The West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute is pleased to announce that the NIH has approved WVCTSI to be a remote site for the course Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, offered by the NIH Clinical Center.


This course will be facilitated live at the NIH, but will be available to WVCTSI members in a flexible and entirely web-based format. A Certificate of Completion from the NIH will be provided to those who register and complete the course by passing an open-book exam in mid-March. We encourage all who register to take the open-book exam at the end of the course.


Registration for the free course must be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. See below for registration information.  


Participants should also be registered WVCTSI members.  If you are not currently a member and would like to participate, please sign up here:



Course Objectives 

• To become familiar with the basic biostatistical and epidemiologic methods involved in conducting clinical research. 

• To understand the principles involved in the ethical, legal, and regulatory issues in clinical human subjects research, including the role of IRBs. 

• To become familiar with the principles and issues involved in monitoring patient-oriented research. 

• To understand the infrastructure required in performing clinical research and to have an understanding of the steps involved in developing and funding research studies. 



The textbook, Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Third Edition is suggested as supplemental information for the course. The text is available as an e-book through WVU Libraries.  Those registering from partner sites should also check with their libraries to see if this option is available.


Course Website


Registration & Login Information

To register, please visit: Choose West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute from the drop down menu under the Affiliation portion of the registration page:


Once registered for the course, you will be able to access the course schedule, materials, and archived videos on the course website at:


Contact Samantha Neal, WVCTSI Education Coordinator or 304-581-1822


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