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P.019 Report from the Canadian Neurosurgery Research Collaborative – One year of resident-led multicentre research initiatives

  • C Iorio-Morin (a1), M Kameda-Smith (a2), SU Ahmed (a3), M Bigder (a4), A Dakson (a5), C Elliott (a6), D Guha (a7), P Lavergne (a8), S Makarenko (a9), M Taccone (a10), M Tso (a11), B Wang (a12) and A Winkler-Schwartz (a13)...

Abstract

Background: The Canadian Neurosurgery Research Collaborative (CNRC) was founded in November 2015 as a resident-led national network for multicentre research. We present an annual report of our activities. Methods: CNRC meetings and publications were reviewed and summarized. The status of ongoing and future studies was collected from project leaders. Results: In its first year, the CNRC produced two papers accepted for publication in the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences: A CNRC launch letter and a study of operative volume at Canadian neurosurgery residency programs. Three manuscripts are in preparation: 1) a study of the demographics of Canadian neurosurgery residents, 2) an assessment of mobile devices usage patterns and 3) a validation study of the most utilized neurosurgery mobile apps. In addition, protocols for two multi-centre studies are currently undergoing national Research Ethics Board review: A retrospective study of the incidence and predictors of cerebellar mutism and a prospective registry of external ventricular drain procedures and complications. The network is now a registered not-for-profit organization endorsed by the Canadian Neurosurgical Society. Conclusions: The CNRC is a feasibile, relevant and productive resident-led national research network. As the CNRC matures, we look forward to expanding the scope and impact of its projects.

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