The ASTCT Clinical Research Training Course (CRTC) is a 4.5-day program for fellows and junior faculty that covers the principles of research and how to take findings from the laboratory to the clinic. Each year, the CRTC provides an opportunity for 12 scholars to work 1:1 with the course faculty and statisticians through formal presentations and extensive follow-up dialogue and small-group discussion
The ASTCT CRTC is a highly impactful program for trainees and junior faculty that has contributed to past scholars academic career growth and development as an independent researcher. Learn more about the impact the CRTC has had on past scholars careers by clicking here.
Wednesday, July 10 – Sunday, July 14, 2024
Location is to be determined.
Objectives and Curriculum
The course was designed by the ASTCT Board of Directors in 2006 due to the concern that clinical fellowships did not adequately cover the principles of research and how to take findings from the laboratory to the clinic. The Clinical Research Training Course will help fellows and junior faculty close the gap by addressing these concerns through formal presentations and extensive follow-up dialogue and small-group discussion. Topics discussed in the course include research subject eligibility and recruitment, clinical trial design, data management and quality control, grant writing, and more!
Each participant will be expected to have a research project that can be developed in discussions with faculty and with peers.
Eligibility and Application
Applicants must be a MD and an ASTCT member who is currently either in their second year of fellowship or junior faculty. The course defines junior faculty as an individual who has two years or less of experience in the blood and marrow transplantation and/or cellular therapy field. Your completed fellowship date must be on or after June 30, 2021.
If you are not a member, click here to learn more about our free in-training membership.
The applicant must identify a local mentor with whom to work in implementation of the research project after the course. The proposal should reflect what the applicant is planning to work on and not what they think the faculty would like.
- Applicant and mentor contact information
- Letter of recommendation from their mentor. Note: mentors must be an ASTCT member.
- Curriculum vitae - a biosketch will not be accepted
- A 2-5 page letter of application which includes the following information:
- The applicant’s background, training, interest in blood and marrow transplantation and clinical research and career goals
- An outline of a research project to be further developed during the course. Details of the proposed research project should be a major portion of the application letter and should at a minimum include the following headings:
- Protocol Title
- Hypothesis and Aims
- Study Design, Innovation
- Potential problems/challenges, Summary.
Applications should be submitted in Arial, font size 11 with 1 inch margins. References should be included in the 2 - 5 page count. A separate page of references will not be accepted.
Applicant selection will be based on curriculum vitae, proposed project, local mentor and all other things being equal, regional representation. Please note, that since scholars will be accepted based in a large part on the merit of the submitted project, it is not possible to change the overall project concept after submission (or after acceptance onto this Course).
Applications for the 2024 Clinical Training Course will open in January 2024 and close March 2024.