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Written by Kelsi Lindemann | August 31, 2023

The Center for Clinical & Translational Science (CCTS) looks forward to convening research faculty and trainees in just a few short weeks for the 2023 CCTS Translational Training Symposium. The event, held in Biloxi, Mississippi, Sept. 27-29, 2023, brings together some of the Tri-State CCTS Partner Network’s most exceptional scientists, ranging from students to seasoned professionals, to network and learn together.

Attendees will participate in training sessions and workshops where they will discuss their diverse expertise to bridge the gap between discovery and application.

“This gathering provides the skills and knowledge to succeed as a clinical and translational scientist”, says Robert P. Kimberly, M.D., co-director and one of the principal investigators of the CCTS, “and serves as a venue to become part of an influential community of scholarship across the Southeast region.”

Here are the top five things to look forward to at the 2023 CCTS Translational Training Symposium:

     1. Forge connections: The symposium is a fun networking opportunity, providing attendees with a unique opportunity to create vital synergies with researchers from 10 other institutions across Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

     2. Staying ahead of the curve: Science never sleeps. Translational research is ever evolving and advancing. The symposium provides a platform to learn from expert speakers and leaders from across the CCTS Partner Network, such as established investigators Michele Kong, M.D., professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and Joyce Balls-Berry, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the Department of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine, and expand your skills through interactive sessions on topics such as grant writing, community engaged research, team science, translational thinking, and much more.

     3. Advance your career: With a dedicated career and personal development track, you can take what you learn and apply these strategies to your own wellness and growth. Tackle the hard topics like imposter syndrome, navigating the career ladder, and mental and personal wellness in a supportive environment.

     4. Explore and innovate: Bringing a multitude of disciplines together from across the Tri-State CCTS Partner Network allows participants to partake in unique discussions where they can be empowered to think beyond their own field and explore the endless opportunities to ignite the next medical innovations.

     5. Propel patient care: Our goal together is to improve the quality of life of patients locally, regionally, nationally, and beyond. By attending, participants play an active role in propelling research that will make meaningful impacts in countless lives to come.

The symposium will also provide an opportunity for poster sessions and “Three Minute Thesis” presentations, which will showcase projects tied to translational science and research.

This two-and-a-half day learning event gathers scholars and professionals of all levels of the translational career arc for a robust lineup of interactive training sessions and workshops that are administered by subject matter experts from across the CCTS Partner Network. The full list of speakers and topics can be found on the agenda.

Learn more and register at the 2023 CCTS Translational Training Symposium page and take a look at some pictures from last year's symposium below.

Written by Kelsi Lindemann | August 31, 2023