Clinical Research for Clinicians: OCDEM - YDEF Emerging Experts Course

Written by Jyothis George on 25 July 2014. Modified on 11 November 2014. Hits: 7031

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Here is a course designed to provide practical tips for NHS consultants (and SpRs) to get involved in clinical research. Our aim is to cut through all the jargon and give you a solid grounding on what you need to establish yourself as a successful principal investigator for collaborative studies.

Current career structures tend to segregate young diabetologists (trainees as well as consultants) into ‘full-time’ academics vs. NHS clinicians. To ensure we continue to improve the care for our patients - and to sustain UK’s leadership position in the world of diabetes research - there is a clear need for NHS clinicians to be involved in research. However, there is often no clear guidance on where to begin, on how to navigate the regulatory maze or how to avoid the usual pitfalls.

What will I learn?

1) How to be involved in academic collaborations, industry-led studies and national audits.
2) Tips and tricks to make sure your centre/site is selected.
3) Identifying resources and funding
4) How to leverage UKCRN/AHSN support
5) Pitfalls and challenges

Please find the programme here

I like the idea of research, but I don’t think I have the time in my job plan. How will I benefit from this meeting?

Speakers will include current NHS consultants who are world-leading in their research fields. Here is an opportunity to learn how they have made things happen.

I don’t know much about clinical research, ethics, etc.  Should I attend?

Our aim is to cut through all the jargon and give you a solid grounding on what you need to establish yourself as a Principal Investigator for collaborative studies. 

I am already involved in research, but my work is more laboratory/animal based/epidemiological. Will I benefit?

At some point, you will want to take your research into human studies! The faculty has experience of taking new peptides and compounds into human research in the UK.

I am an SpR and clearly want to be an NHS consultant, not an academic – why should I learn about research?

Many UK professors in diabetes and endocrinology were exactly like you – until they stumbled on a research opportunity and discovered what they had missed until then! Even for those committed to NHS careers, research skills could help with career (as around 10% of income for most NHS trusts is from research).

Where and when is this meeting being held?

January 2015. Pre –dinner and evening talks on the 29th at an Oxford college (venue TBC)  followed by symposia and workshops next day (Friday the 30th) in OCDEM.

How do I sign up?

Please register your interest by emailing Jyothis.George [AT]

How is this funded?

This meeting is sponsored by Eli Lilly and Co. Ltd. 


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