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  • Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials I

This course is part I of a two part series on Clinical Trials. In Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials I, the student will learn the ethics, principles and conduct of clinical trials for medical research. The protection of study participants and the need for equipoise will be covered, including regulatory restrictions and the latest patient privacy regulations for the dissemination and use of data associated with the participants in clinical trials. Various study designs will be discussed, including single-arm, crossover, factorial, sequential multi-stage, and dose-finding designs, plus the means to allocate study participants to appropriate treatment groups using randomization (blocked or stratified) and prognostic factors. The importance of equipoise, informed consent, and the use of intent-to-treat analysis will be emphasized. Data collection and management for the conduct of clinical trials will be addressed. The roles of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Data Monitoring Committee (DMC), and federal regulatory agencies in the approval and review of ongoing clinical trials will be discussed.

For further information please contact:

Meenakshi Devidas, PhD
Phone:  352-273-0556

  • Grant Writing Skills for Clinical and Health Research

This course provides practical instruction in the grant process, with a specific focus on National Institutes of Health (NIH) procedures. It provides the student with experience in writing parts of the grant application and in reviewing other’s grant applications. It also contains a Mock Grant Review session to assist students in understanding the process and content of grant review.

For further information please contact:

Linda B. Cottler, Ph.D., MPH
Phone: 352-273-5468

  • Scientific Writing Seminar

This seminar covers strategies for successful scientific writing and publishing. Students must enter this seminar with a writing project of their own or a mentor’s research. The project must be a research manuscript. Grants and chapters will not suffice as the class project. Based on individual projects, students will follow a scientific writing process to develop a clear title, abstract, power point presentation, and manuscript. In addition to individual projects, students will critique written material from their peers. Students will also read and critique published articles of their own choosing. Note: This is not a course on remedial writing. Students are expected to have a solid command of English grammar and writing skills upon entrance to this course.

For further information please contact:

M. A. Crary, Ph.D.
Phone:  352-273-5299