TRAINING COURSES

Our Track Record (2008–2013)

 

PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANISER

National Conference for Clinical Research (NCCR) 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013

The NCCR is the annual event supported by the Clinical Research Centre (CRC), Ministry of Health Malaysia for clinical investigator, researcher or scientist, sponsor or industry expert, institutional review board member, regulator, policy maker or any professional involved in clinical research. NCCR 2011 again had local and international experts gathered together to provide latest information on clinical research. And as always, the conference had a vast array of pre and post workshops, symposia and meetings such as Good Clinical Practice, ethics, clinical trial management, registry-related courses, biostatistics and medical writing.

 

Clinical Research: The First Steps Conference 2009

This was a 3-day introduction to clinical research and publication with an overview of good clinical practice, research methodology, bioethics and medical writing for clinicians keen on beginning research careers.  A much smaller and more intimate affair than NCCR, the conference was held in Kota Kinabalu.

 

Clinical Trial Magnifier 2010 Conference

The Clinical Trial Magnifier, a freely accessible journal dedicated to clinical research activities, held its second conference in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The event, which was also organised by the Clinical Trials Centre of the University of Hong Kong, focused on incentives for clinical investigators in industry-sponsored clinical trials and short courses on research ethics, protocol development and study budget.

 

 

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SKILL TRAINING

 

Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

Malaysia adopted GCP in 1999, and since then doctors are required to undergo training on GCP leading to certification prior to participation in clinical trials. This course was specifically designed to meet this requirement. Seventeen of these were Joint CRC-BiotechCorp GCP workshops.

 

Clinical Research Ethics

Participants learnt about where there is consensus and where there is controversy in current thinking about research ethics, and discovered how to handle areas of controversy.

 

Medical Writing and Research Publications

This workshop was in two parts; the first was on research publications and citations which discussed the significance of research and publications as indicators of knowledge production. Part 2 was a beginner’s course for clinicians keen to publish their research and participants were guided step by step on how to develop different sections of a manuscript.

 

Strategies in Publishing Science

A 3-day workshop for scientific/technical staff concerned with authoring or co-authoring documents for publication in the biomedical literature or for presentation in scientific symposia or conferences. Strategies for agreeing on authorship, on choosing the most appropriate journal for the document, and on organising the components of the scientific report are emphasised.

 

Translating and Transmitting Science to Diverse Audiences

This 3-day workshop was designed for health-care professionals, representatives of the mass media, and health educators. Participants explore the concepts of target audience, logic and patterns of scientific research and reporting, pitfalls inherent in translating technical and scientific material for effective use by audiences who are not trained in the subject matter, and assuring that all messages are firmly rooted in data rather than opinion.

 

Clinical Trial Management

This course was designed for site coordinators/study nurses, clinical professionals, clinical research associates, or any other professionals who aspire to be clinical research professionals managing clinical trials at research sites.

 

Fundamentals of Clinical Research

This course was conducted under the direction of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), a society for clinical research professionals.  The aim was to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of participants to successfully conduct clinical trials.

 

Intermediate Clinical Research Associate Training

This course was also conducted under the direction of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). The aim was to provide additional training to clinical research professionals who already have fundamental knowledge of good clinical practice and clinical trial management.

 

Data Management with STATA

This was an introductory course for STATA users; participants were guided on the use of STATA for data management, data preparation, data cleaning, statistical analysis, graphics and good statistical practices.

 

Health and Pharmaco-economics

This workshop was intended to impart a basic understanding of health economics. It

introduced methods to identify, describe and analyse the comparative value of a health care product or service in terms of its ability to achieve a desired health outcome for a given unit of resource.

 

Critical Appraisal

This workshop was conducted based on the Critical Appraisals Skills Program (CASP) developed by the CASP group in Oxford, United Kingdom. The aim was to enable healthcare service providers and policy makers to appraise a clinical research paper systematically and make independent assessments on its quality and applicability in the local healthcare setting.

 

Clinical Trial Methods and Critical Appraisal Skills

This training course provides an intensive and comprehensive overview of clinical trial methods to address the complex design and conduct of an adequately controlled clinical trial. Level 1 evidence; that means data from randomized controlled trial, is important for doctors making therapeutic decisions and regulators granting marketing approval for a new drug.

 

Training for GCP Trainers

This workshop was to guide faculty of the Joint CRC-BiotechCorp GCP workshops series to develop standard instructional activities (lecture, discussion, group work exercises) and materials (powerpoint slides, journal articles, guidelines, web resources, videocast, checklist, templates etc) for use in the workshop series.

 

Technical Healthcare Biotechnology Module for BeST programme

This introductory course was designed to present to participants an overview of the range of activities in healthcare biotechnology and its associated scientific disciplines from initial discovery, product development to post-marketing, and applicable regulatory issues throughout. Through this, participants were able to identify career opportunities to suit their particular technical background and interest. This course was one of the modules for the BiotechCorp’s Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Special Training (BeST) programme.

 

 

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FORUMS AND SYMPOSIA

 

Pharmaceutical Science to Business

This was a joint CRC-BiotechCorp symposium dedicated to the essentials of technology transfer, and showcasing successful experiences by companies.

 

Traditional and Complementary Medicine

This symposium aimed to address issues related to the development of herbal medicines, from plant cultivation and sourcing of raw materials; product authentication, quality control and standards; to product testing to establish safety efficacy.

 

Research Governance and Ethics

This symposium focused on research success and integrity. Speakers presented on ethical issues clinical research, accreditation of research organisations, privacy and confidentiality of data and research governance in the Ministry of Health and public and private universities.

 

 

Continuing Education on Research Ethics cum Forum for Ethics Review Committees in Malaysia

This forum was a gathering of experienced faculty who presented on best practices for institutional review boards, challenges for ethics committees in Malaysia, research misconduct and other related issues.

 

Dialysis Economics in Malaysia and Asia Pacific

This symposium included an overview of financing for dialysis in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific, influence of provider reimbursement and other health system factors on dialysis modality selection and the regulation of the dialysis sector.


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