The course aims to provide a comprehensive review of clinical research with emphasis on how to design and how to perform a clinical study and thus give the participant the necessary tools to perform clinical trials. The course contains a comprehensive review on how to plan and perform clinical trials involving humans. Different designs (the randomized controlled trial and other designs including more specialized designs) are reviewed and the planning of a clinical trial is presented. Power calculations are reviewed in detail in order to provide the participant with the necessary tools to give an estimate of the number of subjects needed for a clinical trial. Methods (biochemical methods, diagnostic tests, reliability, coefficient of variation etc.) are reviewed and concepts such as evidence based medicine, collaboration with the medical industry, the legal aspects of a clinical trial (how to write a contract, legal obligations etc.), how to review a paper, practical aspects of biobanks, and how to perform meta-analyses are covered. Emphasis is put on practical exercises related to the topics mentioned above along with lectures. See also the detailed program for the course.

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The course targets PhD students working with clinical research or working in groups dealing with research involving humans. Basic knowledge on statistics, anatomy, and physiology is required.

No formal exam, but group work. The students evaluate the course at the end of the course.

Professor Peter Vestergaard, email:

Peter Vestergaard, Lars Jelstrup Petersen, Knud Saaby, Morten Hjulsager, Camilla Sand Andersen, Erik Elgaard Sørensen, Helle Sønderholt Christiansen, Søren Risom Kristensen, Henrik Krarup, Jesper Karmisholt, Bodil Steen Rasmussen, Aalborg University Hospital


May 27-30, 2013

Aalborg University
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7E, Room E3-209

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April 29, 2013

Important information concerning PhD courses
We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.