The University of Iowa

Education Initiatives

Clinical Trials Methodology Course

The Clinical Trials Methodology Course (CTMC) in neurology-focused clinical trials is an intensive program designed to help junior investigators develop scientifically rigorous yet practical clinical trial protocols, and to focus on early consideration of funding mechanisms as a key trial planning activity. 

Jointly organized by Dr. Chris Coffey at the CTSDMC, Dr. Will Meurer at the University of Michigan, and Dr. Roger Lewis at Los Angeles BioMed, the course consists of distance learning, as well as on-site opportunities that alternate between Iowa City, IA and Ann Arbor, MI each year. The CTMC is jointly funded via the NeuroNEXT Network by the National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke (NINDS). 

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Iowa Summer Institute in Biostatistics

The objective of the Iowa Summer Institute in Biostatistics (ISIB) is to provide biostatistical research education and applied research opportunities to undergraduates. The institute is funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. CTSDMC Director Chris Coffey participates in the yearly institute as a faculty mentor.

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Society for Clinical Trials Participation

The CTDSMC is heavily involved in the Society for Clinical Trials, and has presented many topics at the Annual Meetings over the years. In 2019, CTSDMC will give three presentations at the SCT Annual Meeting: 

  • Invited Session: "Switching Boats Mid-Stream: Maintaining Continuity in a Large Clinical Trials Network in the Face of Change," presented by Christopher Coffey, Dixie Ecklund, Julie Qidwai of the CTSDMC, in collaboration with Angela Molloy, Daniele Grasso, Jeri Sieren, Krista Valladares and Marianne Kearney Chase from the NeuroNEXT Network.
  • Invited Session: "Preparing and Submitting Data to Open and Limited-Access Repositories," presented by Janel Barnes and Christopher Coffey of the CTSDMC, in collaboration with Sharon Yeatts and Carolina Mendoza-Puccini.
  • Contributed Session: "The NeuroNEXT Model: Efficiencies Gained by Deploying an Embedded Research Administrator," presented by Maggie Spencer of the CTSDMC, in collaboration with Krista Valladares from the NeuroNEXT Clinical Coordinating Center.

An archive of past SCT Annual Meeting presentations can be viewed here

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Short Courses by Dr. Coffey

  • October 2018: Short Course at Annual Northeast ALS Consortium Meeting (Clearwater, FL)
  • October 2017: Faculty Member for the Short Course at Annual Northeast ALS Consortium Meeting (Clearwater, FL)


  • May 2018: Pre-Conference Workshop at Society for Clinical Trials Annual Meeting (Portland, OR)
  • April 2018: Faculty Member in a Short Course at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting (Los Angeles, CA)
  • April 2017: Faculty Member in a Short Course at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting (Boston, MA)
  • American Statistical Association Traveling Course
    • April 2018: Washington Statistical Society (Washington, DC)
    • November 2017: Trenton/Princeton Chapter (Piscataway, NJ)
    • September 2017: San Diego Chapter (San Diego, CA)