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University Research Week

Mon. 19 Oct, 2020 8:00 am - Fri. 23 Oct, 2020 8:00 pm

University Research Week is an annual celebration of Carolina’s research excellence and an effort to increase participation by students, of all levels, in research activity. Through multiple unique virtual events, the campus community will become more familiar with our world-class research and the strategic initiatives that make Carolina one of the top research institutions in the world.

TraCS will be hosting a number of events during this year's University Research Week. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions regarding University Research Week.

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Odum Institute: Hybrid Surveys and Estimation

Wed. 21 Oct, 2020 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Odum Institute Short Course - Hybrid Surveys and Estimation: An Introduction to the Issues and Methods

Probability-based samples backed by theory and literature on best practices are becoming more difficult to implement with higher costs and lower response rates. Meanwhile, “Big Data” (e.g., administrative records, social media data) are more accessible than ever. A two-step hybrid design offers promise by allowing estimation from a combined set of probability and nonprobability samples. First, the weighted probability sample is used to calibrate the nonprobability sample to improve representativeness of the nonprobability sample. Second, the probability and nonprobability samples are blended to reduce sampling and nonsampling errors. Open questions remain on the best practices for both of these steps.

In this course, Berzofsky, the instructor, will briefly discuss the current issues researchers face with probability samples and Big Data; define hybrid or blended sample surveys in the context of a few examples; and, through review of the current literature, discuss the estimation challenges and solutions currently in use.The course will consider the practical implications of hybrid sampling on survey estimates including sampling precision, nonresponse bias, coverage bias, measurement error, processing error and specification errors in the integration process. The instructor will use examples from his research to help illustrate and demonstrate each of the methods discussed in the course.

Presenter

Marcus Berzofsky, DrPH
Senior Research Statistician
RTI International

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Orientation for New Clinical Research Personnel: Week 6

Wed. 21 Oct, 2020 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

This six-part orientation is strongly recommended for all clinical research personnel who are new to UNC or new to research. The series will introduce research personnel to the UNC offices involved in clinical trials, discuss the federal and local regulations governing conduct of research, and provide an overview of best practices utilized in the implementation of clinical research. It is recommended that registrants complete both the CITI Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and CITI Human Subjects Protection (IRB/Ethics) modules prior to attending the orientation.

Each session of the orientation will be held on Wednesday afternoons,1:30 to 4:00 pm. Research personnel are encouraged to attend all 6 modules, but may choose to attend only those of particular interest or relevance. The topics to be covered this week include:

  • UNC Hospitals Investigational Drug Services (Andrew Thorne) - 1:30 - 2:05 pm
  • Investigator-Initiated Study Processes (Valorie Buchholz) - 2:05 - 2:35 pm
  • ClinicalTrials.gov and ICMJE requirements (Monica Coudurier) - 2:40 - 3:20 pm
  • Adverse Event Evaluation and Documentation (Marie Rape) - 3:20 - 3:50 pm
  • IND and IDE Studies at UNC (Amanda Wood) - 3:50 - 4:00 pm

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