The third IDEAL international conference was held on 13 and 14 September 2018 in Bristol to celebrate the latest work of the IDEAL collaboration and to focus on the most pressing issues in surgical/interventional care in various clinical areas.
Aimed at surgeons, triallists, methodologists, regulators and researchers interested in the evaluation of surgical innovation and its practical, regulatory and ethical challenges, the conference showcased a number of high-profile case studies and brought together a wide variety of perspectives.
Plenary lectures were given by outstanding experts in the field, including:
Professor Andrew Carr, Nuffield Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Oxford;
Mr Gianluca Casali, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust;
Professor Carl Heneghan, University of Oxford;
Professor Chris Witty, Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Health and Social Care;
Professor Wendy Rogers, Macquarie University Australia;
Professor David Jayne, Professor of Surgery and Honorary Consultant, University of Leeds;
Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, Chair of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency;
Professor Ashley Blom, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Head of Translational Health Sciences, University of Bristol.
These lectures were intermixed with parallel educational sessions plus highly interactive opportunities for surgeons and scientists to explore pathways towards safe introduction of new surgical devices and procedures, and to present their own innovative work.
Watch the presentations for IDEAL 2018 here.