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ASPIRE Module: Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR), 2020-2021

Posted by on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in Upcoming BRET Office of Career Development Events .

The ASPIRE Modules are short, non-credit bearing electives that broaden the training experiences of biomedical sciences trainees. These elective modules provide efficient exposure to topics in four theme areas: Business/ Entrepreneurship, Communication, Teaching, and Clinical research.The ASPIRE Modules are optional and open to any biomedical sciences PhD student or postdoctoral fellow who wishes to take them to supplement their research training. Class size may be limited, however, and will vary by module. 


Module Title: Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR)

Director: NIH Clinical Center

Content: The online Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) is a course to train participants on how to effectively conduct clinical research. The course, which is taught by the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health, focuses on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process by highlighting epidemiologic methods, study design, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues. Participants who complete the course may take an optional exam at the end to receive a Certificate of Completion from the NIH.


Time: The course will be entirely self-directed with pre-recorded class sessions available from usually from September 2020- June 2021. The open book exam typically opens around February and remains open for 2 months.  The official schedule for this year’s program has not been released by the NIH at this time.

***please note that since the 2019-2020 course was extended through the end of July, the dates for the 2020-2021 course have not been announced. If you are interested in this year’s course, sign up at the link below to be notified of official dates when the announcement is made.

Location: remote

Class size: not limited

Registration requirements: This is a 2-step process:

1. Register with us in the BRET office using this link so that we will be able to contact you with details we receive from the NIH Clinical Center. Specifically, we will notify you once their registration has opened so that you can create the required account with the NIH Clinical Center and receive access the archived course materials and the exam at the end of the course.

2. After the NIH Clinical Center opens registration for the 2020/21 course (which should be sometime in late September), BRET will notify you to then register with the NIH. Vanderbilt will be participating as an archived material remote site. Therefore, as long as you have registered with the NIH, you will be able to use your email and password to access all archived lectures online within 24-48 hours of the webcast.



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