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How to Make your Research more Relevant, Feasible and Publishable

Research Course

If you plan to apply for a research grant, this course is a unique opportunity for your research group to initiate the design of your study with help from experienced researchers who are used to review grant requests.

The course is delivered by world-renowned faculty and includes practical workshop where learners will work in groups to formulate a research question and derive a hypothesis for the evaluation of a treatment intervention.

During the workshops, learners will also be using the research question developed on day 1 and start designing their study, start planning participant selection and data collection. Groups will also start planning their sample size calculation and on the last day, the faculty will assess each project and provide personalised feed-back.

Target Audience

The course is open to all clinicians interested in gaining a basic understanding of clinical research. This course will provide clinicians with an overview of the methodology used to conduct clinical research. The purpose of the course is to provide clinicians with the fundamental concepts and tools to design clinical studies.

Structure of the Course

The course includes five modules over five days, which cover the following topics:
1) Conceptual overview of clinical research
2) Randomised controlled trials and other study designs
3) Study implementation and analysis
4) Qualitative studies
5) Communication of research
Each module will include a morning lecture/group work and an afternoon lecture/group work, where clinicians will build their skills to participate to clinical studies or develop their own clinical study protocol.

Course Format and Design

Modules will be taught through group work, didactic lectures and presentations reports of the delegates.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
1. Develop a research question and formulate a hypothesis from the research question
2. Apply basic methodological steps involved in clinical research
3. Implement a study protocol
4. Discuss the basic principles of qualitative research
5. Contribute clinical experience to evidence-based decision making in spinal care

2023 Research Course

Stay tuned for further information on the upcoming 2023 TFR research course. Details will be shared here soon.

Course Programme

Check out the 2022 course programme to get an idea about the TFR research course and content. The 2023 course programme will be shared soon.


Registrations for the 2023 Research Course in Thessaloniki, Greece will be shared in the new year.

Registration Fees

€ 600 for members
€ 800 for non-members
€ 400 for residents/students (proof required to obtain discount code)

The registration fee covers the cost of the course, coffee breaks and lunch.
Participants are required to book and pay for their travel and accommodation themselves. This is not included in the registration fee.
There are no accompanying persons fees nor accompanying persons programme during this course.

Request Your Student/Resident Discount Code

If you are a student/resident and wish to benefit from the reduced fee, please send an email to asking for the student discount code for EUROSPINE Research Course. Please attach to your email a proof that you are a student/resident (i.e. a letter from your hospital confirming you are student/resident or a copy of valid student card). This code will be needed when you register in order to obtain the discounted fee.

Members' Discount

If you already are a EUROSPINE member and wish to take advantage of the EUROSPINE member discount for this course, you must ensure you have settled your membership fee before starting your course registration.
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Please note that we cannot reimburse the difference between the non-member and member's registration fee if a member registers at the non-member's rate.

CME Accreditation

This course will apply for accreditation of the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) for a maximum of 28 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Participants must attend the whole duration of the course and complete the post-event survey in order to receive their CME Credits.

Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Participation in the whole course is mandatory as well as the completion of the course evaluation in order to receive the CME certificate.
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