Penn State has tremendous strength and breadth in clinical and translational research in a variety of disciplines and settings, each of which has educational activities that share the common goal of preparing the next generation of healthcare professionals, researchers and educators to address our nation’s healthcare needs.
Many multidisciplinary cross-campus groups comprised of faculty, students and staff with similar interests are working together to address particular health problems; a major goal of Penn State’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is to encourage the growth of these groups, which we term Translational Research Clusters (TRCs).
The major goals for education, training and career development within the CTSI are:
1: To foster the growth of TRCs as ideal environments for training, mentoring and career development of students at all levels.
2: To broaden the base of clinical and translational research trainees to include multidisciplinary postdoctoral KL2 (formerly K-12) students, pre-doctoral professional (medical and nursing) and graduate students in a T32 program, and master’s degree or certificate programs for nurses, research coordinators and other healthcare professionals.
3: To organize, centralize and co-sponsor university-wide educational seminars and symposia to promote clinical and translational research education to a broad audience of students, trainees and faculty including undergraduates from a variety of backgrounds and from underrepresented groups.
The CTSI will become the home for Penn State’s clinical and translational research training. The current Penn State clinical research training program will be renamed the Clinical and Translational Research Training Program (CTRTP) and will be expanded to engage a broader base of students from a range of disciplines in a flexible program consisting of individual courses, a certificate program, a master’s degree in Public Health Sciences, and expanded graduate training. The locus for much of Penn State’s training in translational research has been The Department of Public Health Sciences, which has 46 faculty members in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Health Services Research. Most are in multidisciplinary, collaborative, clinical and translational research with particular expertise in T2 studies including community-based participatory research.
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