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2024 postgrad course on clinical research methods will be held in Belgrade

The third edition of Ecraid and ESCMID’s postgraduate educational course 'Better methods for clinical studies in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology' will take place in October this year. Experienced lecturers and highly motivated postgraduates will come together in the Serbian capital to discuss a wide variety of topics that are as relevant as they are practical.


Are you a young researcher working in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases using epidemiological and statistical methods? If yes, then this course is for you.

Sharpen your tools with the help of a slate of distinguished experts from across Europe and beyond. For the first time, our annual three-day course is coming to Eastern Europe – Belgrade will host the three-day educational event starting on 22 October. Participants can register here no later than 29 September. 

Attendance grants are available to ESCMID members with Full, Young Scientist or LMIC Membership who are invited to apply no later than 15 September 2024.

Ecraid too offers attendance grants to people working within our network. Those interested can should send an email to by 15 July, mentioning their full name, job title and link to Ecraid (e.g., participating in one of our studies). Additionally, they should include their CV and a letter explaining their motivation for attending the course, e.g., what they would like to learn and how the acquired knowledge will put into practice (max 500 words).

Practical knowledge

The three-day course will provide participants with practical knowledge on how to phrase a research question, choose the appropriate design and methods to address it, avoid biases, and write an optimal report. Our experienced faculty will cover topics relevant to a wide variety of research approaches, including observational studies, adaptive designs, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, large databases, AI, and much more. Their presentations include:

•    Design of studies to elevate diagnostic tests 
•    Systematic reviews of diagnostic tests 
•    Setting-up studies on molecular epidemiology 
•    Time-to-event analysis in clinical epidemiology 
•    Clues for improving observational studies
•    Use of logistic regression models
•    Systematic reviews and meta-analysis of interventions
•    Use of large, national databases: pitfalls and caveats  
•    Adaptive designs for randomized clinical trials 
•    Methodological issues around predictive Artificial Intelligence
•    Effectiveness of vaccines and therapeutics using observational data 
•    Cluster-randomized trials in infectious diseases and infection control
•    Non-inferiority and equivalence designs for randomized controlled trials

The full programme is available in the course’s official brochure.


Most lecturers who participated in last year’s edition will join us again in Belgrade. These leading experts from around Europe and beyond are eager to share their knowledge and experience with a new generation of researchers. Among them are Henri van Werkhoven (Utrecht, Netherlands), Jesús Rodríguez-Baño (Seville, Spain), Leonard Leibovici (Petah-Tiqva, Israel), Luigia Scudeller (Pavia, Italy), Marc Bonten (Utrecht, Netherlands), Marcela Krutova (Prague, Czechia), Mariska Leeflang (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Martin Wolkewitz (Freiburg, Germany), Mette Nørgaard (Aarhus, Denmark), Mical Paul (Haifa, Israel), Pontus Naucler (Stockholm, Sweden), and Tanya Babich (Petah-Tigya, Israel).

The host country will be represented by Aleksandra Barac (Belgrade, Serbia).

About ESCMID  

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infection-related diseases. This is achieved by promoting and supporting research, education, training, and good medical practice.