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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  • Feb
    Tue, 02/19/2019 - 12:00 to 13:00
    Join us for a meaningful conversation about the use of plastics in pediatrics and their effect on our patients. Guest speakers are Drs. Nikki Gillum Posnack, Freedenberg, Ring & Luban. 1.0 CNE provided. 
  • Feb
    Wed, 02/20/2019 - 08:00 to Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:30

    Attend this two-day workshop for hands-on instruction in automating tasks with the Unix shell, data analysis and visualization in R, and version control with Git. Beginners welcome. Registration and two-day attendance required. 

  • Feb
    Thu, 02/21/2019 - 18:00 to 21:00

    The Black Public Health Student Network (BPHSN) invites you to a reception and panel discussion to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the formation of the BPHSN at GW. This will be a time of connection and fellowship between past and present members and friends of BPHSN. Register here.

  • Feb
    Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:00 to 15:30

    The Black Public Health Student Network (BPHSN) invites you to the 10th Annual Communities of Color Health Conference. This year's conference theme is “Us Too: A Health and Healing Movement for Women of Color.” The viral #MeToo movement has created a platform to address public health issues such as sexual assault. However, the experiences of women of color are often silenced or unheard.

  • Feb
    Tue, 02/26/2019 (All day) to Wed, 02/27/2019 (All day)
    On February 26-27, the Buffalo CTSI hosts Fostering An Evidence-Based Approach to Improving CTSA Network Capacity. The cost of registration goes up on February 17 for this 100% virtual workshop.
  • Mar
    Fri, 03/01/2019 - 09:00 to 15:00

    Clinicians, researchers and graduate students are welcome to attend this free, one-day workshop will introduce the Natural Language Processing (NLP) approach.

  • Mar
    Mon, 03/04/2019 - 12:00 to 13:00
    Dr. Michael Lindsey will present on his research focused on mental health services for vulnerable youth as part of the Center for Translational Research’s Enrichment Series. Please email Leandra Godoy for details and to RSVP. 
  • Mar
    Mon, 03/04/2019 - 13:00 to 14:00

    Jessica Kahn of Cincinnati Children's Hospital will discuss strategies for success for junior faculty. 

  • Mar
    Mon, 03/04/2019 - 15:30 to 16:30

    CTSI-CN and WATCH Leadership welcome Jessica Kahn of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. 

  • Mar
    Thu, 03/14/2019 - 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. 
  • Mar
    Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:00 to 14:00
    The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN) is pleased to continue to offer Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) training to the Children's National and GW research communities.
  • Mar
    Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:00 to 16:00
    The Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN) is pleased to continue to offer Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) training to the Children's National and GW research communities. 
  • Mar
    Thu, 03/28/2019 - 12:00 to 14:00

    This seminar, intended for junior investigators, will explore many aspects for implicit bias in health research and examine case studies as a group. Lunch will be provided. Register early as space is limited. 

  • Apr
    Mon, 04/01/2019 (All day) to Fri, 04/05/2019 (All day)
    Each year, Children’s Research Institute (CRI), the academic arm of Children’s National Health System, showcases the scholarly achievements of our faculty, staff and trainees across all disciplines and the role they play in advancing medical science and providing the highest quality care for children. 
  • Apr
    Mon, 04/08/2019 - 08:00 to 15:00

    This event will focus on catalyzing new collaborations to bridge the translational science, cooperative extension and other sectors to improve rural health and achieve health equity. 

  • February 12th, 2019
    Clinical investigators are invited to the CTSI-CN clinical research unit for a series of focus groups. We want to hear what you need from us. 
  • February 7th, 2019

    The ten finalists have been announced for the 2019 CTSI-CN Hackathon. Read more and register to attend here

  • February 5th, 2019

    While the overall success rate of all NIH LRP applicants from 2006-2017 is an impressive ~50% across all NIH ICs, the success rate of CTSA Program KL2 Scholar applicants is even more notable: nearly 79% – a stat that may surprise many early career researchers. Read more here

  • January 18th, 2019
    Martin Luther King Jr. day has become a recognized day of service. Click here to learn where you can serve. 
  • January 17th, 2019
    In today's blog, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins discusses how NIH researchers are pairing AI analysis with smartphone cameras to help more women avoid cervical cancer. Read the full article HERE.  
  • January 15th, 2019
    In today's blog, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins discusses the use of artifical intelligence to monitor and detect irregular heartbeats. "After just seven months of training, the computer-devised algorithm was as good—and in some cases even better than—cardiology experts at making the correct diagnostic call." Read the full article HERE.  
  • January 14th, 2019

    The CTSI-CN is accepting letters of intent for the Career Development Award until this Friday, January 18, 2019. All LOIs must be submitted by 5:00 pm EST. For more details and to download the RFA, please visit CTSI-CN Funding

  • January 12th, 2019

    Masters students in data science are encouraged to apply to the 2019 Graduate Data Science Summer Program, a partnership between the NIH Office of Training & Education and the newly formed Office of Data Science Strategy. 

  • January 4th, 2019

    Children's National faculty and staff must submit their abstracts by January 11, 2019 to be included in the 9th annual Research and Education Week. 

  • January 4th, 2019

    Submit your abstract by Feburary 28, 2019 to be included in a Showcase of Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavor at the George Washington University.

  • December 31st, 2018

    A new Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Research Core is now available to the researchers of Children's National. 

  • December 14th, 2018

    The faculties of Children's National Health System and George Washington, Howard, and Georgetown universities can apply for the District of Columbia Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (DC-IDDRC) pilot award. 

  • December 7th, 2018

    The Pilot and Translational Clinical (PTC) Studies module of the CTSI-CN announces the release of the 2019-2020 RFAs.  All high impact research relevant to health and well-being throughout the lifespan is eligible. Support is not limited to pediatric research. Letters of Intent are due January 4, 2019.

  • December 3rd, 2018
    The CD2H is excited to announce the launch of the CD2H Idea Competition. This is an opportunity to turn your scientific question into a DREAM Challenge to be tackled by teams around the world. If your idea is selected, you will receive a $100,000 subcontract to run the DREAM Challenge in collaboration with the CD2H. The deadline to submit your initial proposal is February 15, 2019. 
  • December 3rd, 2018

    The George Washington University is offering an online, 3-credit-hour, 30-CME course, Grantsmanship in Clinical and Translational Research. This 10-week course begins January 14, 2019 and will cover the complete process of research grant proposal development, from specific aims to preparation of a full proposal package for submission, with the NIH R01 as exemplar.


Has the CTSI-CN has supported your research? Tell us about it here.  

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