Principles and Practice of Clinical Research


March 28 - December 13, 2024

  • $2,000 for Alumni/Alumnae or repeat students
  • $3,300 for Site Center, Group Participants and Graduate Students
  • $4,600 for web-based students

In-person (Boston): July workshops 2024

Advanced Statistical: July 29-31, 2024
Research Manuscript Writing: August 1-2, 2024

History of PPCR

Prof. Fregni is an Associate Professor of PM&R at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He leads a large clinical research laboratory (Spaulding Neuromodulation Center) and is currently investigating techniques to guide and measure neuroplasticity in brain injury.

He has been at the forefront of advancing neurorehabilitation science to treat conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain. He holds a MD and PhD from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and three master’s degrees from Harvard University (two master’s

degrees in clinical research from Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and one master’s degree in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education). 

He has more than 440 peer-reviewed publications and has been leading this international training program since its foundation in 2007 with some colleagues from University of Sao Paulo (Dr. Marta Imamura, Dr. Wu Hsing, and Dr. Linamara Battistella). PPCR has been intensively developed over these 12 years as to offer an optimized learning environment for clinical researchers globally. Currently more than 2500 people have been trained in PPCR. We have seen many

participants from PPCR becoming very successful clinical researchers and continue the mission of teaching clinical research so thus perpetuating the mission of PPCR. We welcome you to be a part of this journey with us! PPCR is currently offered by the Department of Executive and Continuing Professional Education at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

PPCR students learning clinical research collaboratively across the world

The Program

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.


This program blends live and online interaction via the web and on-site centers. Participants attend weekly three-hour interactive videoconference sessions, which are broadcast live.

Learning outcomes

During the program, participants will develop skills in two main domains: design and conduct of clinical research, and interpretation and critical understanding of published research.

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