NCATS Online Course in Translational Science

Sept. 8 – Oct. 23, 2020

Enhance your translational science skills this fall with a seven-week online course, MEDI 501: Principles of Preclinical Translational Science.

This class is open to the public and is being offered by NCATS’ Education Branch in partnership with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences(link is external) (FAES).

Registration for the fall course is open. To register, visit the course website(link is external) and locate MEDI 501: Principles of Preclinical Translational Science. If you are new to FAES, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “Login” button in the upper right-hand corner of the page
  2. Click on “Applicant Portal Homepage”
  3. Click on “Create a New Account” and complete the form

PLEASE NOTE: There is a short wait time after submitting the form while FAES reviews the information submitted. After this review, the account will be activated, and the prospective student will receive an email with the subject heading “Welcome to FAES” and will be able to register for MEDI 501.

An Engaging Case Study Teaching Approach

Translational science is an emerging field that seeks to identify broadly generalizable scientific and operational principles to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of translational research. In this course, students will learn preclinical translational science principles.

Faculty will teach these principles through a case study of a highly successful translational research partnership involving NCATS, the National Cancer Institute(link is external), Northwestern University and the University of Kansas. The partnership produced a promising potential drug shown to inhibit metastasis in animal models, which is being examined in a first-in-human clinical trial in 2020.

Time Requirement and Costs

This one-credit course requires a time commitment of about one hour per week to listen to course lectures and some additional time to complete course readings and other short assignments. It is being offered as a pilot course, with a reduced fee of $50.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the definitions and goals of translational research and translational science and how they differ.
  • Identify a range of scientific and operational principles that can be applied to enhance preclinical translational research projects.
  • Learn about the research process necessary to enable a scientific discovery to produce an effective compound that can be used in humans.
  • Learn about the varied roles of different disciplines, as well as agencies — including industry, government agencies, and academic faculty and institutions — in advancing translational research and how to facilitate effective interagency and team-based partnerships.

Who Should Participate?

  • Individuals at all career stages—from students to senior scientists—and across a variety of roles, including scientists, administrators and experts in scientific collaboration
  • Individuals interested in exploring translational science as a research area or career path
  • Individuals interested in learning scientific, operational and partnership principles for effective translational research that can be applied to their own work
  • Faculty involved in translational science education and training programs

Learn More

Download the course flyer (PDF – 508KB) for additional details.

Read the course syllabus (PDF – 152KB), including links to faculty bios.

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