Workshops

The Principles and Practice of Clinical Research 5-Day immersion course will be held from November 19th to November 23rd, 2019.

The 5-Day Immersion Course will host six Harvard professors who will review and discuss material presented throughout the year of the 2019 PPCR course in a detailed and intensive fashion. One important part of the 5-Day Immersion Course is that students will review their group projects and specific questions related to their own research with the Harvard faculty. This 5-Day Immersion Course is an important component and is intended to give students hands on experience in clinical trials design and analysis. Students will also present their year-long work to the entire group after discussion with faculty.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The 5-Day Immersion Course will offer lectures, small group discussions, individual office hours, manuscript/grant writing classes and practical exercises. Students will review their group projects and work towards an oral or poster presentation. The goal of the live course component is to allow students to interact directly with Harvard faculty, discuss specifically their questions as they relate to the course, their project or their own research and to give them an opportunity to practice the acquired knowledge.

FORMAT

This 5-Day Immersion Course is a live on-site program. Harvard faculty will give live lectures and offer office hours. Participants are also required to participate in group discussions and complete practical exercises. Participants will also work on their group project and present it during the course.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Students who enroll in the 2019 Principles and Practice Clinical Research main course component are highly encouraged to also participate in the 5-Day course. The course offers an opportunity to interact with Harvard faculty in a one-to-one relationship and to discuss topics in small groups. The 5-Day on-site course is an extension to the PPCR main course component and will focus on those skills required for a scientist in his daily life: Designing a research project, statistics, writing skills, presentation.

Students who have previously completed the PPCR course are also eligible to attend; however, priority is given to current PPCR students.

INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE

During the 5-Day on-site course students will closely interact with Harvard faculty but also with clinical researchers from different countries and different fields. The goal of this program is to promote personal and professional growth and to make clinical researchers more effective in their work. This course should be the first step in becoming an independent research scientist. We also expect that the interactive environment of this program will promote connections among participants and therefore foster future collaborative multicenter projects.

PROGRAM CONTENT

The 5-Day on-site course will review and expand on some parts of the PPCR course (including statistics). The group project will be a key component, which will include discussion and presentation. Additionally, there will be a manuscript/grant writing workshop, manuscript review workshop and additional lectures relevant to working as a research scientist.

This course will be held in Boston from July 29th to July 31st, 2019. This workshop provides additional statistical training for PPCR participants who want to acquire more advanced methods especially in how to design and analyze studies using multiple variables (multivariate analysis). Participants will not only review and expand their statistical knowledge but will be able to apply their skills to their own research. During the workshop, participants will learn how to work with data sets, fit a model, conduct statistical tests in STATA, and read and interpret the STATA output. After the workshop, participants will be familiar with the challenges, limitations, and issues of analyzing data and interpreting the results, which will help them to better read the scientific literature, review manuscripts, and write their own manuscripts and grants. Agenda subject to change.

WHAT TO EXPECT

This workshop serves as additional statistical training for participants from PPCR who wish to learn more advanced statistical methods. During the course, STATA (same platform used in PPCR) will be used. At the end of the class participants will understand how to work with data sets, how to fit a model, how to conduct statistical tests in STATA and how to read and interpret the STATA output.

FORMAT

The advanced statistical workshop will have lectures, discussions and practical exercises.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This course is primarily designed for students who enroll in the 2019 PPCR course or have previously completed a PPCR course. Students who have statistical knowledge and would like to learn how to use STATA are also encouraged to submit an application. However, priority will be given to current PPCR students.

INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE

Participants will have an opportunity to review and expand their statistical knowledge and will be prepared to practically apply their skills to their own research. After the workshop, participants will be familiar with the challenges, limitations and issues of analyzing data and interpreting the results, which will help them to better read the scientific literature, to better review manuscripts and to write their own manuscripts and grants.

PROGRAM CONTENT

The 3-Day live intensive course will cover how to design and analyze studies using multiple variables (multivariate analysis), to work with data sets, fit a model, conduct statistical tests in STATA, and read and interpret the STATA output.

This workshop will be held in Boston on August 1st and August 2nd, 2019. This intensive workshop introduces participants to essential concepts and tools for writing and preparing research proposals. Focusing on the PPCR research proposal, participants in this collaborative-learning workshop will gain significant new insight into the logical structures and narrative pathways of persuasive arguments that are essential to effective proposal writing. We will also illustrate the principles for writing clearly and concisely in English through constructive peer review and discussion of participants’ draft research proposals. Agenda subject to change.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Research Proposal Writing workshop is an intensive two-day course offered to participants from Boston and throughout the world who enroll in the 2019 PPCR main course component or have previously completed a PPCR course.

FORMAT

The two-day live intensive course will host Harvard professors who will give lectures and host group discussions. Students will participate in practical exercises.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Students who enroll in the 2019 PPCR course or have previously completed a PPCR course and are interested in writing research proposals are encouraged to apply for this workshop.

INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE

This workshop will provide the fundamentals of research proposal writing and prepare the participant for a successful career in clinical research.

PROGRAM CONTENT

Topics will include tools for writing and preparing research proposals, insight into the structures, logical arguments, and narrative pathways, tools for writing clearly and concisely in English, strategies for getting published in top journals. There will be exercises to practice these concepts.