Basic Research
Basic research involves scientific exploration that can reveal fundamental mechanisms of biology, disease or behavior. Every stage of the translational research spectrum builds upon and informs basic research. NCATS scientists typically do not conduct basic research; however, insights gained from the Center’s studies along the translational spectrum can inform basic research.
Pre-Clinical Research
Pre-clinical research connects the basic science of disease with human medicine. During this stage, scientists develop model interventions to further understand the basis of a disease or disorder and find ways to treat it. Testing is carried out using cell or animal models of disease; samples of human or animal tissues; or computer-assisted simulations of drug, device or diagnostic interactions within living systems.
Clinical Research
Clinical research includes studies to better understand a disease in humans and relate this knowledge to findings in cell or animal models; testing and refinement of new technologies in people; testing of interventions for safety and effectiveness in those with or without disease; behavioral and observational studies; and outcomes and health services research. The goal of many clinical trials is to obtain data to support regulatory approval for an intervention.
Clinical Implementation
The clinical implementation stage of translation involves the adoption of interventions that have been demonstrated to be useful in a research environment into routine clinical care for the general population. This stage also includes implementation research to evaluate the results of clinical trials and to identify new clinical questions and gaps in care.
Public Health
In this stage of translation, researchers study health outcomes at the population level to determine the effects of diseases and efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat them. Findings help guide scientists working to assess the effects of current interventions and to develop new ones.
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  • Jan
    Fri, 01/24/2020 - 10:00 to 16:30

    Learn Python and foundations of programming in this three-day, non-credit, interactive, mini-course on consecutive Fridays: January 10, 17, and 24. This opportunity is for beginners and does not require any programming experience. Registration is required.

  • Jan
    Sat, 01/25/2020 - 09:00 to Sun, 01/26/2020 - 16:00

    CTSI-CN will again co-sponsor this event on January 25-26, 2020 at GWU Science and Engineering Hall. The Annual George Hacks Medical Solutions innovation competition is a 24-hour hackathon-style event for teams of 3-4 students. Students will choose one problem statement from a set of pitches presented by participating healthcare organizations. 

  • Jan
    Mon, 01/27/2020 - 13:00 to 14:00
    The Neuroscience Trainee-Sponsored Seminar Series hosts Katie Drerup, PhD of NICHD. 
  • Jan
    Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:00 to 13:00

    Measurement and Sizing of Extracellular Vesicles, Nanoparticles and Aggregates Using Microfludic Resistive Pulse Sensing

  • Feb
    Tue, 02/04/2020 - 12:30 to 13:30

    Join the Conway Chair Conversation the 1st Tuesday of every month. A themed lunch will be served. WebEx available. CNE provided.

  • Feb
    Mon, 02/24/2020 - 13:00 to 14:00
    The Neuroscience Trainee-Sponsored Seminar Series hosts Weizhe Hong, PhD of UCLA. 
  • Mar
    Tue, 03/03/2020 - 12:30 to 13:30

    Join the Conway Chair Conversation the 1st Tuesday of every month. A themed lunch will be served. WebEx available. CNE provided.

  • Mar
    Mon, 03/30/2020 - 13:00 to 14:00
    The Neuroscience Trainee-Sponsored Seminar Series hosts Jeffrey Huang, PhD of Georgetown University. 
  • Apr
    Tue, 04/07/2020 - 12:30 to 13:30

    Join the Conway Chair Conversation the 1st Tuesday of every month. A themed lunch will be served. WebEx available. CNE provided.

  • Apr
    Mon, 04/20/2020 (All day) to Fri, 04/24/2020 (All day)
    Celebrating 10 years of scholarly achievements of faculty, staff and trainees; the 150th birthday of Children's National Hospital; and the upcoming opening of the new Children's National Research and Innovation Campus. 
  • Apr
    Mon, 04/27/2020 - 13:00 to 14:00
    The Neuroscience Trainee-Sponsored Seminar Series hosts Adam Hantman, PhD of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 
  • May
    Tue, 05/05/2020 - 12:30 to 13:30

    Join the Conway Chair Conversation the 1st Tuesday of every month. A themed lunch will be served. WebEx available. CNE provided.

  • May
    Mon, 05/18/2020 - 13:00 to 14:00
    The Neuroscience Trainee-Sponsored Seminar Series hosts Peter Basser, PhD of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 
  • December 9th, 2019

    NIH recently announced the opening of registration for the 2019-2020 Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) series. This free, online course is a thorough and comprehensive introduction to clinical research.

  • November 12th, 2019

    This event has been rescheduled to December 2 at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Join us to learn about all the tools, services & resources that we offer to the researchers at Children's National and George Washington University. We're giving away Starbucks gifts cards & other goodies


  • October 10th, 2019
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a research team from George Washington, Yale, and Duke Universities $7.8 million to establish a rare disease network for Myasthenia Gravis.

    Part of this funding has been made available to support two RFAs: a Scholar Program targeting clinical fellows, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty, a Pilot Program for faculty members. Get full details here
  • October 4th, 2019


    CTSI-CN announces the release of the 2020-2021 Pilot RFAs.  All high impact research relevant to health and well-being throughout the lifespan is eligible. Support is NOT limited to pediatric research. Letters of Intent are due November 15, 2019. Visit CTSI-CN Funding for details and to download the RFAs. 

  • September 26th, 2019

    The FDA and CTSI-CN are cosponsoring a Boot Camp for Children's National fellows. Click here to learn more. Click here to express interest. 

  • September 12th, 2019


    Eiman Abdulrahman, MD and Susan Keller, MLS invite ALL faculty and staff to attend this new writing program following the book, Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers. The group will meet every other Thursday at Children's National from 1-2 pm. WebEx available. Register here

  • August 27th, 2019


    CTSI-CN is your Research Support Center! Learn about all of our tools, resources, and services on September 11 from 12-2 pm in the Research Atrium at Children's National. More details are available here

  • August 19th, 2019

    Did you know CTSI-CN is on Twitter? For learn more faster, follow us at

  • July 1st, 2019
    Letters of Intent are due November 1, 2019 for the Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP), which provides $200,000 over two years for scientists with faculty appointments. 
  • June 20th, 2019

    This didactic lecture series covers a variety of topics including statistics in medicine, robotics, molecular medicine, mobile health apps, innovation, and clinical competency in clinical trials. These sessions are open to all summer students in CRI, SZIPSI, and Volunteer Services. 2019 Summer Student Lecture Series (pdf) 

  • May 29th, 2019

    Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) from NHLBI on behavioral, biological, psychosocial and/or environmental factors in infancy & earlychildhood (0-24 months) that influence obesity development. Details are available here

  • May 21st, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed a new rule to support seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information (EHI). Comments are due by 11:59 pm on June 3, 2019. More details are available here. Full details and related documents are here

  • May 16th, 2019

    Have your PhD research published in Science magazine, win $30,000 in prize money, and travel to Sweden for the award ceremony. PhDs received in 2017 and 2018 are eligible. Apply by June 15, 2019. 

  • May 8th, 2019

    Check out the latest issue of Women's Health in Focus here. The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health can be found here

  • April 26th, 2019

    The 2019 National Math Festival has talks, performances, and activities for kids of all ages, even the grown-ups. It will be Saturday, May 4 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Get all the details here:


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