Advances in human health cannot occur without a dedicated force of skilled basic and clinical scientists. Recruiting, retaining and empowering scientists from many disciplines to work in team environments is a top NIH priority.
Working at the intersection of science and healthcare, medical scientists play a vital role in ensuring that scientific innovations are transformed into improved patient care. But the numbers of medical scientists are diminishing rapidly. Training programs that prepare and inspire students to pursue careers in research continue to shut their doors.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s newly launched Children and Clinical Studiescampaign aims to educate families, caregivers, and the clinical community about the benefits and risks of participating in pediatric clinical studies.
The Principles of Clinical Pharmacology course began in 1998 to address the lack of formal training available in clinical pharmacology. The course consists of a weekly lecture series covering the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology as a translational scientific discipline focused on rational drug development and utilization in therapeutics.
Established in 1997, the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) was one of the Foundation for NIH’s premier public-private partnerships. With long-term support from Pfizer, the program enabled 280 of the country’s most promising medical and dental students to experience clinical research firsthand in an intensive, year-long, residential training program at the National Institutes of Health.