Clinical Trials - I Have a Great Idea, But Does It Work?

Course details

Code
O18P195BIJ
Fees
From £67.00

Date
Sat 23 Feb 2019
Time
9:45am-5:00pm

Clinical Trials - I Have a Great Idea, But Does It Work?

Overview

It is estimated that more than 1 in 3 people in Britain will develop cancer at some point during their lives. 

Cancer is an ancient disease but one that has become more common with our increasing life spans.  It is still a disease with the power to terrify people, and turn lives upside down.  Modern cancer treatments have transformed the cancer journey with survival rates up from an average of 25% in 1970, to 50% in 2013.   Research is throwing up new ideas and better techniques which are hoped to bring the survival figures up to 75% by 2030. 

But human beings are very individual.  Some people respond to treatments and others fail to respond to the same approach.  So how do we judge whether something works or does not work?  The current approach is a randomised controlled clinical trial.  On this course, we will explore how to ask a good question, what randomisation means and why we need it.  We will explore the impact of human variability and explore some elementary statistical concepts for dealing with it.  We will explore the ethical side of trials and analyse the first randomised controlled trial – Bradford Hill’s trial of streptomycin as a treatment for tuberculosis. 

The day will be presented by Dr Martin Christlieb; Martin is the public engagement manager for the Department of Oncology.  Until 2011 he was involved in research into medical imaging, he now specialises in translating the Department’s work into plain English. 

Programme details

9.45am            Registration

10.00am          First ask the right question – setting up a fair test.

Dr Martin Christlieb, Department of Oncology, Oxford University

11.30am           Coffee/tea

11.45am            Then account for variability – making sure you get an answer.

Dr Martin Christlieb, Department of Oncology, Oxford University

1.00pm            Lunch

2.00pm           Streptomycin and the battle against TB – a basic statistical analysis.

Dr Martin Christlieb, Department of Oncology, Oxford University

3.15pm             Tea/coffee

3.45pm Respect for the person – doing the right thing.

Dr Martin Christlieb, Department of Oncology, Oxford University.

5.00pm           Course disperses

Recommended reading

Goldacre, Ben – Bad Science (Harper)

Fees

Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £67.00
Baguette lunch: £4.90

Tutors

Dr Thomas Hesselberg

Director of Studies

Thomas is a zoologist who has studied spiders, insects and worms for more than 15 years in both temperate and tropical climates. In addition to his teaching for OUDCE, he is a lecturer in biological sciences at St. Anne's College.

Dr Martin Christlieb

Tutor

Martin is the public engagement manager for the Dept of Oncology.  Before that he was involved in research to develop cancer imaging.  In his spare time he is a mountaineer, climber and the Adventure Training Officer for Thames Valley Air Cadets.

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