Courses on the principles & practices of translational research. Introduction to Translational Medicine

From Discovery Science and Preclinical Testing to First-In-Human Trials

At a glance
Opportunity for
  • A comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of T1 translational research
  • MD, DMD, PharmD, DNP, PhD, or equivalent
  • Involvement in basic or clinical research
Time commitment
  • Two weeks (Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm)
Funding level
  • Tuition-free for Harvard-affiliated institutions
  • Tuition ($2,500) may apply for external participants. Contact us for more information.
Session dates
  • June 3-14, 2013
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on March 29, 2013
  • Applications, endorsements, and letters of recommendation are due at this time.
  • All applicants will be notified of their status no later than April 1, 2013.
Note: The application process is closed. Please check back for future opportunities.

Utilizing both case studies and a didactic curriculum, Introduction to Translational Medicine (ITTM) is a survey course that offers a comprehensive introduction to the skills necessary to embark on a career in translational research, particularly in the process of bringing an idea from the laboratory to first-in-human trials (called T1 translational research). This course focuses on the principles and practices of translational medicine as they apply to the development of a new drug (small molecules and/or biologics), device, or diagnostic. Case studies allow participants to grasp the realization of the concepts discussed. Each attendee receives significant training in the pre-clinical development of novel targets and leads, clinical pharmacology, the regulatory process, and design of the first-in-human clinical trial. In addition, participants learn about funding opportunities for translational research, as well as how to navigate academic/industrial collaborations that lead to the successful development of new drugs or methodologies.

All course materials, including presentations by the faculty, and required and supplemental readings, are made available to attendees. In order to maximize learning, attendees are expected to spend 4-6 hours outside of class time in preparation, primarily dedicated to reading cases. This year's course schedule is accessible here.

Learn More

Watch a Pathfinder video in which ITTM co-director Mason Freeman, MD, explains T1 translational research.