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Education & Training

Clinical & Translational Research Workshop

What are the goals of the workshop?
This is an intensive workshop in clinical research grant preparation and submission, study design, protocol development, and clinical trial conduct. The workshop will also promote collaborative interactions between clinicians, translational researchers, and biostatisticians.

Who should attend?
This workshop is designed for junior/mid-level clinical researchers who have completed their doctoral (i.e., MD, PhD) degrees, are working in translational medicine, and seek to keep current with advances in grantsmanship, clinical trial design, and translational research.

What is the course design and what topics are covered?
The workshop will consist of 2 one-week modules. The first week will be held at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and focus on clinical research methodology and grant preparation. The second week will be held at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) and will focus on protocol development and clinical trial conduct. Students are encouraged to attend both modules but can attend either. The workshop will employ a variety of teaching methods: didactic lectures, grant mentorship, mentored protocol writing in small group sessions, oral presentations and discussion of the protocols, and a mock scientific review. Didactic topics include issues in ethics and scientific conduct, grant mentorship, translational trials, biomarker studies, dose ranging and finding, and adaptive designs. In addition to the didactics, faculty will facilitate development of individual student grants and protocols. Students will submit individual grant ideas and protocols for review. Steven Piantadosi MD PhD, Isidro Salusky MD, and Christine Szekely PhD will co-direct the course and faculty will include experts in clinical research, biostatistics, and translational science from CSMC, UCLA, and other leading academic institutions.

Learning objectives:
Investigator Responsibilities and Ethics
Grant Development
Concepts in Clinical Trial Design
Translational Trials and Biomarkers
Early Development
Middle Development
Comparative Trials
From Bench to Bedside
Clinical Protocol Development

Where is it?
CSMC and UCLA are located in sunny Los Angeles adjacent to Beverly Hills, the beaches of Santa Monica, and many other attractions.

How do I apply?
The number of participants accepted for the workshop is limited. All applications will be reviewed by faculty members and individuals will be selected on a competitive basis. Attendees will be responsible for travel, accommodations, and some meals. Tuition was waived for the 2014 workshop.

For more information
Visit the website:  www.cedars-sinai.edu/summerworkshop

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