Basic Research
Basic research involves scientific exploration that can reveal fundamental mechanisms of biology, disease or behavior. Every stage of the translational research spectrum builds upon and informs basic research. NCATS scientists typically do not conduct basic research; however, insights gained from the Center’s studies along the translational spectrum can inform basic research.
Pre-Clinical Research
Pre-clinical research connects the basic science of disease with human medicine. During this stage, scientists develop model interventions to further understand the basis of a disease or disorder and find ways to treat it. Testing is carried out using cell or animal models of disease; samples of human or animal tissues; or computer-assisted simulations of drug, device or diagnostic interactions within living systems.
Clinical Research
Clinical research includes studies to better understand a disease in humans and relate this knowledge to findings in cell or animal models; testing and refinement of new technologies in people; testing of interventions for safety and effectiveness in those with or without disease; behavioral and observational studies; and outcomes and health services research. The goal of many clinical trials is to obtain data to support regulatory approval for an intervention.
Clinical Implementation
The clinical implementation stage of translation involves the adoption of interventions that have been demonstrated to be useful in a research environment into routine clinical care for the general population. This stage also includes implementation research to evaluate the results of clinical trials and to identify new clinical questions and gaps in care.
Public Health
In this stage of translation, researchers study health outcomes at the population level to determine the effects of diseases and efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat them. Findings help guide scientists working to assess the effects of current interventions and to develop new ones.
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  • May
    Tue, 05/28/2019 - 14:00 to 15:00

    Please join this BioInformatics seminar to hear about Variant Identification & Interpretation from Next Generation Sequencing. WebEx available. Register here

  • May
    Thu, 05/30/2019 - 12:00 to 13:30
    Dr. Elizabeth Andrade and Ivonne Rivera will discuss the importance of community engagement in all phases of translational research, from bench to bedside. Lunch will be provided for those who register in advance. WebEx is available. 
  • Jun
    Thu, 06/06/2019 - 10:00 to 14:00

    Join CTSI and the Child Health Advocacy Institute for an educational bus trip through Washington, DC to learn about our communities' local health needs, assets & challenges. 


  • Jun
    Wed, 06/12/2019 - 09:00 to 16:00
    This free, one-day workshop will introduce three methods of AI data analysis in a beginner-friendly environment through a mix of theory and hands-on practice. 
  • Jun
    Wed, 06/12/2019 - 11:00 to 12:30

    The University of Illinois grant program, the Military Families Learning Network, is sponsoring a series of free webinars for professionals working with families of young children with disabilities. The target audience is early interventionists and early childhood special educators.

  • Jun
    Thu, 06/13/2019 - 16:00 to 17:30
    The Writing Institute is designed to help YOU develop the habit of writing. The second Thursday of every month, a talented author from Children's National will describe how they made writing a habit. GW faculty and staff are welcome to attend. WebEx is not available. 
  • Jun
    Tue, 06/18/2019 - 13:00 to 17:00

    As the keynote speaker, Leana Wen, President of Planned Parenthood and prior GW faculty member, will discuss Workforce Challenges to Achieving Reproductive Health Access & Equity. 

  • Jun
    Wed, 06/26/2019 - 08:00

    Save the Date: Women @ Children's Hosptial presents Dean Angela Sharkey, MD, for a Grand Rounds presentation and workshop/networking lunch.

  • Nov
    Fri, 11/08/2019 - 08:00 to 17:00
    Save the date: This annual symposium highlights the partnership between Children's National and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) around four key studies being conducted at Children's National. This year, the symposium will be held at the NIH Natcher Conference Center. More details to follow. 
  • May 21st, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed a new rule to support seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information (EHI). Comments are due by 11:59 pm on June 3, 2019. More details are available here. Full details and related documents are here

  • May 16th, 2019

    Have your PhD research published in Science magazine, win $30,000 in prize money, and travel to Sweden for the award ceremony. PhDs received in 2017 and 2018 are eligible. Apply by June 15, 2019. 

  • May 8th, 2019

    Check out the latest issue of Women's Health in Focus here. The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health can be found here

  • April 26th, 2019

    The 2019 National Math Festival has talks, performances, and activities for kids of all ages, even the grown-ups. It will be Saturday, May 4 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Get all the details here:

  • April 25th, 2019 is an open database of more than 25 million scholarly articles harvested from over 50,000 publishers and repositories, making it easy to find, track, and use the information that you need. 

  • April 18th, 2019

    On April 8th, 2019, W@TCH hosted Dee Henderson, Senior PR Specialist & Science Writer, to give a lecture on how to work proactively with public relations to ace that interview, ensure your news release reaches the right reporters at the right time, and you sound and look polished and professional.

  • April 16th, 2019

 is the training & education arm of LinkedIn. It's offered by most public libraries, and GW affiliates have access here

  • April 11th, 2019

    Applications are due April 19 to the DC Health RFA: Comprehensive Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Electronic Health Record Integration and Delivery. Up to 8 recipients will receive awards in amounts from $50,000 up to $112,500. Click here for the RFA. 

  • April 10th, 2019

    Johnson & Johnson partnered Children's National to bring JLABS to Washington, DC! This includes the JLABS Residency. Awards will have up to $150,000 in funding. 

  • April 9th, 2019

    On May 14 - 15, 2019, VCU hosts the annual Community Engagement Institute, a free event that provides faculty members, community partners and graduate students the opportunity to build a fundamental understanding of the principles of community engagement in the 21st century. Learn more here

  • April 8th, 2019

    Harvard Medical School invites women in healthcare to Boston, MA on November 14-16, 2019. Attendees will earn CEs while studying evidence-based strategies and skills development that help women at various career stages step into and succeed in leadership positions.

  • March 21st, 2019
    The annual symposium highlights the Children's National – NIAID partnership around four key research aims developed between the two institutions. This year, the symposium will be held on November 8, 2019 at the NIH Natcher Conference Center. More details to follow. 
  • March 18th, 2019

    An NCATS program under NIH's HEAL Initiative, A Specialized Platform for Innovative Research Exploration (ASPIRE), is accepting applications until May 31. Program information can be found here. Interested parties can watch an informational video here

  • March 18th, 2019

    In 2016, Nikki Posnack earned a pilot during award from CTSI-CN and earned her first R01 from the NHLBI in 2018. Helping scientists transition from early-stage to independent investigator is a key CTSA program goal. Read more about Dr. Posnack's work and journey here.

  • March 14th, 2019

    PRIDE is accepting applications until all spots are filled for these summer programs. If you know of colleagues who would benefit from this innovative research training and mentorship opportunity, we urge you to encourage them to apply.


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