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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



Clinical Scientist Training Program

The Clinical Scientist Training Program (CSTP) is accepting applications until January 12th at 11:59 PM. To learn more and to apply visit the CSTP home page.

Clinical and Translational Science Scholars Program (KL2)

The Clinical and Translational Science Scholars Program (KL2) is now accepting letters of interest (LOIs). For more information you can attend one of the information sessions shown below or you can visit the KL2 LOI page. LOIs are being accepted until 12:00 PM on January 15th, 2018.

  • Information session 1: Wednesday, November 29th at 8:00 AM in Parkvale room 305
  • Information session 2: Thursday, December 14th at 10:00 AM in Parkvale room 305

Application Windows Opening September 1, 2017

Are you ready to advance your career in Clinical and Translational Science, Medical Education, or Comparative Effectiveness Research? Are you looking for a multidisciplinary graduate degree program that engages adult learners by focusing on applied approaches to building skills? The ICRE Degree Programs could be a perfect fit for you!

The ICRE is now accepting applications for the following graduate level degree and certificate programs:

Applications are also currently being accepted for the following programs:

Please click on a program to learn more or contact icre@pitt.edu with questions. All applications are accepted online.





Faculty News

  • ICRE Degree Program Alumnus Dr. Brian A. Primack has been named the Bernice L. and Morton S. Lerner Chair and dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s University Honors College. Dr. Primack graduated from the Master of Science in Clinical Research Degree Program in 2008 and went on to earn a PhD from our Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Translational Science Program in 2011. He is currently the Leo H. Criep Endowed Chair in Patient Care in Pitt’s School of Medicine, and an interdisciplinary scholar and researcher with broad research interests ranging from media messaging and community engagement to clinical medicine and public health. Primack’s deanship begins on July 1, 2017.
  • 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



2018 Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

This program supports early career scientists, particularly individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences, who have the potential to become leaders in academic research. Fellows will receive funding for up to four years of their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding for up to four years during their early career years as independent faculty.

To view eligibility requirements and to apply, see the Program Announcement. Applications are due by January 10, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs

  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers (LRP-CR) (NOT-OD-17-077) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Pediatric Research (LRP-PR) (NOT-OD-17-078) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Contraception and Infertility Research (LRP-CIR) (NOT-OD-17-079) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research (LRP-HDR) (NOT-OD-17-080) National Institutes of Health
  • Extramural Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (LRP-IDB) (NOT-OD-17-081) National Institutes of Health

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