Medical reading



The training course “Critical reading of clinical research publications”, focused on the medical reading of clinical research publications, will review the theoretical structure of a well written paper, by analyzing in details the section of material & methods, by critically reading the results and finally by going through a few examples taken from the recent publications on anti-covid19 vaccines. These latter examples will also give the opportunity to appreciate common pitfalls in divulging scientific matters.
Communication, and in particular the written one promoted by publications on scientific journals and reviews, covers a role of paramount importance to the advance of scientific knowledge and medical practice. An accurate estimate of the number of papers (citations) dealing with medical subjects issued every year is difficult to establish. However PubMed reported
that the yearly MEDLINE® Citation Count in the past decade but in 2020 exceeded 750,000 entries each year. Hence the relevance for a researcher or a medical practitioner who need to be up to date to be able to properly choose and to critically read a scientific article in the medical arena.



To know the structure of a well written scientific article

To learn how to critically assess the robustness of the methodology applied and the quality of data collected

To understand the impact of scientific results reported in the article

To challenge the learning with a real case study example


Morning session 9.30-12.30 am

  • Overview of the building blocks of a scientific paper and the rationale for the structure
  • The concept of peer review journals
  • The methodological elements of a clinical research protocol
  • The presentation of data: the relevance of tabular and graphical format

Afternoon session 2-5 pm

  • Tips and tricks to recognize good data
  • The dissemination of scientific results in the news
  • Workshop: discussion and critical review of selected articles distributed in advance with the support of the teacher

This course is mainly intended, but not limited, to professionals working in the pharmaceutical industry dealing with drug development or marketing in areas such as R&D, Marketing/Medical Affairs, Pharmacovigilance, Regulatory.

Live online course

Anna Petroccione
Anna Petroccione had the privilege to make of her juvenile passion, the medical research, a fulfilling career: MD by background and specialized in Biometrics and Medical Statistics, she joined the pharma industry working in Boehringer Mannheim, Farmitalia, Pharmacia and Pfizer as the Director of Biostatistics and Data Management Department. She matured over 25 years experience in the international development of compounds in several therapeutics areas contributing to the submission of several compounds in US and EU. At Nerviano Medical Sciences, she took over the leadership of the Medical Department and assisted the Managing Director with the development of business plans and projects for the clients. After retirement she acts as a consultant for small
companies and CROs.

650 € early bird fee, expires February 8 2022.
750 € full price.
VAT not included. Discounts are not cumulative. Please inquire for discounts for multiple registrations.

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