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   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

Applications now being accepted: Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Fellowship (TL1)

  • The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) is pleased to invite applications to its Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Fellowship (TL1). This is a rigorous 1-year fellowship program that offers pre- and post-doctoral students with translational research training. The goal of the fellowship is to enhance the translation of research discoveries and advance their implementation into practice. The program includes comprehensive training, a personalized career development plan, and a multidisciplinary mentoring team to support Fellows while conducting one or more translational research projects.

    Application: Applicants must submit a brief application through the ICRE website, including a description of their proposed research project, CV, and letters of support from prospective mentors and departmental directors. After review, outstanding applicants will be invited for an interview with the Program Directors. To apply, access the ICRE application portal here.

    Deadline: All application materials must be received by Friday, July 29, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

Applications now being accepted: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Scholars Program

  • The Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) is pleased to invite applications to its AHRQ-funded PCOR Scholars program (K12). The program trains outstanding investigators in comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). Scholars will be immersed in multidisciplinary PCOR, working closely with stakeholder groups and mentors from conceptualization of research to dissemination and implementation of results. Applicants must have a doctoral degree, research experience, and be able to dedicate 75% effort to research and training for two to three years. The earliest program start date is August 1, 2016.

    Application: Applicants must submit a brief description (approximately 1 page) of their proposed research project, including aims, methods, and plans for stakeholder engagement, along with a CV. To apply, access the ICRE application portal here.

    Deadline: All application materials must be received by July 11, 2016 by 12:00 P.M.

Faculty News

  • 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 for submission instructions.

For more grant opportunities please see the grant opportunities page.


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"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