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2014-2015 NIH Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) Course

Registration for the 2014-2015 “Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research” course is now open.  The course will run from October 14, 2014 through March 9, 2015.  Classes will be held on the NIH campus at the Clinical Center, Building 10, Lipsett Amphitheater at 5:00 pm, please click the link for course information, schedule, and registration:  


Last year, nearly 2100 participants registered for the course: 480 at the NIH, 677 at remote U.S. sites, and 902 at international sites.  There are two ways you can participate in the 2014-2015 IPPCR course and view the lectures: 1) in person at the NIH as a registered participant or 2) view the archived online as a registered participant.


Course Objectives:


– To become familiar with the basic biostatistical and epidemiologic methods involved in conducting clinical research.

– To understand the principles involved in the ethical, legal, and regulatory issues in clinical human subjects research, including the role of IRBs.

– To become familiar with the principles and issues involved in monitoring patient-oriented research.

– To understand the infrastructure required in performing clinical research and to have an understanding of the steps involved in developing and funding research studies.


There is no charge for the course; however, the textbook, Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Third Edition is suggested as supplemental information for the course.  The curriculum has been enhanced and will include additional lectures providing more comprehensive content on clinical research infrastructure.  A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, which is based on receiving a passing grade on an open-book final examination.  This course will be of interest to physicians and all other health professionals planning a career in clinical research.  A course in biostatistics, such as STAT 200 or STAT 500, currently offered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) may provide supplemental benefit to those enrolled in “Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research.


For additional information on the course and registration, please visit the course website or email course coordinator, Daniel McAnally at or call 301-496-9425.  The deadline for registering is October 6, 2014.  An e-mail confirmation will be sent to those who successfully register for the course.   


If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this activity, please call(301) 496-9425 during the business hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at least seven business days prior to the event.

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