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Research Skills Seminar Lectures

   Bertoni Alain    Divers Jasmin   Emily Gower Photo   Carlos Rodriguez Photo
 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 questions. 

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 study. 

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.





Last Updated: 06-17-2016
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