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ATS MECOR Global - Virtual Level 2


ATS Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical and Operations Research (MECOR)

Global - Virtual Level 2


Dates:  7-16 June, 2024
Location:  MECOR Global Level 2 will take place virtually using the zoom platform.
Registration Fee:

50 USD (upon acceptance of your application)

Application Dates:

Opening: March 7th, 2024

Closing: April 7th, 2024

Application: Closed
MECOR Faculty: 

MECOR Course Director: Özge Yılmaz

MECOR Course Director: Richard van Zyl-Smit

ATS Senior Manager, Global Health: Jadir Oliveira


The ATS MECOR Program

The primary aim of the ATS MECOR Program is capacity building for research, based on the idea that individuals with skills in research are needed develop, design and carry out studies to identify and quantify the burden of lung disease in their country and to develop, implement and evaluate interventions that are likely to be effective in their settings. The ATS MECOR Program, now in its 28th year, has developed into a 3-level program with a range of competencies that include basic research design, data analysis, presentation skills and manuscript preparation.

The goal of the ATS MECOR Program is to improve global lung health through the development of local and regional lung disease research capacity. This, in turn, will provide the capacity for collaboration in clinical and epidemiologic projects with a cadre of trained clinicians and scientists. The content of the ATS MECOR Program courses has been carefully chosen to emphasize local and regional respiratory disease problems that are of public health importance.


ATS MECOR Global - Virtual Level 2

ATS MECOR Global Virtual Level 2 course aims to address deeper understanding of research methods and the approaches necessary for operationalizing research. The Global virtual level 2 course is focused on developing a manual of procedures (MOP) and an analysis plan for the study based on a refined study protocol.


Global Virtual Level 2 course builds on protocols developed in MECOR Level 1/2 by adding the descriptions of study forms and operational procedures needed to successfully carry out the research.


MECOR Global Level 2 will take place virtually using the zoom platform. There will be 6 interactive online sessions that will include summary of key points lectures by faculty and student presentations. The majority of time will be spent working individually, with regular consultations from a faculty member and others as needed, and minimal time in formal lectures.


Learning Objectives

1) Develop a comprehensive MOP aligned with the research protocol.

2) Design a comprehensive data analysis plan including a data management and quality control plan.

3) Develop and present a brief Power Point presentation summarizing the student’s work during the course.

4) Critique and support one's own research protocol as well as others.


These objectives are designed to enable the students to confidently carry out a study with a high likelihood that the results will be valid and publishable.


Program Schedule

Session 1 June 7 (Friday) 9:00* - 11:30 AM (EDT)
Session 2 June 8 (Saturday)

7:00** - 11:30 AM (EDT)

Session 3 June 12 (Wednesday)

9:00* - 11:00 AM (EDT)

Session 4 June 13 (Thursday)

9:00* - 11:00 AM (EDT)

Session 5 June 15 (Saturday)

7:00** - 11:30 AM (EDT)

Closing Session June 16 (Sunday) 9:00* - 11:30 AM (EDT)
*4 PM Istanbul / 6 PM Delhi / 9 PM Beijing / 2 PM Nigeria / 10 AM Sao Paulo / 9 AM New York
**2 PM Istanbul / 4 PM Delhi / 7 PM Beijing / 12 PM Nigeria / 8 AM Sao Paulo / 7 AM New York