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Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students at the NIH Clinical Center

Dr. Juan Lertora speaking to a group of Ph.D. students

Upcoming Course Dates: July 11-22, 2016 (application opens January 2016)


"What is the role of the PhD scientist in clinical and translational research?"

The Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students is a two-week intensive introductory course offered by the NIH Clinical Center (CC) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The purpose of the course is to demonstrate the role of PhD scientists in clinical and translational research, provide an overview and examples of how basic science and clinical observations lead to translational research, and increase awareness and access to Ph.D. role models, research resources, and potential career opportunities at the NIH.

The course is offered by the CC at no cost. However, participants are required to provide for their housing/lodging, food, and transportation during their participation in this course. Information on housing in the Bethesda, MD area can be found on the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association website [disclaimer]. The NIH is located on the Red Line of the Washington, DC Metro Rail System [disclaimer] at the 'Medical Center' stop.

Core Modules

The course will provide a foundation in key areas of clinical and translational research. Overarching topics are listed below:

Day 1: Orientation to the NIH Clinical Center
Day 2: Study Design (Statistics and Critical Review)
Day 3: Protocol Development and Implementation
Day 4: Scientific and Ethical Review of Research
Day 5: Special Topics in Training and Research Opportunities
Day 6: Medical Product Development and FDA Regulations
Day 7: Technology Transfer
Day 8: Special Topics in Training and Research Opportunities
Day 9: Implementing Lessons Learned
Day 10: Final Steps

Target Audience

This course is open to current graduate students enrolled in a doctoral degree program leading to a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences at a U.S. institution. Students must also:

  • Have completed at least one year of doctoral study by July 2016
  • Still be enrolled in a doctoral program in July 2016
  • Be enrolled in their first Ph.D. degree program in the biomedical sciences
  • Not be dually-enrolled in a medical degree (MD-PhD) program
  • Not be a current or former medical doctor enrolled in a PhD program
  • Must have their dean/research advisor's approval to participate in the course
Selection Process

Enrollment will be limited to no more than 30 students for the 2016 course. Students must apply online. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Biosketch

    • The biosketch must follow the following NIH format Word icon (29 KB). The biosketch includes four sections: personal statement, positions and certifications, academic and professional honors, and publications/presentations. Applicants must attach the biosketch as a PDF to the application.
  • Letter of recommendation from research advisor

    • Applicants will provide their research advisor's information in the application. A request will be sent to the advisor to submit the letter of recommendation. Applications will also be evaluated based on the strength of the advisor's endorsement.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact,

Juan Lertora, MD, PhD, Course Faculty Leader
Terra Miller, PhD, Course Coordinator
(301) 435-8015

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This page last reviewed on 08/26/2015

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