SCN – Preclinical Experimental Design and Reporting Workshop


Assessments of the reporting quality of preclinical research have consistently found that important elements of research design are often missing from published work, including the use of design elements such as blinding and randomization. To improve reporting of research design, reporting guidelines – such as the widely endorsed NIH Principles and Guidelines for Reporting Preclinical Research as well as the ARRIVE Guidelines – have been developed and are being implemented by funding agencies, universities, publishers and journals. These new reporting requirements, such as randomization and blinding, are intended to promote change in how experiments are designed and conducted by researchers and their teams.

The Stem Cell Network (SCN) is holding a one-day Preclinical Experimental Design and Reporting workshop on May 26, 2023, which will provide an overview of current reporting guidelines and important experimental design elements to reduce bias with the goal of setting the stage for successful experimentation and publication. The workshop will be delivered by Dr. Manoj Lalu, OHRI, Dr. Dean Fergusson, OHRI, Madison Foster, OHRI and Matthew Jeffers, uOttawa/OHRI.

Application Deadline: March 29, 2023
Start Date: May 26, 2023
Location: Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montréal, QC

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Learning objectives

The purpose of this workshop is to provide scientists with the knowledge and skills to implement good quality practices in their experimental work and to design, perform and report on preclinical studies that adhere to the NIH and ARRIVE guidelines.

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Have a working knowledge of basic experimental design and reporting (with a focus on items deemed essential by the NIH and ARRIVE guidelines)
  • Be able to correctly complete a reporting checklist for major journals (e.g., Nature and Cell publishing groups)
  • Generate a plan to implement these elements into the design of their experiments
  • Understand the importance and impact of transparent reporting and methods to reduce bias in laboratory experiments


Who should attend?

Applications must include a principal investigator who is committed to attending the workshop, and each investigator is welcomed to nominate up to two trainees for attendance. Please note, this workshop is being held directly following the Early Career Researcher (ECR) Symposium at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royal in Montréal, QC. ECRs who are attending the ECR Symposium are encouraged to also apply for the Preclinical Experimental Design and Reporting Workshop. While any researchers are welcome to apply to this workshop, ECRs (and their trainees) will be prioritized for attendance. This workshop will be of particular interest to researchers who are conducting translational research and in vivo experiments.


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