Research and Scholarly Activities
The Neuromuscular Research Elective rotation is a 1-2 month rotation located in the Landon Center on Aging and the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC). Fellows are involved in the design, conduct and result interpretation of studies with close faculty supervision. As well as additional research with direct longitudinal involvement throughout the year in all KU investigator initiated studies and other neuromuscular research studies. During this rotation, each fellow works in conjunction with neuromuscular research faculty to gain knowledge in neuromuscular research trials, endpoint measures and their applications, benefits and limitations.
Fellows are required to participate in the four-week Introduction to Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Researchers course offered through FRONTIERS: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.
Additionally, fellows are expected to become familiar with the following on-line courses and information designed to assist investigators in understanding clinical research and developing proposals/grant submissions for potential funding:
- Introduction to the Principals and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) – a lecture in real time with the 2011-2012 archive videos available. Course runs from October-March. Previous year is available at any time.
- University of Iowa Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences – Clinical Research Professionals Basic Certificate course (through ICTS Virtual University – account creation/login required). Provides basic introduction to clinical research and also offers courses on bioethics, genetics and pharmacology.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants and Funding – About Grants – site that provides the investigator with grant writing guidance, strategy and instruction.
- CTSpedia – a collaborative vehicle for the CTSA’s Biostatistics/Epidemiology/Research/Design (BERD) Online Resources and Education Task Force to identify and share resources across the national consortium with community researchers world-wide. BERD Educational Materials links to biostats course materials, searchable by keyword, format, audience, etc., submitted by many consortium institutions.
- NIH Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research – full links to 2012 course including syllabus, readings, videocasts and podcasts of lectures. The 2013 course will register in the summer.
- CTSA Central Education and Training resources – provides links to various resources at CTSA consortium institutions.
Introduction to Clinical Research Course
The course will provide a basic and broad overview of clinical research. The student will gain an understanding of how to develop clinical research questions, including protocol design and factors that should be considered in initiating a clinical research study. This will include biostatistical considerations, the recruitment of study participants, regulatory issues, data management and defining measures and instruments. Students will gain knowledge of how to define clinical research among the various institutional entities involved with clinical research at the University of Kansas Medical Center, such as the Research Institute (RI), General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) and the Human Subjects Committee (HSC). Additionally, one component of the course will focus on how to apply for funding (grantsmanship), critical appraisal of research studies and how to present research data.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- describe the process of identifying a clinical research idea.
- discuss principles of clinical research study design and protocol development.
- describe ethical and regulatory issues in conducting research involving human subjects.
- discuss biostatistical significance including data management and defining measures and instruments.
- describe how to present research data.
K30 Clinical Research Curriculum Program
The goal of the K30 program is to develop clinician scholars with a strong foundation in patient-oriented research principles and methods. Benefits of program participation include:
- formal training in research skills that can lead to a Master’s degree (Public Health or Clinical Research).
- access to nationally recognized researchers via the Distinguished Visiting Scholars series.
- interaction with other researchers in the Clinical and Translational Research Seminar series.
- mentored research training experiences.
- access to biostatistical consultation, mentorship and funding opportunities.
The program supports two levels of trainees – the novice and the transitional investigator. The program for the novice offers a structured learning process for trainees with demonstrated interest, but little training in patient-oriented research. The core of this experience is formal coursework. The program for the transitional investigator provides support for more advanced scholars who need mentoring and specific additional knowledge and skills. Participants have the option of completing a Master’s degree (MPH or MS-CR), but this is not required. Overall, the program is designed to increase the number of clinical scholars who receive funding from patient-oriented research at both the career development and individual investigator levels.
Student services continue to evolve through new courses such as Introduction to Clinical Research, through seminars and personal assistance in scientific writing and by support of the development of grant writing skills.
Sep 28, 2018