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[August 16, 2012]

Major Textbook on Research Methodology Published


How do you teach medical research? How do you design a good study or develop a workable hypothesis? How do you shape research to improve patient care?

These and many more questions are addressed in an authoritative textbook detailing the clinical research process, written by researchers and clinicians at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and other institutions. Principles of Research Methodology: A Guide for Clinical Investigators, published by Springer, is designed to help healthcare professionals successfully conduct scientific research and also help them to better evaluate research published in the medical media. 

“We believe that this comprehensive book, which spans the entire research process and focuses on the critical role of the research hypothesis, will prove a unique resource to medical students, physicians, and translational scientists, among others, who typically lack formal broad training in research methodology and wish to expand their knowledge base,” said Phyllis Supino, EdD, professor of medicine and public health, and director of clinical epidemiology and clinical research in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at SUNY Downstate.

Dr. Supino, who has many years of experience studying and teaching research methodology, is editor of the book, along with Jeffrey S. Borer, MD, chair of medicine and chief of cardiovascular medicine at SUNY Downstate. Dr. Borer is also director of The Howard Gilman Institute for Heart Valve Diseases and the Cardiovascular Translational Research Institute, both located at SUNY Downstate.
The text familiarizes the reader with the logic of research design and hypothesis construction, the importance of research planning, the ethical basis of human subjects research, the basics of writing a clinical research protocol and scientific paper, the logic and techniques of data generation and management, and the fundamentals and implications of various sampling techniques and alternative statistical methodologies.

Written by medical scientists and methodologists who have extensive experience in biomedical investigation and in teaching key aspects of research methodology to medical students, physicians and other health professionals, the text integrates theory with examples and employs language that is clear and useful for a general medical audience. Each of the 13 chapters ends with Take-Home Points summarizing key information. 


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks eighth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.