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Surgical Clinical Trials Workshop

NIHR Statistics Group

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 from 09:15 to 16:45 (GMT)

Surgical Clinical Trials Workshop

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Surgical Clinical Trials Workshop

A joint workshop for NIHR Statisticians and trainee surgeons on designing, running and analysing surgical studies 

12th February 2014


The day provides an opportunity for statisticians and trainee surgeons to develop their understanding of the design, running and analysis of surgical studies.

Surgical clinical studies can be difficult to successfully undertake and present special difficulties and unique methodological challenges. Topics covered in this workshop include:

  • The use of non-randomised surgical trials.
  • Interactive sessions on critical appraisal and design of surgical trials.
  • The experiences of surgeons and statisticians involved in surgical trials.
  • Difficulties in recruiting for and running surgical trials.
  • Statistical approaches to evaluation of surgical devices and procedures.

The key objective of this workshop is to encourage good understanding of the complex issues surrounding design and analysis of surgical trials. As a secondary aim we wish to establish dialogue and collaboration between the statistician and surgeon communities to enable the conduct of well-designed surgical clinical trials.


Intended participants

NIHR Statisticians* and surgical registrars of all disciplines.  No previous experience of designing or undertaking surgical trials is required for this workshop.

*NIHR Statisticians are researchers who are fully or part funded by BRU/Cs, RDS, CTUs or involved in an NIHR funded grant



9.15 – 9.45      Registration and coffee

9.45 – 10.00    Welcome & introduction and setting the scene

                          Professor Jon Deeks, University of Birmingham

10.00- 10.15     New initiatives in surgical research 

                         Professor Dion Morton, University of Birmingham

10.15 – 10.25   The research collaboratives

                         Mr Ravinder Vohra, University of Birmingham

10.25 – 10.55  Non-randomised surgical studies - an argument against non randomised

                         surgical studies

                         Professor Barnaby Reeves, University of Bristol

10.55 – 11.40  Interactive session – critical appraisal of a surgery trial 

11.40 – 12.00 Discussion and Questions

12.00 – 12.45 Lunch

12.45 – 13.15 Surgery trials and diagnostic studies

                        Professor Jon Deeks, University of Birmingham

13.15 – 13.45 A surgeon’s experience of clinical trials

                       Professor Hisham Mehanna, University of Birmingham

                       Mr Naiem Moiemen, University of Birmingham

13.45 – 14.00 Difficulties in running surgery trials

                      Dr Laura Magill, University of Birmingham

14.00-14.30   Lessons learnt from previous surgery trials

                       Lee Middleton, Kelly Handley, Jon Bishop, University of Birmingham

14.30 – 14.45 Coffee

14.45 - 15.15 Words that count - numbers that speak

                      Professor Tom Treasure, University College London

15.15 – 16.00 Interactive session – designing a surgical trial

16.00 – 16.30 Bayesian approaches to the evaluation of devices and procedures.

                       Professor Richard Lilford, University of Birmingham

16.30 – 17.00 Questions and Discussion.

                        Chaired by Professor Jon Deeks


For further details contact:

Laura Magill ( and Jonathan Bishop (


Do you have questions about Surgical Clinical Trials Workshop? Contact NIHR Statistics Group

When & Where

The Nicholson Building
Edgbaston Campus
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 from 09:15 to 16:45 (GMT)

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