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

Alexis Chidi, PhD, MSPH, CPH to introduce President Obama at Pitt

ICRE Alumni, Alexis Chidi, PhD, MSPH, CPH, was selected for the honor of introducing President Barack Obama at the White House Frontiers Conference that will take place in Pittsburgh this Thursday aftesrnoon, October 13. Alexis was specifically asked to mention her VA research on the cost-effectiveness of new antiviral regimens for Veterans with hepatitis C in her introductory remarks. This is a great honor for Alexis and her collaborators on this project, including CHERP investigators Shari Rogal, MD, Michael Fine, MD, MSc, C. Bernie Good, MD, MPH, and Larissa Myaskovsky, PhD. Alexis’ introduction of the President will be live streamed at

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

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

The Ford Foundation has issued solicitations for its three fellowship programs: the Dissertation Program, which provides $25,000 in support of the “final year of writing and defense of the dissertation” (application due November 10); the Predoctoral Program, which provides $24,000 in support of doctoral studies (application due November 17); and the Postdoctoral Program, which provides $45,000 for one year of postdoctoral studies (application due November 10).

Life sciences fields are eligible, except for practice-oriented fields such as medicine, nursing, and physical therapy. See the full announcement for more information on eligibility. Applicants must demonstrate superior academic performance, be committed to careers in teaching and research at the university level, and be from an ethnic group underrepresented in American professoriate, including Alaska natives, black/African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian), and Puerto Ricans, among other qualifications.

Click here to view more information on the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs), which repay up to $35,000/year (for two years) of a researcher's qualified educational debt in exchange for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. The program represents an important investment by NIH in the future of health discovery and medical research, and aims to help relieve some of the financial burden for scientists and researchers pursuing advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties. Details of the program and the application process are available at (the application deadline is November 15).

Doris Duke 2017 Clinical Scientist Development Awards Available

The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants to early-career physician-scientists at the assistant professor rank. The award annually provides $150,000 for direct costs plus $15,000 for indirect costs for three years. Pre-proposals will be due at 3 p.m. EDT on November 29.

Junior physician-scientist faculty conducting clinical research in any disease area may submit pre-proposals. Applicants should have significant research experience and strong publication records consistent with the assistant professor rank. In keeping with Doris Duke’s will, experiments that use animals or primary tissues derived from animals will not be supported.

Click here to download a PDF of the announcement.

For more grant opportunities, please see the grant opportunities page.


October 2016

24 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
[MUH E915]
""Letter to the Editor: How and Why""
Speaker: Kathleen McTigue, MD, MPH and Bruno Lima, MD
Clinical Scientist Track/International Scholars Track

November 2016

14 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
[MUH E915]
""Efficacy of Cryoballoon Pulmonary Vein Isolation in Patients with Persistent Atrial Fibrillation""
Speaker: Emily Guhl, MD and Jonathan Arnold, MD
Clinical Scientist Track/International Scholars Track
15 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
[Parkvale 220]
"CEED monthly meeting: Difficult Conversations"
Speaker: Esa Davis, MD, MPH

"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