Training & Education

The HRB – Stroke Clinical Trials Network, Ireland (SCTNI) Training and Education strand is focused on developing initiatives that meet the training and educational needs of SCTNI members and fulfill the requirements of developing, conducting, analysing and reporting SCTNI trials. The training and educational initiatives of the Network are driven by training needs analyses conducted through the network.

Specific training and education strands include:

  1. Clinical trials design and methods – In collaboration with NUIG (MSc in Clinical Research (lead: Professor Martin O’Donnell) and HRB-TMRN (lead: Professor Declan Devane), education and training in trials design and methodology are available.
  1. Clinical trials delivery and management –In collaboration with Deirdre Hyland (RCSI), Jeremy Towns (St. James’s Hospital CRC), and ICON, training in Good Clinical Practice and training days in the practice of running and managing clinical trials are available.
  1. Biostatistics – In collaboration with CSTAR, HRB-TMRN and the SPHeRE Programme, training and education in biostatistics and analysis of clinical trials are available.
  1. Population Health & Health-Services Research – In collaboration with the SPHeRE Programme (co-director: Professor Anne Hickey), education and training are available on health outcomes assessment, application of clinical trial findings to populations, and policy and practice implications of clinical research findings.

The goal of the Network is to facilitate training and education to its members in a manner that is flexible, accessible and relevant. As such, the network will support access to a range of training and education activities from which members can choose, with as much content as possible delivered in an online delivery format, with face-to-face sessions available to complement and reinforce online content.

Education and training will be provided in the form of stand-alone seminars, workshops, or courses and, where possible, accredited modules with potential to be incorporated into Higher Diploma, MSc, or PhD degrees.

TypeNameProviderDurationCostDescriptionProvider ContactProvider Website
Online TrainingModified Rankin Scale Training and CertificationAmerican Stroke Associationn/aUS$99This certificate has been specifically designed and developed for the educational benefit of healthcare providers. On completion of the programme, participants will be able to:
- Understand differences and conflicts between functional grades awarded to patients

- Have observed interviews of patients representing a range of functional outcomes

- Have demonstrated competence under controlled circumstances in applying a score to patients, which is consistent with the scoring algorithm and peer opinion

- Be able to use the scale to score functional recovery of stroke patients
Be able to document and provide proof of competency to sponsors and regulatory entities within the clinical reseach setting.

Certificate of completion remains valid for up to 2 years
https://secure.trainingcampus.net/uas/modules/trees/windex.aspx?rx=rankin-asa.trainingcampus.net&
Online TrainingMontreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)MoCAn/aFreeFree The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is a brief cognitive screening tool for Mild Cognitive Impairment. Training and certification are required to insure accuracy for administering, scoring and interpreting the test. Online training and certification is available through the MoCA Test website, with training aimed at ensuring adequate administration and scoring of the test to improve accuracy and reliability and decrease test-retest variability. Following registration on the website, the training will walk participants through the development, rationale, limits, sensitivity, specificity and neuro-anatomical correlation of each test item. It will also provide participants with administration and scoring tips, a live testing video, test analysis of real cases and a self-test analysis. The estimated time to complete the training and certification modules is of 60 minutes.http://www.mocatest.org/training-certification/
Online TrainingNIH Stroke ScaleNational Stroke Associationn/aFreeThe NIH Stroke Scale can be used as a clinical stroke assessment tool to evaluate and document neurological status in stroke patients. The stroke scale is valid for predicting lesion size and can serve as a measure of stroke severity. On completion of training, participants will:
- Be able to consistently apply appropriate scores for neurological deficits in stroke patient
- Use the scale to assess changes in neurological deficits in stroke patients over time.

Certificate of completion remains valid for up to 2 years
http://www.stroke.org/we-can-help/healthcare-professionals/improve-your-skills/tools-training-and-resources/training/nih
Online TrainingDesign and Interpretation of Clinical TrialsBloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins University6 weeksFree to access; fees for certificationBloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University provide a MOOC focused on the design and interpretation of clinical trials. The course will explain the basic principles for design of randomized clinical trials and how they should be reported. In the first part of the course, students will be introduced to terminology used in clinical trials and the several common designs used for clinical trials, such as parallel and cross-over designs. Facilitators will also explain some of the mechanics of clinical trials, like randomization and blinding of treatment. In the second half of the course, MOOC facilitators will explain how clinical trials are analyzed and interpreted. Finally, the facilitators we will review the essential ethical consideration involved in conducting experiments on people.https://www.coursera.org/learn/clinical-trials
Online TrainingIntroduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Clinical TrialsBloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins University6 weeksFree to access; fees for certificationFaculty at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University use this course to introduce participants to the methods to perform systematic reviews and meta-analysis of clinical trials. Course facilitators will cover how to formulate an answerable research question, define inclusion and exclusion criteria, search for the evidence, extract data, assess the risk of bias in clinical trials, and perform a meta-analysis.

Upon successfully completing this course, participants will be able to:

- Describe the steps in conducting a systematic review
- Develop an answerable question using the “Participants Interventions Comparisons Outcomes” (PICO) framework
- Describe the process used to collect and extract data from reports of clinical trials
- Describe methods to critically assess the risk of bias of clinical trials
- Describe and interpret the results of meta-analyses
https://www.coursera.org/learn/systematic-review
Online TrainingFundamentals of Clinical TrialsHarvard Universityn/aFreeHarvard University and HarvardX deliver the online course Fundamentals of Clinical Trials. This course will provide an introduction to the scientific, statistical, and ethical aspects of clinical trials research. Topics include the design, implementation, and analysis of trials, including first-in-human studies (dose-finding, safety, proof of concept, and Phase I), Phase II, Phase III, and Phase IV studies. All aspects of the development of a study protocol will be addressed, including criteria for the selection of participants, treatments, and endpoints, randomization procedures, sample size determination, data analysis, and study interpretation. The ethical issues that arise at each phase of therapy development will be explored. This course ast ran in 2014, though you can register with HarvardX to review all the course content.https://www.edx.org/course/fundamentals-clinical-trials-harvardx-hsph-hms214x
Online TrainingClinical trial online material libraryHRB TMRNn/aFreeThe HRB-TMRN provide public access to an extensive range of online material including relevant to clinical trials including event recordings, podcasts, promotional videos, presentation slides, and webinars. This online material is delivered by people associated with the HRB-TMRN, as well as leading researchers in this area that have presented at HRB-TMRN events. Subjects covered range from sharing clinical trial data to sample size calculations in clinical trials.hrb-tmrn@nuigalway.iehttps://www.hrb-tmrn.ie/online-material/
Online TrainingClinical Trials by Distance LearningLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineVariesVariesThe London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine run distance learning Certificate, Diploma and MSc programmes on clinical trials. These programmes provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the issues involved in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of randomised controlled trials of health interventions. In addition to completing a certified programme, there is also an option to complete individual modules if wishing to update professional knowledge or to sample the programme.https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/clinical-trials-online
Online TrainingClinical Trials (Online Distance Learning)University of EdinburghVariesVariesThe University of Edinburgh provide online distance learning for clinical trials at MSc, PgCert, PgDip, PgProfDev award levels. The online programme will provide a knowledge and understanding of the key elements and principles of clinical trial design, delivery and analysis. This programme is suitable for graduates in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, life sciences and other allied disciplines involved in Clinical Trials. Delivered completely online, the programme is made up of compulsory and optional courses.https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/degrees/index.php?r=site/view&id=809
Online and In person TrainingQualitative methods in TrialsQUESTSn/aVariesThe Qualitative Research in Trials Centre (QUESTS) seek to maximise the value of qualitative research in trials. This is achieved through a focus on providing support, training, and conducting methodology research for the use of qualitative research and trials. In addition to support for trialists, QUESTS qualitative research advisors provide (i) webinars (ii) day-long workshops and (iii) qualitative research in trials symposia. These include complexity in intervention research, process evaluation, and optimising qualitative research in trials and RCTs.info@quests.iehttps://quests.ie
Online and In person TrainingPerspectives on population health and health services research - Linking context and methodsSPHeREApprox. 4 weeksTBCDelivered as part of the SPHeRE PhD modules programme. This introductory module prepares participants s to describe and discuss the major determinants of health and disease in the population and assess the impact of health services on the health of our population. Teaching takes please each Wednesday (11am-5pm) and occasionally on Thursdays (9am-2pm). Modules are taught in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Cork (UCC). Assessed through a written assignment and/or presentation.sphere@rcsi.iewww.sphereprogramme.ie
Online and In person TrainingPractical approaches to population health and health services research - methods and study designSPHeREApprox. 4 weeksTBCDelivered as part of the SPHeRE PhD modules programme. This introductory module prepares participants to describe, discuss, and compare the range of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methods relevant to population health and health services research. Teaching takes please each Wednesday (11am-5pm) and occasionally on Thursdays (9am-2pm). Modules are taught in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Cork (UCC). Assessed through a written assignment and/or presentation.sphere@rcsi.iewww.sphereprogramme.ie
Online and In person TrainingSystematic Reviewing & Protocol DevelopmentSPHeREApprox. 4 weeksTBCDelivered as part of the SPHeRE PhD modules programme. Upon completion, participants describe the major sources of research evidence (including the grey literature), conduct effective and efficient searches of the literature to the level required for a Cochrane Review and critically appraise, summarise and synthesise the literature on a specific topic. Teaching takes please each Wednesday (11am-5pm) and occasionally on Thursdays (9am-2pm). Modules are taught in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Cork (UCC). Assessed through a written assignment and/or presentation.sphere@rcsi.iewww.sphereprogramme.ie
Online and In person TrainingWorking with health information - informatics and statistical analysisSPHeREApprox. 4 weeksTBCDelivered as part of the SPHeRE PhD modules programme. Upon completion, participants will be able to access and use routine health and health service data applying basic epidemiological and statistical methods.Teaching takes please each Wednesday (11am-5pm) and occasionally on Thursdays (9am-2pm). Modules are taught in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Cork (UCC). Assessed through a written assignment and/or presentation. Laptop with personal copy of STATA required.sphere@rcsi.iewww.sphereprogramme.ie
Online and In person TrainingHealth systems, policy, and managementSPHeREApprox. 4 weeksTBCDelivered as part of the SPHeRE PhD modules programme. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe and critique the structure, operation and performance of the Irish healthcare system and to contextualize it with reference to other health systems worldwide. Additionally, participants will become familiar with the conceptual frameworks from the health policy analysis literature and understand their application in an Irish context.Teaching takes please each Wednesday (11am-5pm) and occasionally on Thursdays (9am-2pm). Modules are taught in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Cork (UCC). Assessed through a written assignment and/or presentation.sphere@rcsi.iewww.sphereprogramme.ie
Online and In person TrainingHealth economicsSPHeREApprox. 4 weeksTBCDelivered as part of the SPHeRE PhD modules programme. Upon completion, participants will become familiar with the uses of economics and econometrics in the analysis and evaluation of health care. The module provides a basis for more advanced study for those likely to use economic in further research. Teaching takes please each Wednesday (11am-5pm) and occasionally on Thursdays (9am-2pm). Modules are taught in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Cork (UCC). Assessed through a written assignment and/or presentation.sphere@rcsi.iewww.sphereprogramme.ie
In Person TrainingPractical course in health research methodsHRB Centre for Primary Care Research5 days€650 (includes most recent versions of software packages Stata and EndNoteX7)This five day intensive short course is delivered by the HRB Centre for Primary Care Research. Topics covered include the fundamentals of study design, measuring health outcomes, data management and more
All participants must have a Wi-Fi enabled laptop with CD drive and USB port
enquiries.cpcr@rcsi.iehttp://www.hrbcentreprimarycare.ie/Research-Methods-Course
In Person Training
Statistics with SPSS
CSTAR, UCD
1-3 days1 day €250, 2 days €450 and 3 days €600
CSTAR will run the next Statistics with SPSS training course over three days (29th-31st may 2018), with an option for participants to attend from 1 to three days. This training course will focus on:
- Managing your Data
- An Introduction to Data Analysis
- Linear and Logistic Regression
cstar@ucd.iehttp://www.cstar.ie/courses/upcomingcstarcourses/
In Person TrainingESO Trial Networks Symposia
European Stroke Organisation (ESO)
1 day
VariesThe aim of the ESO Trials Network Committee is to facilitate academic clinical stroke research in Europe. As part of their remit, the Committee organise an annual symposium during ESO Conference on key issues such as: regulatory barriers to multi-national stroke studies in Europe, and how can they be overcome; methods to improve recruitment and retention in stroke trials; and increasing value and reducing waste in clinical stroke research. Work is ongoing to establish a new initiative, the ESO Trial Alliance, with the aim of supporting investigator-led stroke trials by closely aligning existing stroke research networks, and to support development of new networks in ESO countries where none currently exists.https://eso-stroke.org/eso-trials-network-commitee/
In Person TrainingEssentials of Clinical TrialsLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine5 days£1,665The Essentials in Clinical Trials short course provides attendees with a clear understanding of the fundamental principles of Randomised Clinical Trials (RCTs). Lectures and practical sessions cover the key issues to be considered in design, conduct, analysis and reporting, with a focus on major clinical trials which directly influence clinical practice. Topics are addressed with perspectives from both public sector research and the pharmaceutical industry.https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/courses/short-courses/clinical-trials
In Person TrainingContinuous Professional Development Support Scheme for Research & EthicsRCSIVariesFree for eligible NCHDs on the Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme; or €300 for others.The RCSI Department of Surgical Affairs has been responsible for providing dedicated educational courses for Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHDs) through the Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme. People not on the scheme can also apply. Courses under the Research and Ethics component include:
- Research design and Introduction to Statistics
- A Systematic Review: The Fundamentals and Statistics
- RCTs and Statistics
http://www.rcsi.ie/cpdss_researchandethics
In Person TrainingCompleting ethics applicationsSPHeRE1/2 day€75Delivered as part of the SPHeRE Workshop Programme. A half day workshop focusing on procedures associated with the ethical review of health-related studies, including the GDPRsphere@rcsi.iewww.sphereprogramme.ie
In Person TrainingPublishing in a peer-reviewed journalSPHeREFull Day€150Delivered as part of the SPHeRE Workshop Programme. A full-day workshop focusing on writing a journal article, choosing an appropriate journal, and factors to consider (data, transparency, reproducability, trending topics etc)sphere@rcsi.iewww.sphereprogramme.ie
In Person TrainingMulti-level modellingSPHeREFull Day€150Delivered as part of the SPHeRE Workshop Programme. A full-day workshop focusing on random intercept modelswith covariates; random-coefficient models; growth curve models; and further recourses for multi-level modelling. Laptop with personal copy of STATA required.sphere@rcsi.iewww.sphereprogramme.ie
In Person TrainingRCTs: Understanding their potential and potential limitationsSPHeREHalf Day€75Delivered as part of the SPHeRE Workshop Programme. A half-day workshop introducing and addressing the potential and limitations of RCTssphere@rcsi.iewww.sphereprogramme.ie
In Person TrainingPresentation skillsSPHeREFull Day€150Delivered as part of the SPHeRE Workshop Programme. A full day workshop focusing on different components to delivering presentations (e.g. building confidence, effective preparation, common pitfalls, holding audience attention, feedback). Some advanced preparation required.sphere@rcsi.iewww.sphereprogramme.ie
Training ScoolsESO Stroke Summer School
European Stroke Organisation (ESO)
5 days
Free for ESO members
The ESO Stroke Summer School is a flagship event for ESO and a prestigious educational meeting for stroke trainees throughout Europe. Over one week, stroke specialists from Europe provide their expert knowledge to young physicians with a major interest in cerebrovascular diseases. Places are limited to the following people:
i) Young stroke physicians or researchers with a major interest in cerebrovascular diseases
ii) Applicants should currently be in training in an European teaching hospital that treats acute stroke patients
iii) Candidates up to and including the age of 45
iv) Candidate should be fluent in English
v) All applicants are expected to be ESO Members

Upcoming summer schools include Berlin, Germany (2018), Helsinki, Finland (2019), and Caen, France (2020)
esoinfo@eso-stroke.orghttps://eso-stroke.org/stroke-summer-school/
Training SchoolsHRB-TMRN Winter School 2018, 9-10 OctoberHRB TMRN and the Health Behaviour Change Research Group NUI Galway2 daysn/a"The HRB-TMRN and the Health Behaviour Change Research group (NUI Galway) are delighted to announce a 2 day intensive Winter School on October 9th and 10th on Trials of Complex and Behaviour Change Interventions for Health. This event will proceed and complement the 4th Annual Trial Methodology Symposium which will be held in Galway on the 11th October 2018.

Places will be strictly limited. Full details will be available in Spring 2018."
hrb-tmrn@nuigalway.iewww.hrb-tmrn.ie
Training SchoolsEdinburgh Stroke Winter SchoolUniversity of Edinburgh3 daysGBP£250The Edinburgh Stroke Winter School is an annual 3-day course designed to help clinical academics develop a research question for a stroke-related PhD or MD project. the Winter School aims to help new or aspiring clinical academics develop answerable research questions, and concentrates on the first three steps of developing a research project: defining your research question; choosing the best design; and presentation to potential funders and collaborators. The Winter School is supported by The Stroke Association, and endorsed by the European Stroke Organisation.https://www.ed.ac.uk/clinical-brain-sciences/postgraduate-training/edinburgh-stroke-winter-school
GCPIntroduction to Clinical Research and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) TrainingClinical Research Co-ordination Ireland1 day€100.00 (Clinical/Academic rate), €200.00 (Industry rate)
This one day course is relevant to Principal Investigators, research nurses and associated research site personnel who have not undertaken GCP training within the previous 2 years. The following content is included:

- Introduction to Drug Development and Clinical Research
- Research Ethics and Clinical Research Governance
- Principles of Good Clinical Practice
- Investigator Responsibilities
- Regulatory Inspection

The course has Category 1 Approval from the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) – 6 CEUs. It also meets the minimum criteria for ICH GCP investigator site personnel training identified by TransCelerate Biopharma as necessary to enable mutual recognition of GCP training among trial sponsors.
https://www.hrb-crci.ie/training-conferences/
GCPGood Clinical Practice Refresher CourseClinical Research Co-ordination Irelans1/2 day€50.00 (Clinical/Academic rate), €100.00 (Industry rate).
A half day course relevant to Principal Investigators, Research Nurses and associated research site staff who have attended a full GCP training day within the last two years. The following content is included:

- Clinical Research Governance (Revision & Updates)
- Principles of Good Clinical Practice
- Investigator Responsibilities
- Regulatory Inspections

The course has Category 1 Approval from the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). All attendees are eligible for 4 CEUs on completion. It also meets the minimum criteria for ICH GCP investigator site personnel training identified by TransCelerate Biopharma as necessary to enable mutual recognition of GCP training among trial sponsors.
https://www.hrb-crci.ie/training-conferences/
GCPGood Clinical PracticeClinical Research Facility Cork1/2 dayFree for investigators and site staffHRB-Clinical Research Facility, UCC regularly run ICH-GCP training courses. The course includes a brief introduction to the Drug Development Process, Principles of ICH-GCP, Investigator Responsibilities and Essential Documents. This ICH E6 GCP Investigator Site Training meets the Minimum Criteria for ICH GCP Investigator Site Personnel Training identified by TransCelerate BioPharma as necessary to enable mutual recognition of GCP training among trial sponsors. The course also has Category 1 approval from An Bord Alternais and Registered Nurses and Midwives who attend will receive 3.5 CUEs. Physicians who attend the half-day course are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI).

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance following the course, this is valid for 2 years.
lucy.deane@ucc.iehttps://www.ucc.ie/en/crfc/news-&-events/events/gcp/
GCPGood Clinical Practice Refresher Course
Clinical Research Facility-Cork
1/2 day
Free for investigators and site staff
The Clinical Research Facility-Cork (CRF-C) offer refresher courses in ICH-Good Clinical Practice for Investigators and Site Personnel. The training for investigators and site personnel in Cork meets the minimum criteria for ICH GCP Investigator site personnel training identified by TransCelerate BioPharma as necessary to enable mutual recognition of GCP training among trial sponsors. The course has category 1 Bord Altranais approval for 3.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU). Physicians who attend the half-day course are eligible for 3 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI).lucy.deane@ucc.iehttps://www.ucc.ie/en/crfc/news-&-events/events/gcp/
GCPIntroduction to GCPWellcome Trust HRB Clinical Research Facility, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin1/2 dayFree for investigators and site staffThe Wellcome Trust HRB Clinical Research Facility, St. James’s Hospital host regular “Introduction to GCP” training courses for Investigators and Site Staff throughout the year. The courses provide training for investigators and site research staff on ICH E6 (R2) (GCP). The course includes a brief introduction to the national regulatory framework, Principles of ICH-GCP, Investigator Responsibilities and Essential Documents. The course is delivered with a practical focus and provides workshops and opportunities for discussion. Each course runs from 2-5pm.BURDZANA@tcd.iehttp://www.sjhcrf.ie/education/
Graduate CertificateOnline Graduate Certificate in Clinical TrialsUCD Clinical Research Centre6 monthsapprox €3,750The UCD Clinical Research Centre provide a training programme in clinical trials delivered online. With lecture content and reading materials made available weekly – participants can progress through the course at a pace that fits in with your work and other commitments, all the while having constant access to the course tutors through discussion forums and email. Participants need to successfully complete the following 3 modules:
1. Clinical trials
2. Data Management & Biostatistics
3. Clinical Trial Management
crc@ucd.iehttp://www.ucd.ie/medicine/studywithus/graduatestudies/clinicalresearch/onlinegraduatecertificateinclinicaltrials/
Masters DegreeMSc Clinical ResearchHRB Clinical Research Facility, NUI Galway1 year full-time; 2 years part-time€6,820 p.a. 2018/19 EU FeesThe objective of this Master of Science course is to provide training for the next generation of healthcare workers in the clinical research arena. Modules include:
Fundamentals of Health Research and Evaluation Methods
Introduction to Biostatistics I
Ethics of Health Research
Introduction to Biostatistics II
Introduction to Research Methods for Randomized Controlled Trials
Systematic Review Methods
Translational Medicine
Clinical Research Administration
Health Systems and Policy Analysis
Health Technology Assessment
Observational and Analytical Research Methods
CRFBiostats@nuigalway.iehttp://www.nuigalway.ie/hrbcrfg/
Masters DegreeMSc BiostatisticsHRB Clinical Research Facility, NUI Galway1 year full-time; 2 years part-time€4,529 p.a. 2017/18 EU FeesThe M.Sc. in Biostatistics is by research and is a collaboration between the HRB Clinical Research Facility and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics, NUI Galway. This masters involves applied work in the medical area, typically in collaboration with the Clinical Research Facility at NUI Galway. Topics include clinical trials, survival analysis, and registry-based studies, and while there is no formal lecture component students may be asked to attend associated lectures, or a short course, if necessary.CRFBiostats@nuigalway.iehttp://www.nuigalway.ie/hrbcrfg/education/
Masters DegreeMSc in Clinical & Translational ResearchUCD Clinical Research Centre1 year full-time; 2 years part timeApprox. €3,750 per yearThe MSc in Clinical and Translational Research is delivered by faculty in the UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science and aims to train the next generation of investigators who will lead cutting edge clinical research into the future. Delivered on a full and part-time basis, particpants will complete modules in:
1. Clinical Protocol Development
2. Clinical Trials
3. Data Management & Biostatistics
4. Laboratory Medicine
5. Clinical Trial Management
6. Clinical & Translational Research
7. Research project & thesis

Throughout the programme participants will gain significant practical experience and real world understanding of clinical research in action. This includes:

1. Developing a clinical trial protocol and gaining experience in critically appraising clinical research.
2. Building a database for a clinical trial
3. Getting trained in data analysis using SPSS
4. Completing an internship at the UCD Clinical Research Centre
5. Completing sample processing and analysis laboratory practicals
crc@ucd.iehttp://www.ucd.ie/medicine/studywithus/graduatestudies/clinicalresearch/mscclinicaltranslationalresearch-fulltime/
Research SupportSupport for clinical investigatorsClinical Research Facility-Corkn/aFree"The Clinical Research Facility-Cork (CRF-C) is equipped to support Academic/Clinical Investigators by providing the infrastructure, facilities and experienced research and specialist support staff to successfully conduct world-class patient-focused research in a safe and regulated environment to international standards. The CRF-C staff a have a wealth of experience in patient focused clinical research and also in supporting applications to a variety of funding award schemes. They can provide advice on and assistance with:

Clinical Trial Design and Methodology
Statistics
Clinical Trial Project Management
Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Audit and Monitoring
Pharmacovigilance
Data Management
Clinical Research Nurse Support‌"
https://www.ucc.ie/en/crfc/academicservices/
Research SupportCentre for Support and Training in Analysis and Research (CSTAR)CSTARVariesVariesCSTAR was founded by a group of academic/health researchers from UCD, TCD, NUIG and UL with support from a number of other institutions. The mission of CSTAR is to enhance the quality and increase the quantity of health research in Ireland.Using one-to-one consultations, training courses and seminars, CSTAR provides health researchers in Ireland with a wealth of information on methodological developments and best practice in health-related research methods.cstar@ucd.iehttp://www.cstar.ie/
Research SupportPrimary care trial-related research HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland (CTNI)n/aFreeThe HRB Primary Care CTNI will provide support to primary care healthcare professionals that have a trial-related research idea they would like to explore. Support includes:
1. Provide information on potential funding streams
2. Support for developing the research idea into a research proposal
3. Provide access to the voice of the patient and support on how to best engage with patients in research
4. Link to other researchers with an interest in and expertise in the same topic area
5. Provide support in ethical and regulatory approval processes
6. Link to methodological expertise required to conduct a research study, for example, biostatisticians or study monitors
7. Connect with experienced personnel, who will help to draft a publication reporting on the proposed research
info@primarycaretrials.iehttps://primarycaretrials.ie/healthcareprofessionals/have-a-research-idea/
Research SupportNational Health Library and Knowledge ServicesHSEVariesFreeLibrary staff provide guidance, support and training on a variety of topics, including:
- Healthcare databases
- Point of care, evidence based tool
- Search strategy development
- Identifying grey literature
- Systematic review support
- Critical appraisal
- Keeping up to date
- Research support
- Academic writing
- Reference management
Local library staff provide training for individuals and groups, upon request.
http://hselibrary.ie/training/
Research SupportIrish Research Nurses Network Resources for ResearchersIrish Research Nurses Networkn/aFreeThe Irish Research Nurses Network (IRNN) was set up in 2008 to support the educational and professional needs of the clinical research nurses in Ireland. Responding to the changing environment of clinical research nursing in Ireland, IRNN has compiled two research resource packs for research nurses:
1. The Orientation Pack aims to standardise the training and education of clinical research nurses and midwives in Ireland. It will orientate participants to the clinical research environment and the role and responsibilities of the clinical research nurse.
2. The Competency Pack has been developed to aid the learning and development of clinical research nurses and midwives in Ireland. This document is to support research nurses and midwives in achieving an optimum level of competence to function safely and confidently in their role.

Both documents and other resources are available to download from the IRNN website
https://irnn.ie/resources/resources-for-research-nurses-midwives/
Research SupportIntracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) trial simulatorUniversity of Edinburghn/aFreeThe ICH trial simulator is intended to help researchers designing studies of adults with spontaneous (non-traumatic) intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH), particularly randomised controlled trials of treatments. It provides estimates of the proportion of patients with ICH who might be eligible for a trial, based on your chosen selection criteria. The simulator will help researchers assess the impact of eligibility criteria on the generalisability and feasibility of the trial.http://www.dcn.ed.ac.uk/ICHsimulator/
Research SupportFeasibility platform for stroke studies (FePass)University of Münstern/aFreeThe Feasibility platform for stroke studies (FePASS) is an online resource that helps researchers to design clinical stroke studies. FePASS estimates the proportion of patients who might be eligible for a hypothetical stroke study according to its inclusion and exclusion criteria. It enables researchers to estimate the number of patients who can be included in a future study based on the expected number of stroke patients treated in participating hospitals. By choosing different parameters of eligibility criteria the trial design and hence patient recruitment can be optimized.https://fepass.uni-muenster.de/
Research SupportClinical Research ServicesWellcome Trust HRB Clinical Research Facility, St. James’s Hospital, Dublinn/aFree for investigatorsThe Wellcome Trust HRB Clinical Research Facility, St. James’s Hospital provides a dedicated space for clinical research and is staffed with highly skilled research nurses and health care professionals. The CRF offers an array of services depending on research requirements. Services include research nursing support, study coordination, regulatory affairs advice, investigational medicinal product management and laboratory resources. The CRF can assist with negotiation of contracts on behalf of the Principal Investigator, advise with costings of studies for grants or health awards and provide study set up support. Essentially the CRF can provide a one stop shop from initial study feasibility to study close out. The CRF are keen to collaborate and support researchers. The CRF are here to provide the necessary skills required for successful completion of research projects. Researchers requesting access to the CRF for clinical trials or investigator led studies should contact the CRF early in the process of planning a study so that they can advise on its resource requirements and feasibility.reidyde@tcd.iehttp://www.sjhcrf.ie/researchers/services-provided/
ConferenceEuropean Stroke Organisation ConferenceEuropean Stroke Organisation (ESO)3 dasysVariesThe annual European Stroke Organisation Conferences facilitate learning, discussion, and exchange among European and international stroke specialists. Guided by the motto “The Voice of Stroke in Europe,” the Conference provides opportinities for learning about the latest clinical trials and developments in all areas of stroke management, treatment and prevention. In addition to presentations, the Conferences hosts ticketed hands-on workshops, taught courses, and structured case presentations. The ESO Conference is the premier platform for presentation of the latest scientific results and methods.https://eso-stroke.org/european-stroke-organisation-conference-esoc/
ConferencePPI in ResearchHRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland (CTNI)1 dayVariesThe HRB Primary Care CTNI host an annual conference that brings members of the public and of the research community together to focus on a range of different areas, and where very different methods of involving the public/patients contributed significantly to the design and conduct of research studies. The conference is free to is free to members of the public, representatives of patient groups and representatives of community organisations, and presentations are made publicly available after each conference.https://primarycaretrials.ie/resources/ppi/
ConferenceTrial Methodology SymposiumHRB-TMRN1 dayVariesThe 4th Trial Methodology Symposium will be held in Galway on October 11th 2018. The theme of this years conference is “Methodological Innovations in Randomised Trials“. This event will be preceded by a 2 day Winter School “Trials of Complex and Behaviour Change Interventions for Health” (October 9th & 10th). Registration for both events will open in Spring 2018.hrb-tmrn@nuigalway.iehttps://www.hrb-tmrn.ie/conference-training/
ConferenceIrish Heart Foundation Stroke ConferenceIrish Heart Foundation1 dayVariesThe Irish Heart Foundation is the national charity dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The Irish Heart Foundation Annual Stroke Conference provides a dissemination and networking forum all professionals working in stroke care in Ireland. A wide range of topics are addressed at the day long event, ranging from upper limb rehabilitation and MRI, aphasia rehabilitation, psychological assessment post stroke, as well as presentation of some of the most up-to-date research in the field.https://irishheart.ie/irish-heart-foundation-stroke-conference/
ConferenceIrish Research Nurses Network Annual ConferenceIrish Research Nurses Network2 daysVariesThe leading event for nurse and associated health related research in Ireland, the IRNN Annual Conference brings together research teams, investigators, representatives of patient organisations, industry and funding bodies, and invited speakers over two days to discuss, debate, and network up-to-date clinical research.https://irnn.ie/event
ConferenceStroke Clinical Trials Network Annual ConferenceSCTNI1 dayVariesStroke Clinical Trials Network Ireland Conference is an annual conference that will take place in Nov/Dec each year, and aims to advance the SCTNI aim of bringing together global experts in the field of stroke to give Irish patients access to cutting edge new treatments with the potential to prevent strokes, or to improve emergency treatment and recovery after stroke.isctn@ucd.iehttps://hrb-sctni.ie
ConferenceSPHeRE Network ConferenceSPHeRE1 dayVariesThe 5th SPHeRE Network Conference will be held in Dublin in February 2019. This annual event creates a space for dialogue between all interested stakeholders in the field of Population and Health Services Research throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland and showcases existing studies which will be of interest to Irish policymakers and practitioners.sphere@rcsi.iehttp://www.sphereprogramme.ie/
ConferenceUK Stroke Forum ConferenceUK Stroke Forum3 daysVariesEndorsed by the World Stroke Organisation and European Stroke Organisation, the UK Stroke Forum Conference has been running for over a decade. Each conference features organised sessions focused on different aspect of stroke care; over 100 expert speakers and researchers giving talks on the latest research updates and service improvements; exhibition stands to showcase new innovations and industry developments; practical workshops, and debate sessions; stroke survivor participation and sharing their experiences, as well as networking opportunities. Participation at the conference also caries CPD contribution. Presentations from previous conferences are also made available through the UK Stroke Forum websitehttps://www.stroke.org.uk/about-us/for-professionals/what-is-the-uk-stroke-forum/uksf-conference
ConferenceWorld Stroke CongressWorld Stroke Organisation4 daysVariesThe World Stroke Congress is a biennial event that provides a state of the art experience for stroke professionals, researchers and policy makers. Organisers design an unparalleled educational and scientific program covering epidemiology, prevention, acute care and stroke recovery with the aim of ensuring four days of debates, discussions, collaborations and networking. Each Congress meeting takes place in a different country, with Congress sites including Brazil, Germany, India, Korea, and Turkey.https://worldstrokecongress.org/
SeminarHRB Primary Care CTNI WebinarsHRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland (CTNI)n/aFreeThe HRB Primary Care CTNI regularly host webinars of interest to GPs, other primary care professionals, and patients. Topics to date include poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus; blood pressure control, and managing multi-morbidity in general practice. Webinars are made publicaly available through the HRB Primary Care CTNI websitehttps://primarycaretrials.ie/resources/webinars/
SeminarHRB-TMRN WebinarsHRB-TMRNVariesFreeThe HRB-TMRN host regular webinars on topics related to clinical trial research. Topics from past events include the role of the research nurse in regulated studies; trial set-up and project management; and network meta-analysis for complex interventions.hrb-tmrn@nuigalway.iehttps://www.hrb-tmrn.ie/online-material/
SeminarSPHeRE Network SeminarSPHeRE1 dayFreeSPHeRE Network Seminars invite leading researchers in population health and health services research to present on their specific areas of research. Speakers to date have included Prof Nancy Edwards (University of Ottawa), Prof Kenneth D. Ward (University of Memphis), and Prof Nick Sevdalis (Kings College London Centre for Implementation Science).sphere@rcsi.iehttp://www.sphereprogramme.ie/