Watch the FOxTROT II Oncology Introductory Session Online

Lead Medical Oncologists from the UK and India discuss new trial looking to reduce likelihood of cancer returning in operable patients undergoing treatment for colon cancer

FOxTROT 2 will be conducted across 12 hospitals in India that include sites within the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Global Surgery network. The trial will look into the use of a short course of pre-operative (neoadjuvant) chemotherapy for old/ or frail patients due to undergo surgery for colon cancer, with the aim of the trail being to significantly decrease the likelihood of the cancer returning.

The meeting on the 19th July was lead by a Professor of Oncology based at the University of Leeds in the UK who is also the Lead Medical Oncologist for FOxTROT Trial Platform, and was Chaired by Professor Dhruva Ghosh (GSU India Hub Director). Also in attendance were various colleagues from across India and the UK that will be participating in this international project.

The online training session gave colleagues in attendance the chance to be taken through an overview of the of the trial and also discuss the Oncology requirements for FOxTROT, due to officially launch in the coming weeks. The online video provides insight for stakeholders within the arena of global surgery to gain an understanding of some of the topics that are key to discuss during the early stages of designing an international randomised trial.

You can find out more on the India Hub by clicking here.

Nigeria Hub Data Centre Officially Opens in Lagos

Nigeria’s Data Centre draws crowd for it’s official launch day, ahead of formal training beginning for students

The Nigeria Hub officially opened the it’s doors on Tuesday 11th July to an audience of colleagues from Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and College of Medicine University of Lagos (CMUL). Other colleagues in attendance were Chief Medical Director, Prof Wasiu Adeyemo, Chief Medical Advisory Committee of LUTH, Prof. Deji Oluwole, Provost of CMUL represented by Deputy Provost, Professor Sunday R.A. Akinbo, Dean of Faculty of Clinical Sciences College of Medicine the University of Lagos, Prof. Folashade Akinsola, Head of Department of Surgery College of Medicine University of Lagos, Director Finance of LUTH, Dr. Tajudeen Ibrahim and CMUL, Dr. Simeon Akinade

Following the official launch of the centre, a total number of 11 medical students will be trained by David Akinboyewa – Nigeria Hub’s Data Centre Strategist, as part of a bespoke training package that will enable each student to gain further insight into the various mechanics that are integral to data management research.

The Nigeria Data Centre will join the other existing centres in India and Ghana that will provide a formal training environment for data management, in addition to providing GSU collaborators improved access to datasets collected during international cohort studies. The centre forms an online home for the collection, analysis, evaluation and reporting of data in our Global Surgery projects. A key objective of the Unit is to share data to establish best practice, and ultimately, to improve outcomes for surgical patients worldwide.

David Akinboyewa (Nigeria Hub Data Centre Strategist) discusses data management with the new student cohort

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