American Univesity of Beirut

The Research Personnel Program (RPP) and the Post-Doctoral Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​It is a yearly program that includes bi-monthly seminar series, a number of training workshops, and an integrated project.

Target Audience

For the Research Personnel Program (RPP):

Research fellows (with an MD or Ph.D. degree) or research assistants/coordinators willing to commit for a one-year supervised research training, including two tracks: clinical research and basic sciences research.   

For the Post-doctoral Program:

Research fellows (with an MD or Ph.D. degree) willing to commit for a two-year supervised research training, including two tracks: clinical research and basic sciences research.    


The aim of these two programs is to support research fellows and research assistants/coordinators at AUBMC in developing research skills and competencies that allow them to advance their research careers.

RPP Team Members

Contributing faculty :

​​Contact Information

Ms. Sara Khansa
Telephone: 961 1350000 ext. 5452 

RPP 2022/2023  

1- Mini workshops:​

Mini workshops consist of intensive sessions twice per week, to be run over 10 weeks, starting on July 26, 2022 

Logistical details of the mini-workshops: 

  • Period: July 26, 2022, till Sept 29, 2022 
  • Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 am
  • Duration: 1.5 hours 
  • Format: In-person with a hybrid format as needed 
  • Location: Halim and Aida Daniel Academic and Clinical Center (ACC) multipurpose room
  • Platform: Zoom for hybrid session
Tentative DateSeminarSpeaker
Jul 26, 2022
Introduction Ethics/Good Clinical Practice (GCP)Marlene Chakhtoura, MD, MSc​ Abir Dakik, ​MSc                         
Jul 28, 2022Informed Consent in Human Subject Research
Mira Zantout, BSc                                   
Aug 2, 2022
Data Management and Cleaning 
Hani Tamim, PhD 
Aug 5, 2022Laboratory Procedures Nada Assaf, MD 
Aug 11, 2022Descriptive Analysis Hani Tamim, Ph​D 
Aug 16, 2022Inferential Analysis
Hani Tamim, PhD 
Aug 18, 2022Literature Search-Basic 
Ola El Zein, PhD
Aug 23, 2022Literature Search-Advanced
Ola El Zein, PhD
Aug 25, 2022Endnote Use and Referencing-Part 1
Ola El Zein, PhD
Aug 30, 2022Endnote Use and Referencing-Part 2 
Ola El Zein, PhD​​
Sept 1, 2022Logistics of Clinical Research 
Marlene Chakhtoura, MD, MSc
Sept 6, 2022Research Question and Protocol WriteUp 
Marlene Chakhtoura, MD, MSc​
Sept 8, 2022Developing a Budget for Clinical Research​
Vicky Nassar, MPH​
Sept 15, 2022Manuscript Writing
Elie Akl, MD, MPH, PhD 
​Sept 27, 2022

​Research in EPIC Hassan Mallah, PhD 

​​Sept 29, 2022​

AuthorshipElie Akl, MD, MPH, PhD 
​Oct 4, 2022

​Study Design-Part 1 Martine Elbejjani, PhD 

Oct 6, 2022
​​​Study Design-Part 2 

​​Marlene Chakhtoura, MD, MSc

​Oct 11, 2022
 Experimental Model Validation

Rihab Nasr, PhD​ 

2Seminar series

Seminars start on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, and include 

  • Didactic sessions (see below list of topics, Year 1 or Year 2 (topics being provided every other year) for RPP, Years 1 and 2 for Post-doctoral Program) 
  • Project presentation 
  • Journal club 

Logistical details of the seminar series:

  • Period: Oct 4, 2022, till May 16, 2023 
  • Time: Tuesdays at 9:30 am (unless otherwise indicated) twice per month 
  • Duration :1 hour
  • Format: In-person with a hybrid format as needed
  • Location: ACC multipurpose room 
  • Platform: WebEx for hybrid session

Year 1 – 2022-2023:

Tentative DateSeminarSpeaker
Oct 13​, 2022 Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-analysisElie Akl, MD, MPH, PhD
Oct 18, 2022Sample Size CalculationHani Tamim, PhD
Nov 1, 2022Survival AnalysisMartine El Bejjani, PhD
Nov 15, 2022Qualitative ResearchGladys Honein, PhD​
Nov 29, 2022Journal Club or Project PresentationRFs1
Dec 6, 2022Journal Club or Project PresentationRFs1
Dec 20, 2022How to Appraise a Scientific PaperZeina Kanafani, MD, MS, CIC
Jan 3, 2023Poster and Abstract PreparationNada Assaf, MD
Jan 17, 2023
Research Metrics Ola El Zein, PhD                                        
Jan 24, 2023Journal Club or Project PresentationRFs1
Feb 7, 2023Journal Club or Project PresentationRFs1
Feb 21, 2023Introduction to GuidelinesElie Akl, MD, MPH, PhD​
Mar 7, 2023ReproducibilityMargret Shirinian, PhD​
Mar 21, 2023ROC CurveHani Tamim, PhD
Apr 4, 2023Leadership and Management in the LabMargret Shirinian, PhD
Apr 18, 2023Journal Club or Project PresentationRFs1​
May 2, 2023Journal Club or Project PresentationRFs1
May 9, 2023Journal Club or Project PresentationRFs1
May 16, 2023Career OrientationMargret Shirinian, PhD​
1RFs: Research Fellows

​​Program Fees:

For AUB participants Free of Charge
For outside AUB participants*: 
RPP sessions only1000$
RPP with support for the write-up of the proposal of a research project1500$
Postdoctoral program2000$
* Special discounts will be provided for participants residing in Lebanon​


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