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Educational Programs

The education arm of the ITMAT is under the direction of Emma Meagher, MD. ITMAT offers several different training opportunities as described below.

Introduction to Clinical Research (ICR)

MTR 510:  Introduction to Clinical Research (0.5 c.u.) is a half credit, non-degree course developed by ITMAT Educational Programs.  Formerly the Introduction to Patient Oriented Research Training (InPORT) Certificate Program, the course is a series of weekly didactic lectures from September through April and is primarily geared towards junior faculty, fellows and post docs who have an interest in learning about the practical aspects involved in undertaking clinical research. Clinical research staff members are eligible to enroll if attendance is supported by their supervisor.

Lectures are organized into modules covering four main content areas:

  • Module I:  Introduction & Research Methods          
  • Module II:  Data Management & Biostatistics
  • Module III:  Study Conduct     
  • Module IV:  Scientific Conduct & Regulation

The main purpose of this program is to provide a practical applications course for individuals starting out on their research careers. Ideally this course provides an internal framework and vital resource for those early in their clinical research careers which will facilitate them in navigating the Penn research environment.

Further information can be obtained directly from the ICR website.

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Masters of Science degree program in Translational Research (MTR)

A Masters of Science degree program in Translational Research (MTR) is also offered by ITMAT. This program is supported in part by a National Institutes of Health Mentored Career Development Award (KL2 award). It consists of a series of 6 core courses, 2 elective course units, and 2 laboratory units. The duration of training is between 2 and 3 years. The classroom time is designed to be flexible. Degree granting is based on successful completion of course work and a successful thesis defense.

The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of translational research training by providing in depth instruction in the fundamental skills, methodology, and principles necessary for the well-trained independent clinical investigator. An additional goal of this program is to increase the number of translational researchers who are competitive in seeking research support and who are knowledgeable about the complex issues associated with conducting sound clinical research.

Further information can be obtained directly from the MTR web site.

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CTSA Undergraduate Initiatives

The undergraduate CTSA program endeavors to stimulate the awareness and interests of college and university undergraduates in clinical and translational research and to mentor the development of talented students with regard to careers in research at Penn, its partner institutions, and other national postgraduate training programs. Undergraduates often have very limited or no exposure to clinical and translational research – many excellent colleges and universities are not associated with medical or other health professional schools, and others often fail to integrate undergraduate with graduate/professional curriculum. A practical objective of the program, therefore, is to instill through a variety of mechanisms an understanding of how basic sciences familiar to the students can be extended to have a substantial impact on the human condition.

Key components of the undergraduate program are the support of undergraduate courses that emphasize pathophysiology and therapeutics, an annual colloquium, sponsorship of seminars at regional colleges and universities, a summer undergraduate internship program in translational and clinical research, and a partnership with Drexel University’s Co-op Program.  Further information can be obtained directly from the CTSA Undergraduate Training Program web site.

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CTSA KL2 Mentored Career Development and ITMAT Scholarship Programs

The CTSA KL2 Mentored Career Development Program and ITMAT Scholarship Program are directed at post-doctoral students, senior fellows,  and junior faculty in the first 2 years of their faculty appointment in the Dental, Medical, Nursing and Veterinary Schools. The program is directed towards providing formal didactic training and protected time for research trainees who’s clinical and translational research is focused on the elucidation of mechanistic and therapeutic aspects of disease process and research focused on bridging pediatric and adult medicine. Accepted students will be expected to enroll in a formal research training program relevant to their research endeavor (Master of Science in Translational Research).

Details on the application process can be found here

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CTSA TL1 Program

The CTSA TL1 Program is directed at predoctoral students currently matriculated in doctoral Dental, Medical, Nursing and Veterinary Programs. The purpose of this program is to provide formal research training opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing research careers in Translational Research. The predoctoral studentís research training should be focused on the elucidation of mechanistic and therapeutic aspects of disease process. 

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