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Randomised controlled trials course 2019

Now planning our 2020 course

Provisional dates: 21-25 September 2020, Merton College, University of Oxford

This annual course provides a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for evaluating healthcare interventions. You will learn from an interdisciplinary faculty of clinicians, statisticians, and trial managers, all with a wealth of RCT experience. The course uses a problem-based learning approach, including lectures and small-group practical sessions, and grounds all learning in practical experience and examples from the literature.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Clarify the fundamental principles and practice of RCTs
  • Present the optimal methodology to use in RCTs
  • Examine the critical issues involved in planning, conducting and completing a successful trial
  • Provide a basic understanding of the statistics used to plan and analyse RCTs
  • Teach critical appraisal skills and practice appraising RCT papers

COURSE Faculty

We are now planning our 2020 course. Course faculty in 2019 included:

  • Prof David Beard, Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Prof Mike Clarke, Director, MRC All-Ireland Trials Methodology Research Hub, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Associate Prof Jonathan Cook, University Lecturer, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences and Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford.
  • Prof Richard Emsley, Professor of Medical Statistics and Trials Methodology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King's College London.
  • Prof Ed Juszczak, Director, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit Clinical Trials Unit, University of Oxford.
  • Prof Karina Lovell, Professor of Mental Health and Director of Research, Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester.
  • Prof Graeme MacLennan, Professor of Medical Statistics and Director of the Centre for Health Care Randomised Trials (CHaRT), Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen.
  • Dr Ines Rombach, Medical Statistician, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford.
  • Dr Michael Maia Schlussel, Medical Statistician, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

If you are planning or actively involved in trials, or are interested in furthering your knowledge of trial methodology, this course is for you. It is ideal for those early in their career or those looking for a refresher course, as it provides an overview of all elements of an RCT. We welcome applications from clinical and non-clinical researchers and other professionals allied to medicine.

Details

Provisional dates: Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September 2020

A typical day runs from 9am to 5:30pm, with a banquet on the evening of Thursday 24 September and an early finish at 2pm on Friday 25 September after lunch.

The course will be held at Merton College, a historic college located in Oxford city centre.

Fees

Fees include daily lunch and refreshments, a course dinner (Thursday evening), and a comprehensive delegate’s pack including all course materials. Fees will be confirmed when registration opens in early 2020.

Accommodation (not included in course fees) is available at the college.

REGISTRATION

Please contact Jacqueline Wright on rct.course@csm.ox.ac.uk to join our mailing list for notification of course registration opening.