CTN Strategic Research Virtual Workshop

The 2021 CTN Strategic Research Virtual Workshop was held virtually on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 August. You can still register for the workshop to receive access to session recordings.

This event brings together experienced and early career researchers, medical professionals and research co-ordinators from Australia, New Zealand and around the world.

ANZCA members can register online using their ANZCA ID number. Non members of ANZCA are encouraged and welcome to attend the meeting too, please complete the registration form in the download section to the right of this page.

Objectives

  • Strengthening the collaborative approach to multicentre research in anaesthesia, perioperative and pain medicine.
  • Encouraging, promoting and mentoring researchers to engage in clinical research to improve patient outcomes.
  • Showcasing the recent achievements and research activity of the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network.

Location

The 2021 ANZCA CTN Strategic Workshop will now be run as a fully virtual meeting online.

Registration options

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID19 and lockdown extension in south east Queensland, it has been necessary to make some changes to the meeting format and reimagine how the program will run. The Brisbane hub, optional networking dinner and networking event will sadly no longer able to proceed. All Brisbane hub delegates will have their registration swapped to virtual attendance. A refund will be organised for the difference in fees. 

Virtual delegates will have access to the plenary session recordings for 12 months post the event. Please note recordings will be made available one week post the meeting.

Virtual registration
The CTN core sessions (trial updates, keynotes, panel discussions and new research proposals) will take place on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 August from 9am to 5.30pm AEST. Delegates who opt for the virtual registration can watch presentations live and actively engage in discussion. 

Delegates will also have access to the plenary session recordings for 12 months post the event. Please note recordings will be made available one week post the meeting.
 

Program

The meeting program is available to view and download.

Convenors
Professor Andrew Davidson and Dr David Highton

Keynote presentation by Professor Kerrie Mengersen
Horizons of Bayesian Data Science 
Bayesian modelling, analysis and data-focused decision-making are now standard spanners in a medical researcher’s toolkit. This way of thinking has opened many hitherto locked doors into a variety of medical insights. However, when does a spanner become a hammer, or turn into a flying saucer? In this presentation, I will discuss some of the topics in Bayesian statistics that are of current interest, including adaptive design, the inclusion and impact of prior information, quantifying and communicating statistical uncertainty, personalised modelling and analysis. The relevance of these topics in practice will be illustrated through a range of case studies, noting that sometimes it’s helpful to step to the left to see the horizon.  

Keynote presentation by Professor Jed Duff
Making sense of implementation science
Implementation science is an emerging field that supports the uptake of evidence into routine practice. Various approaches from different methodologies can be used depending on the researcher, the problem, or the study phase. To the outside observer, it can appear complicated and even confusing. This presentation will clarify the types of questions implementation science can answer and how this knowledge can add value to a clinical trial.

Keynote presentation by Associate Professor Kristen Gibbons
Trial monitoring
High-quality data management is a critical component of a clinical trial that produces reliable and reproducible results.  This presentation will discuss the ICH-GCP recommendations for risk-based monitoring as well as the importance of statistical analysis plans in ensuring clinical trial data is robustly collected and analysed.

Invited speakers


Keynote speakers


 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Virtual event portal

We have prepared a list of FAQs for delegates regarding the Virtual event portal  to assist with any queries you may have. Download a copy here.

"Come Together Now" watch party pack

As we can't meet in person this year we've brought the party to you instead! Based on the popular ASM 2021 Watch Party pack, these games and decorations are designed to bring delegates together wherever you are.

Get your party started!
 

Social program

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID19 and lockdown extension in south east Queensland, the optional networking dinner and networking event will sadly no longer able to proceed. A refund will be organised for the difference in registration fee and optional networking dinner. 

Brisbane hub delegates optional networking dinner - Thursday 5 August - CANCELLED
An optional dinner open to Brisbane hub delegates will be held on Thursday 5 August, 7-10pm at the innovative Malt Dining, 28 Market St, Brisbane CBD. Dinner includes a 3 course menu and selection of beverages. 

Full Registration: AU $132
Trainee / Allied health / Research co-ordinator registration: AU $77

Networking event - Friday 6 August - CANCELLED
A networking function is included as part of the Brisbane hub delegate registration fee. This function will take place on Friday 6 August at the Brisbane hub venue, the Translational Research Insititute Australia, following the conclusion of the meeting at 5.35-7.35pm.

Registration costs

Virtual registration
Registration fee includes registration and access to the full day program on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 of August where core CTN sessions will be scheduled (keynote presentations, panel discussions, new CTN proposal selected from free abstracts, CTN trial updates and trial start-up meetings) and the Getting started in research workshop. You will need to register individually regardless if you are watching in a group environment. Online delegates will be able to watch the sessions in real time and actively contribute to the discussion through the online event platform. Delegates will also have access to the plenary session recordings for 12 months post the event. Please note recordings will be made available one week post the meeting.

Full Registration: AU $693 
Trainee / Allied health / Research co-ordinator registration: AU $363

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Meeting format changes

What changes have been made to the planned meeting format?
Based on the ongoing uncertainty due to COVID19, the meeting format has been reimagined and will run as a fully virtual meeting. The meeting will run for two days, Friday 6 August and Saturday 7 August.

What happens next?
Brisbane hub delegates
All Brisbane hub delegates will have their registration swapped to virtual attendance. A refund will be organised for the difference in registration cost and optional networking dinner. 

Interstate and New Zealand based delegates 
Any delegates who registered to attend in-person will have their registration swapped to virtual attendance will receive a refund for the difference in the registration fee. The virtual registration fee is A$693 for the full delegate fee and A$363 for the Allied health/trainee/research co-ordinator fee.

Why have these changes been made?
More and more hospitals and health services rely on our fellows, members, trainees and healthcare professionals to manage COVID-19 outbreaks and importantly to provide the very best of care for our communities. Based on travel restrictions constantly changing, we understand delegates are hesitant or unable to travel due to government restrictions. The Brisbane hub is no longer able to proceed based on the extension of the lockdown in south east Queensland.

How will the changes impact speakers?
If you were scheduled to speak within the program we will contact you shortly to reconfirm your presentation details.

Will the meeting be cancelled?
No, all delegate registrations will be switched to a virtual registration and the meeting will run as fully virtual. Delegates will then be able to watch a livestream of the meeting through the online event platform as well as have access to recordings for up to 12 months post the event. Please note recordings will be made available one week prior to the meeting.

Am I eligible for a refund? 
Delegates who had registered to attend in-person and are now required to attend virtually will receive a refund for the difference in the cost of their registration. The virtual registration fee is A$693 for the full delegate fee and A$363 for the Allied health/trainee/research co-ordinator fee.

How long will it take to receive my refund?
We are working with our teams to progress this. Your patience is appreciated whist we navigate the challenges of doing this on such a large scale. Please allow least two weeks for your refund to be processed.

Can I cancel my accommodation booking without charge? 
If you booked accommodation with the Pullman Brisbane on the special group rate you can cancel your booking without charge no later than 48 hours prior. Please contact the Pullman Brisbane Reservations team via email or phone +61 7 3222 1125 to cancel your reservation.

If you made your own separate accommodation arrangements, please refer to the individual property’s cancellation policy.

Will my insurance cover the cancellation of my airfares to the events?
Flights and insurance are the responsibility of individual attendees. Please check your insurance cover carefully. Many insurers have exemptions for infectious diseases and pandemics, but the policies are different for each insurer. 

Can’t find the answer to your query here?
If you can’t find the answer to your query in any of these FAQs then please email us at events@anzca.edu.au . We aim to respond to your email within two working days. We will respond to emails in the order in which they are received. 

Accommodation

**Due to the change in format of the meeting, delegates will need to cancel their accommodation. Please contact the group reservations department via email or telephone +61 7 3222 1125 to contact your reservation.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved for a special group rate at the Pullman Brisbane. We strongly recommend you make your reservation as soon as possible to secure these discounted rates. Please book your accommodation when you register.

Please contact the group reservations department via email or telephone +61 7 3222 1125 and mention the ANZCA CTN Strategic Research Workshop.

  • Pullman Deluxe King $A200 room only, per room per night.
  • Mercure Superior Queen $A150 room only, per room per night.

Full buffet breakfast is available in Goldfinch Restaurant for an additional $A39 per person per day or alternately if pre-booked and prepaid it is a reduced rate of $A25 per person per day.

Rooms are limited, please book early to ensure you don’t miss out.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program will automatically have their attendance accredited to their CPD portfolio within 14 days of the conclusion of the meeting.

ANZCA and FPM CPD Program approval
This event is claimable by ANZCA and FPM CPD participants within the knowledge and skills and emergency responses categories.

Knowledge and skills activities
Lectures for one credit per hour. Workshops and small group discussions for two credits per hour.

If you're not a member of our CPD program
Delegates who are not participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD Program should check with their respective colleges regarding CPD.

Call for abstracts

Call for abstracts is now closed. The full guidelines and application form can be downloaded here. If you have any questions please contact Karen Goulding at ctn@anzca.edu.au
 
Important dates
Free abstract submission deadline: Monday 5 July 2021
Author notification of abstract acceptance: Monday 19 July 2021

Please note: A limited number of time slots have been reserved for free abstract presentations for each session. No abstracts will be accepted after the deadline date. We ask that you register for the meeting prior to submitting an abstract.
 

Abstract selection 
The purpose of the CTN workshop is to help in the design of high quality trials that translate into safe and effective practice in anaesthesia, perioperative and pain medicine. Proposals must therefore be directly relevant to this goal. Note that proposals for pilot work may be considered provided the pilot is specifically designed to gather information that would assist in the design of a larger trial. The primary aim of the CTN is to support multi-site trials however in exceptional circumstances the CTN workshop may consider single centre trials. Note that proposals that describe purely observational studies with only indirect relevance to future trials will not be considered.

Abstracts will be triaged for presentation based on the following guidelines:

  • The new proposal focuses on the preparation of a clinical trial – preferably a multi-site trial.
  • Abstracts must state three key and specific issues where the presenters seek feedback from the group at the workshop. This would usually be around issues of design, methodology or feasibility.
  • Proposals will be prioritised on the basis of those likely to benefit the most from the discussion at the workshop, and align with the strategic aims of the CTN.
  • Proposals will also be considered from principal investigators where they are seeking feedback on particular issues around the conduct of a trial that have arisen since the trial started.
  • The proposed trial must involve ANZCA or FPM fellows in key leadership roles. Preference will be given to trials where the chief principal investigator is an ANZCA or FPM fellow.
 

Presentation guidelines
Presenters will be allocated a session time for their presentation. A maximum of six slides is allowed for each presentation which must include one slide on specific issues to discuss.

To allow for adequate discussion time to address protocol development and feasibility, presenters will need to allocate no more than 30 per cent of your allocated session time to present the proposal, with the remaining time reserved for discussion with colleagues attending in-person and virtually.

The chair of the session will provide further guidance ahead of the meeting.

Social media

Join the conversation on Twitter by using the event hashtag #CTN21

You can also follow the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network @CTN_ANZCA

Contact us

For further information, please contact us.

  • Date

    6 August - 6 November

  • Time

    9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

  • Location

    Virtual meeting, Brisbane

Last updated 12:23 6.09.2021