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Registration now open - Discounts available for NDORMS staff

25-29 September 2017, Pembroke College, University of Oxford

This course provides a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for the evaluation of healthcare interventions. It will include talks and practicals to give examples and guidance on the methodology of trials using a problem-based learning approach.


  • Clarify the fundamental principles and practice of RCTs
  • Demonstrate the optimal methodology to use in RCTs based on considerable practical experience and using extensive examples from the literature
  • Examine the critical issues involved in planning, conducting and completing a successful trial
  • Provide a basic understanding of statistical input into RCTs, including analyses frequently used
  • Facilitate critical appraisal of RCTs


  • Prof Doug Altman, Director, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Prof Mike Clarke, Director, MRC All-Ireland Trials Methodology Research Hub, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Jonathan Cook, University Lecturer, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences and Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford.
  • Susan Dutton, Lead Statistician, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit and Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Dr Vicki Barber, Hub Manager, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Oxford
  • Prof Ed Juszczak, Director, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit Clinical Trials Unit, University of Oxford.


The course is aimed at those planning or actively involved in trials, or individuals interested in furthering their knowledge of trial methodology. Applications are invited from clinical and non-clinical researchers and other professionals allied to medicine. The course provides an overview of clinical trials and would benefit those early in their career or serve as a refresher for more experienced individuals.


Monday 25 September to Friday 29 September 2017

A typical day runs from 9am to 5:30pm, with a banquet on the evening of Thursday 28 September and an early finish at 2pm on Friday 29 September after lunch.

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

Course fees are £1,350, discounted to £1,250 for those registering before 30 June 2017. Fees include daily lunch and refreshments, a course dinner (Thursday evening), a comprehensive delegate’s pack including all course materials, and your choice between two textbooks.


Registration for this course is now open. Please contact Jacqueline Wright on to request an application form and for any further information.