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TB Research Methods

Hand holding up xray image of a lungs. Patient laying on stretcher in the background. TB Research Methods | June 5-9, 2023


Hybrid. Course will be live to both the in-person and online participants approximately 9:00am-2:00pm (Montreal time) each day June 5-9, 2023 and content presented will be recorded. Small group sessions will be conducted at about 2:00-4:30 pm each afternoon (Montreal time). These will be for in-person and online course participants and will not be recorded.

The online session of this course is now full and closed for enrollment. Places are still available to attend in-person.

This program meets the accreditation criteria as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has been accredited by the Office of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University for up to 32 Section 1 credits/hours.

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at


An intensive course on methods of operational research, randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, qualitative / community-based research, decision analyses and modeling. Format will include lectures, debates, panel discussions and small group work.


Dick Menzies, MD, MSc
Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Tuberculosis Research
Director, McGill International TB Centre

Watch the video to hear Dr. Menzies discuss the course!


  • Gonzalo Alvarez, MD, MPH – University of Ottawa
  • Mayara Bastos, MD – McGill University
  • Andrea Benedetti, PhD – McGill University
  • Bill Burman, MD – Denver Public Health
  • Jonathon Campbell, PhD – McGill University
  • Amrita Daftary, PhD, MPH – York University
  • Greg Fox, MD, PhD – University of Sydney
  • Anthony Harries, MD – The Union, Paris
  • James Johnston, MD, MPH – University of British Columbia
  • Richard Long, MD, FRCPC, FCCP – University of Alberta,
  • Dick Menzies, MD, MSc – McGill University
  • Thu Anh Nguyen, PhD – University of Sydney
  • Timothy Sterling, MD – Vanderbilt University
  • Kevin Schwartzman, MD, MPH – McGill University
  • Alice Zwerling, PhD, MSc, BSc – University of Ottawa

Faculty are still being confirmed and there may be changes to the above list.


This course will introduce broad tuberculosis research topics –the World Health Organization’s Research plan as part of the End TB strategy, priorities in drug resistant and HIV-related tuberculosis, as well as the missing pieces of the TB Research puzzle. Every morning session will focus on a different methodology – operational research, systematic reviews, randomized trials and economic analysis. In the afternoons, there will be “late-breakers”, short presentations of exciting new findings from course faculty, followed by basics in biostatistical methods, then small group sessions to work in operational research, epidemiology, systematic reviews, randomized trials or cost analysis. The output from each group will be presented to the entire group on the final afternoon.


  • Understand the latest advances in TB research - in diagnosis, treatment, drug resistance, and prevention
  • Understand the fundamentals of research methods that are commonly used in clinical, epidemiological and public health studies in TB
  • Develop skills in critical appraisal of published articles to better understand the relevance to participants’ setting, population, available resources, and practice


  • Clinicians interested in TB research

  • MSc, MPH and PhD students interested in TB research projects

  • Postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows and residents interested in TB research

  • Junior faculty with a strong interest in TB research

  • Research staff, nurses and coordinators managing TB research projects

  • Persons involved in TB control programmes with interest in research and evaluation methods


In-person maximum 40 participants
Online maximum 40 participants


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