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 - 10th October 2017
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:
10/10/2017
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 - 10th October 2017
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:
10/10/2017
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

Trial outcomes - what are we trying to measure? - 12th December 2017
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.


THIS COURSE HAS NOW SOLD OUT. To be put on the waiting list please email CTC.TRAINING@UCL.AC.UK 


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

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

Phase I dose-finding trials: practical application of new designs for statisticians - 24th & 25th Oct 2017
Description:

In this one and a half 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.

Although there have been individual lectures on specific methodological/theoretical aspects of these phase I designs within conferences or as seminars, the course in October will provide a good introduction to the key concepts of model-based designs (half day), and focus on practical application (one day). Using real trial examples, within a computer class, you will learn how to use R-software to: evaluate different designs; identify an appropriate approach for a trial; develop parts of a trial protocol; and analyse the data.

The sessions will be led by researchers and trial statisticians with extensive experience in designing,conducting and analysing dose-finding trials, both in oncology and non-oncology settings.


Course tutors:

Dr Graham Wheeler (UCL)

Dr Christina Yap (Birmingham)

Mr Kristian Brock (Birmingham)

Dr Adrian Mander (Cambridge) 


Duration: 24th October 12.00-17.00 & 25th October 09.30-16.30


To register please complete the registration form (this can be found directly below the cost section) and return to graham.wheeler@ucl.ac.uk

Trainer:
Dr Graham Wheeler
Start date:
24/10/2017
Start time:
12.00
End time:
16.30
Cost:

Academic employees - £150

Industry / commercial employees -£300

Spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis, up to a maximum of 30 people.

Last registration date – 16th October 2017

There are 3 free places for UCL employees, which will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 
Course materials
File nameDownload
Phase 1 dose finding course registration form 2017.doc

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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