JING: Training the Next Generation 2019

18 Feb 2019

In January 2019 over 100 people from across the ECMC network came to Cardiff to attend the seventh annual two-day Junior Investigator Network Group (JING): Training the Next Generation event. Attendees at this two-day residential included trainees, faculty, speakers and patient and public involvement representatives.

Established in 2013, JING supports junior investigators from across the ECMC network early in their career development right through to becoming independent researchers. The event brings together trainees from clinical and non-clinical disciplines and gives them the opportunity to network with, and learn from, both their peers and experienced members of faculty.

Day one of the meeting consisted of trainees hearing presentations on several topics relating to the design of early phase and translational research such as statistics, immunotherapy, working with the MHRA, pathology and interacting with industry. Day two then opened with a session run by the Cancer Research UK Involvement team on involving people affecting by cancer in your research. The rest of the day was then spent in small groups with trainees presenting their own study ideas and receiving feedback and input from faculty members and their peers.

“The comments from faculty about study presentations were very valuable. Not just comments on our own study ideas but also comments on study ideas of other trainees were very helpful as I could learn many new things about different aspects.” - Event Attendee

The two-day event would not be a success without the time given by both members of the faculty, who include senior clinicians, translational scientists and statisticians, and members of Cancer Research UK’s Involvement Network to take part in this event. A trainee stated: “The patient and public involvement was a very insightful session. In fact, the lay summary workshop was very useful and it was great to have it led by a patient rather than an academic.”

Hopefully the junior investigators who were at the meeting in Cardiff now have greater confidence to develop their own study ideas after hearing about different aspects of trial design through presentations and discussions with colleagues. Another benefit of attending the residential is the chance to network with colleagues and collaborators from across the UK’s research community.

“The event was very well organised. The invite volume was a perfect size enabling productive discussions between groups without people getting lost in the crowd. The format was brilliant. The mix of up close and personal session with larger presentations made me feel involved from the start, furthermore, every single contributer to the event was approachable, friendly and outgoing.” - Event Attendee

The agenda for this training event is put together by members of the JING Steering Committee. There is currently a call out for new members for the committee. If you would be interested in joining this group please contact Hannah Brown (Project Manager) for further details: hannah.brown@cancer.org.uk

Find out more about JING.