Improvements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases depend fundamentally on the advancement of scientific knowledge. Biomedical research leading to such advances requires the results to be adequately communicated through established channels, which allow the scientific community to assess the validity of the methodological aspects and results, and which give strength to the conclusions that are derived.
These aspects, which could be included within the concept of scientific communication, find their main expression in the biomedical articles that appear in scientific journals, as well as in the communications and papers that take place at biomedical congresses, whether as oral presentations, posters or in mixed situations.
It therefore seems necessary for health professionals, physicians, nurses, pharmacists or clinical psychologists to be equipped with sufficient knowledge to enable them not only to carry out research in their specific areas, but also to be able to adequately communicate their results, having the necessary tools to construct a scientific poster, prepare and execute an oral communication and, especially, to design, write and submit a scientific article that can be submitted to the corresponding scientific editorial review and subsequently published.
The course content responds to these needs. It provides the necessary tools that will enable professionals to carry out the main tasks required for the correct development of these aspects of scientific communication, including the different aspects of writing, preparing and submitting a scientific article, as well as the basic guidelines for a correct oral presentation and the preparation of a scientific poster.
Alejandro de la Sierra, MD, PhD
Aim of the course
• To provide the necessary tools that will enable professionals to carry out the main tasks required for the correct development of scientific communication, including the different aspects in the writing, preparation and submission of a scientific article, as well as the basic guidelines for a correct oral presentation and the preparation of a scientific poster.
• To provide the main knowledge for the preparation of a scientific article, including the different sections (abstract, introduction, methodology, results, discussion and conclusions).
• To establish an appropriate use of tables and figures in the context of writing a scientific article.
• To know the main sources of scientific information and establish an appropriate use of bibliographic references.
• To know the bases of clinical research, the different types of study design and the characteristics of each one of them.
• To know the basics of statistical analysis, in order to be able to adequately read and interpret a scientific article, and to be able to carry out basic analyses of one’s own research data.
• To know the main ethical aspects that are required both in research and in the publication of scientific data.
• To know the editorial process of biomedical journals in relation to the reception, evaluation and eventual acceptance of manuscripts.
• To learn about other forms of disseminating information on published articles (general and specific media, social networks, etc.).
• To know the main techniques in the preparation and presentation of an oral communication at a biomedical congress.
• To learn the main techniques in the preparation and defence of a scientific poster.
Scientific article (I)
• Tips to write an original article
• Tips to select the target journal
• Internet resources related to publications and the cover letter
• What you should know about references, tables and figures
Scientific article (II)
• Methodological aspects of biomedical papers. Study design
• How to deal with statistics in a scientific paper
• Ethics in scientific publication
• Impact post-publication
• Paper quality assessment
• How to present an oral communication
• The ideal poster. How to make a scientific poster
• Questions & answers
The participant will receive the course enrolment password by e-mail once the registration has been acquired. The maximum time foreseen for the completion of the course
is 1 month from the access to its content. Participants will be provided with video lectures and reading material in pdf format. Participants will have to read the pdf presentations and watch the videos. Once participants have studied the pdf presentations and watched the videos, an evaluation of the course will be carried out.
• Alex de la Sierra Iserte, MD, PhD
Doctor of Medicine and Specialist in Internal Medicine.
Professor of Medicine at the University of Barcelona.
Head of the Hypertension Unit and Director of Teaching at MútuaTerrassa.
• Francesc Cardellach i López, MD, PhD
Doctor in Medicine and Specialist in Internal Medicine.
Professor of Medicine at the University of Barcelona.
Senior consultant in internal medicine at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona.
Founder and Director of the Mitochondrial Functionalism Laboratory at IDIBAPS.
• Marta Pulido, MD, PhD
PhD in Medicine from the University of Barcelona. Postgraduate Medical Editor at the Section of Scientific Publications, Mayo Clinic.
Medical publishing consultant at the Institut Municipal d’Investigació Mèdica, IMIM-Hospital del Mar and freelance Medical Editor.
Lecturer in Scientific Communication on the Master’s Degree in Biomedicine at the University of Barcelona.
• Josep Maria Ribera i Santasusana, MD, PhD
Doctor in Medicine and Specialist in Haematology-Haemotherapy.
Professor of Medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Senior Consultant in Clinical Haematology at the ICO at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital.
Clinical Director and principal investigator of the acute lymphoblastic leukaemia research group at the Josep Carreras Institute.