Principles and Practice of Clinical Research is a distance-learning program; weekly 3-hour interactive videoconference lectures are broadcast from Harvard to different sites around the world. The program has been carefully designed to create a very interactive platform to enhance learning through a highly collaborative method. By helping researchers improve their skills in clinical research in a highly interactive environment, this program will promote personal and professional growth and help participants become more effective in their work.

The program covers topics from the basics of clinical research (such as how to formulate a research question, how to select a study population, and randomization and blinding methods) to statistical methods (data distribution and classification, statistical tests, sample size calculation, survival analysis, missing data, and meta-analysis); data collection, monitoring, and reporting (including training in manuscript writing); and study designs (observational studies, non-inferiority and adaptive designs, and randomized clinical trials). Additionally, the program aims to provide participants with an understanding of the issues involved in the design, conduction, analysis, and interpretation of randomized controlled trials of health interventions. Students will be trained to develop skills to scrutinize information, critically analyze and carry out research, and communicate effectively.

Meet The Faculty

Felipe Fregni

Felipe Fregni

Program Director

Prof. Fregni is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. He leads a large clinical research laboratory (Spaulding Neuromodulation Center) and is currently investigating techniques to guide and measure neuroplasticity in brain injury. He has been at the forefront of advancing neurorehabilitation science to treat conditions such as strokes, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain. He holds a MD and PhD from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and three master’s degrees from Harvard University (two master’s degrees in clinical research from Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and one master's degree in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education). He has more than 360 peer-reviewed publications and has been leading this international training program since its foundation in 2007 with some colleagues from University of Sao Paulo (Dr. Marta Imamura, Dr. Wu Hsing, and Dr. Linamara Battistella). PPCR has been intensively developed over these eight years to offer an optimized learning environment for clinical researchers around the globe. Currently more than 2000 people have been trained in Practices and Principle of Clinical Research. The course has seen many participants from PPCR becoming successful clinical researchers and continuing the mission of teaching clinical research, thus perpetuating the mission of PPCR.

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