Clinical Trials, Short Course

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    Application Deadline
  • 5 days
    Duration
  • Tuition
    1435
    Tuition (Module)
    1435
    Tuition (Module)
  • English (take IELTS)
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This course provides attendees with a clear understanding of the fundamental principles of Randomised Clinical Trials (RCTs), particularly phase III trials. Lectures and practical sessions cover the key issues to be considered in design, conduct, analysis and reporting, with a focus on major clinical trials which directly influence clinical practice.
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About

This course provides attendees with a clear understanding of the fundamental principles of Randomised Clinical Trials (RCTs), particularly phase III trials. Lectures and practical sessions cover the key issues to be considered in design, conduct, analysis and reporting, with a focus on major clinical trials which directly influence clinical practice. Topics are addressed with perspectives from both public sector research and the pharmaceutical industry.

Who should apply for this course?

The course is relevant to all those who want to gain an understanding of the rigorous evaluation of interventions in health care, including clinical research professionals, research managers, and other scientists with an interest in clinical trials.

Accreditation

The June 2015 course has been approved by the UK Royal College of Physicians for 30 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Entry Level
    Highschool

Programme Structure

The topics to be covered will include:

  • Design of RCT: randomisation, blinding, trial size
  • Ethical conduct: participant consent, data monitoring and when to stop early
  • Certified Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training
  • Introduction to statistical methods for both design and analysis
  • Alternative designs for clinical trials
  • Reporting: how to write, and critique, a clinical trial report
  • Clinical trials in practice
  • Practical experience in development of a clinical trial protocol. (Participants will work in small groups to develop and present trial protocols.)
Sessions run from 9.30am to 5.00pm each day, finishing early on Friday.

For further information about the structure of the week, please view the Clinical Trials Programme.

Course Materials

The course will include some lectures, but the main focus will be on participatory practical sessions. All materials required for the course are provided. The following books are recommended as additional background reading:
  • Wang D, Bakhai A. Clinical Trials: A Practical Guide to Design, Analysis, and Reporting. ReMEDICA, London, 2007.
  • Evans I, Thornton H, Chalmers I. Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare. The British Library 2006.
  • Flather M, Aston H and Stables R (eds). Handbook of Clinical Trials. ReMEDICA 2001.
  • Pocock SJ. Clinical Trials: A Practical Approach. Wiley, Chichester, 1983

Lecturers

The course will be coordinated by:

  • Joanna Dobson
  • Jennifer Nicholas
  • Rosemary Knight
and members of the Medical Statistics Unit who have extensive experience in the design, conduct and analysis of trials in a variety of clinical specialities.

Academic Requirements

The course is relevant to all those with an interest in the rigorous evaluation of interventions in health care, particularly clinicians and others working or intending to work in the health services or related areas such as the pharmaceutical industry.

Tuition Fee Per Module

  • GBP 1435 International
  • GBP 1435 EU/EEA

The total course fee for 2015 is £1,435.00. This covers participation in the course, course materials, tea/coffee, and lunch each day. It does not cover travel costs, or accommodation. Payable by: 18 May 2015.

Funding

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