We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our contest and helped make it a success!
And a special congratulations to Mercy Chepkirui Terer, the winner of the funded attendance to The 5th International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference (ICTMC) in Brighton, UK 6th to 9th October 2019!
Mercy Chepkirui Terer is a data manager at KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, Nairobi, Kenya and a member of Global Health Network. She works in Health Service Research Unit in a Clinical Information Network as a lead data manager for a multi-centre pragmatic trial on childhood pneumonia that is to be conducted in 12 sites across East Africa called Supportive Care and Antibiotics for Severe Pneumonia among Hospitalised Children (SEARCH). Her proposed research methodology study “Pilot implementation of Short Message Service for randomisation in a multisite pragmatic factorial clinical trial in Kenya (PRISM Study)” has been selected as the best research methodology study and it has been crowned the winner!
We had 69 competition entries from 20 countries around the world and from people in a variety of clinical trial roles, including investigators, trial coordinators, research nurses, data managers and students. Some of the entries were not eligible as they related to clinical trials or clinical research rather than clinical trials methodology research (i.e. research about how clinical trials should be designed, conducted, analysed, interpreted and reported!). However we had others that were clinical trials methodology research, largely about clinical trial conduct (including investigation of methods for informed consent, recruitment, participant perspectives and trial staff training). Over the next few months we will be increasing the resources available to guide how to conduct clinical trials methodology research, so please keep checking in!
The winner entry and top six competition entries will be uploaded on the Global Health Methodology Research hub early this September
Our panel of judges, which included members of the MRC Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research, chose the winning entry based on how well it exemplified the entry requirements.