Kliniken &… Kliniken Neurologische… Neurologie und… Lehre Journal Club…


Every first Thursday of the month -- 3:00-4:30pm (CEST, Berlin/Amsterdam time) -- Online (Webex)
Dr. Loraine Busetto & Prof. Dr. Christoph Gumbinger, Department of Neurology, Heidelberg University Hospital

A Journal Club?

A Journal Club is a forum to learn to present and critically discuss other researchers’ work. To this purpose, two students per session will present a scientific paper of their choosing, ideally from their own area of expertise. They will first give a general overview of the paper and then introduce questions or topics for the group discussion. These can relate to innovative methods, suboptimal use of methods, dilemmas between ideal and real-world use of methods, ethical aspects, etc. Students will be asked to frame their presentation and discussion along commonly used concepts in qualitative methods (e.g. sampling methods, positionality, etc.).


Our focus is on pragmatic and hands-on aspects of qualitative research methods that are relevant for their application in the real world. For example, we will discuss how the authors conducted their research, why, which impact those decisions may have had on the results, what could be the pros and cons of these decisions in a real world setting, and how these aspects might translate to our own situation.


10 Min - Introduction - Staff
15 Min - Presentation Paper 1 - Student 1
15 Min - Group discussion
15 Min - Presentation Paper 2 - Student 2
15 Min - Group discussion
20 Min - Question Time - All (qualitative) questions welcome

Languages & Dates

We alternate between English and German as working and presenting languages for the Journal Club. Please check the dates for the language of the specific event. Upcoming dates: 

7 December 2023 - English

4 January 2024 – German

1 February 2024 - English

7 March 2024 - German

4 April 2024 - English

2 May 2024 - German

6 June 2024 - English

4 July 2024 - German

August 2024 - SUMMER BREAK

5 September 2024 - English

10 October 2024 - German

7 November 2024 - English

5 December 2024 - German

Registration & Further Information

To register, send us an email with the following information:

  • Name, surname, pronouns appreciated but not mandatory
  • Field of study, topic of PhD or project
  • Current position and academic affiliation or relevant information for patient/stakeholder representatives
  • Languages (if applicable, please indicate if you are fluent enough to present / discuss in the respective language or to listen to others present / discuss in the language)

Please also feel free to send us recommendations for particularly good, bad, innovative and/or otherwise noteworthy qualitative research papers. Participatory research is especially welcome. Mixed Methods papers will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

For more information and in case of questions, you can also contact Dr. Loraine Busetto or Prof. Dr. Christoph Gumbinger


You are

  • A researcher: early career (e.g. medical student, MD/PhD candidate or early postdoc) or new(ish) to qualitative research
  • In the field of health (services) research
  • A patient or stakeholder representative co-conducting or interested in qualitative research
  • None of the above but able to convince us that you should be allowed to participate

We are

Loraine Busetto is a researcher focussed on patient, relative and staff experiences in acute stroke and neurooncological care. Her expertise in qualitative research dates back to her PhD on integrated chronic care and her B/MSc in Public Administration/European Studies. As part of her focus on co-research with stakeholder representatives, Loraine initiated the Patient Council of the Department of Neurology and aims to include patient researchers in her projects. She currently works at the Institute of Medical Virology at Frankfurt University Hospital.  

Christoph Gumbinger is a senior physician with clinical focus on stroke and neurooncology. He is also the coordinator of the FAST-Telestroke network and currently the speaker of the commission “telestroke services” of the German Stroke Society. He is head of the research group “health services research in neurology” with a broad expertise in analysis of large registers and translation of research results into clinical practice.

Weiße Frau
Dr. Loraine Busetto
Weißes Mann in Arztkittel
Prof. Dr. Christoph Gumbinger