What you'll learn

  • Learn to formulate an appropriate research question
  • Choose an optimal clinical trial design based on ethical principles
  • Accurately interpret results from statistical analyses
  • Use the basic functions of a statistical software package
  • Grasp the basic principles of article publication and the reviewing process, and use key tools and concepts to write effective articles
  • At the end of this program, participants will be able to critically read research papers, understanding the main sources of bias and confounding, as well as the clinical impact of different research findings

Course description

Clinical research is vital for advancement in medicine, yet in most medical specialties – and in many countries – its tools are used inappropriately, resulting in invalid results. Furthermore, many clinicians cannot critically evaluate research findings. The purpose of Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (PPCR) is to offer a highly interactive learning environment for clinical research training internationally and to create a global network of clinical researchers to foster future collaboration in clinical research. PPCR covers the basics of clinical research, including how to formulate a research question, select a study population, randomization and blinding methods; statistical methods (e.g., data distribution and classification, statistical tests, sample size and power calculations, survival analysis, missing data, and meta-analysis); data collection, monitoring and reporting, including training in manuscript writing; and study designs (e.g., non-inferiority and adaptive designs, observational studies and randomized clinical trials). PPCR has been a leading global program in clinical research methods that has trained more than 3,000 participants over the last 12 years.

Deadline for applications is December 31, 2020.

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