British Hernia Society Meeting 2018

The British Hernia Society are keen to improve trainee engagement and invite you to attend their annual meeting on 5-6th November 2018 in Edinburgh.
The flyer for the meeting can be viewed here:
and  BHS will be accepting abstracts and will have a trainee prize.
For trainees seeking funding opportunities, The British Hernia Society are now affliliated with NIHR funding and offer research awards.
The British Hernia Society is also free to join – their website is full of useful guidelines and interesting literature – check it out here.

National Research Collaborative Meeting 2018

North West Research Collaborative, together with StarSurg, are hosting the National Research Collaborative Meeting 2018 on the 7th December in Manchester.



Sign up for this FREE event today! A deposit of £30 – £50 is required. All ticket deposits will be refunded following attendance at the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting after booking, refunds will be issued up to 30 days prior to the conference.

Registration is now open here



The provisional programme for this event is now available at: A complementary programme of breakout sessions will be published later in the year.

Abstract Submission – **DEADLINE 16th July 2018**

We invite submission of abstracts for the following categories:

  1. Written Abstracts – either a completed study, those with early results, a study curently recruitng or a study due to start recruitment shortly: 300 word abstract
  2. Visual Abstracts – either a completed study, those with early results, a study currently recruiting or a study due to start recruitment shortly: All suitable visual abstracts will be uploaded to the NRCM2018 Twitter page and social media engagement tracked. The top 10 scoring abstracts will feature in the ‘Top of the Tweets’ session at NRCM2018.
  3. Student Abstracts – submissions from medical students proposing future collaborative projects (can be supported by data from previous projects the student has done): 300 word abstract. The winning abstract authors will receive guidance from STARSurg and National Research Collaborative with a view to designing a future national collaborative study.

A prize of £100 worth of book vouchers will be presented to winning abstracts in each category.

Abstract submission can be found at:

Further details can be found at:

One-Stop Research Clinic Submission – **DEADLINE 3rd September 2018**

A panel of experts will be available at NRCM 2018 to provide feedback and assistance with further development of new research. Submissions for this session should be studies which are currently in development and have not yet started recruitment. Submissions for research proposals should be a maximum of 300 words.

Abstract submission can be found at:

To keep up to date with exciting announcements and abstract voting, please follow the links below:

Twitter – @NRCM2018

Website –

Email –

The RICOCHET Study: An opportunity to take part in a national study of HPB malignancy

RICOCHET is a national, collaborative audit across Gastroenterology and Hepato-pancreatico-biliary Surgery. We want to asses current investigative and interventional management pathways for patients with HPB cancer and/or malignant biliary obstruction. 

Read the study protocol here

We are looking for trainees in both secondary and tertiary units to contribute to this national, trainee-led audit.

All contributions are recognised individually with out corporate authorship policy.

Collect data as a team member, organise a local unit as a local lead trainee or assist with recruitment of multiple centres in your area as a regional trainee lead.

Learn more about lead roles here.

Register your expression of interest now…

 Contact the NISRC team

Exercise in Colorectal Cancer

Give your support to this survey for an oncology trainee currently based in the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB).

Her project involves setting up a clinical trial to evaluate the use of exercise in colorectal cancer patients in the post-adjuvant chemotherapy setting.

In order to evaluate current practice, viewpoints and understanding of exercise regimes in this setting she has devised a quick survey to obtain a snapshot in Northern Ireland.  They have had a great response from oncology trainees and consultants and need to reach more surgeons in order to get a better understanding of current practice.

Please take a few minutes to complete the anonymous survey and forward this email on to anycolorectal consultants you are currently working with who could also complete the survey.

ISRC Dragon’s Den Event


Are you IN or are you OUT?

Pitch your research idea as the Irish Surgical Research Collaborative’s Next National Project and compete for the ISRC Prize

Saturday April 21st 2018 at 2pm, Bouchier Hayes Lecture Theatre, RCSI

Abstract Deadline: Sunday March 18th 2018

Abstract submission should include summary of proposed project including deliverability as a collaborative study (max 200 words).

Submit to:

Anyone who has an idea and wants help submitting, or just wants to come along to the event, contact the NISRC committee.



On behalf of ReSurgEnt Survey

Dear Trainee,

We would appreciate your views on surgical trainee collaborative research through completion of a questionnaire survey, available at the following link: This should take no more than 10 minutes of your time. Participants who complete the survey by 19th November 2017 can choose to be entered into a prize draw to win one of three Love2shop gift vouchers (each £50 value).

Since 2006, surgical trainee research collaboratives have grown across all surgical specialities in the UK and have reached up to 99% of hospital sites. They have provided high quality trainee-led projects including several randomised controlled trials and multiple observational cohort studies. There has been great enthusiasm for collaborative research, however, we are aware that not all trainees have been involved. We are keen to explore the reasons that may have encouraged you to participate (and to what extent) and those that may have discouraged you. Understanding this would provide the collaborative research networks with much needed information about how to improve engagement with trainees and to address concerns and apprehensions.

Thank You

Mr Nick Heywood, Miss Natalie Blencowe, and Professor Jane Blazeby

NeST Launch

New Project Alert!

The Neoadjuvant Systemic Therapy in Breast Cancer Audit launches on 30th October

For more information, visit the NeST page