Promoting Education and
   Research in Clinical and Translational
Science across the Career Pipeline

The Institute for Clinical Research Education


The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) is the home for the University of Pittsburgh's premier clinical and translational research training programs as well as the home for the Research Education and Career Development Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

The ICRE's primary objectives are to develop, nurture, and support a cadre of clinical and translational scientists by building on the University of Pittsburgh's existing clinical research training programs to establish a comprehensive program with activities ranging from early research exposure for high school students to programs for faculty. We offer degrees in clinical and translational science as well as medical education. We also have numerous career development programs for trainees across the pipeline.

News and Information about Programs


  • Wishwa Kapoor, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, was selected as the winner of the 2016 Association of Chiefs and Leaders of General Internal Medicine (ACLGIM) Chief’s Recognition Award, which is given annually to the general internal medicine division chief who most represents excellence in division leadership. This is a highly competitive award and, in the words of the awards committee, Dr. Kapoor “stood out as having strengthened your division with special attention to growth in all areas, with a strong focus on faculty development and mentoring.” Dr. Kapoor will receive his award at the ACLGIM Awards Dinner at the annual meeting in Florida in May 2016.
  • Doris Rubio, PhD, director of the Center for Research on Health Care Data Center and co-director of the Institute for Clinical Research Education, is the 2016 winner of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science Distinguished Educator Award. Dr. Rubio, the second woman to win this award since its inception, is recognized because she has distinguished herself as an investigator, mentor, and academic leader in clinical and translational research education and training. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Rubio on this well-deserved award.
  • Wishwa Kapoor, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Director of both the Institute for Clinical Research Education and the Center for Research on Health Care, gave an insightful interview to science writer and Pitt Med contributor, Alla Katsnelson. Dr. Kapoor remarked on physician-scientists and suggested ways institutions and, specifically, mentors can help bolster and sustain the careers of this “endangered species.” Click here to read the full article on Pitt Med.
  • Two new federally funded programs aimed at enhancing diversity in the biomedical sciences are being implemented at the ICRE. Doris Rubio, PhD, Co-Director of the ICRE, is the Director of both the Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS) and the Professional Mentoring Skills Enhancing Diversity (PROMISED) programs. LEADS, funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, is a one-year program that provides professional skill training for postdoctoral students and junior faculty at our five participating Minority Serving Institutions. PROMISED, funded by the National Research Mentoring Network, provides leadership training for mentors across the country to help them serve as mentors to groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

Recent Grant Opportunities



Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funding Opportunities

  • The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to increase the number of physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. Up to 10 awards will be funded this grant cycle. Completed applications are due March 15, 2016. Please visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website for detailed information.

University of Pittsburgh Funding Opportunities

  • The Vascular Medicine Institute (VMI) at the University of Pittsburgh is accepting applications for its pilot grant project from investigators researching transfusion medicine, transfusion-related lung injury, hemostasis and platelet biology, hemophilia, and small pilot clinical trials in these areas or vascular biology. Please see the detailed program announcement for more information. Applications are due March 15, 2016.
  • The University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is offering awards ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 through the Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh). Applications are due April 4th at 5pm. Visit www.pinch.pitt.edu for submission instructions.

For more grant opportunities please see the grant opportunities page.

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 2016

25 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
[Parkvale Bldg., 305]
"MAC Meeting: Scholar Presentation - "Technology Interventions for Increasing Adolescent Depression Treatment Uptake in Primary Care""
Speaker: Ana Radovic, MD, MSc

June 2016

13 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
[MUH N804]
"CST/IST Seminar"
Speaker: Jennifer Rodriguez, MD


"I'm always using things that I've learned in class one way or another.  Whether I'm reviewing a journal article, teaching at the bedside, or reviewing goals and objectives for our fellowship, being a part of the program has taught me a great deal and has afforded me many opportunities.  It's not uncommon for me to refer back to the material from various classes to help me with a specific issue. "

—Graduate, MS in Medical Education