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 - 31 October 2022
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:
31/10/2022
Start time:
10:00
End time:
13:00
Cost:

Fees & Registration

This course is free for staff from Units within ICTM  (CRUK-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 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 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 - 24th November 2022
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:
24/11/2022
Start time:
10:00
End time:
13:00
Cost:

Fees & Registration

This course is free for staff from Units within ICTM  (CRUK-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 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 atctc.training@ucl,ac.uk 

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

Course materials

Trial outcomes - what are we trying to measure? - 12th December 2022
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:
12/12/2022
Start time:
10:00
End time:
13:00
Cost:

Fees & Registration

This course is free for staff from Units within ICTM  (CRUK-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 organisation as follows:


£50 for attendees from non-profit organisations

£100 for attendees from for-profit organisations 


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

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

Course materials

Introduction to cancer clinical trials for new starters - 22 September 2022
Description:

This session provides a general introduction to cancer clinical trials for staff new to academic cancer studies.

Participants will get an overview on what clinical trials are and how they can have a preventative, curative or palliative aim. The session covers the practical and scientific reasons why we need clinical trials, what are the differences between Phase I, II, II and IV studies and the different methods of randomisation. The session also highlights how drug development trials in cancer differ from non-cancer studies and how the new era of targeted therapy and immunotherapy is changing the way cancer trials are designed. 

This course will take place in person in the CTC, 90 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 4TJ

Trainer:
Giulia Pellizzari
Start date:
22/09/2022
Start time:
10:00
End time:
12:30
Cost:

Fees & Registration

This course is free for staff from Units within ICTM  (CRUK-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 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 at ctc.training@.ucl.ac.uk  

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

Course materials

Running a trial from concept to completion - 6th October 2022
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.


This course will take place in person in the CTC, 90 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 4TJ

Trainer:
Mandy Feeney, Senior Trial Coordinator
Start date:
06/10/2022
Start time:
10.00
End time:
13.00
Cost:

Fees

This course is free for staff from Units within ICTM  (CRUK-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 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 at ctc.training@ucl,ac.uk 

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

Course materials

Training resources and materials
Statistician courses & resources

Available courses and Materials

Introduction to Cancer Clinical Trials for Statisticians Course 9th & 10th November 2022
Description:
Aims: To introduce delegates to the biology, diagnosis, staging, and treatments of cancer and how these relate to the main outcome measures used in cancer clinical trials (adverse events, response, survival and other time to event endpoints).

The course will provide delegates an excellent opportunity to network with statisticians from other UKCRC registered clinical trial units.

Target Audience: This is an introductory course suitable for recent MSc graduates or more experienced statisticians new to the field of cancer treatment trials. 
Delegates do not need to have prior knowledge of cancer. 


Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course participants should have greater knowledge of the date that contribute to cancer clinical trial reports and approaches to the appropriate analysis/presentation of such data, specifically:
  • Cancer biology and how this impacts on choice of treatment, tumour spread and outcome measures
  • Cancer diagnosis and staging and how these impact on pre-trial entry screening tests and eligibility criteria
  • Commonly reported patients and tumour characteristics and issues in choosing appropriate stratification factors
  • Cancer treatments and issues in reporting protocol compliance 
  • Adverse events due to cancer therapies and reporting these events
  • Response criteria in solid and non solid tumours and reporting response endpoints
  • Issues in survival and time to event analyses
  • The challenges of trials including novel targeted agent therapy.
Trainer:
Andre Lopes & Giulia Pellizzari
Start date:
09/10/2022
Start time:
10.00 am
End time:
05.00 pm
Cost:
The course fee (includes refreshments & lunches) is:

£155 for participants from non-profit organisations 
£275 for participants from for profit organisations 

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

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

Payment is by credit card only. 

Last registration date – 30th October 2022



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.

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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