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There are many benefits of participating in collaborative research projects for those that are interested:

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  • You’ll be exposed to large scale, high-impact studies and learn about getting (local) approval for collaborative research studies. This will involve dealing with The Integrated Research Application System (IRAS), Research Ethics Committees  (RECs), study protocols, coordinating research teams and much more;
  •  Regional, national and international networking;
  •  In some cases, there will be pan-specialty collaborations;
  • Trainee incentives: CV enhancing and checking research boxes;
  • Authorship of PubMed cited papers.

Why collaborative research?

Collaborative research has proven to be very effective in the past few years. A few examples of how collaborative research can help the research field are:

  • It can generate large amounts of data with large numbers of patients (national or international);
  • While often it takes little effort individually, it results in a huge effort collectively;
  • Relatively quick results - a great example is the GlobalSurg-CovidSurg collaborative which reacted quickly and adequately to the pandemic and generated very useful data on the timing of surgery following SARS-CoV-2 infection, post-operative complications and much more.
  • It can provide a national ‘snapshot’ of a certain disease/diagnosis in time.
  • The large amounts of data help create new hypotheses which can guide future trials.