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Learn more about conducting clinical research with no-cost online course

September 26, 2016 Health professionals interested in learning how to effectively conduct clinical research can take a course offered online at no cost from National Institutes of Health.

The course, Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, "focuses on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process by highlighting epidemiologic methods, study design, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance and Food and Drug Administration issues," according to the National Institutes of Health.

The course for the first time this year is being offered entirely online, with content available 24/7 so participants can learn at their own pace and schedule, according to the National Institutes of Health. The entire course takes approximately 50 hours to watch, but participants need additional time for course readings, discussion board participation and the multiple choice final examination.

While no academic credit or continuing education credits are offered for the course, participants can receive an electronic certificate of completion if they take and pass the final exam with a score of 75 percent or above.

For more information about or to register for the course, visit the NIH website. Email the course coordinator at IPPCR2@mail.nih.gov with questions.

Dental professionals with an interest in going from research to real world practice can also attend a conference at ADA Headquarters Nov. 17. It will bring together thought leaders from industry and research to discuss how to make best use of insight from studies in clinical decision-making and practice behavior. For more information about this conference, Translating Clinical Trials Outcomes to Your Practice, or to register for it, click here.