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An introduction to experimental design and statistical analysis of in vivo experiments
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3692-21-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 17/09/2021
Date and time18.10.2021, at: 09:00 - 27.10.2021, at: 16:00
Regular seats12
Course fee7,200.00 kr.
LecturersOtto Kalliokoski
ECTS credits3.90
Contact personGitte Balle Kaltoft    E-mail address: gitte.nielsen@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This 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.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from Nordic countries. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

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

1. Understand and apply principles used to design solid/reproducible experiments

2. Identify some common pitfalls in experimental design and be familiar with ways around them

3. Explain the concept of statistical power, and how it relates to their experiments

4. Understand the principles for calculating appropriate sample sizes for an experiment and be familiar with tools used for the purpose

The course aims to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of setting up in vivo experiments, coupled with an introduction to the how and why of statistical analysis of results. How do we make statistical analysis of experiments feel like less of a pain? How do we think about statistics before we have started our experiment?

The lectures discuss common causes of irreproducible findings and how to mitigate them. Particular emphasis is put on formulatin hypotheses; on identifying appropriate designs for answering these hypotheses; on making sure that an experiment is appropriately powered; and on calculating appropriate sample sizes for this experiment. How do we line everything up in such a way as to ensure that we have the best possible odds of obtaining a clear answer from our experiments?

Students are encouraged to bring their own experimental designs - a study they will be carrying out, or one that they have done in the past - as the course has a "workshop" element where these designs are analyzed. Can my experiments be carried out in another way? In a better way?

Target group:
PhD students working independently or as a part of a larger project, who will be setting up or analyzing data from in vivo experiments.
Required qualifications:
No prior knowledge is required.

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 and exerices (individual- and group work, with exercises and discussions)

Course director
Otto Kalliokoski, associate professor, Department of Experimental Medicine, ohk@sund.ku.dk

Otto Kalliokoski

18 - 27 October 2021

Course location

Please register before 17 September 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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