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ESGAR Workshop in Clinical Research Methods and Grantsmanship

Workshop Date

January 24 - 26, 2018

Workshop Organiser

This workshop is led by Prof. Steve Halligan, London/UK.

Workshop Language

The workshop will be held in English.

Workshop Venue

The workshop will be held in the ESGAR classroom at the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon. The "Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown“ was named in the scientific press as the best place in the world, outside the USA, to conduct post-doctoral research. 

Champalimaud Foundation
Av. Brasília
1400-038 Lisbon, Portugal

The objective of this workshop is to provide a platform for capacity building of radiologist principal investigators (PIs) capable of publishing high-index research.
This workshop aims to provide an insight into how to perform research, ultimately achieving prospective, multicentre trials and the funding for them.
The workshops will intentionally adopt a small-group format so as to enhance interaction between the attendees and faculty, and there will be ample opportunity for question-and answer sessions.

The workshop will interest radiologists who have a serious interest in conducting and publishing high-impact research but who are wondering how to go about this. Applicants will have some experience of research already and we anticipate these falling broadly into two groups: Residents who are near the end of their training and who have identified research as a likely career option, or faculty radiologists who have been conducting research but who wish to move this to the next level.

Patrick Bossuyt, Amsterdam/NL
Steve Halligan, London/UK
Andrew Plumb, London/UK
Joaquim Cabral Teixeira, Lisbon/PT 

January 24, 2018

08:55Introduction to the workshopS. Halligan, London/UK
09:00Why chose an academic career & how to go about it?
The pros. and cons. of an academic career in radiology.
Why finding a mentor is crucial. How to find the right mentor & institution.
S. Halligan, London/UK
09:30The research protocol
Why a research protocol is mandatory.
What does a protocol set out to achieve?
What individual elements must be included?
P. Bossuyt, Amsterdam/NL
10:10Ethical permission & registering the study
Gaining ethical permission. What other permissions may be needed?
Participant consent and the patient information sheet.
Data capture and security.
A. Plumb, London/UK
10:50Coffee Break
11:10Methodological designs for imaging studies
Including diagnostic test accuracy studies & diagnostic decision impact studies,
prognostic modeling, the randomised controlled trial, pragmatic and adaptive designs.
P. Bossuyt, Amsterdam/NL
11:50Endpoints for imaging studies
What can we measure and how do we measure it?
Radiological biomarkers and endpoints. Sample size considerations.
A. Plumb, London/UK
12:30Data analysis
Executing the analysis plan. When and how to analyse data. Data blinding etc.
P. Bossuyt, Amsterdam/NL
13:10Lunch Break
14:00Presenting your work and getting it published
How to write & present an abstract at a scientific meeting.
How to get the work published as an indexed journal article.
Reporting guidelines (e.g. STARD).
A. Plumb, London/UK
14:30Publication ethics
Changing endpoints in retrospect. Publication BIAS.
Research integrity. Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE).
P. Bossuyt, Amsterdam/NL
15:00How to get funding as a radiological principal investigator
Group review of a specimen funding proposal.
What are the components of a successful funding proposal?
S. Halligan, London/UK
15:40Coffee Break
16:10How to get funding as a radiological principal investigator
Specimen funding proposal: critique
S. Halligan, London/UK
16:40Q & A

January 25, 2018
08:55Introduction to the dayS. Halligan, London/UK
09:00Practical grant critique session
Participants are asked to send grant proposals in advance
for constructive (and anonymous) discussion by the speakers.
Research proposals and studies-in-design also welcome.
All speakers
10:00High impact radiological research
What is high-impact radiological research?
What is it that differs from most radiological research?
S. Halligan, London/UK
Coffee Break
11:00Big trials
Multicentre research & the infrastructure needed to support them
E.g. research nurses, data managers, data clerks.
Database design, secure & ethical data storage.
P. Bossuyt, Amsterdam/NL
11:30Why studies fail
Overoptimism. Recruitment failure. Trial fatigue. Progress reports.
S. Halligan, London/UK
12:00Budget allocation
What do you use funding for? How much money should you ask for?
How much money can you ask for?
Balancing the amount requested against the funding scheme.
A. Plumb, London/UK
Lunch Break
13:30Health psychology, economics & modeling
Health psychology and qualitative research for radiological research.
Health economics & modelling for radiological trials.
S. Halligan, London/UK
Patient & Public Involvement in radiological trials
A. Plumb, London/UK
14:30Study monitoring
The role of the independent Trial Steering Committee (TSC)
Data Monitoring and Ethics Committee (DMEC and DAMOCLES)
Funder progress reports.
P. Bossuyt, Amsterdam/NL
Coffee Break
15:30Getting your grant application started
Ideas and opportunities. The 5 W’s of Grant Writing.
Questioning the pre-proposal. Writing smart and simple.
J.C. Teixeira, Lisbon/PT
16:30Q & A

January 26, 2018
08:55Introduction to the dayJ.C. Teixeira, Lisbon/PT
C. Matos, Lisbon/PT
09:00Practical grant-writing session – Part 1
Preparing a one-page proposal.
Practical small-group work with role-play, editing, review and pitching.
Groups to take turns evaluating mock-proposals.
J.C. Teixeira, Lisbon/PT
Lunch Break
15:00Practical grant-writing session – Part 2
Preparing a one-page proposal.
Practical small-group work with role-play, editing, review and pitching.
Groups to take turns evaluating mock-proposals.
J.C. Teixeira, Lisbon/PT
16:30Concluding remarks on the dayAll speakers
End of the course


ESGAR Members                   € 790,00
ESGAR Members Residents   € 390,00

Number of participants

The workshops will intentionally adopt a small-group format so as to enhance interaction between the attendees and faculty, and there will be ample opportunity for question-and answer sessions.

The number of participants is limited to 12.

Application process

Applicants must be ESGAR members in good standing and should submit a short CV, prefaced by a paragraph that explains their motivation to attend the workshop. Applications from radiologists in training must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation/reference from an academic sponsor/mentor at their home institution. Because the ESGAR wishes to stimulate research capacity in countries who lack this currently, we will consider waiving registration fees for residents from such countries if they can make a compelling case in their application. Places are limited to 12 and the ESGAR’s decision regarding registration will be final. Applicants failing to gain admission may apply for subsequent workshops.  

The deadline for applications is November 24th, 2017 and successful applicants will be informed within 2-weeks of this date. If you wish to apply please send the following documents to office@esgar.org

Application Form
• CV (max. 1 MB)
• Motivation letter
• Letter of recommendation/reference from an academic sponsor/mentor at your home institution (only needed for applications from radiologists in training)

“The ESGAR Workshop in clinical research methods and grantsmanship, Lisbon, Portugal,
24/01/2018-26/01/2018 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing
Medical Education (EACCME®) with 18 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist
should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.”

“Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American
Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA
Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be
found at www.ama-assn.org/education/earn-credit-participation-international-activities.

“Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for
ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the
Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.”

Lisbon is the largest city in Portugal with a population of approximately 550,000 thousand inhabitants. The city lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. Because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education and tourism Lisbon is recognised as a global city. It is after Athens the oldest city in Europe and the oldest in Western Europe. Once it was a home for the world's greatest explorers like Vasco da Gama, Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator. Lisbon is one of the world's greatest historical cities, with  amazing sights and cultural treasures.

Language: Portuguese
Time zone:
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Voltage: 220 V, 50 Hz
Closest airport:
Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport

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