Get ready for your study: OCTRI Research Forums in April

OCTRI Research Forum
This Research Forum series helps you set up your study for success. From recruiting to inclusion/exclusion criteria to “scraping” data, get practical knowledge for starting your work.

Meet your data where it lives: Scraping the web

Steven Bedrick, Ph.D.
Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Research and Design Seminar
Wednesday, April 3, 3 to 5 p.m., Gaines Hall, room 5

Sometimes, data is made available to us for analysis in a convenient manner. Sometimes not. Important and useful data frequently is published in the form of tables, lists, etc. on web pages; other times, the information we want is spread across multiple pages (or even multiple different sites), and we must “scrape” it off in order to work with it.

This workshop will put you well on your way to setting up more automated data ingestion pipelines in the face of less cooperative sources.

Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute presents the monthly Research Forum to addresses all things clinical and translational research.

Study inclusion/exclusion criteria: Scientific ideals v.s. the real world

Mary Samuels, M.D., Cynthia Morris, Ph.D. M.P.H.
Thursday, April 18, noon to 1 p.m., Mackenzie Hall 2201

Welldefined inclusion/exclusion criteria are necessary to answer your research questions; however, overly restrictive criteria can limit the generalizability of your study results and hamper subject recruitment.

Learn about developing inclusion/exclusion criteria across the spectrum of highly controlled clinical trials to pragmatic clinical trials.

Data Wrangling in R

Meike Niederhausen, Ph.D., Jessica Minnier, Ph.D.
Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Research and Design Seminar
Thursday, Apr. 18, 3 to 5 p.m., School of Nursing, room 358

This is a two-part workshop that will cover R code and techniques for data wrangling (i.e. data cleaning, reshaping, and manipulating) using transparent and reproducible methods. The second part of this workshop will occur one week later: Thursday, April 25, 3 to 5 p.m. in the same room.


  • Students should be familiar with R and/or view the first workshop in this series (Introduction to R and Rstudio)
  • Pre-workshop homework will be assigned to be sure everyone has the appropriate basic R skills

Register through Compass: “Data Wrangling in R”

Questions? Contact Amy Laird:

Recruitment planning: the foundation for clinical trial success

Kitt Swartz, M.P.H. and Meredith Zauflik, M.P.A.
Thursday, May 23, noon to 1 p.m., Mackenzie Hall 2201

A realistic recruitment plan provides the foundation for implementing your investigation.

Learn key considerations in developing a recruitment plan:

  • NIH Forms E “Recruitment and Retention Plan” what is it and who needs one?
  • NIH guidelines for inclusion of special populations and how to address them

You will also learn more about a range of topics, from consort diagrams and feasibility checks to ensuring representative data and budget issues.


Research Forum events will be streamed and recorded for the OCTRI Echo 360 channel.