Training Program in Translational Science

Program Advisory

Advice on the various tracks and workshops is available through the CTSI Training Program office.

CTSI Training Program Coordinator
Gail Panatier
phone: (310)825-6312


Application Process

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NIH Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research - Online Course

Registration is open until October 2!

October 15, 2013 - March 25, 2014

The Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) will be offered to UCLA registrants via online recorded web broadcasts (archived files of the original live broadcasts from NIH).  Web access information and directions will be sent with the registration confirmation.

The IPPCR is a study curriculum on how to effectively conduct clinical research. Most medical schools lack a formal course in training for clinical research, and investigators have relied on mentors to learn how to conduct clinical trials.  It was established at the NIH Clinical Center, the clinical research hospital of the National Institutes of Health. The program trains researchers in how to design a successful clinical trial by focusing on epidemiologic methods, study design, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance, and FDA issues. Other areas covered include data management and ethical issues, including protection of human subjects.

The course is offered yearly at the Clinical Center. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course, including a final "open-book" exam. This activity will be of interest to physicians and other health professionals training for a career in clinical research.

Course Objectives:

  • To become familiar with the basic epidemiologic methods involved in clinical research;
  • To be able to discuss the principles involved in the ethics of clinical research, the legal issues involved in clinical research, and the regulations involved in human subjects research, including the role of IRBs in clinical research;
  • To become familiar with the principles and issues involved in monitoring patient-oriented research; and,
  • To be able to discuss the infrastructure required in performing clinical research and have an understanding of the steps involved in developing and funding research studies.


  • Handouts will be posted to the course website prior to the lecture. Download materials at: . You will need your email address and the password that you created when you registered. This information can be found in your email confirmation.
  • There are no credits awarded for course participation.
  • NIH has no attendance requirements.
  • You may view the material on the course web site 24-48 hours after the live lecture has taken place . The videos and handouts will be on the course web site for the duration of the course.
  • The final exam is conducted online. Students who score 75% or higher on the exam will be able to print their own certificate at the web site. The exam will be on the course web site for about 2 weeks after the course has ended.
To enroll: Return completed Registration Form before 10/2/13 to Gail Panatier, IPPCR Event Liaison
(via email, or fax to 310-825-1133).