Online PPI events and videos for the public

Our Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) team run online information sessions and events for members of the public. If you would like to attend, click on the boxes below for further details and to register.

For research staff

If you work in research and are looking for PPI training, please see a list of our training opportunities.

PPI Information sessions for members of the public


Research Information Talks:

Are you interested in learning more about particular healthcare topics?

Throughout the year, the PPI panel are invited to attend online talks with researchers who will provide an update on their latest research and answer questions from the panel members. You can watch the previous meeting by clicking on the video below.

If you would like to become a PPI panel member, you can find out more information or register your interest. Everyone is welcome, you do not need any healthcare experience, just an interest in health research and are willing to share your opinions.

Latest talk

How does gene therapy work?

Our keynote speaker for this session is Dr Benson Chen, a neurologist and neuro-ophthalmologist, from the Cambridge Clinical Vision Laboratory, NIHR Cambridge Clinical Research Facility.

Dr Chen discusses gene therapy for mitochondrial diseases – exploring the progress that has been made and some of the controversies!

What are Biomarkers and how are they used in research?

Our keynote speaker for this session is Dr Francesca Gaccioli, a Senior Research Associate at Cambridge University Hospitals. Here Dr Gaccioli explains what biomarkers are, why are so many researchers are looking for them, and how they help researchers and clinicians to improve healthcare.

Gut-brain interactions: hidden dialogues

Our guestnote speaker for this session is Dr Marta Camacho, a Neuropsychologist and PhD student, Cambridge University.

Advances in our understanding of how the gut communicates with the brain have highlighted the importance of gut function in overall health and neurologic disease. Anchored in her work in Parkinson’s Disease, Dr Marta Camacho will explore relevant factors, tools and insights on the gut-brain axis that could be integrated in research and in our daily lives.

Clinical Academic Posts – Value for Research and the NHS?

Our keynote speaker for this session is Professor Christi Deaton, Professor Emerita and capacity building lead for BRC.

Much of the research in healthcare is led by physicians, nurses, midwives and allied professionals who are also practicing clinically. Balancing these dual clinical and academic roles can generate tension within the NHS, which is under-staffed and struggling to deliver services and address long waiting lists. Professor Deaton discusses the challenges and benefits of clinical academic posts, and how the inherent tensions might be resolved.

Rare Disease Day- Patient Centred Research

Dr Katy Baker, Dr Ben Marlow, Jo Balfour, Georgie Windsor, and rare disease parent shared their unique perspectives, knowledge, and experience of rare disease patient research before a panel discussion.

If you need subtitles, select ‘CC’ within the video.

What does a research ethics committee do?

Ellie Hall, Principal Advisor for Health Informatics, Eastern Academic Health Science Network explains what the Research Ethics Committee (REC) does, what they look for in new studies and what researchers need to do to demonstrate to the REC that their research is safe and ethical.


How does Immunotherapy work?

Dr. James Jones and Professor Mark Evans, our keynote speakers for this session are both experts in the field of immunotherapy. They will be sharing their research and insights in this exciting area of medical research and you will have the opportunity to hear about the latest findings related to immunotherapy.


From Idea to Practice: The Research Journey Towards Commercialisation – with Dafne Chirivino

Dafne Chirivino, from Cambridge Enterprise, helps researchers make sure their research has an impact in the real world. This video gives you the opportunity to learn more about what it takes for research to make a difference, and the various steps that research takes from idea through to product or treatment.


The Kavli Centre for Ethics, Science and the Public – Talk with Dr Richard Milne

Scientific research can result in progress that transforms the lives of patients, but it can also raise concerns and questions for society.

There are big questions around who bears responsibility for the ethical implications of new scientific discoveries and how the views of the public can shape the direction and requirements of scientific research.

The new Kavli Centre for Ethics, Science and the Public at the University of Cambridge will tackle these critical questions.

Join Dr Richard Milne, Deputy Director and Lead for Research at the centre, to learn more on this fascinating topic.


The development and regulation of medical devices, with Dr Anita Marguerie de Rotrou –

How are new medical devices developed and tested for healthcare? In this public talk, Dr Anita Marguerie de Rotrou, Head of the Office for Translational Research at the University of Cambridge explains how new medical devices are developed, tested, and then regulated once they are on the market.


What is translational research? With Dr Amanda Stranks

The NIHR Cambridge BRC undertakes ‘translational research’, which is often described as translating laboratory research into a clinical setting, but what does this mean?

In this talk Dr Amanda Stranks, PPI Strategy Lead at the NIHR Cambridge BRC covered:

This talk also includes real-life examples of translational research at the NIHR Cambridge BRC.

  • Basic research’ in the lab
  • Applying what we learn in the lab to clinical trials in humans
  • How the care patients receive in hospitals changes based on new findings

What is Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how is it used in health research? With Dr Raj Jena