Research Staff Professional Development

The extensive workforce training and research staff development experience of UTHSC, Tulane, and UMMC is unified through the Delta Clinical and Translational Science Consortium. Together we strive to reach our common goal of eliminating health disparities through rigorous research and translation of discoveries to clinical practice, public health policy, education, community engagement, and prevention.

The TN-CTSI offers continuing education opportunities to research coordinators and staff.

These programs range from a basic orientation to human subject research, to a more advanced clinical and translational research program.

While on-site training is provided quarterly, TN-CTSI is also developing online training for greater user ease and accessibility.

TN-CTSI additionally takes advantage of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) workshops and online opportunities that provide training and continuing education opportunities. Subjects include: conducting clinical trials, regulatory guidelines, human research protection, and ethical issues in clinical research.

Tulane’s Health Sciences Center provides research coordinator training to research communities in Louisiana and the surrounding areas.

The Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center (LA CaTS) level 1 clinical research coordinator training program aims to create comprehensive high-integrity research coordinator training that promotes career paths in research.

Held every fall semester, this workshop covers the basic concepts required to successfully coordinate a research study and provide an overview of the research resources and regulatory requirements for conducting clinical research.

The LA CaTS level 2 research coordinator training program provides more advanced training. This interactive training session is held annually in the spring semester and consists of case presentations and discussions with leading research mentors.

Mississippi Clinical Research and Trials Center has a well-organized clinical research professionals interest group sponsored by the UMMC clinical research support program (CRSP).

This group meets monthly and provides lectures and continuing educational materials for investigators, research coordinators and staff to stay abreast with changing regulations and best practices associated with clinical research, particularly clinical trials.

Courses and seminars are also offered to prepare research coordinators to take the SOCRA-sponsored exam to become certified clinical research professionals (CCRP).

DCTSC Existing Training Programs and Certificates

Participant and Clinical Interactions to Facilitate Clinical and Translational Research

  • Master of Science (MS) in Epidemiology -1988
  • Clinical Investigation Track – 2015
  • Data Science Track -2015
  • Biostatistics Track – 2015
  • PhD in Data Science and Engineering  – 2017
  • PhD in Health Outcomes & Policy Research – 1998
  • Certificate in Clinical Research – 2010
  • MS in Epidemiology- SPH – 1967
  • MS in Clinical Investigation – SPH – 1998
  • MS in Clinical Research – SOM– 2012
  • MS in Clinical Research Methods – SOM – 2012
  • MS in Biostatistics – SPH – 1967
  • PhD in Epidemiology – SPH – 1967
  • PhD in Biostatistics – SPH – 1967

Certificate Programs:

  • Epidemiologic Methods – SPH – 2015
  • Clinical Translational Research – SPH – 2012
  • Clinical Research – SOM – 2015
  • Genetic Epidemiology – SPH – 2015
  • Biostatistics – SPH – 2015
  • MS in Clinical Investigation – 2015
  • MS in Population Health Management – 2016
  • MS in Population Health Science- 2016
  • MS in Biostatistics and Data Science -2016
  • PhD in Biostatistics and Data Science – 2016
  • PhD in Population Health Science – 2016

Facilitating Clinical and Translational Research

The DCTSC aims to strengthen expertise and expand capacity to implement and manage single-site and multi-site research studies by continuously improving the research enterprise at all three institutions. Together, we will work to expand and/or create research units and centers that support high-quality clinical and translational research. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Centralized Clinical Research Support (CCRS)
  • Clinical Research Units (CRU)
  • The Delta Consortium Trial Innovation Center (TIC)
  • The Delta Consortium Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC)

Expansion of Workforce Development

The DCTSC is committed to developing and maintaining a diverse multidisciplinary translational workforce capable of conducting high-impact clinical and translational research. UTHSC, Tulane University, and UMMC each already have established robust workforce development programs and resources in clinical and translational research, including but not limited to:

  • Translational Workforce Development Program
  • Distance Learning Programs
  • Career Development Programming
  • Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program
  • Delta Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (Delta-BERD) Unit
  • Delta Regulatory Knowledge and Support (Delta-RKS) Unit

Other Training Opportunities

With the formation of the Delta Consortium, other training opportunities that exist at our respective institutions can now be offered to the Delta research workforce via inter-institutional agreements via distance learning. Examples of these training opportunities that will be offered are outlined below.

  • The Vice Chancellor of Research
    Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Hot Topics in Research
  • UTHSC LEADS (Launching Entrepreneurial Activities and Discovery in Science)  Grand Rounds series
  • UTHSC IRB Insights
  • University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) provides and sponsors educational opportunities, networking events, and mentors to work together to help researchers move from ideation through and beyond execution to bring their innovation to market.
  • The NSF Innovation Corps at the University of Tennessee: (I-Corps)
  • The ZeroTo510 program
  • The EPICENTER Logistics Accelerator program
  • Tulane COBRE for Clinical and Translational Research in Cardiometabolic Diseases (P20GM109036)
  • Tulane University Translational Science Grand Rounds
  • Weekly Translational Science Journal Club and Research Progress Meetings
  • Tulane Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program (K12HD043451)
  • Tulane Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence (P30GM103337)
  • Tulane Aging and Regenerative Medicine Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (P20GM103629)
  • Cardiorenal and Metabolic Diseases Research Center, supported by a five-year COBRE award (P20GM104357)
  • Jackson Heart Study Examination Center
  • Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience, funded by a COBRE grant (P30GM103328)
  • School of Population Health Grand Rounds
  • Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities