The Northern Surgical Trainees Research Association (NOSTRA) was relaunched in March 2015 by a group of surgical registrars, core trainees and foundation doctors. The goals of NOSTRA are to inspire, encourage and motivate surgical trainees to participate in high quality, well-designed multicentre clinical research. The collaborative template has been extremely successful in other regions across the UK and we hope to replicate similar success in the North East.

NOSTRA aims to empower trainees to conduct and lead clinical research projects and will support trainees with study design, protocol development, statistical analysis, ethical application, grant writing and study management. We invite trainees and medical students at all levels to attend the NOSTRA meetings and get involved.