A four-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 (fellows/junior faculty)
  • Interested in a clinical/translational research career
  • No or limited experience in clinical/translational research
  • If you're outside our target audience and interested in attending, please contact us.
Time commitment
  • Four days
Funding level
  • Tuition-free
  • $1,280 fee for external participants. Please contact us for more information.
Session dates
  • September 11-14, 2017
Application Due
  • 5:00pm on July 14, 2017
  • Endorsements are due July 19, 2017.
  • All applicants will be notified of their status via email no later than August 4, 2017.
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The Introduction to Clinical Investigation (ICI) course provides an overview of the types of clinical translational research, 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. This introductory 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 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.

Ideal course applicants are those interested in exploring clinical research and are seeking an introduction to the basic principles and methods of clinical investigation. Upon completing this survey 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.

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.