BERD Clinical Research Methods Short Course

Register by November 24

October 16, 2023

Friday, December 1 and 8 from 1-3:30 p.m.
Register by November 24 | Agenda and more details
Sessions will be held remotely
Please plan to attend both sessions

Offered by the WFUSM Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Team & Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

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Target Audience
Introductory level research scientists and clinical investigators.
Participants who want to expand their capacity to lead or collaborate in clinical, population-based, or basic science research will benefit most from this short course.

The rich interdisciplinary interaction that occurs in the health sciences is a critical element of an academic learning healthcare system and often generates new ideas as gaps in knowledge are discussed and potential methodological innovations are explored. Unfortunately, not all health researchers speak the same language, and are often slowed in their ability to translate innovations into the real world. This Clinical Research Methods short course seeks to overcome these challenges by providing an opportunity to learn the language and fundamental concepts of clinical research methods, with the intent of providing clearer communication across the research team.

Course Overview
The Biostatistics Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Program of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) short course is designed especially for research scientists in the health sciences. The short course will introduce participants to both established and state-of-the-art methodology for biomedical studies across the translational spectrum. It consists of both lecture and discussion/application exercises led by experts in the field. Topics will include key aspects of study design for medical research studies, standard statistical tests and data analyses, and an overview of the translational science spectrum and resources available from our CTSI. Registrants should attend both sessions.

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize common study designs and statistical methods used in medical research
  • Identify and use basic statistical procedures under the guidance of a statistician, and interpret their results
  • Communicate with biostatisticians and epidemiologists on study design and analysis topics
  • Differentiate among the phases of the translational science spectrum