Clinical & Translational Science Training (CTST)

Provides research education and training for researchers at all levels, from undergraduate students to faculty.


Given the complexity of research today, young investigators just can't be successful without first-rate training.
Deborah Grady, MD; Co-Director, CTSI
  • To sustain, expand, and further develop a research education program (Training in Clinical Research, or TICR) to provide didactic training for learners at all levels.
  • To sustain and expand research training programs that provide level-specific training and mentoring.
  • To support and expand discipline-specific research training programs for investigators translating “laboratory to human subjects” and “evidence into practice”.
  • To seamlessly integrate an extensive array of research education and training activities.


Training in Clinical Research (TICR): Provides a broad array of educational opportunities in the methods of clinical research to meet the needs of a diverse set of trainees. The TICR program is comprised of 3 progressively nested educational packages – Summer Clinical Research Workshop, 1-year Advanced Training in Clinical Research and 2-year Master’s Degree, including 32+ graduate course offerings. 

CTSI K Scholars: Provides KL2 career development awards in clinical and translational research to selected scholars at the junior faculty level. These awards include salary support, a master's degree in clinical research for those who do not have such training, research funds, weekly work-in-progress and methodology seminars, and access to core faculty. View all K scholars and program faculty.

Pre-Doctoral Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship: Provides support and training in clinical and translational research for medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy students in short-term (two or three month) and intensive (one-year or two-year) fellowships. The program includes stipends, courses, mentoring, bi-weekly work-in-progress, and faculty-led seminars. This program was formerly known as Pathways to Careers in Clinical & Translational Research (PACCTR). Follow this program on Facebook.

Online Education: Offers Designing Clinical Research for Residents (DCR-R) and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) online courses with other future offerings planned.

Epidemiology and Translational Science PhD: Extends what is expected in the Master’s in Clinical Research degree program by requiring additional coursework, oral comprehensive examination, and additional independent research.

Pre-Health Undergraduate Program (PUP): Provides training to undergraduate students to design clinical and translational research in collaboration with a UCSF predoctoral PACCTR trainee. Follow this program on Twitter and Facebook.

Resident Research Training Program (RRTP): Trains residents in clinical and translational research methods to inspire them to pursue careers as independent investigators. The program includes research education, funding for clinical research and travel to present research findings at scientific meetings.

Fellows Training Program: Provides a series of bimonthly seminars for clinical and translational research fellows to present their work, structured training on grant-writing, mentoring and career development.

Graduate Education in Medical Science (GEMS): Provides education and training to enable students in UCSF biomedical science graduate programs to pursue training in translational research and interactive investigations with clinical researchers to accelerate the application of basic science discovery to improvement of human health.

Masters in Translational Medicine (MTM): Provides training for those with expertise in engineering or clinical medicine who wish to gain expertise in applying engineering and business approaches to produce practical solutions to health problems. 

Implementation Science: Provides education, training and consultation services focused on translating research results into more effective interventions and improved population health.

Comprehensive Mentor Program: Training mid-career research faculty to become the next generation of confident effective clinical and translational mentors.


  • University of California, Berkeley co-sponsors the Pre-health Undergraduate Program and the Masters in Translational Medicine
  • Doris Duke Foundation co-sponsors professional students in the Pre-doctoral Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship
  • Howard Hughes Institute co-sponsors the Graduate Education in Medical Sciences Program