Clinical Research for beginners
What you'll learn
- 1. Design clinical research studies,
- 2. Conduct clinical trials, prospective and retrospective studies
- 3. Understand the basics of Biostatistics including descriptive and analytic statistics
- 4. You be well equipped to write any type of manuscript including Original Research, Case reports and Letter to editors
- 5. Understand what journal Reviewers and Editors want from a manuscript
- 6. Get an overview of common causes of rejections and what to do with a rejected paper
- 7. Get an overview of freely available references managers
- 8. Write manuscripts aimed at publishing in top notch biomedical journals
- You should be interested in Clinical Research or should be at least curious about it.
- You do not need any prior experience with research, statistics or publications to take this course
Welcome to this course on Clincal Research Methodology. I have designed this course so that even beginners can learn how to do reserch in a methodical way and publish impactful papers. You will come across examples from real research topics in various modules to grasp the subject better. I recommend that you try the "Practice test" before starting the lectures and take the test again after finishing the course to know how much you have imbibed from the lectures
In the Overview module, we will learn the advantages of doing good scientific research and publications and you will see glimpses of my journey from being a medical student to coming of age as a researcher. I believe that If I could do it, then so can you.
In the module on Literature review, we will go through how to utilize and customize PubMed in the best possible manner for your individual requirements, how to get fresh ideas for research topics and nuances of study designs.
In the Biostatistics module, we will build up concepts from the very basics such as "What is a variable" till basic understanding of advanced statistics. You will get exposed to topics like "How to make an effective Excel sheet" and "How to communicate with a biostatistician"
Manuscript writing can be daunting. In the module on Manuscript writing, you will learn to use some templates that will simplify your job and make the writing process enjoyable.
Each 10-minute lecture is packed with information in a very lucid manner enabling you to grasp concepts while enjoying the learning process. Learn on the go and access lectures on your device anytime anywhere. Lectures feature myself on screen speaking with you directly as well as intermittent slides to enhance the learning experience. It will feel like a LIVE one - on - one lecture. I hope that this will be a fruitful and exciting learning experience for you and I look forward to having you here.
At the end, you will be able to design studies including randomized clinical trials, do a good literature search, understand relavant biostatistics and write meaningful manuscripts that can be published in high impact journals. Additionally, you will also be able to interpret the merits of published literature and apply knowledge to improve patient care.
Who this course is for:
- Medical and Nursing graduate students
- Postgraduates and PhD students involved with thesis
- Research Coordinators involved in Clinical trials
- Those in the early stage of their Research Career
Dr. Sabyasachi Sengupta currently the Associate Editor of the Indian journal of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Sengupta went on to do a postdoctoral research fellowship at the world-renowned Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA. He also did a one-year course in Biostatistics at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. During his stint at Hopkins, Dr. Sengupta was exposed to a very systematic and organized way of doing research. He was fortunate to be mentored by very experienced researchers at Hopkins such as Dr Pradeep Ramulu (Chief, glaucoma service) and Dr Friedman (Head, Dana Center). This experience made Dr. Sengupta well versed with the infrastructure and support required to conduct world-class clinical research, which he aspires to catalyze in India and the rest of the developing world.
Currently, he is a practicing ophthalmologist and retina specialist at Future Vision Eye Care, Mumbai, India and has been involved with clinical research since 2005, ever since he began his residency in Ophthalmology at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER, Pondicherry). He continued his residency going on to become a Diplomate of National board from Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry, India and was awarded a gold medal by the National Board of Examinations. Despite having a rigorous clinical schedule, Dr. Sengupta was successful in publishing 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals during his residency. Following his residency, Dr. Sengupta went on to do a research & clinical fellowship at the renowned Sankara Nethralaya, where he was simultaneously involved in patient care and clinical research and was successful in publishing 12 papers over a two-year period.
On his return to India from Johns Hopkins, Dr. Sengupta served as Head of Research at Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry for over 2 years. While at Aravind, he was able to streamline and galvanize the research department, including defining roles for research coordinators, data entry personnel and clerical staff. He is also credited with establishing the Ethics Committee at Aravind, Pondicherry as per the Drugs Controller General of India guidelines. At Aravind, Dr. Sengupta mentored many aspiring physicians in designing and conducting their own studies and ultimately publishing their papers. The publication productivity of Aravind, Pondicherry grew under the influence of Dr. Sengupta’s efforts. Lastly, he was successful in forming high value collaborations with Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins, Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan and The Camera Culture Group, MIT.
He has also been an invited speaker in many different research oriented forums, including the Indian Journal Of Ophthalmology Session at the All India Ophthalmic conference and other Research Methodology workshops.
Till date, Dr. Sengupta has published more than 80 papers in top rated peer-reviewed journals including Ophthalmology, JAMA Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Eye and the British Journal of Ophthalmology. He also serves as a reviewer for all the above-mentioned journals and many other journals as well. He is currently the Associate Editor of the Indian journal of ophthalmology. He is part of the international reviewer board for the Research Council and Grant Review Board, Health and Medical Research Fund, Government of Hong Kong. Additionally, he serves on the research and advisory board of medical start up companies in his endeavor to forge successful academia – industry partnerships.
Having experienced different clinical and research settings during his training, including governmental (JIPMER), non – profit organizations (Aravind and Sankara Nethralaya) and arguably the best research organization globally (Hopkins), Dr. Sengupta feels well equipped to offer tailor – made research solutions for eager clinicians from diverse backgrounds.