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The Centre for Statistics in Medicine have announced the dates in 2015 when they will run this ever popular course.

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RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL COURSE: A Guide to Design, Conduct, Analysis, Interpretation and Reporting

21st September – 25th September 2015

Pembroke College, Oxford

About the course:

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.

Course objectives:

    * 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 per se including analyses frequently used

    * Facilitate critical appraisal of RCTs

Course tutors:

  • Prof Doug Altman, Director, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Prof Peter Rothwell, Director, Oxford Stroke Prevention Research Unit, 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 ad 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, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Oxford
  • Ed Juszczak, Head of Trials, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford
  • Pollyanna Hardy, Senior Medical Statistician, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford


Who should attend:

The course is aimed at persons 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 persons early in their career or serve as a refresher for more experienced individuals.

Please email  for more information or to register.