CRESt Award 2017

2017 Cancer Research Excellence in Surgical Trials (CREST) Award open for entries

Date: 10 August 2017

The National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN) Cancer Research Excellence in Surgical Trials (CREST) award is now open to nominations.

This annual national award in partnership with the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) is in its fourth year. The award aims to recognise surgical teams who have made the greatest contribution in recruiting to the NIHR cancer trials portfolio.  

In 2016, the CREST award saw a record number of nominations for the award, with the Surgical Research Team (Breast) at The Mermaid Centre, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust presented with the award. The team comprised of surgeons, radiologists, research nurses and a research registrar. The team were presented with the award based on their commitment to surgical research in breast cancer.

The CREST award is supported by Swann Morton (scalpel manufacturers) and not only recognises valuable contributions to recruiting to the NIHR cancer trials portfolio, but generates some positive publicity within the surgical community for clinical trials.

The award is for NIHR portfolio recruitment (i.e. nominees may, or may not, be active as trial CIs, or on CSGs, or in other areas such as R&D /laboratory work etc.), with additional cancer research roles also taken into account, and covers the full range of specialties including ophthalmology & gynaecology as well as the 10 surgical specialties covered by the surgical colleges. 

The award will be presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Conference, Liverpool in November 2017.

Find out more and make your nomination for the CREST Award here.



  • Summary:
    The Cancer Research Excellence in Surgical Trials (CREST) award has been created by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) and the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) to recognise surgical teams who have made the greatest contribution in recruiting to the NIHR cancer trials portfolio. This annual award is in its fourth year, and is open for nominations.
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