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Clinical Research Method (Klinisk Forskningsmetode)
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3716-21-00-00There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 17/10/2021
Date and time17.11.2021, at: 08:15 - 24.11.2021, at: 16:00
Regular seats16
Course fee4,800.00 kr.
LecturersCharlotte Suppli Ulrik
Marianne Bøje
ECTS credits2.30
Contact personLisbeth Ane Pedersen    E-mail address: lisbeth.ane.pedersen.01@regionh.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This is a generic course. This means that the course is reserved for PhD students at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH. Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at the Graduate School, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. After the enrolment deadline, available seats will be allocated to the waiting list.

The course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. Formulate a scientific hypothesis
2. Gain tools to critically evaluate your own and others’ projects.
3. Perform a sample size/power calculation
4. Describe different study designs in medical research
5. Build a scientific database and disseminate scientific results

Knowledge: The students will understand the rationale behind formulation of a good scientific hypothesis. They will gain knowledge about study designs in medical research. They will be able to judge the scientific merit of research projects and to point out weaknesses in their own projects. Through discussion they will gain knowledge about recruiting and retaining study subjects and perform an electronic GCP training.

Skills: The students will be able to explain the design and rationale of their own project and of other research projects. They will be able to analyse and discuss their own project in the context of the obtained knowledge about medical research methodology.

Competences: The students will be able to formulate a scientific hypothesis. They will be able to identify the central elements and give qualified estimates in order perform a sample size/power calculation. They will be able to discuss a scientific hypothesis and its relationship with study design, database preparation and data analysis – although it is not a statistically course. They will be able to design a database for statistical data analysis. Lastly, they will be able to perform a short oral presentation of the scientific part in their project.

After the completion of the PhD course, the student should:
1. be able to present a scientific hypothesis based on an acknowledged biological rationale
2. be able to propose an appropriate study design for various research questions including considerations on power calculation/sample size
3. be able to identify possible bias and pitfalls in various study design
4. Have insight into the various possibilities for research projects and the required permissions from regulatory authorities and strategies for recruitment of study participants
5. be able to communicate their research results in various national and international fora

Medical research methodology, study designs, critical appraisal of scientific studies, hypothesis formulation, recruitment of study subjects, power and sample size, database preparation, regulatory tools.

PhD students who are at the beginning of their education

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

All graduate programmes


Lectures, discussions, group work, master classes, oral presentations, practical exercises

Vibeke Backer, professor, MD, DMSc
Centre for Physical activity Research, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark and Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery & Audiology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark
E-mail: backer@dadlnet.dk

Charlotte Ulrik, professor, MD, DMSc
Head of GP “Airways, Anesthesiology and Skin”
Department of Respiratory Medicine
Hvidovre Hospital
Kettegårds Alle 26
2650 Hvidovre

Simon Francis Thomsen, professor, MD, DMSc
Department of Dermatology
Bispebjerg Hospital
DK-2400 Copenhagen NV
E-mail: simonfrancisthomsen@gmail.com

Jens Ulrik Jensen, professor, MD, PhD
Department of Internal Medicine, Respiratory Section
Herlev-Gentofte Hospital
E-mail: jens.ulrik.jensen@regionh.dk

Howraman Meteran, MD, PhD, post doc
Department of Internal Medicine, Respiratory Section
Herlev-Gentofte Hospital &
Department of Microbiolgy and Immunology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences,
University of Copenhagen
E-mail: hmeteran@gmail.com

Dates in 2021
17, 18 and 24 November 2021

Course location
Hvidovre Hospital (can be changed due to COVID-19)

Please register before 17 October 2021.

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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