ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods


Good science is all about methods
. Moreover, science is nothing more – nothing less – than a method to approach and generate knowledge.
Hence, learning the methodology of research is the only way to intimately know a discipline.
This is, of course, also true for psychiatry. Being familiar with research methodology will help psychiatrists not only to be able to develop their own research but also to critically understand the literature in the field in order to reach evidence-based clinical practice.

The European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) is extremely interested in promoting research skills in early career scientists, including clinicians. Early career clinician members of ECNP identified a gap in their training concerning their ability to get top-quality and practical information on how to get started in clinical research. The ECNP Executive Committee decided to start a new initiative to fill this gap. 

ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods
The ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods aims at introducing early career clinicians (psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, etc) into research methodology and to promote a critical thinking approach to the scientific literature that is particularly relevant to clinical practice.

This is a unique opportunity for early career colleagues to become familiar with the scientific method, the key to good practice. A number of international renowned researchers share their professional experiences with a group of early career colleagues and psychiatry residents at the workshop.

For 2018 the number of participants was 30.

This three day workshop will take place at the Hospital Clinic of the University of Barcelona with several practical interactive sessions including issues of interest such as:
• Research in psychopharmacology
• Non-pharmacological research
• How to read and write a scientific paper
• How to start a successful scientific project and career.

View the complete programme of the 2018 workshop here.

Application requirement
To fulfill the ECNP definition of an early career scientist.

How to apply
It is no longer possible to apply for this workshop.

The deadline for applications was 15 June 2018.

All applicants have been informed about the outcome of the selection.

Registration and accommodation
For those selected, there is no registration fee. Hotel accommodation is offered by ECNP for two nights in a shared room, with breakfast, at a hotel near the workshop venue.

Group picture
Celso Arango and Eduard Vieta
Participants with ECNP experts Celso Arango and Eduard Vieta at the recent ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods that took place in Barcelona 8-10 November 2017

Experiences from the recent workshop:

"Simply inspiring! Meeting people and sharing similar situations keeps you with the strength to continue in clinical research!"
Maria Vallejo Valdivielso, Spain

"Attending the ECNP Clinical Workshop has been a great opportunity to learn about clinical Research and meet other young researchers from Europe".
Blanca Garcia-Delgar, Spain


The ECNP Workshop on Clinical Research Methods is funded by the ECNP Scholarship and Research Foundation (R&S), a public-interest-serving entity.