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University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Offers Clinical Research Training Program

PITTSBURGH, July 24, 2001 — In two years, 31 health care professionals will be adding another title to go along with their M.D.’s, Ph.D.’s and Pharm.D.’s – a Master of Science or a Certificate in Clinical Research from the University of Pittsburgh.

The program, a collaboration among the Schools of the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, will teach a diverse group of individuals including doctors, fellows and doctorally prepared pharmacists and nurses how to plan and conduct high-quality clinical research involving human subjects.

“Clinical research has been growing at an astronomical rate over the past few years, proving its benefits to health care. This program provides formalized training for research investigators so they can yield the best possible outcome from their studies while maintaining patient safety,” said Wishwa Kapoor, M.D., M.P.H., course director, director of the Center for Research on Health Care, Falk Professor of Medicine and chief of the division of general internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

During the summer of the first year of the program, students participate in an intensive eight-week summer session where they are introduced to critical concepts in patient-oriented research. Over the next nine months, students will attend a longitudinal seminar series, which includes hands-on research training and lectures on the ethics and regulation of clinical research. On completion of this core curriculum, students receive a Certificate in Clinical Research.

Students then may continue their studies in one of four specific areas of interest: Effectiveness, Outcomes and Quality Research; Clinical Therapeutics; Health and Behavior; or Epidemiology. In each of these areas, students will design their own research proposal. At the end of the second year, students completing the courses and research project will receive their M.S. in Clinical Research.

“Through the Clinical Research Training Program, we can greatly improve on the already high-quality research programs at the University of Pittsburgh by strengthening researchers’ knowledge and skill base,” said Mark Roberts, M.D., M.P.P., associate director of the program and associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Clinical Research Training Program is sponsored by the Center for Research on Health Care and funded through grants from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institutes of Health.

For more information, visit the program’s website at http://www.pitt.edu/~crtp.

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