New IOF Research Skills Training Course

2015 Research Skills Training Course St. Petersburg Russia
2015 Research Skills Training Course St. Petersburg Russia
2015 Research Skills Training Course St. Petersburg Russia
2015 Research Skills Training Course St. Petersburg Russia
A pilot course led by a team of IOF experts in St Petersburg from 22-24 October, 2015 has received excellent feedback from both participants and faculty alike.

Held in association with the Russian Association on Osteoporosis, the pilot ‘IOF Research Skills Training Course’ taught key scientific research methods to 48 researchers and clinicians. All participants, of which 31 were young investigators and 15 were clinicians, are involved in management or research in the field of osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases.

The IOF faculty members leading the course were Professors Jean-Yves Reginster, Cyrus Cooper, Olivier Bruyère and Eugene McCloskey together with Prof Olga Lesnyak, President of the Russian Osteoporosis Association.

The four key topics were:

  • An introduction to epidemiologic research; measures of disease and risk; Introduction to statistical analysis
  • Epidemiological studies (ecological, cross-sectional, case-control, cohort). Bias and confounding; How to find a relevant article: the basis of literature research.
  • Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) including the general methodology and the content of a clinical protocol; Particular studies (non-inferiority, equivalence, cross-over, pragmatic).
  • Diagnostic test assessment: sensitivity, specificity and predictive value; basis of health economics.

A 20-question exam at the end of the course tested the participant’s grasp of the topics discussed.

Prof. Cyrus Cooper, Chair of the IOF Committee of Scientific Advisors, commented,

The sessions were stimulating and interactive, and I was most impressed by the input and discussion of the participants.”

Likewise, the participants expressed appreciation for the course and clearly valued the interaction with the experts. 

Given the excellent feedback, IOF hopes to further develop this initial pilot course into a long-term IOF global training opportunity, to be held in cooperation with member societies or industry partners worldwide. Such a course would be a valuable contribution in that it would help to promote research excellence among young investigators around the world.

IOF thanks the faculty members and in particular Prof Lesnyak and the Russian Osteoporosis Association which organized this excellent training course.