Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources (OSCTR)
The OSCTR is an NIH-funded infrastructure and faculty development program designed to: 1) serve as a catalyst to facilitate clinical and translational research; 2) improve health for underserved and underrepresented populations living in rural areas; 3) provide clinical and translational research training and infrastructure to junior investigators; 4) expand opportunities for IDeA states and communities to participate in clinical and translational research; and 5) improve the overall health of Oklahoma’s citizens. The OSCTR supports numerous programs designed to facilitate student and faculty career development (see below).
Masters in Clinical and Translational Science (MS-CTS)
The goal of the MS-CTS program is to prepare health professionals to become competent in the methodological foundations and conduct of clinical and translational research, including qualitative and quantitative research methods, clinical and translational research process and design, informatics, effective oral and written communication, human research ethics and responsible conduct of research, cultural competency, research management, and professionalism and career development.
Translating Practice into Research (TPIR) Trainee Program
A part of the OSCTR, the TPIR trainee program is a unique one-year (September - August) education and mentoring program for practicing healthcare professionals, clinical investigators, and basic scientists offering a broad and practical curriculum for understanding clinical research methods, research collaborations, and statistical analysis. The goal is to produce clinicians and scientists who have the ability to translate their clinical observations and ideas for improving practice into practical and feasible research projects. The TPIR program consists of four components: 1) two 1-day, in-person workshops; 2) 10 online education modules; 3) scheduled conference calls with TPIR faculty; and 4) a mentored research project.
NIMDH R25: Addressing Health Disparities among Oklahoma Minority Rural Communities through Clinical Research Education and Career Development
The overall goal of this program is to facilitate the education of participants from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research to pursue clinical research, translational and/or patient-oriented research, or population health research particularly on diseases that disproportionately impact minority, rural, and health disparity populations. Initial training includes: didactic program courses for skill development in clinical and population health research; completing a thesis research project focused on health issues in underserved populations; earning a MS degree in Clinical and Translational Science; funding provided for up to two years. Phase II training involves a mentored research experience and funding provided for up to three years.
NIGMS P20: Oklahoma – IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (OK-INBRE)
Research Project Investigator Awards
The NIH-funded IDeA Program broadens the geographic distribution of NIH funding for competitive biomedical and behavioral research by enhancing the research capabilities of institutions in eligible states. The OK-INBRE’s Research Project Investigator (RPI) awards seek to enhance biomedical research at institutions in the OK-INBRE network. Proposed projects must align with one of the research themes of the OK-INBRE program: Cancer, Developmental Biology, or Infectious Diseases. Full-time, tenure-track faculty at OUHSC or the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) are eligible. Awards are anticipated to be funded at up to $100,000 per year in direct costs for a 2.5 year project period.
OUHSC Faculty Leadership Program (FLP)
The scope and complexity of faculty roles at a contemporary Academic Health Center are demanding. The FLP affords faculty a structured approach to acquire and apply new skills and to refine existing ones through a longitudinal series of highly interactive small group seminars led by faculty and administrators. Participating faculty acquire and practice the skills to balance their roles, attend to personal and professional responsibilities, and make good career decisions in order to engage as strong team members and take on leadership opportunities.