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Nature Research Academies – Clinical Research Methodology
Nature Research Academies – Clinical Research Methodology

Nature Research Academies – Clinical Research Methodology

Available from Nature Research Academies: workshops in Clinical Research Methodology. Nature Research Academies is a series of training workshops for researchers, developed by Nature Research.

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Academy in Clinical Research Methodology

This workshop is available to be delivered face-to-face or virtually.

Understanding the elements of robust research methodology is essential to any researcher in order to avoid problems such as research waste, manuscript rejections and/or long peer-review process.

Nature Research Academies has developed this 1-day interactive workshop in ‘Clinical Research Methodology’ to provide clinicians with tools and strategies to write solid research protocols and avoid common problems in data collection and analysis.

  • 1-day workshops
  • Available to institutions globally
  • For up to 50 clinical researchers

Feedback from participants

“It is very useful for me to understand publication strategies and how to design and write clinical research papers.”

“This is a wonderful workshop! Dr. Robens used a lot of examples and activities to help us understand, so I feel I learned many useful skills.”

Academy content

  • Planning a clinical study
    • Discusses how to properly choose a research question that is necessary for the field
    • Reviews efficient literature searching strategies and how to stay up-to-date
    • Discusses focusing the research problem in a manageable and realistic manner 
    • Reviews different primary and secondary outcomes related to the research question that should be the focus of the study
  • Choosing the right study design
    • Covers how to identify which study design is appropriate for the research problem and outcome
    • Briefly introduces systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials (RCTs), cohort studies, case-controlled studies, cross-sectional studies, and case reports/series
    • Highlights the advantages and limitations of the above that should be considered
    • Discusses RCTs given their important impact in clinical research
  • Avoiding common biases in your study design
    •  Emphasizes the importance of a robust study design to increase the chance of publication as well as clinical impact
    • Discusses a number of common biases in clinical studies, such as selection bias, measurement bias, attrition bias, and selective reporting and publishing bias
    • Reviews strategies to minimize these biases in the study to improve the overall robustness of the research study
  • Collecting and analyzing data
    • Discusses how to effectively collect data during the study and how to properly manage all files to ensure that they are easily accessible and understandable
    • Reviews how to store the data both during and after the study that will be essential during or after publication
    • Reviews some available data repositories that can help researchers achieve long-term secure archiving

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