KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Program
The ITHS KL2 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Program is a multidisciplinary program, up to five years in length, that trains investigators in-depth in a specific area of research, but also provides breadth of knowledge about the full spectrum of clinical investigation.
Program Length: Up to 5 years
The ITHS KL2 Program is funded through the National Institutes of Health CTSA initiative. Doctoral level Scholars are welcome from all health professions. Intensively mentored research experience will be the centerpiece of the program, and the ITHS offers an extraordinary range of research cores, centers, and mentors to support this work. The purpose of this program is to train outstanding individuals to design, execute, and oversee clinical and translational research in transdisciplinary team settings, and to develop future clinical and translational research leaders in disciplines critical to the overall mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
This program will provide the time, funding, and rigorous mentorship necessary to foster the early career development of clinical and translational researchers (“NIH Clinical Research Scholars”). The program encourages all types of clinical research, including patient-oriented research, translational research, small- and large-scale clinical investigation and trials, epidemiologic and natural history studies, health services research, and health behavior research. The program seeks to attract individuals from a broad range of disciplines, including dentistry, medicine, naturopathy, nursing, pharmacy, public health, social work, and surgery.
The program will involve faculty from the University of Washington Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Community Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, and Social Work, as well as prominent affiliated programs such as Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, VA Puget Sound, the Group Health Research Institute, and other ITHS partner institutes.
We will train investigators to acquire depth in a specific area of research, but also breadth of knowledge about the full spectrum of clinical and translational investigation. We will provide them with methodological knowledge and practical skills for conducting high quality integrative clinical research. In the process we will create a strong multidisciplinary network of clinical research mentors and scholars, which should strengthen the early career development of each scholar. We believe that our graduates will be future research leaders prepared to conduct interdisciplinary clinical research using the highest ethical standards and capitalizing on new technology and informatics tools.