Introduction to Clinical Research and Development

 Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR),

Introduction to Clinical Research and Development

Course date: May 15- 26, 2017

Venue: KCCR Seminar Room

Course Overview

This course is an intensive, two-week, full-time (09.00 hours to 17.00 hours, Monday-Friday) course in Clinical Research and Development for health-related workers. It covers the basic concepts of clinical research and provides an introductory overview aimed at everyone involved in clinical research and focuses on the main areas of why and how clinical research is carried out and the importance of ethics in research.

It shall combine practical case studies series of lectures and seminars designed to equip participants with the practical and contextual knowledge of implementing clinical trials.

Faculty on the course, most of whom have extensive years of research in clinical research will come from Ghana and South Africa. The course will provide the setting for hands-on case studies and interaction with faculty as well as cutting edge didactic teaching.

Aims of the Course

The course aims to teach participants in the health profession the skills required to understand and undertake clinical studies. It is intended to introduce participants to the design, conduct and management of clinical studies with special emphasis on Research ethics, pharmacovigilance and Good clinical practice among others

Course outline

Much of the course time will be devoted to lectures and seminars, during which a multi-disciplinary team of experts will cover thematic modules in great detail. Lectures will cover the following areas:

  • Research ethics
  • Study design
  • Study protocol
  • GCLP
  • Informed consent
  • Collecting and Reporting Adverse Events
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Data management in clinical research
  • Children and Clinical Research
  • Trial design and management
  • Conducting GCP Inspections/Audits at the Clinical Investigator Site
  • Conducting trials in resource limited setting (Africa)
  • Community engagement in research implementation
  • Intellectual property management.

Time will be set aside after each lecture for discussions and case studies that will allow participants to put to direct use what they have studied. Additionally, lectures will be followed by interactive sessions with faculty to allow participants the opportunity to follow up on lectures that time could not permit complete exhaustion of content. It would also allow faculty to get to know course participants and share personal experiences in relevant modules that could not have been discussed during the scheduled period. Time will also be set aside during the course period for networking

Course fee/Scholarships (does not include air fares)

This course is being organized with sponsorship from WHO-TDR. Therefore, participants shall be selected on the basis of full funding under the auspices of the funder. This covers course tuition, course materials and feeding but does NOT include accommodation.


Who should apply for the course?

The course is open to early career research scientists and staff in the field of clinical and biomedical research. This includes postgraduate students, laboratory technologists and technicians, Post-docs, Medical Doctors, Nurses, District health directors, Health program managers and lecturers.

Applicants must have a good standard of written and spoken English.


This will be a daily course held from 9.00-18.00 hours. Participants will be responsible for their accommodation arrangements.

How to apply

Please download the application form here, and include the following:

  • The completed application form,
  • One-page personal motivation statement of purpose (500 words),
  • A one-page letter explaining how the course will contribute to your career development (500 words)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation

Send to:

 The Course Facilitator

(e-mail:; Tel. no. +233 242 107 721)

 Deadline for application is Sunday 30th April 2017



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