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Randomized Clinical Trials (RCT)
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Summer Institute on Randomized
Behavioral Clinical Trials
July 14 - 26, 2013
Applications will be due Friday, January 25, 2013
Airlie Conference Center
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To provide a thorough grounding in the conduct of randomized clinical trials to researchers and health professionals interested in developing competence in the planning, design, and execution of randomized clinical trials involving behavioral interventions.
The curriculum will enable participants to:
Please see the course schedule for 2012 as an example of the course’s content. Note that the content for 2013 is subject to change.
- Describe the principles underlying the conduct of unbiased clinical trials.
- Identify the unique challenges posed by behavioral randomized clinical trials (RCTs).
- Evaluate alternative RCT designs in terms of their appropriateness to scientific and clinical goals.
- Select appropriate strategies for enrollment, randomization, and retention of participants.
- Understand methods for monitoring, coordinating, and conducting RCTs.
- Develop strategies for appropriate statistical analyses of RCT data.
- Evaluate the quality of behavioral RCTs and interpret their results.
- Design an RCT with your working group on an assigned topic.
Dates and Location
The Summer Institute will begin with dinner on Sunday, July 14, 2013 and conclude after lunch on Friday, July 26, 2013
The course will be held at the Airlie Conference Center in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Northern Virginia, providing a serene atmosphere for work and thought in a community of scholars. Warrenton, VA is approximately 60 minutes driving time from Washington, D.C. Lodging, meals, and instruction will take place at the Conference Center.
The Organizer, Sponsor, & Faculty
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the organizer and sponsor of these annual summer training institutes in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Faculty of summer institutes consist of leading authorities in their fields, with extensive prior experience in the conduct of major clinical trials, with specializations in psychology, behavioral medicine, psychosomatic medicine, gerontology, oncology, cardiovascular diseases, mental health, statistics, randomized clinical trials, and related areas.
The Faculty participating includes:
Others pending confirmation
- Walter Ambrosius, Ph.D.
- Kenneth Freedland, Ph.D.
- Peter Kaufmann, Ph.D.
- David Murray, Ph.D.
- Lynda Powell, Ph.D.
- DeJuran Richardson, Ph.D.
- Joseph Schwartz, Ph.D.
- Catherine Stoney, Ph.D.
Eligibility Requirements for Summer Fellows
Priority will be given to individuals who have received their PhD or MD (or equivalent degrees) between 2006 and 2011. Applicants must have at least two years of research experience. Applicants should not yet have achieved a tenured position at their institution. (The typical past participant has had 4-5 years of research experience.) Beyond these eligibility criteria we are seeking researchers who have demonstrated research potential and who will clearly benefit from behavioral randomized controlled trial training. The ideal candidate will be actively pursuing an independent research career in behavioral randomized clinical trials.
Further, those who have extensive research experience will only be considered after more junior investigators have been evaluated. Preference is also given to individuals who are not employees of NIH. While we will consider and may even accept exceptional applicants who do not meet the above criteria, priority will go to those who do.
Due to the limited number of spaces in the course, preference will be given to citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or those lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status). Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities: If you are accepted to attend the summer institute and require reasonable accommodations for disabilities to participate in this activity, at least 60 business days before the course begins please contact Dr. Peter Kaufmann at email@example.com.
Costs and Stipends
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH, will pay for travel to and from the Summer Institute site, room and board, and for course materials. Family members may accompany participants at their own costs.
The Summer Institute is open for applications. Please visit http://obssr.iapplicants.com/ to do so. You may also join the listserv (see below) for an announcement. Questions about the application process should be directed to Ms. Diane Smith at 817-891-1946 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although some Summer Institutes Fellows have been awarded or applied for K-awards, this is neither a requirement nor criterion for acceptance into the Summer Institute. Because admission to the Summer Institute is competitive and uncertain, applicants for K-awards should not include participation in the Summer Institute as a component of their K-award training program. Most Summer Institute participants are not fund by K-awards.
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Sending an e-mail message to email@example.com from the mailing address at which you want to receive announcements.
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Do you have questions about the course? Please address them to:
Peter G. Kaufmann, PhD.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
6701 Rockledge Drive
Rockledge II, MSC 7936
Bethesda, MD 20892-7936