Available courses

  • Understand and explain basic biostatistical concepts;
  • Apply basic data management principles to create accurate data sets;
  • Increase statistical literacy to improve understanding and critical review of the scientific literature;
  • Describe key clinical trial design features with application to HIV vaccine trials;
  • Understand fundamental statistical methods relevant to laboratory assay validation/qualification/optimisation.

This interactive workshop will provide an introduction to basic biostatistical concepts and statistical literacy, basic data management, and key statistical considerations for the design and analysis of clinical trials.  Concepts will be motivated from real-world examples in clinical and laboratory research on HIV vaccines and TB.

Workshop faculty include:

  • Zoe Moodie, Senior Staff Scientist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA.
  • Lori Dodd, Mathematical Statistician, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Maryland, USA.
  • Martha Nason, Mathematical Statistician, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Maryland, USA.
  • Michael Duvenhage, Clinical Trials Data Operations Manager, Leidos Biomedical Research Inc., Maryland, USA.

“As scientific research evolves, it is critical – for credibility, relevance and readability of scientific articles – that our writing style evolves with it.” Ed Hull, Course Instructor.

Gain the skills and tools needed to write readable, relevant and credible research papers for publication in English and receive extensive individual feedback on your own paper.

This goal-oriented course focuses on: designing and organising a scientific article for publication; and finishing a scientific article for publication. It also looks at using language as a tool to clearly present the relevance and the credibility of the research.

Scientists need to know how to present scientific information so that their audience understands the significance of their findings. Ed Hull’s workshop will help you prepare your presentations quickly and efficiently to deliver your information effectively in a way your audience understands.

This is what Ed Hull says you will learn from the course: A memorable presenter tells a memorable story. For this course, we will be concentrating on scientific stories. What I mean by a memorable scientific story is a story that interests an audience and from which they learn something that could be of use. This course is a course in health-related scientific storytelling.

A packed 2-day/3-session programme during which trainees learn useful tips about scientific reading and writing.

The goal of the first session is to understand the structure of an article so that trainees learn how to organise their data into into a story and also learn to read articles more efficiently. 

The second session focuses on the structure of a research proposal.

Even if you do not need to apply for funding in a near future being able to articulate a clear hypothesis and structure your work into aims will help you be very efficient during your PhD training (and of course will help you apply for funding or better explain your work when you apply for postdoctoral positions, jobs or funding).

The third session focuses on the hypotheses of each trainee's proposal.


A primary focus of the course will be for you to isolate and characterize novel mycobacteriophages, viruses that infect Mycobacterium tuberculosis. You will have an opportunity to isolate a novel virus, name it, characterize it, and join in the computational analysis of phages that can help to unravel the secrets of tuberculosis.