Prostate cancer screening RTC/ Colorectal cancer screening RTC/ Epidemiology of infectious diseases
Finland (FiMSIC) - University of Tampere, Tampere
Epidemiology, School of Health Sciences
Prof. Anssi Auvinen
Prof. Anssi Auvinen / Prof. Pekka Nuorti / Prof. Nea Malila
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
This project combines the research activities and opportunities of three professors at the Department of Epidemiology. Prostate cancer screening (Prof. Auvinen); Colorectal cancer screening (Prof. Malila); Infectious disease epidemiology and Vaccination effectiveness (Prof. Nuorti).
What is the aim of the project?
Large randomized cancer screening trials are being carried out with several secondary end-points; research opportunities become available over time. The cancer screening trials evaluate the effectiveness in terms of reduction in cancer mortality. Secondary end-points relate to quality of life effects and cost-effectiveness of screening, as well as identification of high-risk groups and prognostic factors. Data on infectious diseases and immunizations are obtained from national registers and hospitals with opportunities for tailored research projects.
What techniques and methods are used?
Basic statistical techniques are used, including cross-tabulations, statistical significance testing, estimation of incidence/mortality rates and their confidence intervals, analysis of cohort/case-control data.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks of the student will be performed on his/her own
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student is expected to work under the guidance of the research group leaders, analysing a subset of the study data and reporting the results. Tasks are preliminary analyses of a secondary end-point, such as occurrence of a disease with subgroups of the study population, and comparing the risks in subjects with and without the exposure of interest.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
During the university teaching periods, subject to course schedule.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a poster
- The student will prepare a presentation
- The student will prepare a scientific report
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
The student should have completed the basic course in epidemiology and have some experience in using statistical software.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
No, but compliance with privacy and data protection regulation and a signed non-disclosure form are required.
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students