A five-day introductory course on the principles and methods of clinical investigation. Introduction to Clinical Investigation
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • An overview of the principles and methods of clinical investigation
  • MD, PhD, or equivalent
  • Direct involvement in clinical research
Time commitment
  • One week
Funding level
  • Tuition-free
Session dates
  • October 6-10, 2014
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on September 5, 2014
  • Applications and endorsements are due at this time.
  • All applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than September 12, 2014.
Note: The application process is closed. Please check back for future opportunities.

The Harvard Catalyst Postgraduate Education Program in Clinical and Translational Science offers training across the spectrum, ranging from introductory courses to advanced training modules, and culminating in mentored research programs and a master's degree. Each of these courses and programs has been developed to help researchers establish successful careers in clinical and translational research. Participants are encouraged to customize their training according to their specific needs and interests.

The Introduction to Clinical Investigation (ICI) course provides an overview of the types of clinical translational research in which participants can choose to engage, ranging from T1 (first-in human/proof of concept), T2 (definitive clinical trials to change the standard of care), T3 (practice-based), and T4 (population-based), and presents the skills and methods applicable to each translational research area. The course also provides a comparison and contrast of T-domain methodologies, while highlighting those skills that are essential across the translational blocks (i.e., oral and written communication).

Course materials, including faculty presentations, and required and supplemental readings will be made available to participants two weeks prior to the start of the course. In order to maximize the learning experience, participants are strongly encouraged to review required course materials in advance.

Upon completing this course, participants will be better prepared to identify and pursue the area of translational research that best answers the questions that spur their research curiosity.

Please view our frequently asked questions to determine if this course is right for you.

Learn about the T Spectrum

Learning about the T spectrum (T1-T4 phases of research) is critical to understanding clinical and translational research. Watch a Harvard Catalyst video that demonstrates these phases.

Education Video Library

See videos of previous ICI courses in the Education Video Library.

Read More

Read a feature article in Focus about the ICI course and how it fits into Harvard Catalyst's education & training opportunities.