Introduction to Research and Laboratory Methods
Description: Understand the processes of scientific research (including generating hypotheses, experimental design, and quantitative aspects); Be primed on the environment of PhD research (including laboratory safety, ethics, student-supervisor roles, career development); Understand various research techniques and technologies.
Writing & Communication Skills
This 1-day interactive workshop covered the scientific publication process (including rankings, impact factors, citation rates, open access journals); the organisation of a scientific paper and the principles of good scientific writing (including abstract writing and the design of good figures and tables); the process of submitting a manuscript for publication (from referees to proofs and beyond); publication ethics (including areas of misconduct such as falsification, fabrication and plagiarism); how to craft effective scientific presentations (including slide and poster design).
Translating your Research into the Clinical Setting
Description: Understand the terminology and conventions of clinical research; Be familiar with the drug development pathway, including the clinical trial process; Understand the various rules and regulations and issues of patient consent and safety.
Integrity in Scientific Research
Description: Understand ethical issues and obligations relating to access to confidential information obtained in a professional capacity. Be familiar with the obligations involved in collaboration with industrial collaborators and sponsors. Understand the need for high levels of integrity and transparency in interpreting research results. Understand the criteria that are used for determining authorship of research publications.
Participants will be made aware of freely available web-based tools and databases; understand how nucleic acid and protein sequence data is obtained and analysed; understand the principles of sequence search and alignment; develop skills in utilising online databases and in interpreting data; appreciate how bioinformatics can be used to solve problems and generate knowledge.
The Biology Behind the Disease: Molecular Biology Lectures and Self-Directed Learning Assignment
Lectures provide an understanding of concepts and techniques in molecular and cell biology and genetics. Self-directed learning assignments promote critical thinking and communication across the spectrum from the basic molecular biology of cellular processes to the physiological manifestations of disease (including experience in collaborative working, critical evaluation of recently published research papers and presenting research).
Animal Models of Disease: Relevance to study of human pathophysiology
Understand the concepts/considerations in the development of animal models for diseases including schizophrenia, diabetes, and pulmonary disease. Understand studies directed at elucidating disease pathogenesis as well as development of therapeutic approaches.
Core Technology Facilities
Guided tours and demonstrations of core technology facilities: mass spectrometry for proteomics; confocal imaging; specific pathogen free facility and in vivo imaging; high throughput genomics; electron microscopy. Hosted by the UCD Conway Institute.
This workshop covered how to access the scientific literature on the web and in databases, how to find and evaluate information effectively and efficiently, and how to manage the information collected or generated.
Introduction to Project Management
Develop knowledge and understanding of best practice in project management and also acquire practical tips and tools of project management which can be applied to your own area of practice.
Clinician Scientist Keynote Lecture Series
These lectures take place throughout the MMI Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme Structured Training and Annual Scientific Meetings, given by leading Clinician Scientists from Ireland and internationally. As well as describing research, contributors cover career development aspects and provide insights on how to develop and sustain a research programme and secure funding.
The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with an overview of fundamental biostatistical methods, an understanding of the key concept of variability and a practical working knowledge of the statistical techniques they are likely to encounter in applied medical research. Techniques covered include study design, analysing one and two sample problems (independent and dependent data) through interval estimation and hypothesis testing approaches, comparing three or more samples (analysis of variance), regression problems, survival analysis, logistic regression and sample size calculations. Each session includes lectures and computer based practical work.
An introduction to the basics of biomechanics and biomechanical engineering , using both experimental and modelling methods, in the context of biological cells, tissues, systems and medical implants and devices.
Workshop: Bibliometrics: Finding the Needle in the Information-Stack
This hands-on workshop covered how to define a search strategy in various e-resources available on the internet (using basic and advanced searches) and how to critically appraise publications retrieved and store these in local reference management software.
How to Review a Scientific Manuscript
This seminar identified the key features of manuscripts that indicate quality and the do’s and don’ts of reviewing, including how to provide constructive feedback to authors and how to communicate your views to editors.
The learning objectives of this seminar are: to be familiar with how grant systems work and how grants are assessed; to be able to identify appropriate support for your research and to initiate a grant submission.
Understand the principles and applications of various technologies and techniques in interactive sessions that encourage discussion: Flow Cytometry; Microarray; Real Time PRC; Immunohistochemistry/immunocytochemistry; basic molecular biology techniques; DNA/RNA/protein isolation.
Intellectual Property and Patents in Ireland's Smart Economy
This seminar provides an overview of patenting and the link with research. The concept of patenting leading to commercialisation is important not only in generating financial reward to inventors but also in ensuring that the benefits of technology are made available to society.
The Road Less Travelled: A Career in Medical Education
The learning objectives of this seminar are: to understand the evolution of current approaches to medical education; to gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a medical educator; to develop an insight into possible pathways to a part-time or full-time career in medical education.
Writing up your PhD
An interactive consideration of advanced aspects of the scientific publication process; how to approach scientific conferences; preparation for a research career in terms of key expectations for a PhD graduate; planning for writing the PhD thesis and understanding the function of the PhD viva.
Research Creativity Workshop
An overview of the process, climate and culture required for creativity and innovation; including an introduction to practical tools relating to creativity and innovation and their implementation.
Communicating your Research Message: Sound Bites and Elevator Speeches
How to present your research and its value to a general audience and how to attract and maintain interest of the news media. Presented by Niall Kiely of Carr Communications.
Commercialisation of Research in Medicine and Health
This workshop covered the research commercialisation process (national policy, common university approaches, and how Technology Transfer Offices work with researchers) together with examples presented by academic and industry researchers and a presentation on the role of the Irish Medicines Board in bringing medicines and medical devices to the market and to patients.
Funding Opportunities in Clinical & Translational Research
Presentations with opportunities for questions on how the Wellcome Trust supports translational research (Dr John Williams) and how the Health Research Board is building capacity in clinical and translational research (Dr Teresa Maguire).