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.
  • Clinicians may benefit from two of the Trial and data management courses: Running a Trial from Concept to Completion and Trial Outcomes.
  • Experienced trialists wanting to become more effective trainers from any discipline (statistical, regulatory, trial management) may be interested in attending our Train the trainer course
All courses take place at the Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trial Centre.
Trial and data management courses and resources

These courses are aimed at trial managers, data managers, trial assistants, research nurses and trial practitioners new to academic cancer clinical trials. These are introductory courses aimed at those wishing to expand their knowledge.

Available courses and Materials

Entering patients into clinical trials - pre treatment screening and eligibility - 9th October 2018
Description:

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


Participants will learn about the importance of ensuring only eligible patients enter a trial and how eligibility criteria help to safeguard patients. They will also learn the importance of common eligibility criteria 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 learned to the disease area/s and trial/s they work on.


This course is not recommended for clinicians

Trainer:
Helen Meadows
Start date:
09/10/2018
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 - 9th October 2018
Description:

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


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


This course is not recommended for clinicians

Trainer:
Helen Meadows
Start date:
09/10/2018
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? - 11th December 2018
Description:

This session, aimed at non statisticians, will cover the most common primary outcomes measures used in early and late phase cancer trials.


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




Trainer:
Amy Kirkwood
Start date:
11/12/2018
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

Introduction to cancer clinical trials for new starters - 11th December 2018
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:
11/12/2018
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 - 18th September 2018
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:
18/09/2018
Start time:
10.00
End time:
12.30
Cost:

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 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 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 - 18th September 2018
Description:

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

Participants will know what all the organisations and people involved in trials do and what permissions and documents need to be in place at different stages of a trial. The course will be of most interest to those new to working in academic cancer clinical trials.  Those currently working in the field who would like to gain an overview of what happens at other stages to the one familiar to them, may also benefit.


Trainer:
Mandy Feeney, Senior Trial Coordinator
Start date:
18/09/2018
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

Practicalities in designing, grant funding, setting up and running a Continual Reassessment Method (CRM) dose finding phase I trial SOLD OUT
Description:

In this one day course you will learn about the practicalities of running a phase I dose-finding Continual Reassessment Method trial. During the day we will introduce the CRM design, run a CRM trial, provide training on the features in designing a CRM, move onto ideas in making a grant application, then planning in set-up and running of a CRM trial.

Sessions will be led by trial statisticians and trial managers with experience in designing, conducting and analysing dose-finding trials, mainly but not exclusively in oncology settings.

Target audience: This course is aimed at those running phase I dose finding trials including clinicians, data managers and statisticians in academic or pharmaceutical institutions.

Course requirements: This course is very much about the practicalities of running a CRM. It would be useful for attendees to have some understanding of Phase I trials. We will be promoting the CRM design and will mention some comparisons with algorithm based designs(e.g. 3+3) but will not cover algorithm based design.


Last registration date - 27th June 2018


Please register for this course via the UCL online store

We only accept online payments for our courses. 

Trainer:
Sharon Love (Oxford), Dr Graham Wheeler (UCL), Dr Jane Holmes (Oxford), Dr Christina Yap (Birmingham), Andrew Hall (Leeds), Debbie Sherratt (Leeds), Sam Hinsley ( Leeds), Eszter Nagy (Birmingham)
Start date:
05/07/2018
Start time:
10.00
End time:
17.00
Cost:

Academic employees - £150

Industry/commercial employees - £300

Last registration date - 27th June 2018


Please register for this course via the UCL online store

We only accept online payments for our courses. 

Course materials
File nameDownload
CRM flyer v1.0_24042018_C24.pptx

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 - 23rd & 24th Oct 2018
Description:

In this two daycourse you will learn about the types of novel model-based designs that areincreasingly used in phase I dose-finding studies, such as the ContinualReassessment Method, and how these approaches could lead to more efficientclinical trials.

Although therehave been individual lectures on specific methodological/theoretical aspects ofthese phase I designs within conferences or as seminars, the course in Octoberwill provide a good introduction to the key concepts of model-based designs,and focus on practical application. Using real trial examples, within acomputer class, you will learn how to use R-software to: evaluate differentdesigns; identify an appropriate approach for a trial; develop parts of a trialprotocol; and analyse the data.

The sessions are led by researchers andstatisticians with extensive experience in designing, conducting and analysingdose-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) 

John Kirkpatrick (Roche)


Duration: 23rd October 10.00 - 16.30 & 24th October 09.30-15.30


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:
23/10/2018
Start time:
09.30
End time:
16.30
Cost:

Academic employees - £225

Industry / commercial employees -£350

Spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis, up to a maximum of 25 people.

Last registration date – 15th October 2018


Course materials
File nameDownload
Phase 1 dose finding course registration form 2018_04062018_C23.doc

Practicalities in designing, grant funding, setting up and running a Continual Reassessment Method (CRM) dose finding phase I trial SOLD OUT
Description:

In this one day course you will learn about the practicalities of running a phase I dose-finding Continual Reassessment Method trial. During the day we will introduce the CRM design, run a CRM trial, provide training on the features in designing a CRM, move onto ideas in making a grant application, then planning in set-up and running of a CRM trial.

Sessions will be led by trial statisticians and trial managers with experience in designing, conducting and analysing dose-finding trials, mainly but not exclusively in oncology settings.

Target audience: This course is aimed at those running phase I dose finding trials including clinicians, data managers and statisticians in academic or pharmaceutical institutions.

Course requirements: This course is very much about the practicalities of running a CRM. It would be useful for attendees to have some understanding of Phase I trials. We will be promoting the CRM design and will mention some comparisons with algorithm based designs(e.g. 3+3) but will not cover algorithm based design.


Last registration date - 27th June 2018


Please register for this course via the UCL online store

We only accept online payments for our courses. 

Trainer:
Sharon Love (Oxford), Dr Graham Wheeler (UCL), Dr Jane Holmes (Oxford), Dr Christina Yap (Birmingham), Andrew Hall (Leeds), Debbie Sherratt (Leeds), Sam Hinsley ( Leeds), Eszter Nagy (Birmingham)
Start date:
05/07/2018
Start time:
10.00
End time:
17.00
Cost:

Academic employees - £150

Industry/commercial employees - £300

Last registration date - 27th June 2018


Please register for this course via the UCL online store

We only accept online payments for our courses. 

Course materials

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

Clinician courses and resources

Information on courses aimed at clinicians can be found here

For more information on partnering with a CTU

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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