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.

If you have require any further information about any of our courses please contact ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk.

Introductory Courses

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 - 16th May 2024
Description:

This session gives a comprehensive overview of the clinical pathways cancer patients can take to be eventually referred for trial entry. The first part of the session spans across the diagnostic methods and staging of cancer and gives a brief overview of the common tests carried out prior to trial treatment.

In the second part of the session participants will learn about the importance of ensuring only eligible patients enter a trial and how eligibility criteria help to safeguard patients and differ amongst different phases of trials. They will also learn the importance of assessing treatment compliance and how every clinical intervention comes with a different set of challenges in collecting data about patient compliance. 

This course is not recommended for clinicians

Trainer:
Laura Hughes
Start date:
16/05/2024
Start time:
10:00
End time:
13:00
Cost:

Fees are based on the attendee's organisation as follows:

£0 free for attendees from units within the Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology (ICTM) which are:

  • Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre
  • Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit at UCL
  • MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL
  • PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit

The free places require a password to book, if you work within the ICTM please email ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk to request this. Emails must be sent from your UCL account and include your name, job title, and the department which you are working in.  

 

Other UCL attendees who are required to pay the course fee can do this by reserving a free place on the online store and then paying by IDT, please email ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk who can assist you with this.

£50 for attendees from non-profit organisations

£100 for attendees from for-profit organisations

Please register for this course via the UCL online store. If you have any queries please contact the CTC Training Administrator at ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk    

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

Course materials

Cancer treatments and their side effects - compliance and adverse event reporting - 17th June 2024
Description:

This session is a basic introduction to cancer treatments and their most common side effects and adverse reactions. The course provides an overview on cancer surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy we well as insights on the mechanisms of action of targeted therapies such as monoclonal antibodies, small inhibitory molecules, CAR-T cell therapy and immune checkpoint inhibitors.

In the second part of the session, participants will learn about the mechanisms of toxicity linked to the different categories of cancer therapy and how these are managed.

This course is not recommended for clinicians.

Trainer:
Giulia Pellizzari
Start date:
17/06/2024
Start time:
10:00
End time:
13:00
Cost:

Fees are based on the attendee's organisation as follows:

£0 free for attendees from units within the Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology (ICTM) which are:

  • Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre
  • Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit at UCL
  • MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL
  • PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit

The free places require a password to book, if you work within the ICTM please email ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk to request this. Emails must be sent from your UCL account and include your name, job title, and the department which you are working in.  

 

Other UCL attendees who are required to pay the course fee can do this by reserving a free place on the online store and then paying by IDT, please email ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk who can assist you with this.

£50 for attendees from non-profit organisations

£100 for attendees from for-profit organisations

Please register for this course via the UCL online store. If you have any queries please contact the CTC Training Administrator at ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk    

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

Course materials

Trial outcomes - what are we trying to measure? - 4th July 2024
Description:

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

Learning Outcomes:

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:
Will Wilson
Start date:
04/07/2024
Start time:
10.00
End time:
13.00
Cost:

Fees are based on the attendee's organisation as follows:

£0 free for attendees from units within the Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology (ICTM) which are:

  • Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre
  • Comprehensive Clinical Trials Unit at UCL
  • MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL
  • PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit

The free places require a password to book, if you work within the ICTM please email ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk to request this. Emails must be sent from your UCL account and include your name, job title, and the department which you are working in.  

 

Other UCL attendees who are required to pay the course fee can do this by reserving a free place on the online store and then paying by IDT, please email ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk who can assist you with this.

£50 for attendees from non-profit organisations

£100 for attendees from for-profit organisations

Please register for this course via the UCL online store. If you have any queries, please contact the CTC Training Administrator at ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk    

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

Course materials

PIS Workshop – how to design clear and accessible Patient Information Sheets 01/07/2024
Description:

Description:

Patient Information Sheets (PIS) are a key document for potential participants to make an informed decision about whether to take part in a clinical study.  While there is clear guidance from the Health Research Authority (HRA) on content and regulatory requirements, PIS are customised for each clinical trial and the specific patient population. Choosing the right language and format for patient facing materials for research studies and clinical trials still greatly varies and depends on the skills and experience of the team putting them together.

In this workshop attendees will gain useful insights on how to work on the format, language and delivery of the PIS thanks to the participation of patient representatives with experience in clinical trials of different phases and with different clinical interventions. The session includes an initial overview of the HRA guidance on the PIS design, an introduction to writing in plain English and a patient’s perspective in providing consent to a clinical study, followed by group work where research staff will go into virtual breakout rooms with Patient and Public representatives to review together a PIS that will be provided to the attendees a week prior to the course. Most importantly, at the end of the course, participants will be provided with a “PIS Checklist”: a memorandum of the considerations to take into account when designing (or reviewing) a Patient Information Sheet.

This session will take place online via Zoom

Enrolment closes 01/07/2024

Trainer:
Course tutors: Linda Von Neree, Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Lead, BRTU PPI Lead and Giulia Pellizzari, PhD, Lecturer/EducationLead, Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre
Start date:
01/07/2024
Start time:
10.00
End time:
12.30
Cost:
Fees & Registration

This course is free for staff from Units within Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology (ICTM) which are:


The free places require a password to book, if you work within the ICTM please email ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk to request this. Emails must be sent from your UCL account and include your name, job title, and the department which you are working in. 

Other UCL attendees who are required to pay the course fee can do this by reserving a free place on the online store and then paying by IDT, please email ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk who can assist you with this. 

Attendees from outside the ICTM will be required to pay an attendance fee. Fees are based on the attendee's organisation as follows:

£50 for attendees from non-profit organisations

£100 for attendees from for-profit organisations 

Please register for this course via the UCL online store. If you have any queries please contact the CTC training administrator via ctc.training@ucl.ac.uk

Please note payment is by payment or credit card only

Course materials

Training resources and materials
Statistician courses & resources

Available courses and Materials

There are currently no training courses available.

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.

Clinician courses and resources

Information on courses aimed at clinicians can be found here

For more information on partnering with a CTU

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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