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NIAA Update: March 2018

Welcome to this month's newsletter


NIAA: 10 Years & 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting

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2018 is the tenth anniversary since the NIAA was set up and this year's NIAA Annual Scientific Meeting will be marking this very special occasion!

Bookings for the event are open and we encourage you to join us on Monday 21st May at the RCoA for what will be an interesting and useful day. The event programme includes updates on NIAA projects including the Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) and the UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (POMCTN). We will also be running the NIAA Research Award for the 3rd year (details below).

More information on the full programme is available on the event page. The delegate fee is £45 and there is a discounted fee for trainees. Click here to register! bit.ly/NIAA-ASM.


NIAA Research Award 2018

The 2018 NIAA Research Award is still open for applications for a few days so be quick if you're planning to apply. This award aims to promote and encourage current and active researchers within the field of anaesthesia, perioperative medicine or pain research in the UK.

It will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in scientific research relevant to anaesthesia, perioperative care or pain and will allow new investigators to achieve recognition through presentation at a national meeting with peer-review. There is also a first prize of £500 along with a gold embossed certificate which is presented to the winner on the day.

Applicants are invited to submit a summary of their 'body of work', this should be fully referenced and state the author's contribution. A 'body of work' will include a project that covers a clear, evidence-based research question, appropriate methods, well-conduced study/studies and statistical analysis of results drawing to a valid conclusion. A 'body of work' would typically be the equivalent to two or more research papers on one subject area or from a higher degree thesis (MD/PhD).

The closing date for applications is Monday 2 April 2018.

For more information on the Research Award and submission criteria please visit our website here. Good luck!


NIAA Vacancy: Board Chair

We are still accepting applications for the NIAA Board chair position, which will become vacant later this summer when Prof Monty Mythen's first term ends.

The post holder will oversee the strategic direction of the NIAA and provide leadership for all aspects of NIAA work. They will need to be able to develop and maintain good working relationships with NIAA funding partners to strategically support research in national priority areas, as well as working with other major funders such as MRC, NIHR, and the Wellcome Trust to explore funding opportunities.

This is a great opportunity for an individual with a strong track record in academic anaesthesia who is looking for a new challenge. For more details on the role please click here and if you'd like to discuss the role with Prof Mythen please contact us.

The closing date for applications is Friday 6 April 2018.


John Snow Anaesthesia Intercalated Awards 2018

Open to intercalating medical students studying on either bachelors or masters medical degree programmes and conducting (or plan to conduct) a research project relating to anaesthesia, these awards of up to £2,000 are designed to encourage early stage engagement in academic research in anaesthesia and its related topics.

The individual awards are to contribute towards the student's personal living costs. Applications require input from the student and their academic supervisor, and institutions can submit a maximum of four applications.

Awards of £2,000 each are being offered by NIAA founding partners AAGBI/Anaesthesia and BJA/RCoA, and a £1,000 award is being offered by NIAA funding partner NACCSGBI. More information on the John Snow Award is available here.

The closing date for applications is Friday 6 April 2018.


NIAA 2018 Round 1 Grants

The first round of NIAA research funding for 2018 has grant awards of up to £100,000 available from a number of NIAA partners, including a new joint grant funded by the AAGBI & ACTACC.

More information on the grants in this round can be found here. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions and application guidance can be found here.

The closing date for applications is Friday 20 April 2018.


BJA/NIAA Research Methodology Workshop

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Whether you're new to research or already research active, the NIAA is holding a joint workshop with the British Journal of Anaesthesia on Thursday 19 April 2018 to introduce participants to the ways in which good research should be conducted and presented. If you're applying for NIAA research grant funding we'd particularly recommend attending.

Please click here for more information and to book your place on this workshop.


EVENT: POMCTN New Trials Development Day

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The UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (POMCTN) is hosting a New Trial Development Day on Monday 23 April 2018 to be held at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London. The day is FREE to attend for POMCTN members.

The day will examine three research questions which have been selected based on lack of clinical evidence in these areas:


  • PROPOSAL 1: Does total intra-venous anaesthesia have any advantages over inhalational anaesthesia?

  • PROPOSAL 2: Is there a benefit in a restrictive blood transfusion policy in cancer surgery?

  • PROPOSAL 3: Can we reduce the number of antimicrobial doses used for perioperative prophylaxis?

More information and full event programme is available on the POMCTN website or contact pomctn@niaa.org.uk to register your place at this FREE event.


National Trauma Research & Innovation Collaborative (NaTRIC)

A new multidisciplinary research collaborative targeted at trainees with an interest in the care of injured patients has been established - the National Trauma Research & Innovation Collaborative (NaTRIC) - and its inaugural meeting is taking place in London on the morning of Wednesday 13 June 2018.

Interested trainees from any speciality, nurses and allied health professionals across the whole of the UK involved with trauma patients are encouraged to attend. More information on NaTRIC is available here.