Research Methods for Respiratory Diseases

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September 24-27, 2008

Paris, France


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Educational aims:

There will be four main elements in the course: 왏 didactic presentations of epidemiological


왏 practical exercises in evaluation and critical review

왏 hands-on experience of data entry, checking and statistical analysis

왏 group work on the development of a research protocol

Target audience:

왏 practitioners & scientists involved in research in respiratory health

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

왏 design, carry out and analyse scientific research projects in respiratory health (including clinical trials)

왏 calculate sample size 왏 manage and analyse data 왏 use the computer package, EpiInfo 왏 implement a research protocol in an

international, collaborative structure

Organising Committee

Isabella Annesi-Maesano (Paris, France) Bo Lundback (Stockholm, Sweden) Invited Faculty

Josep M. Anto (Barcelona, Spain) Per Sigvald Bakke (Bergen, Norway) Judy Bradley (Belfast, Ireland)

Peter Burney (London, United Kingdom) Laura Carrozzi (Pisa, Italy)

Donald A. Enarson (Paris, France) Francesco Forastiere (Rome, Italy) Michele Grandolfo (Rome, Italy)

Jouni J.K. Jaakkola (Birmingham, United Kingdom) Christer Janson (Uppsala, Sweden)

David Moreau (Paris, France) Kjell O. Toren (Gothenburg, Sweden) Giovanni Viegi (Pisa, Italy)


Paris, “the City of Light”, is a leading global cultural, business and political centre that is renowned for its defining neo-classical architecture as well as its role as a major international influence in fashion, gastronomy and the arts. With two international airports, it is very well served by public transport and is one of the most visited cities in the world. Its riverbanks and neighborhoods, some of which still retain a village atmosphere, are an invitation to relax, stroll and go sightseeing so you can soak up the special ambience of these quarters and enjoy the city’s energy and vitality.

Paris – Your host city



A limited number of bursaries, covering either full attendance or registration only, will be available to selected applicants under 40 years of age from countries with economies in transition. Selection from the pool of applicants will be made by the organising committee based on the submission of: 왏 Curriculum Vitae.

왏 A one-page personal statement explaining how you would apply the knowledge gained from this course.

Applications should be submitted with a completed registration form, by fax: +41 21 213 01 03. The deadline for applications is July 25th2008

Applicants will be notified of selection results by August 4th2008

Hotel information

In order to choose and book a hotel room, we recommend you to visit the official tourism website of Paris:

Please note that the ERS will not handle hotel bookings for this event.

Course venue

The course will take place at the Faculté de Médicine Pierre & Marie Curie, in Paris. Faculté de Médicine Pierre et Marie Curie

Bâtiment universitaire 27, rue Chaligny 75751 PARIS 12ème France


Registration deadline: August 22nd2008

Early registration deadline: July 25th2008

Registration Form - R.M. Paris

First Name . . . .Last Name . . . . Date of Birth . . . .ERS Membership No. . . . . Address . . . . Postal Code . . . .City . . . . Country . . . .

Degree . . . .Specialty . . . . Phone . . . .Fax . . . . E-Mail . . . (in CAPITAL LETTERS)

Current position:

Please check the appropriate boxes below to indicate your choice:

 Trainee or fellow  Prof or Dr in University  Dr in general hospital or affiliate  Dr in private practice hospital


Please check the appropriate boxes below to indicate your choice:

 ERS Members: € 640  Junior ERS Members (under 36 years-old): € 540  Non-Doctoral Members: € 540  Non-ERS Members: € 740

 Industry € 1,140

 Early Registration discount - € 50 off for forms received by July 25th 2008

If you are not an ERS member and wish to benefit from the members’ discount please contact our membership department at

Do you wish to apply for a bursary?  Yes  No

Should you wish to apply for a bursary, you are still required to complete a registration form and indicate the category of payment that applies to you. Submit your bursary application together with your registration form. Applicants not sponsored will not have their registration fee deducted before they return the confirmation of attendance form that will be sent out after selections have been made. The deadline for application for bursaries is July 25th 2008.


To be returned to the ERS Office by by August 22



Mail: European Respiratory Society


Fax: +41 21 213 0103

4, Avenue Ste. Luce


1003 Lausanne


This course will be limited to 40 participants. Applications will be accepted on a “first-paid, first-served” basis. You will receive acceptance and confirmation by e-mail.

Upon receipt of a written cancellation, fees will be refunded up to 4 weeks before the course. After this date no refund will be made for cancellations.

Payment: Total Amount: € . . . . Credit Card:  Visa  Euro/MasterCard

Credit Card number valid until

Card Holder’s Name . . . . Card Holder’s Signature . . . .

 Bank Transfer (the invoice will be sent to you by e-mail)

Hotel Information & Reservation

In order to choose and book a hotel room, we recommend you to visit the official tourism website of Paris:

Please note that the ERS will not handle hotel bookings for this event. We thank you for your understanding.





P r e l i m i n a r y

P r o g r a m m e

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Session I Getting acquainted with research

J. Anto Introduction to respiratory epidemiology F. Forastiere Cause or association

P. Burney How research can inform clinical decisions and public health

Session II Deciding what to study

D. Enarson Choosing a research question K. Toren Research protocol format

D. Enarson, K. Toren, P. Burney Practical: Selecting a research question

D. Enarson, K. Toren, P. Burney Practical: Protocol development: setting up a format

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Session III Structuring the study

I. Annesi-Maesano Study design

P. Bakke Tools of clinical research

I. Annesi-Maesano, P. Bakke, B. Lundback Practical: Choosing a question and a design I. Annesi-Maesano, P. Bakke, B. Lundback Protocol development: Study design

Session IV Defining the study setting

J. Jaakkola Choosing a study population and different sampling techniques

M. Grandolfo Sample size and study power J. Jaakkola, M. Grandolfo, C. Janson Practical: Population selection

M. Grandolfo, J. Jaakkola, C. Janson Practical: Sampling exercise (determination of sample size for different study design)

JM. Bradley Practical: Clinical trials

JM. Bradley, B. Lundback, M. Grandolfo Protocol development: Choosing a clinical sample (Speakers have not confirmed yet)



Friday, September 26, 2008

Session V Collecting information for comparison

B. Lundback Measurements

B. Lundback, P. Bakke, K. Toren Practical: Measuring diseases L. Carrozzi Tools in respiratory epidemiology

G. Viegi, I. Annesi-Maesano, B. Lundback Practical: Types of variables, questionnaire development and data entry

Session VI

Making sense of the information

C. Janson Risk and its estimation

D. Moreau Practical with EPINFO: Questionnaire implementation, associations and sample size

D. Moreau Practical with EPINFO (II): Questionnaire implementation, associations and sample size

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Session VII Managing and reporting the information


Faculty Practical with EPIINFO: Data analysis Faculty Writing a report

Session VIII

Presentations by students

Faculty & Participants Protocol development: Presentation and critical evaluation Closing session: - Presentation of certificates - Summary discussions - Recommendations





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Accreditation Statement

The European Respiratory Society is accredited by the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP) and the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).

EACCME Credits are recognised throughout Europe and can be exchanged for National CME credits by contacting your National CME Authority.

In the USA, EACCME credits are automatically converted into American Medical Association (AMA) credits upon presentation of the certificate of attendance enclosing the EACCME formula to the AMA.

European Respiratory Society 4, Avenue Ste. Luce

1003 Lausanne Switzerland Phone: +41 21 213 0101 Fax : +41 21 213 0100


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