th of September 2014 (date to be confirmed).


Attendance is free. For queries and registration, please contact Nicola Farrar at