Past Educational Session: 2018 – Helsinki, Finland

10 Tips to Make a Grant Application Successful

Research costs money, and money doesn’t grow on trees. Although many research grants exist, competition is fierce and worthwhile projects can be rejected. This course aimed to give the researcher a few tips and tricks on how to improve their application and increase the likelihood of funding.

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM)

Evidenced Base Medicine (EBM) is an approach to medical practice intended to optimize decision-making by emphasizing the use of evidence from well-designed and well-conducted research. By utilizing meta-analysis, systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials (RCTs), evidenced base medicine seeks to increase statistical power and reduce bias.
This session served as a basic introduction to this system of analysis. The proper implementation and use of the three primary forms of evidence was reviewed. While underscoring the value of this system, it is recognized that many aspects of pediatric urology are not amenable to evaluation using an EBM approach. Thus the limitations of EBM in pediatric urologic research was discussed.

Research Committee and JPU Joint Session

Writing a Protocol – What Can Help You Succeed

Protocol development is a vital first step in conducting research. This session explored the components of a protocol, and the information that should be detailed in each section. To prepare for the presentation, attendees were asked to download and review the ESPU-RC Protocol Template. The template provides an organized structure for a protocol, including instructions on how to complete each section.