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Evaluating innovation in surgery and therapeutic technology: the IDEAL approach

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  • Present your research on innovations in surgery and therapeutic technology to an international audience of clinicians, scientists, industry and regulatory representatives
  • Learn about the latest developments in the scientific methodology for investigating surgery
  • Hear internationally renowned surgical researchers present their recent work


The effective scientific evaluation of modern surgery and other invasive therapeutic interventions based on technology has become an increasingly important issue. The first IDEAL international conference will celebrate 5 years of the IDEAL Collaboration, a network of surgeons, scientists, funders, regulators and publishers whose goal is to transform the methods we use to evaluate surgery, surgical technology and new complex therapies.  Plenary lectures by experts from the UK, USA, Australia, Europe and China will be intermixed with opportunities for surgeons and scientists to present their own innovative work. 


Abstract submission is now open with the deadline 18th January 2016

To review abstract themes and submit your abstract go to:


Registration is now open with options for

B&B accommodation and a conference banquet at St Catherine’s College.


    The Conference will be of interest to: Oxford


Surgical researchers, the medical device and technology industry, health care regulators, research methodologists, surgical trainees, journal editors, research funders, and professionals involved in decisions around coverage for treatment.


The Conference will focus on:

  • How to evaluate surgical and other therapeutic technology appropriately. 
  • Examples of successful innovative therapeutic technology and its evaluation
  • Experience of using the IDEAL Recommendations to evaluate surgical technology
  • Industry perspectives on innovation and evaluation
  • Special focus on the evaluation of robotic surgery
  • How device regulation and technology purchasing can be evidence-based
  • Ethical considerations in surgical research

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