The How to do Research on Therapeutic Interventions: Protocol Preparation course is a one-week module of the MSc in Experimental and Translational Therapeutics. Offered by the Department of Oncology and the Department for Continuing Education, the teaching will be led by Dr Grant D Vallance, Information Manager at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, and will feature lectures and tutorials from some of Oxford's leading clinicians and scientists.
The module can be taken as a stand-alone short course. It includes group work, discussions, guest lectures, and interaction and feedback with tutors and lecturers.
The How to do Research on Therapeutic Interventions course will provide students with the opportunity to learn more about and discuss the following topics:
The design and implementation of clinical trials (Phase I to Phase IV)
- Understanding methodological issues in clinical trial design
- Understanding and creating trial protocols
- Understanding (internal) trial governance issues and how to address them
- Understanding statistical issues and how to address them
- Understanding and addressing ethical issues in clinical trials - an introduction to Research Ethics
- Understanding data management in clinical trials and how to implement a solution
- Understanding (external) clinical trial governance issues and how to address them
- Understanding and dealing with key stakeholders in clinical trial delivery - data managers; trial coordinators; research nurses; ethics committees
What do students say about the course?
"The topics were all interesting and well presented. Also the group had very diverse backgrounds and that added to the value of the course. The protocol writing was a valuable exercise especially with the diversity of the group which helped with learning various skills."
Consultant Gynaecologist, Lead Colposcopist and Lead for Gynae Oncology Unit, UK
"I liked that it was a small group of students and a relaxed atmosphere where we could interact with the instructors."
Associate Principal Scientist, Clinical Research, New Jersey, USA