The CCTS seeks to develop a diverse and highly skilled clinical and translational research workforce well-prepared to collaborate, innovate, and accelerate the pace of scientific discoveries. We do this by offering trainings that provide the skills, knowledge, and perspective to effectively translate research insights into better health for the populations we serve.

Recognizing the invaluable contributions of staff members to the success of clinical and translational research, we offer multiple learning opportunities for these members of our vibrant learning community as well. 

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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 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 Trainings

Our Clinical Translation staff offers trainings, from lunchtime brown bags to a 6-month certificate program in the latest clinical and translational research competencies, to strengthen the research skills of every member of your team.

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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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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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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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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.