Summer course for PhD students interested in clinical and translational research

Rochester GroupThe NIH Clinical Center invites graduate students to apply to the Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students, to be held at the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD July 7-18, 2014. During the two-week intensive course, students will learn the process of clinical and translational research from concept to implementation. This training is offered by the Clinical Center at no cost. Participants are responsible for their travel and housing. Application deadline is April 1, 2014. For additional information, please call (301) 435-8015 or visit

Last year, 4 PhD students from the University of Rochester attended the course; Amanda Croasdell, Katie Lanin, Marina Feigenson and HsiMin Hsiao.  Some of those students describe their experience below:

Amanda Croasdell:
It was really incredible to learn about the programs involved in one of NIH’s newest divisions, NCATS. Not only is this division doing cutting edge research, they are also working to improve toxicology techniques and increase collaborative research efforts. I have been considering work at the NIH as a potential career path, and this course definitely increased my interest! It was inspiring to see the research opportunities available and to experience the collaborative and supportive research system first hand.

Katie Lanin:
The two week NIH course was a great opportunity to network with clinical researchers in my field at the NIH clinical center.  This intensive course focused mainly on clinical trial design, procedures, and analysis.  We participated in workshops and attended seminars highlighting cutting edge research at the NIH.  One day of the course was spent at the FDA, learning about regulatory science and the process required to approve a drug or device for clinical use.  This was of particular interest to me and provided the opportunity to learn about postdoctoral positions at the NIH and FDA.  This course certainly enhanced my knowledge of clinical translational sciences and helped to shape my research and career path.  I would highly recommend this course to any student who is interested in clinical translational research or postdoctoral positions at the NIH.

HsiMin Hsiao:
First we were able to get insight of what NIH has been focusing and its central mission. We are able to appreciate NIH as a “leading research institute”, rather than a “funding agency”. By attending to different modules, we were able to learn to carry our research from the benchside to bedside, which is apparently a core value of this course. At the end, it is especially beneficial to students like me who is seeking a career opportunity given that NIH has variety of fellowship programs that we might interested in. Overall we had great experience at the NIH, and will definitely recommend people who are planning to go this year to prepare ahead of the deadline. Due to the growing popularity of this course, they are expecting significantly more applicants this year than previous two years!

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