Fundamentals of Clinical Trials - Online Training

These training modules consist of recorded slide presentations prepared by David DeMets, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics. They provide an overview of the fundamentals of clinical trials and can be viewed at your own pace.

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This training module provides a brief introduction on various aspects of clinical trials.

Basics part 1: Types of studies, study questions, outcome measurements and study population choices (32 minutes)
Basics part 2: Study design, conduct and data collection (33 minutes)
Basics part 3: Study monitoring and analysis (24 minutes)

This series of lectures covers similar topics as the basics course, but explores each topic in greater detail.

Advanced lecture 1: Background and history of clinical trials (35 minutes)
Advanced lecture 2: What is a clinical trial and why bother? (40 minutes)
Advanced lecture 3: Exploring the questions, responses and population choices of clinical trials (50 minutes)

If any issues arise with Lecture 3, please utilize the powerpoint slides here.
Advanced lecture 4: Clinical trial design (37 minutes)
Advanced lecture 5: Sample size estimation (52 minutes)
Advanced lecture 6: Trial monitoring for safety and benefit (61 minutes)
Advanced lecture 7: Issues in data analysis (34 minutes)
Advanced lecture 8: Trial reporting (20 minutes)

Learning Objectives: 

A brief introduction to various aspects of clinical trials.

Study Design
Target Learners: 
Graduate Students
Undergraduate Students
General Public

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