Translational Science Training (TST) TL1 Program
TST TL1 Program Description
Improving the health of the public demands active bi-directional communication between the populations served and the investigators focused on basic and clinical research questions. This process requires that scientists:
- be familiar with the important health care problems in their communities, and
- effectively move knowledge gained from basic investigations into areas of clinical relevance.
The process of moving knowledge from basic discovery, to clinical testing and application, to community interventions is known as Translational Science.
The goal of the Translational Science Training (TST) TL1 Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) is to enhance the quality and scope of the doctoral research experience by offering additional interdisciplinary research training and mentorship in Translational Science.
Students eligible to apply to the UTHSCSA TST TL1 program:
- Are enrolled as a full-time student in a doctoral program at UTHSCSA;
- Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents;
- Have successfully completed their Qualifying Exam (may be pending at application submission);
- Have selected a research Supervising Professor; and
- Can apply the concepts of translational science to their research project.
TST TL1 Awards:
Awardees, selected as Translational Science Training TL1 Scholars, will work with their Supervising Professor and the TST Directors to develop individualized programs that will facilitate their capacity to move their science into human or community studies. These individualized programs will include core coursework in translational science and a practicum in the scholar's field of study. In this way, Translational Science Training Scholars will gain a firsthand appreciation of the relationship of basic science research within the translational science continuum. Additionally, they will gain important skills required to work with interdisciplinary teams in the conduct of translational investigations.
The TST TL1 Program is made possible through a grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NIH/NCATS, UL1 TR001119). Each year, Translational Science Training Scholars will be selected on a competitive basis. Awards will include an annual stipend at the NIH-specified level (currently $23,376), plus other support. TST Scholars will be encouraged to access facilities, equipment, and other resources available through the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science to support their translational research. Continuation in the program will be based on a semi-annual evaluation process.
TST TL1 Programmatic Elements:
Components of the TST Program include: