Published on February 02, 2018

At Castor, our aim is to help researchers who are looking for ways to increase the quality of their research projects, which is why we have launched a new program called Castor Researcher 2 Researcher Program (Castor R2R Program)!  

With Castor R2R Program, you will receive a training session with Bart Torensma, Clinical Epidemiologist. Our goal is to provide training that will help make your research journey more efficient.  The R2R training sessions can be used to extend your knowledge on specific topics, or it can be used as a brainstorming session for you or your team to discuss all the options for your research journey.  Researchers will be guided in drafting a plan for conducting new research or for improving ongoing projects.

There are a range of topics available from which you can learn how to incorporate new knowledge on various research types, and how to best use it in practice. Tailored sessions can also be arranged based on demand.

“I thought the Castor session was very worthwhile, informative, and extremely well presented.” – PhD student, Academisch Medisch Centrum

Training Topics Include:

Rethinking research hierarchy: A new view on the flow of research from the highest level (systematic review) to the lowest (case study). How can a case study contribute to a Randomized Controlled Trial?

Clinical uncertainties: Discussing the clinical uncertainties of (Eddy 1984): why are these uncertainties important and how do we address them?

Systematic review: What are the necessary steps for conducting an excellent systematic review and what pitfalls should be avoided.

Setting up your research database: Considerations when creating a research database, such as statistical tests, nominal or ordinal numbering and coding of your database and syntax.

Prognostic research: Design & analyze prognostic research for prediction models and development of the prediction model. Clinimetrics How to improve the quality of measurements in your research.

Biostatistics and advanced epidemiology (from structure to implementation): How should we structure our statistics? From descriptive statistics to inferential and prognostics statistics. This includes incidence, prevalence, distributions, p-values, X2 tests and (in)dependent sample t-tests, sensitivity and specificity, PPV, NPV, logistic regression. We also cover accidental and systematic errors, and what to do with confounding and effect modification.

Protocol and article writing: How to build a proper protocol and how to write an excellent article. Where to focus your  attention and common mistakes to avoid.

Good Clinical Practice in clinical data capture: Complying with the most important guideline in clinical research.

Power calculations: How to do a proper power calculation?

Combine this with other topics as one-to-one sessions.

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Review what previous attendees have to say about their R2R sessions:

“The Castor session was very informative and the workshop was lively and engaging.”

“The session was very informative and run in a very relaxed, informal and fluid manner allowing the attendees to concentrate longer on specific areas that they wished to focus in on.  Bart also provided great information on future courses that could be run with Castor that would be of particular interest to the PhD students.”

“My attendance at  the Castor workshop was time well spent.”

“The highlight for me was where Derk and Bart demonstrated features and functionality that I was previously unaware of – all in a really good day!”

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