A program within the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) called TL1 is helping PhD students launch their research careers by providing support for students who are pursuing a Certificate in Clinical Translational Science. Colorado School of Public Health students are able to take advantage of research funding, as well as mentoring by faculty experienced in basic and clinical science.
“For students in a PhD granting basic science program, partnering with an MD or other clinician gives a much better understanding of what impact your work can have on people suffering from life-threatening illnesses or other chronic issues,” said Emily Warren, programs manager for education, training and career development within the CCTSI.
Additionally, students in the TL1 program are able to apply for one year of funding at the NIH level to support their research, alongside financial support for tuition and fees, research supplies and travel to the national meeting of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science.
Allison Shapiro, who received her PhD in epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health in December 2015, participated in the TL1 program and received support necessary to design and implement the Baby Biology of Intrauterine Metabolic Programming (BabyBUMP) project, a study using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) as a model for human adipogenesis (forming fat cells) in response to nutritional influences.
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