Advanced on Research Methods in Epidemiology and Nutrition Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research

The Study of human nutrition encompasses a large number of disciplines including human biology, food science, epidemiology and biostatistics. A major part of nutrition research addresses how to improve health or prevent disease by either avoiding or ingesting specific amounts of a food or food components. However, it is not possible to envisage or plan such an improvement in health without adequate knowledge of the existing condition or status with respect to the food or nutrient under consideration. Population surveys and epidemiological studies are therefore needed to create evidence that forms the basis of many concepts in nutrition research. Advances in scientific methods also allow us to make alterations in the foods that we ingest to reduce harm and enhance their nutritive values. Randomized controlled trials are needed to compare two or more nutrients or processes to identify which one of them is superior to the other. This course will help researchers and senior level staff members develop their skills in designing studies, analyzing data using advanced statistical techniques, and writing research papers in epidemiology and nutrition.

Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop projects that focus on applied research in nutrition and public health
  • Apply advanced techniques including multivariate regression analysis, ANOVA, and non-parametric methods in data analysis
  • Estimate sample size for different types of study designs including RCTs, cross-sectional studies, case-control studies, and cohort studies
  • Critically appraise published research articles
  • Apply techniques in writing research articles for publication

Participants

Senior-level staff of Food and Nutrition Program and other departments interested in conducting research in the field of applied epidemiology or nutrition, and publish research articles in their field of research; Members of government institutions of Kuwait who are interested in collaborating with KISR for research on nutrition or non-communicable diseases (NCD) related to nutrition

Pre-requisites

Participants must have basic knowledge in research and data analysis; University graduates who were taught courses in basic level of statistics; Have some knowledge in using SPSS.

KISR is a pioneering, independent, national institute of scientific excellence. KISR’s initial role was dedicated to developing three fields of national importance: petroleum, desert agriculture, and marine biology. Since then, KISR’s role and responsibilities have expanded greatly to include the advancement of national industry and the undertaking of studies to address key challenges, such as the preservation of the environment, sustainable management of Kuwait’s natural resources, responsible management of water and energy, and development of innovative methods of agriculture.

KISR’s approach to meeting challenges is distinguished by a culture of openness, a commitment to our clients, and an integrated, cross-disciplinary approach. KISR routinely embarks on strategic partnerships with other regional and international institutes, agencies, and academic bodies, allowing an exchange of knowledge and expertise. Today, KISR is home to over 580 researchers and engineers and over 100 laboratories, housed at 8 locations, with growth expected through the implementation of a new strategic plan. KISR conducts scientific research and performs technological consultations, often in partnership with other regional and international institutions, for governmental and industrial clients in Kuwait, the Gulf region, and the rest of the world. These partnerships, driven by a philosophy of collaboration that runs deep within our culture, help build up our knowledge base, and facilitate the free flow of information, data, and expertise. This adds value to our clients’ business and ensures that the resources needed to confront the challenges They face are always available on demand.

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