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The Art and Science of Clinical Trials CAD303


The overall goal of dementia research is to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia or those that care for them. This may be either through prevention, treatment or improvements to care. To make the translation from research to practice, evidence is needed in the form of a clinical trial. However, there are many challenges facing clinical research. In this unit you will have an opportunity to examine in detail some of the clinical trials that are being performed in the dementia field and research the background that has led to these trials. You will learn about the organization and planning that goes into running a clinical trial and discuss some of the ethical issues surrounding clinical trials in dementia. You will also learn what it means to be involved in a clinical trial and the difficulties facing clinical translation.


Unit name The Art and Science of Clinical Trials
Unit code CAD303
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Discipline Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre
Coordinator Doctor Adele Woodhouse
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Advanced


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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the scientific rationale behind clinical trials in dementia to a non-specialist audience
  • Discuss the ethical issues surrounding clinical trials in dementia
  • Evaluate the design of clinical trials in dementia with reference to the potential reasons for trial failure.
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Online Learning - approx. 10 hours per week.

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