Announcements of educational opportunities from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Research Council.
MGH Clinical Research Program Courses
Communicating within Study Teams
Tuesday, March 24th, 12:00 – 1:00pm, Simches Room 3.110
Clarifying the roles and responsibilities of each member of a clinical research study team is an essential element of its success. But sometimes these conversations can be challenging.
Come join Kathy Hall, MS, ANP-BC, Nursing Director, MGH Clinical Research Center, and your colleagues as we use a case-based approach to discussing ways to effectively communicate about delegation of responsibility within study teams. Kathy’s presentation will be followed by facilitated discussion amongst the group. Please come prepared to share stories of your own challenges and success.
Problem-Based Biostatistics for the Clinical Investigator
Tuesdays, March 24th, March 31st | 1:30pm – 3:00pm | Simches 3.110
Tuesday, April 7th |1:30pm – 4:45pm| Simches 3.110
Speaker: John Orav, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Biostatistics), Harvard Medical School
Course Description: In this four-session seminar series, John Orav will review biostatistics problems often encountered by clinical investigators. The goal of the seminars is to demonstrate alternative statistical approaches. This course is intended for clinical investigators who have moderate or substantial statistical experience. Each of the four sessions will focus on a different theme and an actual research project and database will be used to provide concrete and realistic examples. There will be time at the end of each session for Q&A, as well as pursue computing issues in SAS with Dr. Orav.
- Tuesday, March 24th | 1:30pm – 3:00pm | Predictors and Overfitting
Approaches to evaluating multiple predictors in studies with small numbers of subjects
- Tuesday March 31st | 1:30pm – 3:00pm | Sample Size and Power
Approaches and assumptions for calculating sample size and power when pilot data are not available
- Tuesday, April 7th | 1:30 – 3:00pm | Repeated Measures and Correlated Data
Approaches to evaluating outcomes that are measured repeatedly during the course
of the study, or correlated through clustering
- Tuesday, April 7th | 3:15pm – 4:45pm | Large Numbers of Variables and Outcomes
Approaches to exploratory analyses in datasets with many potential predictors and outcomes, leading to problems with multiple testing
REDCap: Data Entry and Survey Administration
Monday, March 30 | 2:00 – 3:00pm | Simches 3.110
Speakers: Lynn Simpson, MPH, CCDM, Harvard Catalyst Research Data & Analytics Services Manager and Jeremy Alphonse, Harvard Catalyst EDC Project Analyst. In collaboration with the Harvard Catalyst, REDCap is a free, secure, web-based application hosted by Partners Research Computing and designed to support electronic data capture for research studies. This session is to help REDCap users enter data for their projects and administer surveys to participants. Learn about double data entry, locking and unlocking forms, collecting anonymous survey data, tracking survey responders vs. non-responders, and programming automated survey invites
Bedside to Bench: Recognizing and studying patients that lead to new discoveries
Tuesday, March 31st | 8:00am – 5:00pm | Armenise Amphitheatre
200 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Course Directors: Stephanie Seminara M.D. FACP and Joel Hirschhorn M.D, Ph.D. This is a new course that will target clinicians and clinical investigators who seek to expand their involvement in research by identifying opportunities for translating clinical observations to scientific discovery. Topics covered will include: identifying clinical opportunities for discovery (e.g. unusual patients/pedigrees); accessing cores, tools, and technologies for data analysis, clinical interpretation of DNA sequence data; issues related to the IRB and participant recruitment.
REDCap: Making Changes to Projects in Production; Data Quality Module
Monday, April 6 | 4:00 – 5:00pm | Simches 3.120
Speakers: Lynn Simpson, MPH, CCDM, Harvard Catalyst Research Data & Analytics Services Manager and Jeremy Alphonse, Harvard Catalyst EDC Project Analyst.
In collaboration with the Harvard Catalyst, REDCap is a free, secure, web-based application hosted by Partners Research Computing and designed to support electronic data capture for research studies. This session is to help REDCap users make changes to their projects once in production. Learn how to request changes, evaluate and resolve “critical” changes, and “archive” data instead of deleting data. Review the Data Quality Module to check for discrepancies in your data and the Data Resolution Workflow module for documenting the process of resolving data discrepancies (i.e. opening, responding to, and closing data queries).
Monday, May 4 | 2 to 5:15 pm | Simches (185 Cambridge St.), Room 3.110
Sponsored by Harvard Catalyst, the Clinical Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Join us for this exciting course looking at complex challenges that have become widespread due to rapid advances in genomic technologies, large scale data sharing, and the emerging integration of genetic and biomarker findings into clinical setting. Investigators throughout the Harvard community have increasingly expressed a need to adapt Responsible Conduct of Research training to this changing environment. Therefore, in collaboration with the Harvard Catalyst and the MGH Clinical Research Program (CRP) we are pleased to be offering this course for the Harvard community.
Research Patient Database Registry (RPDR) Office Hours
The last Monday of every month, 10:30am – 2:30pm, Simches 2.140
Do you need help using the Research Patient Database Registry (RPDR) for your research study or understanding the data it has to offer? The Clinical Research Program is offering monthly office hours with an RPDR expert in order to answer any questions you may have regarding the tool and experience a one-on-one tutorial. New users of the tool can learn a general overview of how the tool works while research staff can discuss the best way to create a query and gather information for their study. Please contact Stacey Due at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a timeslot.
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