Research Learning Pathway


Andrew CONWAY MORRIS – MD, MRC Clinician Scientist, University of Cambridge; Hon Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom; Chair, Infection Section, ESICM

Nathan D. NIELSEN – MD, MSc, Associate Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, United States; Editorial Board and Sepsis Section Editor, ESICM Academy

Pathway beneficiaries may access the dedicated online classroom available on the ESICM Academy. Please note that ONLY selected beneficiaries can access the dedicated classroom.

This pathway will allow a progressive build from the basic introduction to research and research methods for participants with little or no post-graduate research experience to the more advanced level which may be of specific interest to those with more research experience who want a refresher or need focused training on a specific topic.

It will cover the range of knowledge and skills required to embark on a career as an intensive care researcher.

The research learning pathway will include a three-level approach combining online self-study with master classes and at a later stage possible project design. Participants can complete the full pathway or can take levels separately, according to their previous experience and preferences. The pathway includes:


1. Level 1 opened in November 2021. It aims to cover core ‘basic topics’ and includes:

a. Online self-study: November 2021-January 2022

i. Module 1: Introduction to Research in ICU
ii. Module 2: Data analysis and statistics – partner with data science

b. A 2-day Virtual Master Class: January 25-26, 2022

2. Level 2 “Nuts and Bolts of Research Design”. This level aims to offer a more advanced approach and will include:

a. Online self-study: November 2022-January 2023

i. Module 3: How to search the literature systematically

ii. Module 4: Types of research project’

b. A 2-day Virtual Master Class: 24th and 25th January 2023

Day 1 – General principles and tools

Day 2 – Research in context, how to undertake different types of research

The sessions include different formats: interactive lectures, pro-con debates, panel discussions, small group works and quiz/game-based sessions.  The aim is to maximise interactivity between participants and faculty, and develop a course which is engaging and informative.

3. Level 3: “Putting It All Together” (April-December 2023). The third phase takes a different approach, moving from a ‘teaching’ to a ‘doing’ approach. The main objective is to complete a research proposal ready for submission for funding consideration by end of the calendar year 2023.

  1. Identification of area of research and type of project
  2. Creation of mentorship groups based upon content and study design type expertise
  3. Kick-off virtual event to introduce groups and establish next steps/timelines: May 2023
  4. Groups meet independently 2-3 times between to assess progress on various elements of research proposal: May-October 2023
  5. Face-to-face event at LIVES 2023:
  6. Summary event for presentation of final research proposals, proposed submission targets: early 2024
  7. Proposal submission during funding cycle 2024


This learning pathway aims to provide an educational resource for intensive care trainees, qualified intensivists, intensive care nurses and allied health professionals who wish to learn how to conduct and appraise research in intensive care.

Join the programme if you wish to:

  • Improve your knowledge and skills required to embark on a career as an intensive care researcher
  • Meet colleagues and experts from all over the world
  • Exchange best practices and learn from each other
  • Join our network of researchers and contribute to more evidence-based projects

Research Learning Pathway Master Class, Brussels, Belgium, 25/01/2022 – 26/01/2022 has been granted 12 European CME credits (ECMEC®s) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®)

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