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Workforce Development Program (WDP)

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The Workforce Development Program (WDP) proposes innovative and comprehensive preparation for all who participate in translational science. Programs in the WDP provide education and training along a continuum that begins with high school programs and extends beyond undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral training to include seminars and career development for all faculty and staff. At all points along the continuum, integration of best practices for recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce will be coordinated with the CTSI Senior Associate Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The goal of the WDP is to coordinate the resources of the CTSI to address specific educational needs, without duplicating any curricula offered at UCLA or any of the partner institutions.


Enable a diverse translational science workforce with the knowledge and skills requisite for translation of discoveries.

Objective 1. Collaborate with the UCLA Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) and NIH Diversity Program, Coordination and Evaluation Center (CEC) to prepare diverse faculty, staff and trainees from all partner institutions involved in clinical research to conduct investigations in compliance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP). 

Objective 2. Equip our scientific workforce with informatics-based skills, including cohort discovery and computational methods, to support learning health systems throughout the CTSI institutions.

Objective 3. Promote the translational impact of CTSI biomedical faculty, postdoctoral and graduate students through a focused, cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship training program.