Individual projects are usually good ideas but they all suffer the same problem: not enough numbers. Multi-centre projects get around this by doing the same study in many different centres – this increases the amount of data collected. More data means better stats which means results are publishable.
Multicentre collaboration to achieve big numbers.
Data collection and follow-up is usually for a short period of time.
We avoid having to pull notes (ugh!)
Online data collection tools – no staring at a spreadsheet for hours.
All LSRG investigators on each project are listed as PubMed citable co-authors, in order of contribution. The exact format of how co-authorship is represented depends on the journal. In some cases all authors will be listed under the title in the usual fashion. In other cases, the group name (e.g. London Surgical Research Group) will appear under the title, with a reference to an author subsection at the end. However, rest assured, you name will still come up in a PubMed search: see example.
You can join national and regional audits on important topics such as pancreatitis and appendicectomy. Having the same audit in multiple hospitals means results can be pooled and compared and published in high-impact journals. See BJS 2013;100:p1240 for a good example.
You can join or even lead research projects from idea to publication. Development along the way is supported by trainees and consultants within LSRG who together have a broad collection of research experience and skills. Novices and experts alike are welcome.
It’s free. No membership fees. We all do this voluntarily for the benefits we gain in research skills, networking and publications. Truly a win-win.
The LSRG is the largest trainee research collaborative with over 800 members. Learn more about us
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Infections Diseases & Microbiology Trainee
I’m an Infectious Diseases/Microbiology joint trainee, but I came to work with LSRG in 2012 through a common interest in the use of surgical antibiotic prophylaxis. This was a major theme of work in my epidemiology PhD at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, which I did mainly based in Kenya between 2009 and 2012. I had never worked with trainee collaboratives in the UK before that time; in fact, I don’t think I had even heard of the concept. For the SHAPE (Survey of Hernia Antibiotic Prophylaxis usE) study that I did with LSRG, I brought skills in epidemiology and some knowledge about antibiotic prophylaxis. From LSRG, James Haddow, Nick Symons and Charlie Knowles brought expertise in (amongst other things) the relevant surgical specifics, free online data-collection tools and their enormous network of trainee contacts that were needed for the multi-centre project. I learnt a huge amount from working with James, Nick and the LSRG: despite all the difficulties, interesting and original surgical research can be done quickly and efficiently, and there is a great (are largely un-tapped) desire amongst surgical trainees to participate in well-designed collaborative research projects. The SHAPE study led to the largest (to my knowledge) survey ever conducted amongst consultant surgeons on this topic area, with a very high (93%) response rate. The paper was published in the journal Hernia in 2013 with 36 co-authors – we hope it will be a model for future collaborative publications. I would highly recommend LSRG as a route into doing research with surgeons in London and South-East, for both surgeons and non-surgeons alike.
General Surgery Trainee
Prior to joining the LSRG I had, like many trainees, struggled to get involved in the research necessary to further my career and academic surgical aspirations. Many posts were in centres not really interested in research output and I was not able to easily find appropriate mentors to help. Fortunately one of my consultants offered me a research position between my SHO and registrar training but even then collaboration seemed to be the exception rather than the rule.
I joined the LSRG during my PhD as a way of increasing the reach and impact of my research. The LSRG helped me to run a multicentre study, dramatically increasing the number of patients included in the study and greatly improving the validity of the results and therefore the quality of my PhD.
This positive experience led me to get more involved with the group, being part of the steering group for several further studies and eventually having a role on the committee. I am now the Chairman of the LSRG and we have grown and increased the number and variety of studies we support. I like to think that we are an inclusive group, always on the lookout for good new ideas and keen to support any surgeons interested in multicentre surgical research.