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Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research

6 credits


Full course description


This 4-part program builds learner knowledge and expertise in the interpretation of the Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) literature using written and supplemental materials, videos, interactive graphics, and self-assessment.

Part 1: Understanding the Translational Science Research Ecosystem

Part 2: Basic Concepts Defining the Analytic Approach to Research

Part 3: Elements of Clinical and Translational Research Studies

Part 4: Clinical and Translational Research Study Design Types

Development of this program was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award number UL1TR002378.

The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Learner Objectives:

  • Identify the features that characterize translational research ecosystems: translational stages, developmental phase, clinical application, data types and collection methods, unit of analysis, and epistemological objectives.
  • Define the fundamental concepts of precision, accuracy, validity, causality, and types of associations.
  • Identify the steps from defining a target population to selecting a study sample.
  • Identify the processes of developing minimal important difference when defining study measures in causal inference CTR.
  • Describe the reasons for conducting power and sample size calculations in CTR study design.
  • Recognize the purpose, features, strengths, weaknesses, and optimization of observational study design, and its most commonly utilized styles.
  • Recognize the purpose, features, strengths, weaknesses, and optimization of experimental study design, and its most commonly utilized styles.

Program Developer:

Dr. Jordan A. Kempker is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Emory University in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies in 2003, followed by his Doctor of Medicine in 2007; both from the University of Florida. He then completed his Internship and Residency at Emory and then served as served for one year as a Chief Resident at Grady Memorial Hospital. To develop his professional capacity as a Clinical-Translational scientist, Dr. Kempker then completed a Masters in Science and Clinical Research through the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance and the Emory Laney Graduate School. He completed his Fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Emory University before transitioning to a faculty position in 2015. Dr. Kempker has conducted research exploring the roles of vitamin D deficiency in the risk for serious infections. His current research interests are in spheres of epidemiology, health services research, social disparities, and Critical Care Medicine; primarily exploring the health disparities and longitudinal risk factors for important critical illnesses such as sepsis and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.

Learner Level: Beginner


This program is designed for the general public interested in increasing their health literature literacy as consumers, post-doctoral & pre-doctoral trainees considering applying for more formal and comprehensive CTR education and training, medical professionals, and those employed in the CTR Workforce to increase their understanding and participation in research.

Contact Hours:

Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Attendees to this CNE activity will be awarded 6.0 contact hours by ENPDC. No conflict of interest has been found with the speaker for this CNE activity nor with the members of the planning committee.


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