The Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) at the University of Leeds has developed a series of webinars for researchers and clinicians about the UKMRA-Myeloma UK-Concept and Access Research Programme (CARP) and how it supports the development of early phase myeloma clinical trials.

CARP is a research initiative funded by Myeloma UK that focuses on the development of early phase myeloma trials. It also gives early career researchers or clinicians seeking trials experience the opportunity to get advice and develop their skills with the expertise and support of the UK Myeloma Research Alliance and the University of Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit.

The webinars provide information about why CARP was created, how it can help researchers develop early phase trials and provide details of what is involved in early phase trial design. The speakers are senior trialists and patient representatives who are all actively involved in CARP. Each one-hour session will consist of 30-45 minutes of presentation(s) followed by Q&A.

Upcoming webinars:

Phase I, dose-finding studies in myeloma – A practical overview of design

23 September 2021 at 2-3 pm

Statistician Andrew Hall will discuss the practical aspects in designing Phase I dose finding trials in myeloma. He will go through the aims and objectives of dose finding studies, the traditional approach and its shortcomings. He will also introduce the model-based designs used within CARP to improve upon traditional trial designs and look ahead to how modern treatments may require a slightly different approach.

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Previous webinars:

Developing early phase myeloma research in the UK: an introduction to the UKMRA-MUK-Concept and Access Research Programme

Recorded on 25 March 2021

Prof. Gordon Cook, Clinical Director (Haematology) Clinical Trials Research Unit, provides an overview of early phase myeloma trials in the UK.

Sarah McDonald, Director of Research at Myeloma UK, shares her thoughts on the importance of early phase research.

Dr Sarah Brown, CARP lead, Associate Professor at the University of Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit, discusses the practicalities of developing an early phase clinical trial proposal through CARP.

Implementation of an early phase myeloma platform trial

Recorded on 29 April 2021

Dr Rakesh Popat, Consultant Haematologist and Honorary Associate Professor at University College London Hospital, shares his experiences of developing and setting up an early phase myeloma clinical trial through CARP.

Public and patient involvement and engagement in clinical trials

Recorded on 24 June 2021

Holly Schofield, Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement Lead at Leeds CTRU and Dr Sandra Quinn, Health Services Research Manager at Myeloma UK, discuss how to involve patients when developing and designing research studies.

Early career experiences of clinical trials research – clinical and academic perspectives

Thursday 22 July at 2-3 pm

Dr Charlotte Pawlyn, Consultant Haematologist at The Institute of Cancer Research, London and Dr Christopher Parrish, Consultant Haematologist at St James’s Hospital, Leeds share their experiences of clinical trials research.

They talk about the ways you can join trial management groups and ultimately lead a clinical trial. You can learn about clinical and academic pathways, and the roles both Charlotte and Chris have played in the UKMRA-Myeloma UK CARP research programme.

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