North-east researchers win prestigious top award
Aberdeen academics have won a prestigious international award for making trials of new healthcare treatments more efficient.
Professor Shaun Treweek and his team at the Rowett Institute won the 2019 Cochrane-Reward prize for reducing research waste after starting an initiative called Trial Forge. Randomised trials are considered the cornerstone of evidencebased healthcare as they offer the fairest tests of treatments, therapies and initiatives.
However, Prof Treweek’s team found the huge scale of “waste” created during clinical trails, estimated to be as much as £100 million every year.
The waste occurs during five stages of research production: question selection, study design, research conduct, publication, and reporting.
Trial Forge looks at making small improvements in lots of different areas which add up to a large overall improvement.
Prof Treweek said: “We’re delighted to have Trial Forge recognised with this award. Scientists carry out thousands of randomised trials every year in order to find out better ways to treat people, but so little work is done into making the trials themselves more effective.”
They picked up the award at the International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference in Brighton. Professor Shaun Treweek t the Rowett Institute
“So little work is done into making thetrialsmore effective”