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Future researchers form new networks at MRC HTMR 5th Students Symposium

11 December 2015

Following on from a hugely successful ICTMC 2015 conference in Glasgow, six Bristol-based PhD students attended the ensuing MRC Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research Annual Students Day.

Students were treated to an opening session from Oxford-based trials expert Professor Martin Landray. Professor Landray drew on his experiences of managing large-scale pharmaceutical trials discussing meeting the challenges of tackling outcome errors with such a large data set through quality trial design and noting, in particular, the perils of participant drop-out and compliance.

Digital Teaching & Learning Manager, Dr Emma Gillespie, followed with a vibrant and interactive session on Building Research Networks which proved a real hit. Students learned about how to promote their own research work to others and expand their use of social media.  

'Speed-geeking’, the MRC version of speed dating, kicked off the afternoon session. Small groups got together to hear five minute presentations about each others' PhD proposals or progress. Trial 'guru' Professor Shaun Treweek closed the day with his stimulating talk on the Trial Forge project highlighting the wastefulness of current research efforts and inspiring the room.

Thanks go to Dr Emma Tomlinson, MRC HTMR Network Coordinator for arranging the day, and to Professor Landray for chairing the sessions.


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