Clinical Research Training Program (CREST)

BU has a long-established reputation for training leading bench and clinical research scientists. Our training program’s strengths include the diverse training opportunities, a multidisciplinary curriculum, comprehensive mentoring, and seminars and workshops in topics critical to career development but not covered by courses, such as grant or paper writing.

CTSI’s Clinical Research Training (CREST) Program is an interactive mentored training program targeted at postdoctoral fellows and scientists, which focuses on the essential tools and competencies that scientists need to conduct clinical or translational science.

Established in 1999, CREST trains fellows from diverse disciplines, including general medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, medical subspecialties, surgery, obstetrics-gynecology, psychiatry, the School of Dental Medicine, and Sargent College of Allied Health Professions.

Highlights of CREST

  • Prepared 140 scholars, 75% of whom are now faculty carrying out research.
  • Series of seminars combining faculty teaching and student project presentations on topics such as Writing and Submitting a Paper for Publication, Preparing Abstracts and Oral Presentations, Research Team Leadership, and Grant Writing.
  • Master’s degrees in Public Health; Epidemiology; Health Services Research; and Clinical Investigation. CREST fellows are given 16 credits towards a 32 credit degree. Please see BU SPH Policy.
  • Ethics instruction including an internship at the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • Mentoring by senior faculty.
  • Mentored research project to be presented at a CREST seminar.
  • Two seminars on Team Science:
    1) a didactic panel on multidisciplinary team science; and
    2) a hands-on workshop in which trainees specify their own research area and are then asked to identify related scientific fields and, using software of BU and Boston-based investigators, others who might be valuable multidisciplinary collaborators for them.

New initiatives

The CREST program has been enhanced to improve effectiveness. Following are some new features:

  1. Expansion of our already substantial informatics training and skill development.
  2. Renewed emphasis on Team Science training by creating funding opportunities that encourage multi-disciplinarity and developing opportunities for scholars to work together to solve problems both in seminars and via funded research.
  3. Workshops on community-based research.

CREST Application

CREST Seminar Presentations

CREST Program

David Felson, MD, MPH
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Karen Lasser, MD, MPH
Associate Director
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CTSI Training Program Manager

Sharon Tomlinson 
Boston University Medical Campus
650 Albany Street, Rm. X200
Boston, MA 02118
For further information on CREST faculty and staff, click here.