Georgia CTSA Launches Free Online Educational Exploration

Georgia CTSA announces a new online educational exploration, Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research. This freely available educational resource was funded through an NCATS supplement and was designed to reach a broad audience interested in learning basic, foundational knowledge regarding clinical and translational research, including trainees engaging in science for the first time, research workforce looking to advance their knowledge, and those beginning to think about applying for more advanced, formal training. It features an HTML-based self-guided exploration utilizing written material, videos, interactive graphics, and self-assessments, taking approximately 4-8 hours to complete. The material is organized into four modules: Understanding the Translational Science Research Ecosystem; Basic Concepts Defining the Analytic Approach to Research; Elements of Clinical and Translational Research Studies; and Clinical and Translational Research Study Design Types.

The creator and instructor of this exploration, Jordan Kempker, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University, says, "The Georgia CTSA continues to develop its expansive vision of providing diverse and excellent educational opportunities in clinical and translational science across the entire state of Georgia and beyond. I am happy to be a part of the development of our first fully online, self-guided educational resource introducing the foundational concepts of clinical and translational science."

Kempker continues, "We are pleased to provide this course as a freely available resource to reach a broad audience across Georgia and beyond. The exploration is designed to be a standalone activity for those seeking a basic introduction to the concepts, such as students and trainees beginning to interpret or participate in clinical and translational science, research workforce, and those considering applying for more advanced training. It is flexible enough to also serve as a resource around which other educational activities can be created for a more in-depth introduction."

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