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This Evidence based medicine and research in rehabilitation of childhood disabilities course at University of Pisa is a practical and immersive course, covering the models, the procedures and instruments that are required internationally to plan and conduct research in rehabilitation of childhood disabilities, guided by good clinical practice.


The course faculty will be constituted of European experts in the field of childhood disability research.

The 5-day course will be divided in:

  • Morning: theoretical teaching organized in lectures covering theoretical frameworks and models
  • Afternoon: practical training in which participants will be directly involved to practise the design and the planning of research questions and the elaboration of research activities.
  • Meet the expert sessions (morning and/or evening): personal experience sharing by international calibre researchers in the field of childhood disability.

Aims of the course

The aims of the Summer School are: 

a) to skill participants to conduct research in the field of rehabilitation of childhood disability in the work environment and at home, guided by the principles of good clinical practice

b) to promote international collaboration in Europe in evidence based research in childhood disability.

At the end of the course the participants:

  • Will be familiar with the concepts of family-centered research
  • Will have the tools to develop and promote a research plan in childhood disability and rehabilitation, based on their research hypothesis
  • Will be aware of the specific challenges related to conducting clinical research with children with disabilities and their families, and be equipped to anticipate and overcome them
  • Will be able to integrate the newly acquired knowledge to advance their research career by formulating a mid- to long-term research strategy
  •  Will be familiar with the European and international clinical research environment in childhood disability and rehabilitation
  •  Will be able to build on this knowledge to foster regional and international research partnerships

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Programme outline:

  • Day 1: Patient and family-centred research – identifying a research question together.
  • Day 2: From research question to research proposal – methodological issues in childhood disability research.
  • Day 3: The childhood disability research toolbox – instruments and measurements in neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation science.
  • Day 4: Good clinical practice in childhood disability research – fostering the credibility, scientific and ethical quality of your research.
  • Day 5: My career in childhood disability research – a look towards the future based on the week’s experiences.



  • Prof. Giovanni Cioni

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • The course is specifically addresed to young clinicians and researchers (aged less than 35 years, not turned at the beginning of the school) working in the disciplines related to rehabilitation of childhood disabilities with interest in performing research in this field 
  • medical Doctors (specialists or residents in child neurology, child psychiatry rehabilitation medicine or paediatrics)
  • Master degrees in allied disciplines dealing with childhood disabilities (such as physical, occupational, speech therapy, psychology, special education and other disciplines)
  • PhD or at least two publications in international peer-reviewed journals or one as the first author. 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English (B2)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    500 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
  • EU/EEA

    500 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
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  • Fees 250 EUR
  • Accommodation 250 EUR

Living costs for Pisa

  • 750 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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