Research Methodology & Project Development Workshop Series

Vancouver  Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) in partnership with the UBC Department of Medicine Research office and the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation (C2E2) is offering a workshop series for investigators interested in developing research questions and research methodology skills.

Block 1 Mondays (8:00am-10:00am)
September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19, January 16

Online registration for Block 1 is now closed. If you would like to participate please email

Block 2 Thursdays (8:00am-10:00am)
February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8

Each 2-hour session, run once per month for 5 months will be focused on different investigator-initiated projects and will include a 20-minute review of a specific topic. Topics covered may include:

1.      Common study designs (case-control, cohort, RCT, adaptive design, feasibility/pilot studies)

2.      Common biases in observational studies, quasi-experimental studies and randomized trials

3.      Reducing bias at the design stage (e.g., randomization, choice of control group, outcome ascertainment)

4.      Sample size, power, precision

5.      Selection of outcome(s) & questionnaire development

The program is open to PIs at a variety of career stages, research interests and experience levels who are working to develop new research projects. In addition to junior PIs we encourage mid-career and senior PIs to participate and provide additional feedback, perspective and experience. The workshops will provide researchers the time to develop their ideas and build on concepts discussed each week. 


The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians.  This course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development.  This course is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 20 MOC Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.