National Research Collaborative Meeting 2017

Presented by the West Midlands Research Collaborative & Student Audit and Research in Surgery (STARSurg).

NRCM 2017 will bring together surgical trainees, research leaders, and medical students from around the UK to showcase collaborative research from across all specialties and training levels. Students and trainees from across all specialties are warmly invited to register to attend – no prior collaborative involvement is needed. More details can be found at


The meeting is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Birmingham City Centre, a five minute walk from Birmingham New Street Station.


Sign up for FREE tickets today. Deposits will be refunded following attendance at the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, refunds will be issued up until 30th October. Tickets for parallel sessions will be released to registered attendees following the abstract deadline.

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See the draft programme for full details. Highlights include:

  • Launch of new major, multi-centre, interdisciplinary randomised controlled trials (ROSSINI-2, SUNRRISE, FLOELA)
  • Updates on collaborative research nationwide in our ‘Elevator pitch‘ and poster presentation sessions
  • Challenging traditional research: from placebo controlled trials to complex research design
  • Research in challenging environments: accessing hard to reach patient groups with collaborative research
  • Innovation in challenging organisations: lessons from collaboration outside of the medical sphere 
  • Dedicated Parallel Sessions carefully designed for students, foundation doctors, core trainees and higher surgical trainees

Other core programme sessions:

  • Research funding streams and how to access them
  • Research MOT clinic: opportunity to receive 1-to-1 feedback on your research proposal from our Clinical Trials Unit and research methodology expert panels
  • At the drive through‘: four highest quality abstracts selected for presentation, in competition for the NRCM 2017 prize
  • Opportunity to network with trainees nationally, across specialties
  • Lunch and evening networking buffet and drinks included


Confirmed faculty include:

  • Prof Dion Morton, RCSEng Director of Clinical Research
  • Mr Thomas Pinkney, Chief Investigator of ROSSINI-2, the first trainee-led multi-arm, multi-stage surgical trial
  • Mr Simon Bach, RCSEng Surgical Specialty Lead for Colorectal Surgery
  • Prof David Beard, Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences (Oxford)
  • Dr Mark Edwards, Consultant in Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine (Southampton)
  • Mr James Hernon, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon (Norwich)
  • Prof Rupert Pearse, Director of the Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network
  • Prof Ian Roberts, Professor of Epidemiology & Public Heath (LSHTM)
  • Lord Philip Hunt, Labour Shadow Health Minister


Abstracts for the meeting were submitted by research collaboratives to the following categories:

  1. Elevator pitch – ongoing data collection, or completed research project – 120 words, plus 120 character ‘tweet’
  2. Research MOT – research study in development – 300 words

Accepted abstracts for the Research MOT session will be published in IJS Protocols.

Click here to submit your abstract!


With special thanks to the following organisations for their generous support

  • The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT)
  • Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit (BCTU)
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • International Journal of Surgery Protocols
International Journal of Surgery Protocols