Essentials of Research Methodology: From Inception to Publication

Category: Training - School of Surgery

Date: December 5th 2014 9:00am until December 6th 2014 5:00pm

Location: The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE

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This two-day course is suitable for research active as well as newcomers to research in dental & oral health. Lecturers and speakers are eminent members of the academic and research community.

Designed to enable candidates to:

  • review the literature and formulate a research question
  • draft a research protocol
  • understand the process of applying for ethical approval
  • learn research methods applicable to clinical studies
  • learn how to formulate a questionnaire
  • learn how to prepare papers for publication
  • learn the basics of statistical analysis of data

The course also carries 10 hours of verifiable CPD.


Day 1

9:00 Registration

9:30 Introduction, Professor Ario Santini

9:35 Reviewing the literature - Dr Trevor Johnson, Chair of MJDF, Editor Cochrane Oral Health Group

9:35 Formulating a research question

10:15 Tools and techniques & finding the material

10:55 Coffee

11:15 Critical analysis

12:00 Plenary session

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Putting together the protocol – Dr Nicola Innes, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Dundee University

1:30 Defining the resources and requirements

2:10 Developing a good protocol

2:50 Coffee

3:00 Helping ensure the delivery milestones

3:45 Ethical approval - Dr Vanshree Patel, Senior Industry Manager, Joint R&D Office for GOSH ICH UCL Institute of Child Health

4:45 Plenary session

5:00 Close

Day 2

9:30 Research Methods - Professor Nairn Wilson CBE, Professor of Dentistry, King's College London Dental Institute; Registrar, UK Public Health Register; President-elect, British Dental Association

9:30 How to conduct clinical studies

10:10 How to formulate a questionnaire

10:55 How to conduct laboratory studies

11:30 Coffee

11:45 Plenary session

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Preparing papers for publication - Professor Ario Santini. Professor, School of Postgraduate Studies, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Tg-Mures; Vice Dean, Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK)

1:00 Common mistakes which prevent papers being accepted

2:00 Planning and writing a final draft for submission

3:00 Coffee

3:15 What Statistics can do for you - Dr Steve Lucarotti, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Birmingham Dental School; Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society

4:15 Plenary session

4:30 Close


This course costs £200, plus £30 for lunch.

Registration/Additional Information

To register for the course, or for additional information, please contact the FGDP(UK) Research Officer, Amrita Narain on 020 7869 6750 or at