The workshop sessions have been carefully formulated to meet the objectives while stimulating interactive discussions and avoiding monotony. Learning sessions will be in one of the following four formats: Protocol Development Groups, Lectures, Office hours and Small-group discussions

Protocol Development Groups (PDGs)

The PDGs form the core activity of the workshop and enable participants to convert their one page research idea into a full fledged research protocol ready for IRB / Ethics submission. Workshops participants will be divided into five groups of eight each, with each of these groups being mentored by 3-4 experts on clinical trials / research protocols. Each of the PDG sessions will give participants constructive critiques of their respective projects by the mentors, while applying the knowledge gained from the other sessions. Participants are likely to learn as much from their colleagues’ protocols getting developed as they are from their own.

Lectures

These are interactive presentations given by experts on common aspects of the methodology, design and conduct of clinical research proposals. Most of these principles will guide participants to complete their research protocols and complement the discussions during the PDGs. These talks are carefully scheduled to id participants according to the stage of the protocol they are likely to develop on that day.

Meet the expert sessions or “Office hours”

These are direct one-on-one sessions between workshop participants and faculty experts, and help clarify specific problems with protocols. Individual assistance with protocols from experts with unique strengths, allows participants to gain from the experience and knowledge of mentors from outside their own PDGs. These sessions could also be used for career guidance and advice on other aspects of research like grant writing, getting research funding etc.

Small Group Discussion (SGD) sessions

SGD sessions are held on specific topics which are not covered during the common sessions but are important parts of certain research protocols; these may also deal with essential elements to the success of research projects, as well as stimulate discussions around challenges and hurdles for different kinds of protocols. These groups are deliberately kept small to facilitate active interactions between the participants and the faculty.

The workshop will be held at the Leadership Development Academy of Larsen and Toubro which is located at Lonavla, 100 kilometres away from Mumbai. Set in the lush green surroundings of the Sahyadri hills, the academy has a fully-equipped training centre with learning halls, library facilities and well-furnished accommodation. It also offers recreational facilities for swimming, volley ball, basket ball, tennis, golf, carrom, chess, table tennis and snooker along with a gymnasium, spa, jacuzzi and sauna The weather in Lonavla in early February will be pleasant (Maximum temperature 31 C or 87 F, Minimum temperature 15 C or 59 F, with extremely low likelihood of rains)

For more about the venue, visit: http://www.lnt-lda.com/