Education and training

Do you work in clinical trials and want to know more about cancer trials?

If so you may be interested in our courses which are aimed at those new to academic cancer clinical trials.

Our courses give an introduction to this field of research. Places are limited, and priority is given to applicants actively involved in academic clinical trials working in a UKCRC Registered Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) or for the NIHR Clinical Research Network in the NHS. For example, trial assistants, data managers, trial managers, statisticians, clinicians and research nurses. If you do not fit this category then you can ask to be put on the waiting list for any unfilled places and, if a place is available you will receive notification 2 weeks before the course.

  • Statisticians new to cancer trials should attend the annual Introduction to Cancer Clinical Trials for Statisticians Course rather than the New Starters Programme.
  • Clinicians may benefit from two of the New Starters training courses: Running a Trial from Concept to Completion and Trial Outcomes.
  • Experienced trialists wanting to become more effective trainers may be interested in attending our train the trainer course.
All courses take place at the Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trial Centre.
New starters training course programmes and resources

New starter courses are aimed at any person wishing to expand their knowledge on clinical trials. Each course offers an introduction to core concepts in running cancer clinical trials and each course is designed to meet the need for any person working on about to start working on clinical trials

Available courses and Materials

Entering patients into clinical trials - pre treatment screening and eligibility - 17th April 2018
Description:

This session is a basic introduction to the diagnosis andstaging of cancer and gives a brief overview of the common tests carried outprior to treatment.


Participants will learn about the importance of ensuringonly eligible patients enter a trial and how eligibility criteria help tosafeguard patients. They will also learn the importance of common eligibilitycriteria in cancer trials and how these may vary in different phases of trials.After the session participants should be able to relate what they have learnedto the disease area/s and trial/s they work on.


This course is not recommended for clinicians

Trainer:
Helen Meadows
Start date:
17/04/2018
Start time:
09:30
End time:
12:30
Cost:

Fees & Registration

This course is free for staff from Units within ICTM (CR UK CTC, CCTU, MRC CTU at UCL and PRIMENT). Attendees from outside the ICTM will be required to pay an attendance fee. Fees are based on the attendee's employing organisation as follows:

People activity involved in NIHR portfolio studies

• £25 for attendees from NHS & UKCRC registered CTU’s
• £30 for attendees with other roles in clinical trials in non-profit organisations (eg non registered CTU’s, UK Higher Education Institutions, Cancer Research UK and NHS hospitals)
Other attendees

• £35 PhD /Postdocs and students
• £75 for attendees from for-profit organisations
To register (or if you have any queries about any of our courses) please complete the registration form and email it to the CTC Training Administrator at ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk The CTC Administrator will advise successful applicants of the fee payment process.

Please note: payment is by credit or payment card only.

Course materials

Cancer treatments and their side effects - compliance and adverse event reporting - 17th April 2018
Description:

This session is a basic introduction to common cancertreatments, such as surgery radiotherapy and chemotherapy and their most commonside effects and adverse reactions. 


Participants will learn about the importance of collectinggood quality data on treatment received and adverse events and how treatmentcompliance and adverse events are reported in cancer trial publications.


This course is not recommended for clinicians

Trainer:
Helen Meadows
Start date:
17/04/2018
Start time:
13:30
End time:
16:30
Cost:

Fees & Registration

This course is free for staff from Units within ICTM (CR UK CTC, CCTU, MRC CTU at UCL and PRIMENT). Attendees from outside the ICTM will be required to pay an attendance fee. Fees are based on the attendee's employing organisation as follows:

People activity involved in NIHR portfolio studies

• £25 for attendees from NHS & UKCRC registered CTU’s
• £30 for attendees with other roles in clinical trials in non-profit organisations (eg non registered CTU’s, UK Higher Education Institutions, Cancer Research UK and NHS hospitals)
Other attendees

• £35 PhD /Postdocs and students
• £75 for attendees from for-profit organisations
To register (or if you have any queries about any of our courses) please complete the registration form and email it to the CTC Training Administrator at ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk The CTC Administrator will advise successful applicants of the fee payment process.

Please note: payment is by credit or payment card only.

Course materials

Trial outcomes - what are we trying to measure? - 12th December 2017 - PLACES AVAILABLE
Description:

This session, aimed at non statisticians, will cover themost common primary outcomes measures used in early and late phase cancertrials.


Participants will learn what makes a good outcome measure,how outcomes measures are defined and what data need to be collected to assessthe outcome, especially for tumour response assessment and time to eventmeasures such as survival and disease (or progression) free survival.




Trainer:
Amy Kirkwood
Start date:
12/12/2017
Start time:
13:30
End time:
16:30
Cost:

Fees & Registration

This course is free for staff from Units within ICTM (CR UK CTC, CCTU, MRC CTU at UCL and PRIMENT). Attendees from outside the ICTM will be required to pay an attendance fee. Fees are based on the attendee's employing organisation as follows:

People activity involved in NIHR portfolio studies

• £25 for attendees from NHS & UKCRC registered CTU’s
• £30 for attendees with other roles in clinical trials in non-profit organisations (eg non registered CTU’s, UK Higher Education Institutions, Cancer Research UK and NHS hospitals)
Other attendees

• £35 PhD /Postdocs and students
• £75 for attendees from for-profit organisations
To register (or if you have any queries about any of our courses) please complete the registration form and email it to the CTC Training Administrator at ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk The CTC Administrator will advise successful applicants of the fee payment process.

Please note: payment is by credit or payment card only.

Course materials

Introduction to cancer clinical trials for new starters - 12th December 2017
Description:

This session gives a short basic introduction to cancer clinical trials for staff new to academic cancer clinical trials.

Participants will get an introduction to why we need clinical trials, why we sometimes need randomisation, the different phases of trials and what they aim to do.  The session will also highlight how drug development trials in cancer differ from non cancer trials and how the new era of targeted therapy is changing the way cancer trials are designed. 

Trainer:
Helen Meadows
Start date:
12/12/2017
Start time:
10:00
End time:
12:30
Cost:

Fees & Registration

This course is free for staff from Units within ICTM (CR UK CTC, CCTU, MRC CTU at UCL and PRIMENT). This course is also free for staff working the in the NHS, NCRN and UKCRC Registered CTU staff. Attendees from outside these categories will be required to pay an attendance fee. Fees are based on the attendee's employing organisation as follows:

£30 - Other Academic employees; non registered CTU's, Post Docs & PhDs

£60 - Pharma and CRO employees



Course materials

Introduction to cancer clinical trials for new starters - 13th March 2018
Description:

This session gives a short basic introduction to cancerclinical trials for staff new to academic cancer clinical trials.

Participants will get an introduction to why we need clinical trials, why we sometimes need randomisation, the different phases of trials and what they aim to do.  The session will also highlight how drug development trials in cancer differ from non cancer trials and how the new era of targeted therapy is changing the way cancer trials are designed.  



Trainer:
Helen Meadows
Start date:
13/03/2018
Start time:
10.00
End time:
12.30
Cost:

This course is free for staff from Units within ICTM (CR UKCTC, CCTU, MRC CTU at UCL and PRIMENT). This course is also free for staffworking in the NHS, NCRN and UKCRC Registered CTU staff. Attendees from outsidethese categories will be required to pay an attendance fee. Fees are based onthe attendee’s employing organisation as follows:

£30 – Other Academic employees; non registered CTU’s, PostDocs & PhD’s

£60 – Pharma and CRO employees

Course materials

Running a trial from concept to completion - 13th March 2018
Description:

This session gives an introductory overview of all thesteps required to design, set up and complete an academic cancer trialconducted in the hospital setting.

Participants will know what all the organisations andpeople involved in trials do and what permissions and documents need to be inplace at different stages of a trial. The course will be of most interest tothose new to working in academic cancer clinical trials.  Those currently working in the field whowould like to gain an overview of what happens at other stages to the onefamiliar to them, may also benefit.


Trainer:
Mandy Feeney, Senior Trial Coordinator
Start date:
13/03/2018
Start time:
13.30
End time:
16.30
Cost:

This course is free for staff from Units within ICTM (CR UKCTC, CCTU, MRC CTU at UCL and PRIMENT). Attendees from outside the ICTM will berequired to pay an attendance fee. Fees are based on the attendee’s employingorganisation as follows:

People actively involved in NIHR portfolio studies

£25 – for attendees from NHS & UKCRC registered CTU’s

£30 – for attendees with out roles in clinical trials innon-profit organisations (eg non registered CTU’s, UK Higher EducationInstitutions, Cancer Research UK and NHS Hospitals)

Other attendees

£35 – PhD/Postdocs and students

£75 – for attendees from for-profit organisations

To register (or if you have any queries about any of ourcourses) please complete the registration form and email it to the CTC TrainingAdministrator at ctc.training@ucl.ac.ukThe CTC Administrator will advise successful applicants of the fee paymentprocess.

Please note: payment is by credit or payment card only. 

Course materials

Training resources and materials

To register for one of the above courses please download the registration form () and email the completed form to ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk

Statistician courses & resources

Available courses and Materials

Introduction to cancer clinical trials for statisticians - 21st & 22nd March 2018
Description:
This two day course is held once a year and is run by experienced staff from several UKCRC registered Cancer Clinical Trial Units. It is an introductory course aimed at recent MSc statistics graduates or more experienced statisticians new to the field of cancer trials. 

The course outlines how cancer forms, is diagnosed, staged and treated. The course links this information to the main outcome measures reported on in cancer clinical trials. By attending this course participants will be better placed to produce cancer clinical trial reports for data-monitoring committees or publications. 
Trainer:
Helen Meadows - Lead Facilitator
Start date:
21/03/2018
Start time:
09.30
End time:
17.00
Cost:
The course fee is £150 (this includes refreshments and lunch)

Spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis, up to a maximum of 20 people. 

The last day to register is the 13th March 2018.

Please book and pay for your place by visiting the UCL Online Store
Course materials

Understanding Statistical Concepts in Research
Description:

This is an introductory but intensive programme on the practical application of statistical methods in clinical research. The sessions are based on using examples from the scientific research literature.

This programme is particularly relevant to the following groups:

  • All research students (particularly before starting the project or at the end when analysing and interpreting data)
  • Students with little/ no knowledge of medical statistics or those who wish to refresh their memory

Key themes are:

  • Understanding the different types of data
  • Summarising each type of data
  • Checking and displaying data
  • Making comparisons, and correlations
  • Statistical significance
  • Problems with small studies
  • Regression analyses
  • Considering one factor, or multiple factors at the same time
  • Diagnostic/prognostic tests
  • Interpreting results, and formulating conclusions

A major feature of this course is that there is no algebra or presentation of the mechanics of the statistical methods used, which students say has been a hindrance to understanding medical statistics when taught elsewhere. All analyses should be now done with statistical packages, without the need to understand in detail how the methods work. Our goal is to concentrate on knowing when to use the most appropriate statistical method for each analysis, but importantly, properly understanding the output. Terms such as confidence intervals and p-values are presented using simple language.

All the sessions use examples from the literature, based on a variety of topics from the different faculties (including human and laboratory studies), and are interactive.

The course is run over 4.5 days (two weeks). Exercises are provided at the end of each day, and are discussed by the tutors in the following session. At the end of the last day there will be an opportunity for students to ask questions about their own project in relation to the topics covered during the course, with comments from the tutor and other students.

Trainer:
Professor Allan Hackshaw and Nicholas Counsell
Start date:
09/11/2017
Start time:
-
End time:
-
Cost:
This course is only available to UCL research students and bookable through the UCL Doctoral Skills Development Programme website.
Course materials
Day 1 material
File nameDownload
Introduction and overview
Outcome measures: ‘counting people/things’
Outcome measures: ‘taking measurements on people/things’
Outcome measures: time-to-event data
Making comparisons between two groups
Day 2 material
File nameDownload
Examining and displaying data
Statistical significance (p-values)
Examining a single factor (univariable)
Correlation
Examining associations (regressions) - ‘taking measurements’
Study design issues, and sample size
Day 3 material
File nameDownload
Examining associations (regressions) - ‘risk’
Examining several factors together (multivariable)
Small studies/unexpected results
Day 4 material
File nameDownload
Multiple groups or comparisons
Other types of regression
Day 5 material
File nameDownload
Examining agreement
Repeated measurements

Statistical Monitoring Programs for R

Below are the programs used in Application of methods for central statistical monitoring in clinical trials. Clinical trials, Volume 10 Issue 5 October 2013 pp. 769 - 792.

The links give the R code and a word document with instructions on how to run the program and interpret the output.

Program nameInstructionsR Code
Dates: Order Checking
Dates: Weekends and National Holidays
Outliers
Digit Preference: Integers
Digit preference: Benford’s law and comparison with all other sites
Comparison of Means: Chernoff Faces and Star Plots
Inliers
Checking adverse event rates
Correlation checks
Variance checks
Categorical variables
Web applications

This online application allows the user to design randomised phase 2 trials (with either 2 or 3 arms) using a margin of practical equivalence. This work was done by Dr. Hakim-Moulay Dehbi and will be published in a scientific journal in the near future.

To register for one of the above courses please download the registration form () and email the completed form to ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk

Train the trainer

Available courses and Materials

There are currently no training courses available.

Training resources and materials
no resources are available for this section right now

To register for one of the above courses please download the registration form () and email the completed form to ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk

Other education and training

CTC staff also collaborate with the Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology (ICTM) courses as well as undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and our statisticians run a number of UCL graduate skills courses aimed at researchers across UCL

There are currently no training courses available.

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