Clinical Research Training Course

ASTCT Clinical Research Training Course

At this time, we have no plans to modify, postpone or cancel this event due to COVID-19, but as this is an evolving situation, we will continue to provide updates and post information on our website.

Tuition, travel, housing and meal expenses will be paid by the society and corporate sponsors for up to 12 scholars to attend the course. Participants will be competitively selected. Preference will be given to fellows and faculty with no more than two years of BMT experience following training or a faculty appointment.

Clinical Research Training Course
Wednesday, July 8 - Sunday, July 12, 2020
Hotel Park City
Park City, UT 

Objectives and Curriculum

The ASTCT Board of Directors created the course in 2006 because of concerns that clinical fellowship programs don’t adequately cover the principles of research and how to take findings from the laboratory to the clinic. The course helps close the gap by addressing those deficiencies. The course includes formal presentations and extensive follow-up dialogue and small-group discussion, covering topics such as:

  • Research subject eligibility and recruitment
  • Clinical trial design
  • Biostatistics
  • Data management and quality control
  • Study endpoints
  • Late effects and quality of life
  • Clinical pharmacology, including polypharmacy and drug interactions
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Relationships with pharmaceutical companies and third-party payers
  • Opportunities for grants and clinical research training
  • Grant writing
  • Working with a mentor
  • Translational trials
  • Working with laboratory investigators
  • Research ethics
  • Subject safety

Each participant will be expected to have a research project that can be developed in discussions with faculty and with peers.


The 2020 course directors are Christopher N. Bredeson, MD, MSc, The Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa and Margaret MacMillan, MD, MSc, University of Minnesota.

Faculty members will share their career stories and anecdotes. They will tell how they got where they are and the lessons learned along with way. Free time for rest, recreation and creative thinking will be built into the schedule.

Eligibility and Application

An applicant must be an ASTCT member who is currently either a fellow or junior faculty. For purposes of this program, "junior faculty” is defined as two years or less teaching in the BMT field. 

The applicant must identify a local mentor with whom to work in implementation of the research project after the course.

Applicants must submit the following information and materials in order to be considered:

  • Application survey 
  • A letter of recommendation from their mentor - 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:
  1. The applicant’s background, training, interest in blood and marrow transplantation and clinical research and career goals
  2. 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:
    1. Protocol Title
    2. Background
    3. Hypothesis and Aims
    4. Study Design, Innovation
    5. Potential problems/challenges, Summary.

Applications for the 2020 Clinical Research Training Course have closed. 

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).