The Markers and Prediction Research course offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam. Prognostic research is of growing importance, as globally more people are living with disease and clinicians and policy makers seek ways of targeting existing treatments and improving health outcomes.
There is a rapid expansion in the number of new prognostic markers. Often, bold claims are made about their potential to assist in personalising approaches to medical care and treatment. Prognostic models may be useful to summarize the effects of multiple predictors but while commonly developed, such models are often not well validated or used in clinical practice.
Drawing on recent examples and current controversies in cardiovascular disease, cancer, trauma and other conditions, the course examines molecular biomarkers and genetic variants through to the quality of healthcare as predictors of outcome.
There will be lectures, interactive debates and critical appraisal of papers, but no computer labs (the course does not cover advanced statistical methods, see Further reading).
Faculty: Prof. John Ioannidis, MD DSc, Prof. Ewout Steyerberg, PhD & Maryam Kavousi, MD PhD
The course is suitable for undergraduates medical students, practicing clinicians, and those contemplating or doing a Masters or PhD in a related area.
Introductory level background in epidemiology (e.g. Principles of Research in Medicine and Epidemiology (ESP01) and biostatistics (e.g. Introduction to Data-analysis (ESP03)).
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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