The START (Schools Teaching Awareness of Randomised Trials) competition

Posted on:30 Jan 2019

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Dear Colleagues

The START (Schools Teaching Awareness of Randomised Trials) competition is run by the Health Research Board – Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TRMN) to celebrate International Clinical Trials Day (on May 20th). This event marks the anniversary of the first well-documented randomised clinical trial which took place in 1747 in the British Navy.

The HRB-TMRN celebrates this important occasion with the help of the younger members of our community. We invite primary school students in 4th, 5th & 6th classes to lead on an exciting project and create their very own fun, randomised clinical trial with the aim of educating students about why we need randomised trials to improve healthcare nationally and globally.

How Can Schools Take Part?
Teachers and students are asked to identify a suitable research question they can answer using a randomised trial with the help of information resources. Pick a simple, easy to answer question, but use the proper steps of a clinical trial to answer it and report the findings in any way you like, podcast, video, collage or poster, report, it’s up to you to be as creative as you like!
The deadline for receipt of completed projects is April 12th 2019.

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