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The Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit of the Wits School of Public Health 
offers short courses in Clinical Trials and Statistical Considerations in 
Clinical Trials in 2010.  The courses focus on conduct of clinical trials in 
developing countries where resources are limited coupled with statistical 
analysis arising from clinical trials.
Space is limited to 30 participants only in each course on a first come, first 
serve basis.

CLINICAL TRIALS
 
8 - 12 November 2010
 
Content
The course provides an introduction to the area of clinical trials focusing on 
conduct of clinical trials in developing countries where resources are limited. 
The main issues in the design, implementation and interpretation of clinical 
trials will be introduced to students. In addition the course will
 
�         outline the principles of comparative clinical trials in 
investigating safety; efficacy and effectiveness of treatments
�         highlight strength and weaknesses of clinical trial design in direct 
comparison to other study designs
�         introduce the key elements and steps in clinical trial implementation 
including determination of appropriate sample sizes that would give adequate 
power to the trial.
 
The key characteristics of clinical trials which includes ethical and 
methodological considerations, principles of clinical trial conduct, clinical 
trial organisation and monitoring, data collection, data processing (data 
management), quality assurance and quality control, and trial reporting will be 
comprehensively described. The role of data safety and monitoring committee 
(DSMB) and community advisory board (CAB) as well as good clinical practice 
(GCP) will be highlighted. 
For whom
�         Clinical research associates, study coordinators, or monitors working 
in the field who are looking for additional training. 
�         Bench scientists in pharmaceutical companies who want to change 
careers within the industry.
�         Registered nurses who want to develop the skills to enter a new 
field. 
�         Study coordinators who want more training in order to enter the wider 
clinical research associate employment market. 
�         Other professionals who want to enter the field of clinical research, 
or who have been hired recently by academic study sites and need comprehensive 
training in clinical research. 

Time :   08h00-17h00 Monday to Friday, 
Venue:  CHSE Board Room, 3rd floor, Medical School, 7 York Road, Parktown.
Cost:    Staff and students at Wits University                   R2500.00
            Participants outside University                            R5000.00 

STATISTICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN  CLINICAL TRIALS
15 - 20 November 2010
The School of Public Health will be hosting a 5 day short course on Statistical 
Considerations in Clinical Trials
The demand for properly conducted clinical trials has increased over the years, 
providing a reliable and objective assessment of various treatments or drugs on 
patients. Statistics has become an integral part of the design, data management 
and analysis of data arising from clinical trials. The proper use of statistics 
at all these various stages is important for results to be acceptable to the 
wider community. It is therefore apparent that there is need to match the 
growth in clinical trials by expansion of biostatistical expertise.
 
Objectives 
The course is a combination of lectures and hands on practical sessions.  It 
aims to discuss in-depth the statistical issues required to execute a clinical 
trial and analyze data arising from such studies. 
 
For whom
This course targets professionals working on clinical trials, intending to 
analyze clinical trials data and  to provide statistical support in properly 
conducted medical research or wanting to enrich and enhance 
their statistical knowledge.
Closing date for applications is 30th October 2010.
Time :   08h00-17h00 Monday to Friday
Venue: School of Public Health Computer Laboratory, 10th floor, Medical School, 
7 York Road,       Parktown.
Cost:    Staff and students at Wits University                   :           
R2500.00
           Participants outside University                                 :    
  R5000.00 

Registration forms can be downloaded on:
www.wits.ac.za/health/publichealth 

For more information please contact:
Vanashree Moodley +27 11 717 2596 
mailto:vanashree.moodley@wits.ac.za. 
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