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Getting faster results and impact from clinical trials. Join our Twitter Q&A

10 June 2016

Clinical trials provide the best evidence for new treatments and prevention approaches. But they can take many years to produce results, and it may be several more years before the results actually have an impact for patients. Join our Twitter Q&A to find out more about how the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL is trying to speed up both trials and the impact they have.

Our panel

  • Max Parmar is a Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology and Director of both the MRC Clinical Trials Unit and the Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology at University College London. He has been at the forefront of developing the multi-arm multi-stage trial design, which is dramatically speeding up how quickly we can evaluate many new treatments. The STAMPEDE prostate cancer trial is an example of how this approach can be applied in practice.
  • Patrick Phillips is a senior statistician at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL. He works primarily on tuberculosis, and has led the introduction of new approaches to speed up the process of finding effective new treatment regimens for this widespread disease.
  • Annabelle South is the Policy, Communications and Research Impact Coordinator at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL. She works with trial teams to speed up the impact our results have on policy and practice, so people with cancer, HIV or tuberculosis can benefit from the latest scientific advances sooner.

How to take part

Our panellists will be sat by a computer and ready to answer questions from 12:45 to 1.30pm on Tuesday 21 June (BST). You can tweet within this 45 minute slot, or tweet your question before the session begins if you prefer.  If you would like to participate but are not on Twitter, you can also email us your questions in advance to: mrcctu.twitter@ucl.ac.uk

To ask a question, simply tweet using the hashtag #fastertrials.  One of our panel will then reply to you from the @MRCCTU account. 
As we have more than one panel member for our Q&A, the person who is answering your question will put their initials at the start of their tweet, so you know who is talking.

As well as answering your questions, we're also very interested to hear what you think on the topic. Be sure to include the hashtag #fastertrials or #fasterimpact so we can see your tweets.