Help us plan CiRN Annual Meeting 2017!

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We are in the early stages of planning our half-day annual meeting for 2017 to be held in the afternoon on 1 September 2017 in the brand new Kelvin Hall. Please save the date!

We have a range of ideas for sessions to run at the meeting and are keen for your input. Our provisional ideas are outlined below and we have survey monkey page to canvas opinion – please let us know what you think. There is also space for additional suggestions and opportunities to get involved in organising this meeting.

So don’t be shy with your opinions!

Click here for our Survey


Public & Patient Involvement in Research- what, who, how and when?


  • To explore the benefits of engaging with the public about our research outline some tools and techniques to help with this public involvement.


  • To explore what constitutes public engagement and how involving the public can improve the quality of research (i.e. education/consultation/collaboration with the public)
  • To give examples of positive outcomes based on public engagement
  • To discuss potential opportunities, tools and techniques to involve the public in our work

Proposed style of session

  • 2-3 short talks (c. 15 mins)
  • Followed by panel discussion/Q&A

How to overcome the hurdles of getting and using primary patient samples for translational research?


  • To illustrate how may clinician scientists procure ethically sourced primary human samples efficiently


  • To explain what the NHSGGC Biorepository is and the sample application process
  • To explain the workflow of getting the actual clinical samples once the project is approved
  • To explain the importance of involving a research-interested pathologist
  • To demonstrate the potential power of this resource through some examples

Proposed style of session

  • Panel of speakers
  • Short 10-15 minutes talk from each speaker
  • With long Q&A session

Junior doctors in clinical trials – how do I get involved?


  • To outline how more junior (and especially research-interested) clinicians can benefit from their engagement in design, implementation and running of clinical trials


  • To illustrate different roles of junior doctors/clinically-trained researchers in clinical trials
  • To give examples of individual experiences/skills gained from work in clinical trials and the impact of these on clinical and scientific practice
  • To illustrate potential for translational research projects as part of clinical trials, such as
  • homogeneous study patient cohorts as prerequisites for high-impact publications
  • Straightforward access to patient samples via inclusion of material use in study ICF, etc.
  • Research funding as part of study budget
  • To introduce the trainee-led Reconstructive Surgical Trials Network (RSTN) as a successful example of junior doctor-initiated clinical trials

Proposed style of session

  • Panel of speakers
  • 5-10 minutes talk from each speaker
  • With long Q&A session

How to establish a successful mentor/mentee relationship?


  • To discuss the practice aspect of establishing successful mentor-mentee relationships for trainee clinician-scientists


Every clinician-scientist-in-training has been told the importance of looking for a mentor, but it could be difficult to establish a successful mentor-mentee relationship. The objectives of this session are as follow:

  • To give a brief summary of hallmarks of what mentorship is
  • To explore the hallmarks of a successful mentorship and mentee relationship
  • To discuss how may a clinician-scientist-in-training at different level of training identify an appropriate mentor
  • To demonstrate successful mentor-mentee relationship through some examples

Proposed style of session

  • Panel of speakers
  • Short 10-15 minutes talk from each speaker
  • With long Q&A session

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