An introductory course on the T3/T4 translational research domains. T3/T4 Research: Translating Effective Interventions into Practice
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • An overview of T3/T4 research that focuses on the translation of findings from research in controlled environments to general clinical practice and population health
  • MD, DMD, PharmD, DNP, PhD, or equivalent
Time commitment
  • Two days
Funding level
  • *Tuition-free for Harvard-affiliated institutions
Session dates
  • November 3-4, 2016
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on September 16, 2016
  • Endorsements due 5:00pm on September 23, 2016
  • All applicants will be notified of their status no later than October 14, 2016.
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The goal of T3/T4 research is to address gaps in knowledge that persist after the efficacy and safety of interventions have been defined in optimal settings. It includes studies designed to encourage the use of these interventions in routine care settings, both locally and globally, and to modify risk factors for disease.

This course provides an opportunity for fellows and junior faculty to become familiar with the tools, and vocabulary of T3/T4 research. Sessions are designed to help participants understand the motivations for T3/T4 research and the relationship between this domain and other T-domains. Participants will also develop an appreciation for the broad range of study designs and methods employed by T3/T4 researchers, as well as understand how the choice of research methods affects feasibility and potential study implications.

T3/T4 research addresses questions such as:

  • How do alternative therapies for a given condition compare in their effectiveness and safety?
  • Do the added benefits from a new therapy represent good value for money?
  • What is the best way to get my patients to quit smoking? To lose weight? To take their medications?
  • Does expanding health insurance coverage reduce racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality?
  • Does a public health campaign increase HPV vaccination rates amongst teenagers?

Presentations will include formal introductory lectures on T3/T4 research methods, as well as case examples presented by researchers actively working in this space.

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.