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Applications open for translational research training program

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute is accepting applications for its yearlong training program for students interested in learning the fundamentals of translational science. The program works to teach the next generation of scientists the skills to move research in the laboratory to benefit patients in the health care system.

The yearlong Predoctoral TL1 Training Program in Clinical and Translational Science is a highly customizable, NIH-funded training program for MD/PhD or doctoral students in health-related disciplines across Penn State. Medical students may also be eligible if they are in an official leave. Scholars in the program work toward completion of a dual-title doctorate in clinical and translational sciences, a graduate certificate in translational science or a master’s degree in public health sciences. Areas of emphasis include epidemiology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, bioethics and regulatory science, experimental design and interpretation, and scientific communication. Scholars also receive training in translational science tools, including the i2b2 data discovery tool and REDCap data collection and storage tool.

Funding includes a 12-month stipend, 60 percent tuition and travel support. See detailed information and apply here. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2020.

Applicants must be full-time students at Penn State, be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (as per NIH policy) and have the support of the primary research mentor. For details, email Karen Shields at

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s mission is to help accelerate discoveries to benefit human health. To learn more of its programs and support to Penn State scientists, visit

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