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: 7 May 2019

Efficacy and mechanisms evaluation aims to find out if an intervention works ('efficacy'), and how test the mechanism through which it works ('mechanisms evaluation').

This free one day training course held in UCL in London is aimed at medical statisticians and researchers analysing clinical trial data, and who want to know how to answer these questions.

The course will introduce statistical methods for analysing EME studies, including hands on practical sessions using the Stata and R statistical software packages.

This course is free.


Tom Palmer (Lancaster), Richard Emsley (Kings College London) and Ian White (MRC CTU at UCL).

Location: UCL

Course dates: Tuesday 14 May 2019

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.

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.

Introduction to Randomised Controlled Trials

Aim:To provide an understanding of the essentials of designing, conducting and analysing randomised controlled trials (RCTs). The course examines RCTs evaluating health and public health interventions in primary, secondary and community settings with individual and cluster randomised designs.

It is designed for health care researchers, trial managers and coordinators, clinicians, public health researchers and specialists looking to understand RCTs and covers the following topics.

• Trial design


•Sample size

•Feasibility and pilot studies

•Trial planning, resourcing and working with the NHS

•Process evaluation for patient experience

•Patient and Public Involvement

•Optimising trial recruitment

•Trial conduct

•Protocol adherence and missing data

•Cluster and public health trials, including in schools

•Outcome assessment and Patient Reported Outcome Measures

•Health economics

•Primary and secondary trial analyses

•Experience of being a Chief Investigator

•Clinical Trials Unit support for trialists

Essentials of Clinical Trials

This course provides attendees with a clear understanding of the fundamental principles of Randomised Clinical Trials (RCTs). Lectures and practical sessions cover the key issues to be considered in design, conduct, analysis and reporting, with a focus on major clinical trials which directly influence clinical practice.

Topics are addressed with perspectives from both public sector research and the pharmaceutical industry.

Who should attend?

The course is relevant to all those who want to gain an understanding of the rigorous evaluation of interventions in health care, including clinical research professionals, research managers, and other scientists with an interest in clinical trials.

Course fee

The course fee for 2019 is £1,784.00. Fees normally cover participation in the course, course materials and refreshments each day. Fees do not cover travel costs or accommodation.


The 2018-intake of this course has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 30 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s) and we expect the same approval for 2019.

MRC North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research and The North West Clinical Trials Collaborative On-campus course ‘Improving health by improving trials’

Target audience

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

Faculty includes:

Clinical trials: Professor Paula Williamson, Dr Susanna Dodd

Statistics: Professor Richard Emsley, Dr Chris Sutton, Dr Jamie Kirkham, Professor James Wason

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

Health economics: Professor Dyfrig Hughes


The number of clinical trials being conducted has increased, and the need for greater efficiency in design, conduct, analysis and reporting has been recognised in both the public and industry sector.

The programme will include:

• Trial design • Trial conduct • Recruitment of trial participants • Public and patient involvement • Analysis and reporting • Health Informatics • Health economics

Course fee:

£475, includes course materials, lunch and refreshments

Individual day attendance available: £95 per day

CPD accredited:

30 points awarded for full week attendance

Oxford Centre for Statistics in Medicine: Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT) Course

Introduction - Target Audience

Now in its 17th year, 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 includes three registered CTU directors, clinicians, and statisticians, all with a wealth of RCT experience.

Faculty includes CSM staff (e.g., Associate Prof Jonathan Cook and Dr Ines Rombach), 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, Prof Richard Emsley of King’s College London, and Prof Karina Lovell of University of Manchester).

Location and Cost

RCT Course 2019 will be held 23-27 September at Merton College, University of Oxford and costs £1450 (£1300 early-bird rate before 1 May)

Registration closes on 15 August 2019 or when the course is full, whichever is sooner.

Adaptive Designs and Multiple Testing Procedures for Clinical Trials

Venue Seminar rooms, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0SR (adjacent to Addenbrooke’s Hospital) This course is aimed at health and research professionals, particularly those aiming to become Chief Investigators.

Course Tutors

Dr Michael Grayling, Newcastle University

Professor Adrian Mander, Cardiff University

Dr David Robertson, MRC Biostatistics Unit

Professor James Wason, MRC Biostatistics Unit and Newcastle University

Target audience

The course is aimed at statisticians, although non-statisticians with strong quantitative experience would benefit from the course also.


Knowledge of standard statistical methods for design and analysis of randomised clinical trials is assumed.

Course Objectives

After the course, participants will be aware of a broad range of adaptive designs that are available and be able to design some of their own using available software.

Course fee

Student: £210

Public Sector £390

Private Sector £510

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 next International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference 2019 will be held in Brighton, 6-9 October 2019.

Abstract submission is now open for Education Workshops, oral. poster and debate sessions.

Deadline: 23:59 5th May 2019

The next Royal Statistical Society Annual meeting will be held in Belfast 2019 2-5 September 2019.

The RSS International Conference has established itself as the only conference in the UK for anyone interested in statistics and data science.

Every year, over 600 statisticians and data scientists gather from all sectors and from over 30 countries to share information and network, attracted by a varied programme of talks and workshops.

The 2019 conference will, once again, be organised by ‘streams’ allowing in-depth focus on specialised topics as well as broader presentations on new developments and thinking in statistics.

Abstract submissions for contributed talks and posters are now open with a deadline of 5 April for talks.

Registration is open with an early booking discount available until 4 June.

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