Seminar Series 2016

Seminar Series 2016

The HRB Clinical Research Facility will run the following seminars throughout 2016 :

Title: Doing Research into Research: Studies Within A Trial (SWAT)

Speaker: Professor Mike Clarke

Time: 5.30pm

Location: WGB 304


The Clinical Research Facility, Cork, is delighted to welcome Professor Mike Clarke, Director of the Northern Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research at Queen’s University, Belfast, and Co-ordinating Editor for the Cochrane Methodology Review Group, on Thursday February 25th 2016 .  Professor Clarke will deliver a talk on "Doing research into research: Studies Within A Trial (SWAT)".  The talk will be at 5.30pm in the Western Gateway Building, room 304, WGB 304.  Please see Professor Clarke's bio below.



Professor Mike Clarke has more than 25 years’ experience in the design and conduct of rigorous assessments of healthcare interventions. He has worked on some of the world’s largest randomised trials in maternity care, breast cancer, poisoning and stroke; and on dozens of systematic reviews in a wide variety of topics. He is Director of the Northern Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research at Queen’s University, Belfast, and Co-ordinating Editor for the Cochrane Methodology Review Group. His work on the SWAT (Study Within A Trial) programme is seeking to encourage research that will improve the conduct of trials

The Clinical Research Facility Cork will host two workshops featuring Stata data analysis and statistical software on March 10, 2016. These will cover introductory and intermediate level material, and will take place in the Brookfield Health Sciences Building at University College Cork. The workshops will be led by Dr Brendan Halpin from the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick.

Details for each workshop are given below. We encourage participants in the introductory workshop to also sign up for the afternoon session. The cost for each workshop is 50 EUR and can be paid by credit card or purchase order (for UCC based attendees). To sign up, please email Dr Darren Dahly ( to indicate which workshop(s) you would like to attend. You will then be given payment details. We ask that participants pay promptly. Anyone who has not paid by Friday, March 4th will be removed from the participant list to make room for another. There are 20 available spots for each workshop.

Workshop Details


Introduction to Stata Data Analysis and Statistical Software


The session will introduce Stata to researchers with little or no experience with it. Participants will learn how to load data and produce descriptive summaries including tables and graphs, how to edit and modify data, and how to carry out analyses such as t-tests, chi-square texts, ANOVA and regression.

Date: 10th March, 2016

Time: 10:00 to 13:00

Location: G07 Brookfield Health Sciences Building, UCC


Intermediate Topics for Stata Data Analysis and Statistical Software


This session is aimed at researchers with some exposure to Stata. Stata offers a very wide range of up-to-the-minute analytical tools, in a coherent and user-friendly framework. It is also programmable and highly extensible, which makes it valuable for complex data preparation and analysis tasks. This session will demonstrate more of its descriptive and analytical capabilities, and focus on some of its more advanced characteristics, including scripting analyses and accessing user-written add-ons. A quick overview will be given of Stata’s range of analytical tools such as ANOVA and linear regression; logistic regression (binary, multinomial, ordinal); models for count data, time-series data, survival data; tools for complex data (robust standard errors, cross-sectional time-series or “panel” models, multi-level models, structural equation modelling).

Date: 10th March, 2016

Time: 14:00 to 17:00

Location: G07 Brookfield Health Sciences Building, UCC

Title: Making trials more efficient: Trial Forge and how you can help

Speaker: Professor Shaun Treweek

Date: 24th March 2016

Time: TBC

Location: TBC


Shaun is a health services researcher and is active in the field of efficient trial design, particularly pragmatic trial design, improved recruitment interventions for trials, the design and pre-trial testing of complex interventions and the effective presentation of research evidence.  He is leading a new initiative called Trial Forge ( that aims to be more systematic about how we generate and use research evidence in making trial design, conduct, analysis and reporting decisions. 

He is, or has been, involved in a range of trials, including an EC FP7 trial of treatments for a rare neuromuscular condition, a trial of a lifestyle intervention for women after pregnancy, a lifestyle change trial run through football clubs and the Scottish Premier League, a trial of abdominal massage for MS patients and a lung cancer screening trial.  Finally, he coordinated DECIDE, a 5-year, EC-funded project that aimed to improve the way guideline information is communicated to health professionals, patients and the public, policymakers and others.


Title: Missing Data: When is it a Problem?

Speaker: Kate Tilling

Date: 9th June 2016

Time: TBC

Location: TBC


Kate Tilling is a medical statistician, specialising in analysis of longitudinal, observational data. The focus of my research is in developing and applying statistical methods to overcome problems encountered in epidemiological research. One of my key interests is in modelling exposures and outcomes which change over time, and developing methods for analysing such data within a lifecourse setting. Such longitudinal studies typically give rise to missing data, and I have investigated methods for analysing missing data, and using linked data to explore missingness mechanisms.


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