Why do we need research courses?There is a need for better research and more thoughtful applications. EUROSPINE can play a major role in research education as a professional organisation. The EUROSPINE Task Force Research (TFR) suggests EUROSPINE members should be given priority to participate in the EUROSPINE Research Course. In January 2008, the first pilot research course was held at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Margareta Nordin initiated the course and Christine Cedraschi and Pierre Côté from the Task Force Research participated as faculty members.
The course is designed for less experienced researchers with an idea for research or an unfinished proposal. The course focuses on methodologies to conduct research in the spine and related areas.
Methodologists and experienced researchers are matched with less experienced researchers and/or clinicians.
The course is offered over five days, with lectures about methodology in the morning and practical, hands-on experience in the afternoon and evenings. Participants and faculty work in teams with mandatory presentations and critique sessions conducted as the final examination of the course. The course is intense and the participants are able to produce a protocol for research during the week that is ready to use in an application for research.
Additional Task Force Research Courses
The University of Ulm presented a Biomechanics Summer Course, sponsored by EUROSPINE, in Ulm, Germany from 21 to 24 July 2015. The course was organised by Lutz Claes. The 2016 course was organised in collaboration with EUROSPINE, funding five applicants selected by the TFR.
The first Literature Review Course organised by the Institut Franco-Europeen de Chiropraxie (IFEC) and sponsored by EUROSPINE was presented on 10 December 2015. The Course Director was Rachid Salmi and the faculty was from the TFR. The course was well-received by more than 60 participants and therefore repeated in December 2016 in Toulouse as a collaborative arrangement between IFEC and EUROSPINE.