GlobalSurg was established to represent practicing surgeons from around the world and support collaborative international research into surgical outcomes by fostering local, national and international research networks.
The GlobalSurg network now includes over 5000 clinicians in more than 100 countries.
The ethos of GlobalSurg is inclusive and collaborative; the international cohort studies are open to all collaborators, from medical students up, at any hospital, anywhere in the world, and aim to give grass-root surgeons the opportunity to participate in major projects. They are designed to ensure they are easy for local surgeons to execute and will not require extra resources or funding. Every researcher who contributes data into a cohort study is a Pubmed citable collaborator on study papers which are published under one main name – GlobalSurg – to represent the group effort; we recently published on the benefits of these networks in the Lancet.
GlobalSurg cohort studies act as a hypothesis generating observational tool for future global research studies, including the opportunity for randomised trials.
In 2017, following the award of funding from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), GlobalSurg joined consortium partners, The Universities of Birmingham, Edinburgh and Warwick to form the NIHR Global Health Unit on Global Surgery. The Unit will establish research hubs around the world to co-ordindate surgical research, including conducting the first international randomised controlled trials in surgery.