Note: The invitation for the workshop is reserved for members of clusters

Translation from basic and preclinical research to patients is challenging and failures are frequent. Robust preclinical studies can help to consolidate evidence in promising treatments and sort out non-efficacious ones before engaging in costly clinical trials. But what makes evidence robust? In a 2-day workshop, organized by EBRA and a team at the BIH QUEST Center for Transforming Biomedical research, you will critically reflect on your (future) research proposals with professional guidance.

For this, brief lectures will introduce markers of robust research with regard to internal, external, and translational validity and reliability. You will discuss these indicators in small consultancy groups and apply them to your planned research proposal. To tailor the content of the workshops to the individual needs of scientists at different time points of their careers, two workshops will be offered. The work-shop in October 2021 addresses primarily Early Career Researchers (ECRs, 3-10 years past Ph.D.), and the second one in November 2021 addresses more experienced investigators (10 – 20 years past Ph.D.) with a stronger focus on translation (STARS, Strengthening Training of Academia in Regulatory Science,; PREMOS, PREDICTIVE MODEL SYSTEMS). However, if time constraints apply, individual solutions for attendance will be sought.

Invitees: ECRs and Principle Investigators (PIs) of the six EBRA funded clusters: Brainfood, Epi-Cluster, PSMD, PREMOS, Trisomy-21, ECIB.

Timing: Workshop for ECRs: 28.-29.10.2021; Workshop for experienced investigators (PIs): 11.-12.11.2021.

Location: Germany, Berlin– Berlin Institute of Health, Anna-Louisa-Karschstrasse 2 / 10178 Berlin, 5th floor, Atrium Room. The events are planned as presence workshops unless the pandemic situation restricts otherwise.

Numbers: 15 persons per event due to the close interactive nature of the sessions in which the project descriptions are discussed point-by-point.

Registration: Open to PIs and ECRs at this website until August 30th, 2021. A project description as defined in the registration form is obligatory for all attendees. The acceptance of registrants will be on a first-come-first-serve basis, however, if demand is higher an extra date will be considered.

Travel and subsistence: All travel costs, accommodation and catering during the workshop are covered by EBRA. Therefore, please indicate your arrival and departure dates. EBRA (via DLR-PT) will make corresponding reservations at a nearby hotel to the workshop location. Your travel expenses will be reimbursed via DLR-PT upon submission of a travel form that will be handed out during the workshop.