Are you ready to become a translational thinker? 

As a graduate or post-graduate student, you work hard to master your discipline. Yet the majority of today's complex health problems transcend any one field, requiring a team science approach. The CCTS meets this challenge by providing unique learning opportunities that will broaden your perspective and help you develop the skills and knowledge to think "translationally" about your science.

We invite you to become part of a diverse and highly skilled clinical and translational research workforce well-prepared to collaborate, innovate, and accelerate the pace of scientific discoveries. The goal? To more effectively generate and translate new knowledge into better health for all. 

Our list of trainings below will get you started on a career-enhancing educational journey.  

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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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CCTS/SCOR Grant Preparation Intensive Cohort Program

Our CCTS/SCOR Grant Preparation Intensive Cohort Program offers invaluable support and access to expertise for early stage investigators, trainees, and postdocs who are applying for grants and awards, including the NIH K grants. We also offer a K2R cohort for early stage investigators in pursuit of their first NIH R grant. CCTS and SCOR will invite applicants who successfully complete the below process to join an intensive grant preparation cohort.

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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

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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Deep South Mentored Career Development Program (KL2)

The CCTS Deep South Mentored Career Development Program (KL2 scholars) is for junior faculty in a clinical or related discipline. The overall goal of this training program is to impart knowledge, experience, and perspective to a network of junior scientists who will emerge as independent investigators.

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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), Commercialization, 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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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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Proposal Development

Writing a grant can challenge even the most experienced researcher. Our Research Commons domain offers supports and suggestions.

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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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Team Science

The ability to work as part of a team is a critical skill for translational scientists, who by definition collaborate with scientists from other disciplines, institutions, generations, countries, and stages along the translational research continuum. Increasingly, translational science teams also include members of the community with limited knowledge of scientific concepts and terms. We offer experiential workshops and seminars taught by experts in team conflict and cohesion to introduce you to key principles for successfully participating on a scientific team.

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Training Interdisciplinary & Emerging Research Scholars

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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Yearlong Research Training Program (TL1)

Through the CCTS Pre-doctoral Training Program (TL1 trainees), eligible individuals will acquire competencies necessary to conduct clinical and translational research. The TL1 award provides a stipend and partial support for tuition and specified educational expenses for one year. During this year, the trainee will complete the CCTS’ Clinical and Translational Science Training Program.

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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.