Are you ready to collaborate, innovate, and accelerate the pace of scientific discoveries into better health outcomes?

Informed by the national competencies established for clinician-scientists by our funder, the National Center for Advancing Clinical and Translational Science (NCATS), our Training Academy domain offers interdisciplinary, educational programs and enrichment activities for research teams across the academic career arc – from graduate and postgraduate students to junior and senior faculty. We invite you to browse through our latest list of trainings below.

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Accessing Clinical Data for Research with i2b2

i2b2 is a scalable informatics framework designed for translational research. It enables users to perform an enterprise-wide search on a de-identified repository of health information. CCTS Informatics offers hands-on i2b2 training to investigators twice a month, with follow-up support on an as-needed basis.

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Biomedical Informatics Summer Seminar Series

Cosponsored by the CCTS and the UAB Informatics Institute, this 8-week series will cover key informatics topics and resources for clinical and translational research.

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Case Studies in Mentoring

Bring your questions and concerns and join us as we explore the nuances of the mentor-mentee relationship. Our case-based discussions help participants discover new strategies to maximize the benefits of this career-enhancing skill. All sessions facilitated by experienced UAB mentors.

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CCTS I-Corps Bootcamp

Our 3-week I-Corps™ Bootcamp provides biomedical scientists and engineers with a new approach to accelerate their science.

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CCTS Monthly Forum

On the first Wednesday of most months, we host an informal gathering known as the CCTS Forum, which offers colleagues an opportunity to learn the latest on a variety of clinical and translational science topics. The focus changes each month to help foster creative and unbridled discussion among a wide range of people from across UAB as well as the broader CCTS Partner Network.

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Clinical & Translational Science Training Program (CTSTP)

The Clinical and Translational Science Training Program (CTSTP) is a six-month certificate program that provides training in clinical and translational research, including approximately 50 hours of didactic instruction as well as interactive experiences. Course content represents the following modules: Clinical Trials, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Ethics, Clinical Genetics Research, Behavioral Research, Outcomes Research, Dissemination of Results, and Grant Writing and Funding Opportunities.

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Driving Research: An Interdisciplinary, Vibrant, Engaged Network (DRIVEN)

Co-Sponsored by CCTS and Scientific Community of Outcomes Researchers (SCOR), the mission of DRIVEN is to cultivate a community of interdisciplinary clinical translational investigators by promoting individual and collective professional development, recognition, and advancement to foster an inclusive, equitable and diverse research workforce.

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Drop-In Clinics

Join us for weekly Drop-In Clinic for free consultations in Biostats, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD), Biorepository, Bionutrition, Clinical Research Unit (CRU), and Institutional Review Board (IRB). Topics vary by week. No appointment necessary. Bring laptop and study related questions.

Who: Faculty, Staff, Graduate & Postgraduate, Undergraduate

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Ethics

The Bioethics Forum is an annual event that brings together researchers, bioethicists, students, community members, and front-line research and clinical staff to discuss special ethics topics in research.

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Friday Fellows Meeting

Our Friday Fellows Meeting provides the opportunity for investigators, trainees, and others interested in population and health outcomes research to discuss best practices. Share your latest project in a supportive "discipline agnostic" environment, find new collaborators, develop foundational skills in study design, outcomes measurement, and evaluation, and practice critical "soft" career skills such as public speaking, networking, and providing/accepting constructive feedback.

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Learn Enhance Advance Drive (LEAD)

The purpose of the LEAD program is to build a pipeline of future leaders within UAB, the CCTS Hub. Co-Sponsored by CCTS and Scientific Community of Outcomes Researchers (SCOR), LEAD is focused on developing the fundamental competencies within junior faculty and staff who are in leadership roles or will be in leadership roles soon.  

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I-Corps@NCATS Regional Short Course

The five-week I-Corps@NCATS Short Course provides biomedical scientists and engineers with a new approach to accelerate the translation of discoveries from the lab to clinical practice.

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Mini-Sabbaticals

In support of translational knowledge and research skills development, the CCTS offers short-term "immersion" opportunities, also known as mini-sabbaticals. A unique experiential learning opportunity in which we provide travel support for a CCTS investigator to learn a new tool or technique from a researcher at another institution. Every institution in the 11-member CCTS Partner Network offers at least one mini-sabbatical opportunity.

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Mock Grant Review

The Mock Grant Review traditionally marks the end of our six-month Clinical and Translational Science Training Program (CTSTP). You do not have to be a CTSTP trainee to join us! In years past, we have replicated an NIH study section to conduct a mock review of the “before” version of a real-world K or R application that received funding after a CCTS panel review and resubmission.

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Research Methods and Secondary Data Analysis Seminar Series

This seminar series convenes researchers and trainees interested in a broad spectrum of Health Disparities, Aging and Outcomes and Effectiveness Research. Speakers are invited to share research methods that may be applied to other areas of research, and secondary dataset information and availability, as well as analyses, results from the data, and other tips and techniques applicable to health services and health disparities research.

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Training Interdisciplinary & Emerging Research Scholars (TIERS)

The mission of the CCTS Training Interdisciplinary & Emerging Research Scholars (TIERS) program is to provide beneficial information on career planning and development. Topics are presented in a relaxed environment structured to promote collaborative learning, networking, and problem-solving.

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CCTS offers a wealth of learning and consultative opportunities to help students, trainees, faculty, staff, and clinicians develop valuable translational research skills and competencies at any stage of the career arc. Click here to learn more!

  • To improve the rigor and reproducibility of your studies, learn how to access clinical data via our i2b2 tool, or find an informatics or BERD collaborator, visit our Research Commons page.
  • To master the principles of clinical research, improve a specific clinical trial implementation skill, enroll in our six-month clinical and translational science training program, or attend a quarterly Lunch & Learn to brush up on the latest regulatory requirements, visit our Clinical Translation training page.
  • To develop cutting-edge knowledge in bioethics, drug and device discovery, or genetics/genomics in clinical research and medical practice, visit our Special Modules training page.
  • To find community based research partners, attend our annual Community Engagement Institute, or mentor a Community Health Innovation Awards (CHIA) applicant, visit our Engagement of Communities section.
  • Learn more about entrepreneurship, the commercialization pathway, and team science by visiting our Innovation page.
To find out about the latest learning opportunities as soon as they are announced, subscribe to CCTS Digest and check our Events and Recurring Events web pages.