North West London Research Symposium

CATO runs a number of events to support the development of clinical academics/researchers across the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre.  The events are for clinical staff from all AHSC partner members:  Imperial College London (ICL), Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT), Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (RBHT) and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (RMH) who are either already doing or interested in undertaking research.

On this page you will find details about upcoming CATO events, materials from previous events and other news that we hope will be of interest to you.

Previous Event Highlights

CATO Research Symposium - 27th June 2018

CATO Research Symposium – 27th June 2018

This year’s CATO Research Symposium showcased an array of inspiring projects from researchers at all career stages, Academic Foundation Doctors, ACFs,  trainees in a clinical research training fellowship/PhD, CL or other post-doctoral researchers, and Health Profession (Non-Medical) clinical academics.  The event topped last year’s numbers, with 60+ delegates attending, representing a broad range of specialties and professions.

Throughout the symposium, participants showcased their work through oral presentations and posters. This year, CATO encouraged trainees to think about their use of plain English when presenting their research for a non-clinical, non-scientific audience.  This subject was particularly relevant for those considering their next career stage and potentially submitting grant fellowship applications which all require lay explanations.   All submitted abstracts for the Symposium were required to include a plain English summary.

CATO Research Symposium Programme 2018

The programme was chaired by Professor Jeremy Levy, CATO Director, who also delivered a segment entitled “Is Plain English Really Plain English?” with Lenne Lillepu, Professional Development Consultant (Fellows), PostDoc and Fellows Development Centre, ICL

The trainees/researchers invited to deliver oral presentations were:

  • Francesco Fiorini (Academic Foundation Programme Trainee)
  • Philip Hartley (Academic Foundation Programme Trainee)
  • Amit Kaura (Academic Clinical Fellow)
  • Matyas Fehervari (Academic Clinical Fellow)
  • Sarah Collins (Non-medical clinical academic)
  • Risheka Ratnasabapathy (Clinical Research Training Fellow)
  • Shu-Tsen Liu (Clinical Research Training Fellow)
  • Katrina Pollock (Clinical Lecturer)

Delegates were also given an inspirational keynote presentation from Professor Eric Alton, Chair of Respiratory Medicine and Gene Therapy at Imperial College London, who spoke about his pioneering research which has evolved from understanding the basic pathophysiology of cystic fibrosis, through mice models into human gene therapy.. Prizes were awarded based on the submitted research abstracts.  The award categories were

  • 1 prize for the plain English summary
  • 2 prizes for the best oral presentations
  • 1 prize for the best poster

Big congratulations go to our three winners, Amit Kaura (awarded x 2prizes), Risheka Ratnasabapathy and Georgia Woodfield.

Feedback from delegates about what they gained from attending included:

  •  “The presentation by Professor Alton was fantastic and lots of people were talking about him this morning in the lab. The lay summery writing component was really useful too especially the feedback from your non-medical/non-scientific family members which really put the way in which we relay our research into perspective”
  • “I’d like to say that it was a brilliant afternoon. The admin in the lead up to the event was well organised and Kieron has been really helpful. There was a good range of researchers present and the talks were varied in both topic and background of the academic”
  •  “The whole experience was doubly useful as it was good practice for any upcoming poster/oral presentations at national and international conferences both for presentation style and how to field questions from the audience.”
  • “Thank you for a great meeting today. I was impressed by the standard of the science presented and the commitment and conviction of everyone involved”

Presentation materials

We have included the presentation materials below from speakers/ who have given us permission to do so.

 CATO:Writing for the public



CATO Masterclass: "Using Genomic Data" 8 May 2018

‌The CATO Masterclass: "Using genomic data” took place on 8th May 2018 at Hammersmith Hospital.

This event provided information on the use of genomic information both in clinical practice and clinical academic research, and gave an update on the 100,000 Genomes project and how clinical academics can use/access 100,000 Genomes.

Presentations were given by speakers with unrivalled experience in Genomic Medicine.

The event was attended by 35+ Clinical Academics from across the AHSC.

Please see the top of the CATO events page for information about other upcoming CATO Masterclasses / events.

Speaker presentations from 8 May 2018.

Dr James Ware: "Using genetic information to guide treatment choices" James Ware (PP)

Where to start if you've been thinking about research!: 3 May 2018

The Non-medical Research Careers Event - "Where to start if you've been thinking about research!” took place on Thursday 3 May 2018 at Hammersmith Hospital.

This event provided information on how to develop a successful career in Clinical Academic research and research-led teaching for Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Midwives, Pharamacists and Healthcare Scientists.

Presentations were given by speakers with unrivalled experience in the application process in applying for fellowships; what it was like to do an MSc; what made you chose an MSc and developing a research career.

Please see the top of the CATO events page for information about other upcoming CATO events.

Please see speaker presentations below:


CATO Masterclass: Advancing your academic career with an Intermediate Fellowship - 26 March 2018

The CATO Masterclass: "Intermediate Fellowships" 'Advancing your academic career with an Intermediate Fellowship' (How to win one!) took place on 26 March 2018 at the Royal Brompton Hospital, South Kensington Campus.

This event provided information about various schemes available; advice about making high quality application's; common pitfalls and how the Imperial College AHSC could support Fellowship applicants. Presentations were given by panellists / speakers with unrivalled experience in reviewing applications and supporting applicants. The event was attended by 35+ Clinical Academics from across the AHSC.

Please see the top of the CATO events page for information about other upcoming CATO Masterclasses / events.

Speaker presentations from 26 March 2018

CATO Masterclass: Health Economics: An Introduction to Cost effectiveness Analysis for Researchers- 5th December 2017

‌We were joined by 31 delegates, for this masterclass which was delivered by Dr Subhash Pokhrel from Brunel University. Masterclass attendees came from a mix of specialties, professions, and levels, and also included non-medical clinical academics.

Here are the presenation materials from the Masterclass:

 Health Economics: Subhash Pokhrel (PDF)

Please also see details of Brunel University ‘HERG’ Short Course on Economic Evaluation in Health Care in May and November 2018  within the presentation (slide 41)

Where to start if you've been thinking about Research! - 28 November 2017

The 'Where to start if you've been thinking about research' session 30th November laid out the opportunities available, such as courses, fellowships and clinical academic career pathways. 

This informal, exploratory session was open to all non-medical healthcare professionals at Imperial College Healthcare Trust, Imperial College London, Royal Brompton Hospital and Royal Marsden Hospital and will run again in June 2018 (Details to be confirmed).

Please see below speaker presentations:

News stories

ACF scheme successful in developing careers in research

A study has been conducted to examine the impact of the NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) model, over its first 10 years, in developing clinical academic careers by tracking the progression of ACF trainees.

The full report can be accessed on BMJ Journals here.

Imperial Researchers develop skills to communicate research

Imperial Researchers develop skills to communicate research

In July 2017 two researchers were nominated by Imperial to attend the NIHR Doctoral Training Camp.   This highly regarded annual 3-day event is delivered by the NIHR Infrastructure Team.  The Training Camp provides participants with a unique opportunity to develop key research skills and the chance to mix with people from different research backgrounds and levels of expertise.  

To read reviews from Imperial attendees at the 2017 Training Camp, which focussed on ‘The Art of Communication’ please read these blogs: Anne-Marie Russell   Jerusa Brignardello

North West London Research Symposium for Health Professions

North West London Research Symposium for Health Professions:  September 2016 (Imperial College London, South Kensington campus) 

We were joined by over 100 healthcare professionals from the North West London area (and beyond), representing a wide range of professions and institutions; all interested in discussing and learning more about research. We do hope you were able to take away useful insights from all of the presentations, research posters, and workshops.

To read more about this event and to access the event materials then please read here

Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD programme

Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme

Imperial has been awarded a 5-year Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD programme, making it one of only seven schemes to have successfully obtained funding. The scheme will be supported by the Imperial Clinical Academic Training Office and the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre which will provide funding for additional fellowships. The first cohort will be recruited this winter, to start in autumn 2017.

For more information on this new programme please go to the Imperial College News article here.