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.


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.

A free one day training event: Joint modelling of longitudinal and survival data in clinical research

The workshop is relevant to clinical researchers, applied statisticians and other data analysts faced with the need to deal with non-ignorable missingness in clinical studies with longitudinal outcome data or to analyse longitudinal and time to event outcomes together.

Participants will learn about the latest methodology for joint survival and longitudinal data analysis in clinical research. You will extend your data analysis and interpretation skills to a variety of clinical applications. You will learn how to use specialised software for joint modelling in R environment. The workshop is funded by the NWHTMR.

Date and Venue: 4th October 2018 10:00-15.30, Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

Course Fee: Free, but places are limited to 15 and must be reserved in advance via EventBrite platform.

In this 2-day course you will learn about the types of novel model-based designs that are increasingly used in phase I dose-finding studies, such as the Continual Reassessment Method, and how these approaches could lead to more efficient clinical trials.

The course will be held at the Cancer Research UK and UCL Cancer Trials Centre at UCL in October 2018, by Graham Wheeler, Adrian Mander (Director of the MRC BSU Cambridge Hub), Christina Yap and Kristian Brock, all of whom are members of the HTMR Adaptive Designs Working Group.

Date and Venue: Cancer Research UK and UCL Cancer Trials Centre at UCL 23rd and 24th October 2018

Course Fee: Course Fee: Academic/government employees - £225; Industry/commercial employees - £350.

Last registration date: 15th October 2018. Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

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.

The Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM)’s Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT) Course is ideal for anyone planning or actively involved in RCTs for healthcare evaluation, particularly those early in their career or those looking for a refresher course.

The course uses a problem-based learning approach to provide a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of planning, conducting, reporting, and interpreting RCTs, mixing lectures and small-group practical work.

The interdisciplinary faculty of clinicians, statisticians, and trial managers, all with a wealth of RCT experience, includes CSM staff (e.g., Prof Doug Altman, Associate Prof Jonathan Cook, and Dr Vicki Barber), wider University of Oxford staff (e.g., Prof David Beard and Prof Ed Juszczak), and those from further afield (e.g., Prof Mike Clarke of Queen’s University Belfast).

Merton College, University of Oxford. Course fee £1450 (£1300 early-bird rate before 1 May 2018). Registration closes on 1 September 2018 or when the course is full, whichever is sooner.

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.

Location: University of Liverpool

Course dates: 24th - 28th September 2018

Course fee: £475, includes course materials, lunch and refreshments

CPD accredited: 30 points awarded for full week attendance

Individual day attendance available: Charged at £95 per day

Target audience

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

Faculty includes experts in:

Clinical trials: Professor Paula Williamson, Dr Susanna Dodd

Statistics: Professor Thomas Jaki, Dr Chris Sutton, Dr Jamie Kirkham, Dr Lesley-anne Carter

Qualitative and recruitment research: Professor Peter Bower, Professor Bridget Young

Health economics: Professor Dyfrig Hughes

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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.

PROMS Research Conference

20 June 2018

Themes will include:

Minimising PROs waste – in Research and beyond

Pushing the boundaries of PPI in PROs research

Digital capture of PROs

Cutting edge methods

Registration is open £90.

Methods for Evaluating Medical Tests and Biomarkers (MEMTAB) 2018

Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Hotel Mitland, Utrecht, the Netherlands

****The deadline for abstract submissions is 6th March 2018****

These two days will have compelling plenary lectures, original oral presentations and interactive poster sessions. Topics will include (but are not limited to):

 the value of diverse data in evaluation of tests, markers and prediction models;

systematic reviews using aggregate plus individual data;

personalized and precision medicine;

companion diagnostics;

machine learning techniques for evaluation of tests, markers and prediction models;

how to quantify over diagnosis;

prediction models, when are they ready for use;

eHealth and mHealth for diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring;

impact assessment of markers, tests and models.  

Keynote speakers, among others:  

Prof. Frank E. Harrell Jr

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA  

Dr. S. Byron

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)  

Prof. F.G.J. Cobelens

Academic Medical Center (AMC), Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Attendees will learn from world-leading experts. discuss their research with peers, and enjoy the Dutch hospitality.

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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