Conscious - Curriculum Development of Human Clinical Trials

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Project Number 2018-1-HU01-KA203-047811

The Curriculum Development of Human Clinical Trials for the Next Generation Biomedical Students (CONSCIOUS).

CONSCIOUS intends to tackle the skills gaps and mismatches related to European-level Clinical Trial Professionals through curriculum development and preparation of e-learning material for the career development of biomedical undergraduate students.

Contacts to get full acess to the platform

Gabor L. Kovacs -

Joana Batuca -

Jitka Rychlickova –

Frances Shiely -

Viktoria Nagy -

CONSCIOUS European Partners

  • University of Pécs (Coordination Lead – Hungary)
  • Masaryk University (Czech Republic)
  • University of Nova De Usboa (Portugal)
  • University of Paris-Diderot (France)
  • Clinical Research Development Ireland (CRDI) (Ireland)
  • European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN) – Associated Partner


As part of the CONSCIOUS project, CRDI will work closely with European partners to produce an e-Learning course on ‘Introduction to Clinical Trials’.

The course syllabus addresses the core competencies for clinical investigation and will be aimed at various audiences including medical, pharmacologist and student nurses, at undergraduate level. CRDI will closely collaborate with the HRB Clinical Research Facility at University College Cork in the development of the course syllabus. Expertise from Prof Joe Eustace (Director at HRB CRF-UCC) and Dr Frances Shiely (HRB CRF-UCC) in Clinical Trials, including the development of the UCC online MSc Clinical Trials Course, is a crucial asset to the project.

Topics covered will include an introduction to clinical trials history, the three main phases of a clinical trial (planning, implementation and analysis), ethics, clinical trial design as well as protocols.

The CONSCIOUS project will provide open education and innovative practice in a digital area by making e-Learning material available for the Next Generation Biomedical Students regardless of geography.

CRDI will bring to the project its broad experience in developing and delivering innovative collaborative education programmes, including PhD programmes for scientists and clinicians, as well as its expertise in developing and delivering e-Learning materials.

Within the framework of the CONSCIOUS project, 14
online e-learning curricula were developed, which provide students
participating in medical health training with up-to-date knowledge related to
clinical research. The goal was for the students to participate in research
after graduation and to have the knowledge and ability to do so.

Later, as a researcher, they could initiate
investigator-initiated clinical trials.

In addition to the curriculum, teacher handbooks
(Teacher's Guide) have been developed to assist teachers in their training.

The e-learning materials and manuals are housed in
a state-of-the-art IT platform developed and maintained by the Consortium

During the implementation of the project, 3
dissemination events took place, where the curriculum was presented in detail.
The aim was to make students and the academic organizations that manage
clinical research as widely known as possible about the goals and the curricula
that were developed for this purpose.

From this, we expect that more students will be
able to participate in clinical trials and the number of investigator-initiated
clinical trials in the participating countries will increase.


During the joint cooperation, good working
relations were established, therefore the continuation of the application was
prepared and submitted, which received support. In addition, the possibility of
several other joint applications is outlined.

project was supported by the European Commission. The views expressed in this
publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.

 This curriculum is the intellectual product of University of Pecs, Masaryk
University, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Clinical Research Development Ireland,
University College 
Cork, Université de Paris. The materials are intended for educational use,
therefore they can be used freely for this purpose, but their content cannot be
modified or further 
developed without the written permission of the partners. Republishing the
curriculum with unchanged content is possible only with a clear specification
of the authors and the 
source of the original
material. Contact: project website: , coordinator