Webinar 1: Designing health research projects that leverage digital technology

Presenter: Dr Kit Huckvale (CDTH) and Dr Olivia Metcalf (CDTH)

About the topic: Have you dreamed about the ways in which health care can be improved through technology? Do you have a great idea for an app, or AI algorithm, or EMR tool that can transform healthcare? The digital transformation of healthcare is underway, but many hurdles face health researchers when it comes to designing successful research projects. The Validitron team is experienced in digital health research, and collaborates with researchers who have great ideas and need help. This seminar will introduce you to digital health research methods.

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Webinar 2: Alternative (fixed) trial designs

Presenter: Prof Julie Simpson (MISCH)

Date: Wednesday, 17th of April

Time: 12.30-1.30 pm

About the topic: Many clinical research questions cannot be answered using a conventional individual level, parallel, fixed, randomised controlled trial. This presentation will explore alternative fixed trial designs, encompassing individual level crossover and factorial designs, as well as cluster, cluster-crossover, and stepped wedge cluster randomised trials.

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Webinar 3: Effective collaboration with biostatisticians in randomised controlled trials

Presenter: A/Prof Karen Lamb (MISCH)

Date: Thursday, 13th of June

Time: 12.30-1.30 pm

About the topic: Biostatisticians can provide end-to-end support for randomised controlled trials. It is important to know when you should connect with a biostatistician throughout the course of your trial to work effectively together. This presentation will describe how, when and why you should engage with a biostatistician during a trial.

Webinar 4: Statistics for your grant application

Presenter: Ms Diana Zannino (MISCH)

Date: Thursday, 25th of July

Time: 12.30-1.30 pm

About the topic: Statistics play an essential role in every step of the research design process, from developing the research idea to submitting a research grant proposal. This presentation will cover key statistical considerations in grant applications, starting from defining the research question and justifying your sample size to sufficiently describing the statistical methods that will be used to analyse and present the research data.

Webinar 5: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Presenter: TBC

Date: TBC

Time: TBC

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Webinar 6: Adaptive and platform trials

Presenter: Prof Katherine Lee (MISCH)

Date: Thursday, 7th of November

Time: 12.30-1.30 pm

About the topic: Adaptive platform trials are becoming increasingly popular in medical research due to their flexibility and efficiency over conventional 2-arm, parallel group trials. In this talk I outline what we mean by adaptive and platform trials including a discussion of the requirements and when to use a such a design as well as common criticisms.