Mini-course starter kit – Setting Research Priorities

Last update: 19 October 2016

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This EUPATI Mini-course starter kit is designed for patient involvement in setting research priorities.

EUPATI Mini-course starter kits have been derived from content found in the EUPATI toolbox and EUPATI Patient Expert Training Course. The starter kits are thought to address roles that patients play in medicines development for example those shown in the figure below.

Patients can be involved across the process of medicines R&D. This diagram created by Geissler, Ryll, Leto, and Uhlenhopp identifies some existing areas in which patients are involved in the process. It distinguishes between the level of expertise in a disease area that is required and the different areas where involvement can take place.

The starter kits provide you with links to relevant background reading in the toolbox and associated PowerPoint slide decks and media in order to prepare a single or multi-day training on the subject. Each of the starter kits contains a selection of PPT slides which you may use to educate patients/advocates about the “basics” in that area, e.g. in a two-hour to one-day seminar.

The starter kits are based on existing content from the EUPATI Toolbox, plus additional links to add-on Toolbox material. None of the “starter kits” are “ready-made course” modules – they are a ready-to-reuse resource for an experienced trainer to prepare and execute a course. You will need to edit them and put them into context.

Before you begin please download and review the ‘Manual for Trainers’.

Setting Research Priorities

This starter kit provides background reading, slides, a video, and quizzes to create training for patients who intend to become involved in setting research priorities.

Core reading

Discovery and development of medicines

Making a medicine. Step 1: Pre-discovery

Making a medicine. Step 2: Target selection

Making a medicine. Step 3 and 4: Choosing a molecule or lead

Making a medicine. Step 5: Non-clinical safety testing

Making a medicine. Step 6: Phase I – Proof of mechanism

Making a medicine. Step 7: Phase II – Proof of concept

Making a medicine. Step 8: Confirmatory studies

Making a medicine. Step 9: Regulatory submission

Making a medicine. Step 10: Life-cycle management

New research areas in personalised medicines

Introduction to clinical research

Challenges in personalised medicine

The power of the patient voice in research

Off-label use


Additional Learning Resources

Are you ready to elevate your expertise with certifications in areas like Clinical Development, Medicine Discovery, and HTA Evaluation?

Explore the links below to access the EUPATI Open Classroom, choose the courses that match your interests, and embark on your learning adventure today!



  • Curious about the ‘off-label use’ of Medicines? Find out more!



An introduction to clinical research [ECRAN] can be downloaded from EUPATI on Youtube.

Explore the history of clinical trials stemming back to 1747 and learn more about how they work today in this short video from the ECRAN project.

Clinical Research” by ECRAN Project is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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