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Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
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Fundamentals of Clinical Trials

The course introduces the key considerations when designing and conducting a randomised clinical trial.

20/05/2019 to 24/05/2019
When: Monday, May 20, 2019
Where: Orchard Hotel, East Midlands Conference Centre
Nottingham, East Midlands  NG7 2RJ
United Kingdom
Contact: Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit
0115 8231600

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Throughout the five-day course, delegates will learn why clinical trials are necessary, how different kinds of trials are designed and how bias can be minimised, how trials are managed and then analysed, interpreted and reported.  The course will not consider non-randomised trials or other observational designs, or trials evaluating diagnostic tests.  We will primarily focus on large multi-centre clinical trials, considering both drug and complex intervention trials.

By the end of the course, participants should:

  • understand when and why randomised controlled trials are necessary
  • understand and evaluate methods to minimise bias in the design and conduct of randomised controlled trials
  • be aware of different designs for randomised trials and their use
  • be aware what information is required in order to estimate the size of a trial
  • be able to participate in the design of a randomised clinical trial
  • have an understanding of other methodologies including qualitative and health economics
  • understand the importance of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) throughout the lifecycle of a trial
  • understand when and which approvals and regulations are needed in clinical trials
  • have an understanding of a clinical trial protocol and other trial documentation
  • have an understanding of factors to consider when undertaking a multi-centre clinical trial
  • be aware of trial safety and requirements for clinical trials involving medicinal products
  • have an understanding of risk assessment, data collection and monitoring of trial data
  • know how to report and interpret results from a randomised clinical trial


The course is intended for anyone seeking an introductory course on randomised controlled trials, and who is likely to be involved in the design, conduct and management, analysis, reporting or review of clinical trials.

The course will comprise of lectures, workshops and discussion.

Early Bird rate - if you book before 7th April 2019

£600 for all 5 days

Standard rate - if you book after 7th April 2019

£800 for all 5 days

For more information, and to book your place on the course, please see the NCTU website: