Evaluating outcomes of Implant-based breast reconstruction
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The first phase of the iBRA study, the National Practice Survey has now closed. We are in the process of analysing the data, and results should be ready by early next year.
Data collection for the prospective part of the iBRA-1 study is now closed. Existing data entries can still be completed, and patients operated on up to the 30th June  who have not yet been entered onto Redcap can still be included.
Please contact us for more details on how to start collecting data at your site for iBRA-2.
February 2017
iBRA-2 data entry extension until 31st March 2017
Please enter data on consecutive women who have undergone mastectomy with or without reconstruction between 1st July and 31st December 2016. When your units data entry is complete please could you email ibra2study@gmail.com to confirm that your data entry is complete.
After the 31st March 2017 data entry will be locked and you will not be able to add any further information to the database.
Prize draw! Any collaborator who entered 20 or more complete datasets will be entered into a prize draw to be awarded £100 of Amazon vouchers!
Thank you ever so much to everyone who collected data for either study. If you have any outstanding data to add onto either database please try to complete all your forms as soon as you are able.
We plan to be able to present the initial data for iBRA-1 later on this year. Watch this space!
September 2016
  iBRA-2 is now well underway. Many thanks to all the units that are busy collecting data with us.
We are excited to announce the 3rd iBRA study day, to be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Birmingham on Monday 21st November 2016. We are very pleased that this event will, once again, be free to attend. We are lucky to have been able to secure a stellar cast of renowned speakers (see programme details). It looks set to be a very worthwhile day. There are still places available, so if you wish to attend please email us at ibrastudy@gmail.com
July 1st 2016 - iBRA-2 is NOW OPEN!
As one study shuts another one opens! iBRA-2 is open from the 1st July to 31st December 2016. This is our next venture - a prospective audit of the impact of immediate breast reconstruction on the time to delivery of adjuvant therapy compared to mastectomy alone. We plan to recruit all women undergoing mastectomy with or without reconstruction (using any technique) for this six month period. Click here for more information.
June 30th 2016
Today is the last day of surgery for inclusion of patients into iBRA-1.
You can still enter your data into RedCap for another 3 months from now, but the last date of surgery for patients to be included in the study is the 30th June 2016. If you have patients operated on before and including the 30th June who are not yet on Redcap you can still add them on. We have an expected data-lock date of around the end of September. Please make sure all your data is filled in on Redcap before this date.
We now have over 2000 patients entered into iBRA - this is an absolutely fantastic achievement. A great big thank you to all health care professionals and patients alike who have helped to make this study so successful. We will keep you updated as the data analysis progresses.
April 2016
The iBRA study continues to make excellent progress and we now have over 1700 patients entered into the audit. A final push and maybe we can make 2000 by the close of study recruitment on the 30th June 2016.
Though after the 30th June there is no rest and we push on with the start of iBRA-2 on the 1st July 2016. This, our next venture, is also being run as a collaborative enterprise and individuals who collect 10 or more complete datasets will be citable collaborators for all study outputs. The iBRA-2 study aims to evaluate the impact of immediate breast reconstruction on the time to adjuvant therapy compared to mastectomy alone. Please email us to register interest. For more information click here.
December 2015
  The second iBRA study day took place on the 9th November and was a great success. There was fantastic debate from the audience on all of the topics ranging from implant reconstruction infection-prevention measures to novel pre-pectoral techniques of reconstruction and the proposal of an innovation network for new breast surgical research.

The iBRA study is now the largest prospective multicentre evaluation of new approaches to implant-based breast reconstruction in the world.

It therefore represents a very powerful dataset and an extraordinary resource for hypothesis generation. A number of analyses have been planned, but to maximise the potential of this resource, the iBRA Steering Group would like to invite collaborators to submit proposals for exploratory analyses that may form the basis for an iBRA publication and/or inform further work.

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the iBRA Steering Group in February 2016.  Those considered of the best quality and highest priority will be incorporated in the statistical analysis plan for the prospective audit.

Successful collaborators will be invited to lead on the preparation of the resultant manuscript for publication.  Collaborator-led publications will be submitted with the collaborator as 1st author and other writing group members, on behalf of the Breast Reconstruction Research Collaborative.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal please see the attached application form. The deadline for proposals is 15th January 2016. 
October 2015
**STOP PRESS** The iBRA study will now continue recruiting patients until Summer 2016. We have over 1100 patients recruited so far which is amazing, but with a lower than predicted complication rate and new emerging techniques (such as the use of pre pectoral meshes) we want to recruit more patients! We are especially interested in collecting higher numbers of these pre-pectoral techniques. So, if you have not yet joined the iBRA study there is still time to contribute, to what is now the largest prospective study of implant-based breast reconstruction out there.
We still have some places left for the Second iBRA study day, on the 9th November, please email us to register. 
July 2015
We welcome you to register for the Second iBRA study day, to be held at The Studio, Birmingham, on Monday 9th November 2015. As a follow on from last years very successful study day, this years programme includes an update on the results of the iBRA study so far, expert discussion on novel types of implant-based breast reconstruction including speakers on pre-pectoral implant reconstruction techniques, talks on the challenges in safely introducing new medical devices and hot-off-the-press information about the brand new iBRA-2 study. Once again we are able to provide this meeting free of charge, with refreshments included. The provisional programme is available to download. Please email ibrastudy@gmail.com to register.
The current iBRA study is still running strong. We have over 900 patients entered, which is brilliant. We aim to have 1000 patients with 18 month outcome data, so please keep on data collecting. And another big thank you to all the patients for filling in our outcome forms and all the medical teams for helping with the data entry. This would not be possible without your continued help and support.
May 2015
Over 700 patients are now contributing to the iBRA study! We really appreciate not only everyone's hard word in collecting data for the study, but also all the fantastic patients' willingness to participate. This is now the biggest prospective study of implant-based breast reconstruction out there. Further great news, is that the iBRA study has been awarded funding by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme, which reflects the importance of the work we are doing.
March 2015
We have now passed a major milestone with over 600 patients entered into iBRA - this is over halfway to our original target of 1000 patients. We have had abstracts accepted for presentation at the ASGBI meeting in Manchester, in April, and the Association of Breast Surgeons meeting, in Bournemouth, in June. See the presentation and publications section for all the presented abstract details.
 Certificates of contribution are being produced. So if you are a collaborator who has contributed more that 10 complete datasets you will get a certificate proving that you are eligible to cite the iBRA study outputs on your CV. For people that have contributed to the data, but to a lesser extent - you receive a certificate stating that you have collected data for this national audit.   
December 2014
Over 300 patients have now been entered into the iBRA study. This is fantastic and well ahead of our predicted recruitment schedule. Thank you ever do much to all those involved in the data collection for the project, patients and health workers alike. Please keep up the good work - let's try and exceed our initial aim of 1000 patients by December 2015.
November 2014
The ADM and Mesh-assisted study day and iBRA launch event on the 17th November at the Radisson Blu Hotel Birmingham was a great success with much positive feedback. Thanks again to all the speakers, and trade stands for their support, and thank you to everyone who came along and helped make the day such a success. The meeting was followed by the iBRA Steering Group Meeting at the same venue. 
September 2014
Our study day is now fully booked, but you can still register interest to be on the waiting list. We would ask anyone that has contacted us to say they are attending, that can no longer make it, to please let us know so we can open up places to the people on the waiting list. Even if you are unable to attend the study day we are still keen for more units to join the iBRA study, which will be running until at least December 2015.
August 2014
We welcome you to attend the ADM and mesh-assisted study day and iBRA launch meeting which will be on Monday 17th November 2014 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Birmingham. The morning will focus on State of the Art talks presented by surgeons actively using the various types of biological and non biological mesh. Then during the afternoon we will provide all you need to know about the iBRA study and how to get involved. With discussion on breast cancer related trials in general and how to get involved in clinical practice. The meeting is free of charge and lunch will be provided. Click here to download the flyer. Full programme details to follow shortly. The meeting is suitable for all general and plastic surgical trainees, Consultant Plastic and Breast Surgeons, SAS grades and Nurse Specialists. 
July 2014
Data collection is continuing to build with more sites coming on board. We aim to collect data for at least the next 18-24 months, so if you have not yet registered your unit there is still plenty of time to join us.
With junior staff change over on the horizon if you are moving units and will be continuing to collect data at your new hospital site please email us so we know your new location and we can update the RedCap data entry.
June 2014

The National Practice Survey can now be completed using our online data entry form (click here). You can start the form anytime and save it to finish later.   
We are now starting to prospectively collect implant-based reconstruction data across the UK. We are still keen to invite more sites to be involved with this collaborative project. We are hoping to be able to collect data for around 1000 women across the UK. 
Electronic data entry is also now available via the secure REDCap online data entry system. To be added as a user and to get a user ID and password please contact us. Paper forms can still also be used to capture the data. For more information on how to get started, see the professional info page or contact us for details.
May 2014
The National Practice questionnaires are being sent out to all breast and plastic reconstructive surgeons in the UK.The iBRA study was publicised at the Association of Breast Surgery Annual Meeting in Liverpool on the 19th and 20th May 2014, with lots of positive interest.  
March 2014
Steering group meeting at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Birmingham. Timetable for the audit decided and data collection forms finalised.
February 2014
Our first patients are being asked to participate at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Feedback from using the forms will help us to improve them before they go national.
Please contact us if you want to start collecting data for iBRA-2 from your centre.

Ensuring quality through collaborative research. The iBRA Study. 2014-2017.