ABS Research Sandpit

The ABS Academic & Research Committee are inviting members with a trial idea to bring this to the ABS Research Sandpit for advice on further design, development and seeking funding.

The ABS Academic & Research Committee are inviting members with a trial idea to bring this to the ABS Research Sandpit for advice on further design, development and seeking funding.

The ABS Academic & Research Committee would like to hear research proposals from our members to address clinical questions that you feel are currently relevant. The A&R Committee includes experienced clinical trialists, researchers, and members of research groups such as the NCRI Breast Clinical Studies Group and therefore will be able to provide input to help refine and develop proposals, including identifying possible key collaborators and funding streams. We are happy to hear trial ideas at any stage of their development, from a concept through to a more developed trial design, addressing any aspect of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment of relevance to breast surgeons.

Please note that the ABS Research Sandpit is designed as a forum for feedback, discussion and comment and are independent from badging and endorsement by ABS. Criteria for badging and endorsement can be found here.

ABS Research Sandpits are usually run on the days the Academic & Research Committee meets three times per year.

These will be held in the afternoon after the A&R committee meeting. Members with a trial idea are invited to bring their idea, at any stage of development, to the committee for advice on further design, development and seeking funding.

When to attend a sandpit session

1) Very early - when you think you have a research question and have done the background research, so know what has already been done, but are unsure of study design (audit / cohort / prospective / retrospective / RCT etc.) and if this is feasible. We can recommend collaborators and possible sources of funding.

2) At later stage to fine tune design e.g. Inclusion/exclusion criteria, endpoints, translational research ideas.

Either of these times is appropriate and some trials may benefit from discussion at both stages. This is not a 'hoop to jump through' but independent and free help and advice from an experienced audience, because we want to see quality research delivered in breast surgery 

How to have your trial discussed at the next sandpit session

  • Presenters must request a slot a minimum of 28 days before the ARC.
  • Presenter will be accepted on a first come first served basis. We can have a maximum of 4 presenters in each sandpit session.
  • You may submit additional material about the proposed trial which members of the panel can read before the day of presentation. This must be received at least 7 days before the sandpit session. 

Rules on the day

  • Presenters should speak for 5 minutes and ideally limit their presentation to 5 slides
  • There will then be 15 minutes discussion with the panel
  • This will be followed by a further 10 minutes of discussion with presenter not present whilst the panel document feedback. One member of the panel with the relevant expertise will be designated as lead contact who will then produce written feedback within 14 days.

After the sandpit session

  • Written feedback will be received within 14 days.

For information about when the next session is being held or to discuss further, please contact Lucy Davies at lucydavies@absgbi.org.uk