The core aims of the ESCP Research Committee are:
- To deliver better care for patients through the promotion and support of clinical and translational research in all areas of coloproctology
- To broaden engagement of ESCP members across all countries in clinical and translational research
- To develop platforms and infrastructure support for international studies
- To make the ESCP the leading global organisation for multinational colorectal surgical research
To deliver these core objectives, the committee will:
- Provide an annual symposium to promote new European trials
- Provide resources and support for core training in basic trial design and methodology for its members
- Develop a network of trained clinicians to facilitate multi-national randomised trials and cohort studies
- Support language translation of trial protocols and submission, through ‘ethics committees’, of multinational trials between our European partners
Our new research manager: Daniel Mekic
Developing and supporting international clinical trials remains central to the ESCP vision. We have just appointed our first research manager, Daniel Mekic. Daniel will have a key role in helping your new studies develop international partners. ESCP is always looking for new ways to grow your trials and is still providing funding support for translation of patient Information/protocols for international trials.
Research Committee Update, September 2016
I am delighted to report on another exciting and successful year for ESCP research. The Cohort study committee have completed the second international ESCP snapshot audit study, this one on ‘Stoma closure’. As with the first, participation across the membership and beyond has been staggering. The results of this audit were presented in the International trials forum in September 2016 in Milan and a manuscript is in preparation and will be circulated to all (>1200) co-authors.
The first cohort study has been published in our journal of Colorectal Disease. As with all our ESCP publications, publication is from the consortium and all participating surgeons and hospitals are individually recognised.
Once again, led by Willem Bemelman, a guidelines review will be presented, this time on the management of fistula-in-ano. The Milan programme has added a further clinical trials session to reflect the growing interest from the ESCP membership. This is in addition to the breakthrough trials forum where you will hear about the 4 best new and emerging trials that you can join.
The recent redevelopment of the website, led by Peter Christensen and Charles Knowles will provide an outstanding platform for clinical trials information. The new functionality of the clinical trials platform informs you of all the important ongoing colorectal trials across Europe and provides updates and contact details. This provides an excellent opportunity to join major international studies. In addition, the website is developing new pages to meet its future ambitions (above). We look forward to your comments and feedback.
Research Committee Chair, on behalf of the Research Committee