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NIAA Update: April 2017

NIAA Annual Scientific Meeting, Friday 12th May 2017

We hope you'll be joining us for this year's ASM which is now just two weeks away. We have a packed agenda with sessions including:

• Dr Sam Clark: Marvel, memetics and the evolution of RAFT
• Professor Stephen Smye: NIHR the next 10 years
• Professor Iain Moppett: Big data and the HSRC

Plus the NIAA Research Award finalists Dr Annemarie Docherty (Edinburgh), Dr Ben Shelley (Glasgow) and Dr Katie Warnaby (Oxford) will be presenting their abstracts before the audience, and our panel of judges will decide who is the overall winner on the day.

We will also have sessions focused on academic training, quality improvement, and the morning will include the launch of the Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network's Chief Investigator Scheme.

If you haven't registered for the event it's not too late - and it's only £45. Click here to view the full programme and to book. See you there!

GAT 2017 Annual Trainee Conference

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the GAT meeting and it's in Cardiff City Hall from 5th - 7th July. The 3 day event is the AAGBI's annual meeting for trainee anaesthetists, 1st year consultants and medical students.

Alongside the workshops, exam-based lectures and networking sessions the NIAA will be represented with an exhibition stand on day 1 and 2 of the event, and a series of 10 minute drop-in slots for research-active and research-interested trainees on day 2, Thursday 6th July. We will be able to offer feedback and informal review of your research ideas, assistance with applications for ethics and funding, and can answer questions you may have on sourcing external academic supervision - so come and have a chat with us. You can book a drop-in slot when you register for the event, or email to book a slot if you have already registered.

For the full event programme and to book your place to attend this year's GAT please visit the website here.

Perioperative Medicine

POM Local Leads Network


The RCoA is building a network of Perioperative Medicine Local Leads who will be their hospital's link to the College's Perioperative Medicine Programme.

The College will support the network in promoting and delivering perioperative medicine solutions that work locally. Annual national events are held for the network, along with focussed regional meetings to discuss local challenges and solutions. We are working to identify a Local Lead in every anaesthetic department around the UK, and to date we have 169 Leads in our network.

If you do not currently have a Lead in your hospital and would like to put yourself or a colleague forward please contact the POM team on and view the Job Description here. Please also email if you would like to be put in touch with any of the network Leads.

Developing POM Across the UK: Event Presentations

The first annual national POM conference was held at the College in January 2017. The morning presentations, which looked at a range of best practice models from around the UK, are available to watch online here.

If you would like further details on any of the pathways detailed please email the POM team on or call 0207 092 1678.

Save the date: 2nd Annual POM CTN Autumn Meeting

CTN Block Logo WHITE

Wednesday 2nd November 2017
Crowne Plaza, Manchester City Centre

Along with the presentation of major new trial proposals, plenary sessions will include:
• Qualitative Data - More Than Just Numbers
• Big Data- the Future?
• Using Clinical Research to Influence Policy
• Working Together with Surgeons to Deliver Perioperative Studies

The meeting will also offer small group interactive training sessions on:
• Who is the Chief Investigator?
• Surviving the Approval Process
• How can the CRN help you?

With lectures from distinguished health care leaders, delegates will also have the opportunity to provide and receive constructive feedback on future studies and network with fellow researchers across the UK. This is a full day not to be missed! Registration will be opening soon. For more information please go to or Tweet @POMCTN.

Watch this space: POM CTN Chief Investigator scheme to open

The UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (POM CTN) is opening the application process for its Chief Investigator mentoring scheme, which will launch at the NIAA Annual Scientific Meeting on Friday 12th May. The Chief Investigator scheme is intended to provide training and mentorship for a small number of talented individuals who wish to lead their own clinical trials in perioperative medicine.

Applicants will be existing members of the POM CTN Principal Investigator scheme, with a proven track record of recruitment to clinical trials as a local principal investigator and ideally with experience of a complete research cycle as a grant co-applicant, from outline application through to publication and dissemination of results. Applications are welcomed from individuals of any clinical background of relevance to perioperative medicine.

For further information please go to: or contact:

Other News

RCoA 25th Anniversary Photography Competition


In collaboration with the Royal Photographic Society the RCoA is running a photographic competition open to Fellows and Members of the College to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. The competition will be launching on Monday 15th May 2017 and closing on 28th August 2017.

The theme of the competition is In Safe Hands. We encourage participants to interpret this theme creatively. There are cash prizes to be won and the winning entries will take pride of place at the College and be used in the promotion of our specialty.

Further information will be found at when the competition platform goes live on 15th May.

All Research Results Matter

A new European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity has suggested that negative experimental results should be treated as being equally worthy of publication as positive ones. By discarding negative results researchers fail to alert their colleagues to false leads, potentially wasting lab time. The code states "authors and publishers must consider negative results to be as valid as positive findings for publication and dissemination", and sets out criteria for good research practice and principles of research integrity. More information on the code published by ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, is available here.