Research Skills Seminar Lectures
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| Dr. Alain Bertoni|| Dr. Jasmin Divers|| Dr. Emily Gower|| Dr. Carlos Rodriguez|
These seminar series lectures provide students, residents and faculty with an introduction to the basic analytical and practical skills necessary to undertake sound scientific clinical research.
The aims of these lectures are to present useful information to familiarize the participants with clinical research and to provide knowledge that will help participants interact with and contribute to a research team.
Click from the video playlist above to view a webcast of each lecture. The Introduction and How to Choose a Research Question will be available soon.
Introduction and How to Choose a Research Question - Dr. Alain Bertoni
This presentation is all about
the Research Question. Research questions dictate the design of
investigations. Some research questions are of greater interest than
others to potential funding agencies, journals, and ultimately, science and
medicine. This presents some suggestions for developing good research
Research Ethics - Dr. Alain Bertoni
Participation in research by
diverse members of society is important. However, some people may be
concerned about participating, or have insufficient trust in research and/or
researchers themselves. This lecture reviews some past abuses, particularly of
ethnic minorities, and this historic basis for modern research ethics,
including the Nuremberg Code and the Belmont Report. It reviews the role
of the Institutional Review Board and modern safeguards for people who are
participants in research studies.
How To Read a Science Paper - Dr. Jasmin Divers
This presentation provides a
brief overview of good practices and necessary steps needed for actively
reading a scientific manuscript. Active reading implies a tacit discussion
between the reader and the manuscript’s authors. The reader stands to achieve a
better understanding of the manuscript by asking key questions regarding the
research question (why?), study population (who?), laboratory techniques, data
collection and analysis approaches (how?). A careful, skeptical, inquisitive
review of the result and discussion sections will allow the reader to evaluate
the manuscript’s contribution to its field of interest and identify unanswered
questions and possible new avenues of research. These topics and others are
discussed in greater details in these slides.
Statistics - Dr. Jasmin Divers
This presentation provides a
brief overview of some basic statistical concepts used in biomedical research.
A particular emphasis is placed on hypothesis testing focusing on key concepts
including type I and type II errors, effect size, statistical power and sample
size calculation. The presentation starts by making a distinction between a sample
and the population that it is meant to represent and a statistic computed at
the sample level and used to make inference about the corresponding population
parameter. It then proceeds to discuss
various measures of association, modeling framework and approaches that are
specific to the type of data being collected and the overall objective of the
How to Write a Research Paper - Dr. Emily Gower
- Writing research papers is a
critical aspect of all clinical research projects because it is important to
share your results with medical practitioners and researchers. This
presentation provides details on how to structure and write a manuscript for
review in a peer-reviewed journal. It also provides information on
general guidelines for clear and concise writing as well as things to consider
when deciding authorship order.
Study Design - Dr. Emily Gower
- Many different types of study
designs are utilized in clinical research projects. This presentation
gives an overview of the main types of study design with examples for each type
of study. The presentation also includes details on what types of
information you need to consider when designing a research study.
Conducting a Literature Review - Dr. Carlos Rodriguez
- In this presentation we define a
literature review, why it is important and how the process of a literature
review has a multitude of benefits and purposes ranging from becoming the
Introduction section of a dissertation or manuscript to a stand-alone publication
in its own right. We then cover the nuts and bolts of a literature review
starting with how to plan your review, how to critically search the literature,
how to evaluate the data you find, how to save and write down the review
results, and lastly we end with some examples of successful literature reviews.