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TL1 Translational Research Training Program

TL1 Translational Research Training Program

The ITHS TL1 Program is a one-year mentored research training program for predoctoral students. This program creates a cross-disciplinary community and provides Trainees with specific training, career development opportunities, and team science skills to help them function effectively within translational science teams. The TL1 Program is open to applicants from all disciplines and backgrounds who meet the eligibility criteria.

Through a combination of thoughtful mentorship, interdisciplinary interaction, and focused training, TL1 Trainees receive the career development tools they need to become impactful translational researchers. By the end of their year in the program, all Trainees will feel confident in their ability to further their translational research careers.

Application Status
No longer accepting applications for the 2017 cohort.

The application window for the 2018 cohort will open in October 2017



The ITHS TL1 Program supports Trainees on their path to becoming clinical and translational investigators with the following:

  • Research and study opportunities: The program provides career development through seminars, mentored training from experienced clinical researchers, experiential learning, and networking opportunities.
  • Stipend: Trainees receive monthly predoctoral stipends, which are uniformly set for all trainees by the National Institute of Health. Review the current NRSA stipend levels.
  • Tuition: The TL1 Program will pay 60 percent of full-time tuition (up to 18 credits).
  • Project expenses: Additional funds are available to Trainees for research-related expenses.

Program Description

Program Description

The TL1 Program is a predoctoral training program sponsored by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This program focuses on improving Trainee experience and knowledge of the Core Competencies of Clinical and Translational Research. TL1 Trainees commit full-time effort towards their translational research and the training involved in the program. They participate in regular seminars, attend ITHS career development events, take part in cohort building activities, and expand their translational skillset through training.

By the end of their appointments, Trainees can expect to be able to:

  • Conduct a small research study, under supervision
  • Present their research with confidence to a general research audience
  • Participate in data collection, management, and analysis within an interdisciplinary research team
  • Coordinate their own research with that of the larger team
  • Develop proposals for independent research funding
  • Evaluate ethical issues facing beginning clinical/translational investigators

Core Competencies

Core Competencies

The TL1 Program training elements focus on increasing competency in the following core thematic areas of clinical and translational research:

  • Clinical and Translational Research Questions
  • Literature Critique
  • Study Design
  • Research Implementation
  • Sources of Error
  • Statistical Approaches
  • Biomedical Informatics

  • Clinical Research Interactions
  • Scientific Communication
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Translational Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Cross Disciplinary Training
  • Community Engagement



The ITHS TL1 Program supports up to 20 Trainees each year. The unique makeup of each cohort encourages multidisciplinary interaction and enables Trainees to learn in a truly diverse environment.

2016-2017 Cohort

The 2016-2017 cohort is made up of the following Trainees:


Andrew Bender
UW School of Engineering
Developing Point-of-Care Diagnostic for Chlamydia for Clinical Use


Ryann Milne-Price
UW School of Medicine
Association Between Depot-Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Use and the Concentration of Gardnerella Vaginalis and Other Key Bacterial Species in the Vaginal Microbiota of HIV-1 Seronegative Women


Kerri Thomas
UW School of Medicine
Targeting of a Novel Signaling Program in Philadelphia Chromosome-Like (Ph-like) Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)


Claire Richards
UW School of Nursing
Clinician-Family Communication in Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units


Ashley Scherman
UW School of Nursing
Maternal Hair Cortisol and Offspring Lung Function


Gabriela Patilea-Vrana
UW School of Pharmacy
Disposition Studies of ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to Predict Drug Exposure During Pregnancy


Phillip Hwang
UW School of Public Health
A 15-Year Retrospective Cohort Study Examining the Association between Sleep Medications and Alzheimer’s Disease Among Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


Colin Malone
UW School of Public Health
Cost-Effectiveness of HPV Self-Screening and Determinants of Cervical Cancer Underscreening Among Members of a Large, Integrated Health Care System in the U.S.


Arianna Miles-Jay
UW School of Public Health
Molecular Epidemiology of the Multidrug-Resistant Escherichia coli ST131-H30 Subclone in U.S. Children


Kerry Thomson
UW School of Public Health
HIV Risk and Prevention Strategies During Periconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Periods


Tiffany Jones
UW School of Social Work
Assessment Strategies for Social and Emotional Learning in the Seattle Public School District


Claire Willey
UW School of Social Work
Observing the Observer: Examining the Production of Domestic Violence in the Development Literature on Nepal



TL1 Trainees will continue the pursuit of their terminal degrees while also incorporating the quarterly TL1 Seminars (UCONJ 517 in Summer, UCONJ 599 in Fall, Winter, and Spring). Trainees meet with the TL1 Directors early in their appointment period to discuss other coursework that would help round out their translational skillset (i.e. courses in Biostatistics, Study Design, and Epidemiologic Methods).

Course credits from the TL1 program can be fully transferred to more advanced master’s or doctoral programs.  Some students who enter this level will extend their professional predoctoral training up to a year.  However, there will be some students whose prior coursework or experience may allow them to integrate this level into their ongoing professional doctoral work.



The TL1 Program is open to students enrolled in predoctoral programs within the University of Washington. These include Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work, as well as health-related programs in the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences.

To be considered eligible for the TL1 Program, applicants must be:

  • Pre-doctoral trainees training at a post-baccalaureate level and enrolled in a program leading to a PhD in a health science research-related doctoral degree program, or a combined doctoral level professional degree plus a clinical research-related advanced degree (such as a MD, DDS, DO, DNP, PharmD/MS or MD, DDS, DO, DNP, PharmD/PhD). Students who wish to postpone their professional studies for one year to gain research experience may be appointed to the TL1 Program for that period, provided that all other eligibility criteria are met.
  • A U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, with verification documents (individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible).
  • Able to commit full-time effort in the program at the time of appointment.

Applicants must not:

  • Conduct research outside of the United States during their appointment period.
  • Accept salary support from other Public Health Service-funded grants during their appointment period.
  • Have previously received five years or more of NRSA support in aggregate at the predoctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional training grants and individual fellowship awards.

Application Process

Application Process

ITHS is no longer accepting applications for the 2017 cohort. The application window for the 2018 cohort will open in October 2017.

The application consists of:

  • 5) Letter of Recommendation from Primary Mentor – Letters of recommendation should be no longer than two pages, address the applicant’s promise as a translational researcher, and include information on the level of support and involvement the mentor expects to provide the applicant during their potential appointment. Letters of recommendation should be submitted by mentors through the appropriate form on the ITHS website.
Applicants: Please direct your mentors to the Mentor Letter of Recommendation Form as early as possible.

You can either:

  1. Craft your own email, and include the following link:
    – OR –
  2. Enter a few details into a form, and we’ll send the link for you.
    Visit the form

Up to twenty (20) Trainees will be selected for the TL1 Program. The process is as follows:

  • Application Deadline: January 16, 2017
  • Awardees Notified: Early March 2017
  • Just-in-Time Process*: March – June 2017
  • Appointment Begins: June 1, 2017

* Completing requirements to ensure compliance

About Translational Research

About Translational Research

Translational research involves moving knowledge and discovery gained from the basic sciences to its application in clinical and community settings. This concept is often summarized by the phrases “bench-to-bedside” and “bedside-to-community” research. Take a look at the Translational Science Spectrum from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences to see where your research fits.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Should you have questions about the program, need more information, or would like to speak with one of the Program Directors prior to applying, please feel free to contact us through the form below.

Cite ITHSThe Institute is supported by grants UL1 TR002319, KL2 TR002317, and TL1 TR002318 from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA).

Please help us continue to support your research by citing our grant number(s) in publications we supported.