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

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

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Opportunity for
  • An 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
  • Four days
  • Free for Harvard-affiliated schools and institutions
  • CTSA member: $1305.00
    (Note: this is a 25% discount off the standard fee.)
  • Non-CTSA member: $1740.00
Session dates
  • April 8-11, 2019
Application due
  • 5:00pm on March 7, 2019
  • Endorsements due 5:00pm on March 11, 2019
  • All applicants will be notified of their status no later than March 13, 2019.
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Utilizing both case studies and a didactic curriculum, Introduction to Translational Medicine (ITTM) is a survey course that offers an 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 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.

Course Themes

  • Preclinical Discovery
  • Academic/Industrial Relationships in Drug Development
  • Conflict of Interest
  • The Regulatory Process and Environment in Drug (small molecules and/or biologics), Device, and Biomarker Development
  • Leadership and Team Dynamics in Research
  • Ethics of Human Research
  • Career Development, Options for a Translational Researcher

It is expected that all attendees will complete required readings and assignments before the course begins.

Course Completion

Upon completion, participants will receive 1) a certificate of course participation, and 2) CME credit (if applicable).

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.