• Many thanks to all who gathered in Mobile, Alabama for an incredible 2.5 days of learning as a dynamic research community. We hope you enjoyed it and we are already looking forward to the 2023 event.

    Enjoy the Symposium photos by clicking here.

    The CCTS Symposium is honestly one of my favorite conferences, I've had the privelege to attend as a PhD student in 2019 and as a Post-Doc this year. Each time I attend, I find the sessions to be applicable and so informative nomatter my career stage. I look forward to seeing what the next conference teaches me for the next step of my career. -Amanda Gross, PhD, Research Fellow 4, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University


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    Wednesday, September 14, 2022

    3:00-7:00pm Registration and Check-In at Battle House Renaissance
    26 N Royal St, Mobile, AL 36602
    3:15-5:15pm *Pre-Conference Event
    Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Clinic (Registration Required)
    David Redden, PhD, Madhuri Mulekar, PhD & Bob Oster, PhD

    Investigators can bring their projects to consult on study design, analytic methodology and data management strategies with experts from the CCTS BERD. 
    5:30-7:00pm Welcome Reception and Poster Session (Abstracts Invited)

    Join the CCTS Community of Scholars in an informal social atmosphere to discuss your research with experts and peers from across the region and learn about key scientific capacities and expertise available throughout the CCTS Partner Network. Reception will include light hors d’oeuvres and beverages.

    Thursday, September 15, 2022

    7:15-8:00am Networking Continental Breakfast
    8:00-9:15am Design Thinking Workshop 

    How to Improve the Training Experience
    Molly Wasko, PhD & Jennifer Croker, PhD
    9:15-9:30am Welcome Remarks
    Orlando Gutierrez, MD, MMSc
    9:30-10:15am Biomedical Translator Workshop 

    Introduction: Biomedical Data Translator
    Andrew Crouse, PhD

    Connect the Dots: “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.” –Spock.
    Andrew Crouse, PhD
    10:15-11:00am Informatics Gateway Workshop

    Introduction: Data2Discovery Gateway
    Matt Wyatt, MSHI

    Data Access in Motion
    R. Dale Johnson, MS 
    11:00-11:15am BREAK
    11:15am-1:00pm Welcome Lunch and Keynote Address (Host: Nita Limdi, PharmD, PhD, MSPH)

    Building Networks to Engage & Prepare Tomorrow's Scientific Leaders
    Neil Lamb, PhD, President and Faculty Investigator
    HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology (HAIB)

    As HAIB President, Dr. Lamb oversees the rapid expansion of genomics and life science research at the Institute and beyond.  His success draws on his previous efforts and profound impact on educational outreach. Dr. Lamb trained in molecular biology at Auburn University and received his PhD in genetics from Emory before joining HAIB. In this presentation, Dr. Lamb will share his passion for learning and insights into developing scientific teams and a genomic-literate community best prepared to advance genomic medicine to impact health together.
    1:00-2:30pm Concurrent Sessions
      Achieve Your Clinical Research Goals So You Want to Be Extramurally Funded Career Development: Be Your Best Self
    1:00-1:30pm Ensuring Rigor and Reproducibility in Clinical Research: Recruitment of Minorities
    Nita Limdi, PharmD, PhD, MSPH
    Vivian Fonseca, MD, FRCP
    But is it a Good Research Question?
    Robert P. Kimberly, MDLucio Miele, MD, PhD
    Yes, You Belong Here: Imposter Syndrome
    Frannie Horn, JD 
    1:30-2:00pm Clinical Research Team Development
    Meredith Fitz-Gerald, RN, MSN
    Co-presenters: Daniel Hsia, MD & Stefanie White, CCRP
    What your Biostatistician Wish You Knew
    David Redden, PhD, Madhuri Mulekar, PhD, Bob Oster, PhD
    Near-Peer Mentoring
    Natalie Gassman, PhD
    2:00-2:30pm Extramural Support Strategies to Advance Clinical Research
    Kenneth G. Saag, MD, MSc
    Talking to Your Program Officer
    John Higginbotham, PhD, MPH
    Mark Gillespie, PhD
    Dissemination & Implementation for Beginners 
    M.A. "Tonette" Krousel-Wood, MD, MSPH


    2:45-3:15pm Scientific Platforms Drug Discovery
    Corinne Augelli-Szafran, PhD
    3:15-3:45pm Community Engaged Research
    Martha Arrieta, MD, MPH, PhD
    3:45-4:15pm Hidden Curriculum of Career Development
    Bertha Hidalgo, PhD, MPH
    4:15-5:00pm “Site Leads on the Spot” Panel 

    Promotion & Tenure as a Translational Scientist

    Moderator: Timmy Lee, MD Panelists: CCTS Site Leads
    5:00-6:00pm Break – Reflect, Rest, and Refresh for Dinner
    6:00-7:30pm CCTS Community of Scholars Dinner

    Join your peers and enjoy a meal as you compare notes, share stories, build collaborations and create connections that will benefit you throughout your scientific career.

    Friday, September 16, 2022

    7:00-8:00am Networking Continental Breakfast
    8:00-8:45am CCTS TIERS Special Event

    Getting Grant Budgets Right
    Christopher Davies, PhD 
    8:45-9:00am Morning Remarks
    Mark Gillespie, PhD
    9:00-10:00am CCTS Mock Study Series Special Event

    Mock Study Section
    Emily Wilson, PhD with Reviewers Tom Rich, PhD, Natalie Bauer, PhD & Ajay Singh, PhD
    10:00-11:00am N3C Data Enclave Workshop
    Introduction: The National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C)
    Shawn O’Neil

    Journey into the N3C Enclave
    Shawn O’Neil
    11:00-11:15am BREAK
    11:15am-12:15pm Concurrent Sessions
      Elevate Your Grant Game Power Up Your Career Accelerating to Impact
    11:15-11:45am Writing Specific Aims
    Mark Gillespie, PhD
    Like & Subscribe: Social Media Visibility in Academia
    Bertha Hidalgo, PhD, MPH
    From Idea to Industry
    Molly Wasko, PhD
    11:45-12:15pm Grant Writing: Getting Started & Sprinting
    Emma Perez-Costas, PhD
    Nita Limdi, PharmD, PhD, MSPH
    Don't Let them Hold You Hostage: Negotiating Tactics
    Frannie Horn, JD
    Navigating Lab Team Conflict
    Lucio Miele, MD, PhD

    Luncheon and Closing Plenary (Host: Emily Wilson, PhD)

    Redefining Success in Academia: moving toward a whole-person culture
    Michelle M. Lamere, MPA, ACC, Assistant Director for Education Programs
    University of Minnesota’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
    Graduate Faculty at the Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at UMN

    As a leader in education for the UM CTSI, Ms. Lamere supports and mentors scholars across the career arc. Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic and other national crises have illuminated the significant professional, environmental and personal stresses academic investigators face in their efforts to thrive. Ms. Lamere will share her work in developing programs to build solidarity and to reduce the stigma in asking for help. Her presentation will be followed by a facilitated conversation on resilience and our strength as a community.

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    The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa

    Book here using the CCTS room block.

    Embark on unforgettable travels at The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa. We place you in the heart of downtown, near an array of attractions such as the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile Civic Center and Mobile Alabama Cruise Terminal. After an adventurous outing, treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage and facial at our full-service spa. Experience even more relaxation in our accommodations boasting Southern style, complimentary Wi-Fi, plush bedding and room service. Once you've worked up an appetite, visit one of our three on-site restaurants serving everything from comfort food to fine dining entrees. Maximize your stay by enjoying a swim in our rooftop pool or a playing a friendly tennis match on our court. Our 16 event venues offer a contemporary backdrop for anything from an elegant wedding reception to a sprawling business convention. Whatever the reason for your visit, The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa provides a refreshing experience unlike any other. 

    Address: 26 North Royal Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602

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    Note: There is financial support available for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees (see Awards tab).

  • The CCTS team is very pleased to host everyone in person for the 2022 CCTS Translational Training Symposium, and we are committed to mitigating the spread of COVID-19 during the event. Below are a few of the ways we will work together with participants to ensure health is at the forefront of this Symposium:

    • Masking will be strongly encouraged throughout the length of the symposium. The CCTS will have face masks available.
    • Prior to participating, we ask that you take a COVID-19 test if: 1) you have travelled internationally, 2) you show symptoms of COVID-19, or 3) you have recently been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Participants who begin to experience any symptoms during the event should refrain from further attendance of any sessions; simply send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the CCTS team will help provide you with access to any sessions and information missed.
    • Sanitizing products and wipes will be made readily available for all participants.
    • Equipment, supplies, tables, chairs and other touch surfaces will be sanitized or disinfected each day.
    • Each attendee will receive two rapid Covid-19 tests for use throughout the event.

    The 2022 CCTS Translational Training Symposium will be held in person at the Battle House Hotel in Mobile, Alabama from September 14-16th. This 2.5-day event convenes predoctoral, postdoctoral, and early career scholars from across the CCTS Partner Network for experiential training and career development sessions on translational and design thinking, grant writing, clinical trials, community engagement, funding opportunities, and more. 

    Poster Topics

    Any poster presentation related to translational science and translational research is appropriate for submission. Poster sessions are an informal format for presenting research data or highlighting innovative practices. Research is a broad category and can include many types of methodologies, such as experimental research, applied research, program evaluations, or literature reviews addressing research questions. Also encouraged to highlight any innovative practice or intervention. You can share preliminary results or final outcomes for the practice.

    Proposal Submission Requirements

    1. Submit Online

    2. 8-10 word title

    3. 25-50 word abstract of poster presentation

    4. 2-5 keywords describing your poster

    5. Primary presenter’s name, e-mail, institution, and name of additional presenters

    August 26, 2022: Call for posters ends.

    Poster Session Awards & Evaluation Criteria

    CCTS select up to three poster presentations to be recognized for excellence in research. Posters will be evaluated based on the quality of the submission and the degree of focus. There is no external funding for this award and the recipients do not receive cash prizes. 

    The poster display board is 48in wide and 36in tall, so the poster that you print will need to fit within those parameters. You are not required to fill the entire display but you must stay within the space limits.

    Recommended poster format visit: #betterposter

    If there are questions, please contact Jessica Bumpus: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    The CCTS Scientific Excellence Awards celebrate the research efforts and achievements of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainnes and early stage investigators. Awardees will gain access to professional development opportunities through an award of $300 to offset expenses to attend the 2022 CCTS Translational Training Symposium.

    Value: Up to $300 per award

    Purpose: Recognition of Scientific Achievement and to support participation in the CCTS Translational Training Symposium 

    Eligibility Criteria: (1) All Trainees (pre- and post-docs), NIH Early Stage Faculty Investigators, K-Awardees/Appointees and equivalents from CCTS Partner Institutions (2) Must attend Symposium full duration (Wednesday - Friday)

    In addition, the CCTS will waive the symposium registration fee for all pre- and post-doctoral trainees to further reduce barriers to participation. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a discount code to use in registration.

    Potential awardees should submit the online application no later than 5:00pm CT, Friday, August 26, 2022. Questions? Please contact Jessica Bumpus: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • For more information about the CCTS Translational Training Symposium contact:

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