News and events
On this page you will find updates from CATO events and news that we hope will be of interest to you. We will also regularly post presentation materials from CATO events.
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CATO Research Symposium: 7 June 2017
This year’s CATO symposium showcased an array of inspiring projects from researchers across Imperial at all stages of their training and from multiple professions.
The event was attended by nearly 60 participants and their supervisors representing a broad range of specialties and professions, all of whom are involved in research work while undertaking their clinical training and/or clinical service roles. Following the submission of research abstracts ahead of the event, seven projects were selected for oral presentations and prizes were awarded to the best presentations - selected by delegate vote. The presenters selected to speak were Dr Clare Thakker (Academic Foundation Trainee), Dr Rose Penfold (Academic Foundation Trainee), Dr Joanne Evans (Academic Clinical Fellow), Dr Harry Leitch (Academic Clinical Fellow), Mr Victor Mariano (Nurse Research Fellow), Dr Akhilesh Jha (PhD Fellow), and Dr Markus Sikkel (Academic Clinical Lecturer). Delegates voted via an interactive online voting system for their favourite oral presentations and big congratulations go to our three winners, Joanne Evans, Markus Sikkel, and Clare Thakker.
Delegates were also given an inspirational keynote presentation from Professor Roger Kneebone on the concept of ‘Reciprocal Illumination’. In his talk, Prof Kneebone proposed that education is primarily about interaction, and can be a process by which everyone can expect to gain new insights. This notion brings clinicians, scientists and members of the public together to share their perspectives in an environment where all viewpoints are accepted as being equally valid. The aim is to bring about a change in the way everyone views healthcare and the NHS.
Continuing with the theme of interaction Professor Helen Ward, Director of the Imperial Patient Research Centre, gave a personal account of her own research career and how she became involved in Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)/Public Engagement (PE) when she was researching HIV in the 1980s. Professor Ward also gave feedback on the PPI statements from delegates who submitted abstracts for the Symposium – offering tips on best practice and advice on embedding PPI/PE into research projects. The best PPI/PE statement was awarded a prize, which went to Dr Oliver Boughton who described how a patient involvement group was set up in his research group to get feedback from patients with different orthopaedic conditions.
We would like to thank all those who attended and showcased their research and also to our keynote speakers for sharing insights into their research interests and experiences.
CATO Masterclass: Developing research careers beyond PhD: 15 March 2017
We were joined by 45 delegates, the majority were clinical PhD students and clinical research fellows from across Imperial campuses. Delegates came from a mix of specialties, professions, and levels, and also included non-medical clinical academics.
Here are the presenation materials from the Masterclass: -
Wellcome Funding Opportunities - James Harden (ppt)
Academic Opportunities for Junior Doctors: 10 October 2016
We were joined by over 70 clinical academics/researchers, from a variety of specialties and career stages, seeking information and advice on developing a successful career in academic medicine. Feedback from the delegates was overwhelmingly positive with many saying they had received useful insights and tips for developing their academic careers.
Here are the presentation materials from the event (more to be added):-
North West London Research Symposium for Health Professions: 20 September 2017
This year’s North West London Research Symposium showcased an array of inspiring projects from researchers at all stages of their training, aimed at nurses, allied health professions, midwives, pharmacists and healthcare scientists doing research of any sort – including those thinking of undertaking a research postgraduate course or wondering about pursuing a research career. Throughout the symposium participants showcased their work through oral presentations and posters to highlight research projects being undertaken across the AHSC, ICHT and associated partners, all exploring ways of improving patient experience and care.
The event topped last year’s numbers, with 110+ delegates attending, representing a broad range of specialties and professions involved in research work while undertaking their clinical training and/or clinical service roles or wanting to get into Research. With parallel workshops delivered by Imperial and Brunel presenters, covering topics such as Systematic reviews; Preparation for a fellowship application and Health economics.
There were also research abstracts presented in poster format for delegate viewing. Delegates voted via an interactive online voting system for their favourite research poster and big congratulations go to our three winners, Rhys Hayward, Sarah Adomah and Jayne-Francis Shama.
The programme was Chaired by Dr Caroline Alexander (ICHT) Lead Clinical Academic for Therapies. The research presentations from NWL colleagues selected to speak were Leanne Williams (RMH) and Annabel Rule (ICHT). We also had two speakers talking about their research career journeys: Sarah Collins (RBH) from HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow/CF Specialist Dietician and Esmita Charani (ICL) Senior Lead Pharmacist, NIHR Health Protection Research Unit.
Delegates were also given an inspirational keynote presentation from Professor Anne-Maree Keenan (Chair of Applied Health Research, Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, Assistant Director and Training Lead NIHR) on the concept of ‘Research for all: How to get involved; How to make a difference'.
Feedback from delegates about what they gained from attending included:
- “Speaking to others involved in research, helps enthusiasm and realize it’s more accessible.”
- “Its painted a picture of collaboration and support and made it seem possible for anyone to start this journey”
- “Helps me to start thinking about research projects and start networking”
We have included the presentation materials below from speakers/workshop facilitators who have given us permission to do so.
- Annabel Rule: Discharge decision-making in the Acute Medical Unit (PPT)
- Sarah Collins: My Research Journey (PPT)
- Subhash Pokhrel: An Introduction to Cost-effectiveness (PPT)
- Esmita Charani: Research Challenges and Experiences (PPT)
- Leanne Williams: Rehabilitation Complexity Scale in Oncology;Is it useful? (PPT)
Please see our News Story written by the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre. We would like to thank all those who attended and showcased their research and also to our keynote speakers for sharing insights into their research interests and experiences.
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.
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.