A program within the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCSTI), called TL1, is helping PhD students launch their research careers by providing support for students who are pursuing a Certificate in Clinical Translational Science. Students within the program are able to take advantage of research funding, as well as mentoring by faculty experienced in basic and clinical science.
This program provides opportunities to interact and collaborate with other students, faculty, and clinicians, inside and outside of the lab. For many PhD students, partnering with an MD or other clinicians gives a much better understanding of what impact their work can have on people suffering from life-threatening illnesses or chronic issues, for example – providing a more holistic perspective on their study.
Dr. 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.
Additionally, Colorado School of Public Health 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.
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