Training and Education

Whether you’re a faculty member, fellow, student, study coordinator, mentor or mentee, OCTRI offers a wealth of educational and training opportunities to hone your expertise in clinical and translational research.

Researcher training and education


Based at Portland State University, this undergraduate research program supports students on their pathway to become scientific researchers.

Learn about one EXITO graduate's success on the OHSU Week podcast series. Listen now.

The BUILD EXITO program has been renewed for another 5 years of funding from the NIH at $19.3M.  Read more about the funding model for BUILD EXITO.

Are you an M.D., D.M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., or D.N.P. student who wants to expand your experience with clinical and translational research? Check out these opportunities from OCTRI.

Oregon Students Learn and Explore Research (OSLER) TL1 Program

Research experience and mentorship through stipend-funded yearlong training.

Human Investigations Program: An Integrated Curriculum

An academic curriculum in clinical and translational education, featuring a Master of Clinical Research degree, Certificate in Human Investigations, and individual courses.

Physician-Scientist Experience

The Physician-Scientist Experience provides OHSU medical students with the opportunity to explore translational medicine as a career choice in a 5-month or year-out mentored research experience.

OCTRI Research Forum

Monthly, noon-time seminars highlighting practical topics of interest to clinical and translational researchers.

OCTRI supports faculty and fellows in establishing and enhancing their careers in clinical and translational research. For academic educational opportunities, seminars, workshops, and career development funding opportunities, explore below.

Human Investigations Program: An integrated curriculum

An academic curriculum in clinical and translational education, featuring a Master of Clinical Research degree, Certificate in Human Investigations and individual courses.

OCTRI KL2 Program

A two-year career development award for early clinical or research faculty.

OSLER TL1 Program

Training and career development in clinical and translational research for predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows.

OCTRI Scholars Program

Resources for promising early-career faculty applying for a mentored career development award or their first independent research grant.

OCTRI Research Forum

Monthly, noon-time seminars highlighting practical topics of interest to clinical and translational researchers.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training

An interactive and practical 8-hour seminar which meets the NIH requirements for K awards or T awards. 

Clinical Research Coordinator Training

This one-day workshop, offered quarterly, is designed primarily for study coordinators to provide a basic framework of the role and responsibilities of the research coordinator, the regulatory and policy requirements for appropriate conduct of clinical research at OHSU, and tools to assist coordinators to successfully perform their role. This course can be helpful for new investigators interested in learning the nuts and bolts of study operations at OHSU.

Registration is available in Compass

September 26, 2019,  8:00 -4:30

December 5, 2019,  8:00- 4:30

Study Coordinator Training Series

The intent of the series is to provide in depth education through lecture, examples, and exercises on clinical research coordinator activities. Overall objectives are to increase working knowledge of conducting clinical research at OHSU including institutional policies and best practices.

  • Essential regulatory and source documents, September 5, 2019, 8:30- 12:30, Register in Compass
  • Writing and obtaining informed consent, December 6, 2019, 8:30-12:30, Register in Compass
  • Analyzing and implementing a research protocol November 11, 2019, 8:30-12:30, Register in Compass
  • Navigating Monitoring Visits and Audits for Clinical Trials, October 24, 2019, 9:00 – 11:00, Register in Compass

Other training opportunities

OCTRI Research Forum

Monthly, noon-time seminars highlighting practical topics of interest to clinical and translational researchers.

OCTRI and the School of Medicine have partnered on a multi-year initiative to enhance faculty vitality by providing events and resources to support the ongoing professional development of our faculty.

Mentoring Program

Explore the Mentoring Program website for tools to enhance our mentoring experience. 

Visit the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research website for training curricula to further develop your skills.

Support mentees who belong to underrepresented groups with these mentoring skill from the Institute of Clinical Research at the University of Pittsburgh

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Innovation education

Biomedical Innovation Program Corp (Commercialization Readiness Program)

BIP Corp is a 4-week biomedical commercialization course designed for the busy medical academician with an early-stage project. Chance to win!
Course content  and  2019 Syllabus

Registration now open for the fall cohort: October 4 through Nov 1, 2019 

INVENT Seminar Series

An educational program supporting bioscience innovation and entrepreneurship. Learn how to evaluate and protect your concept, seek funding and pitch your innovation to investors and build a business model. 
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Commercialization Design Studio - SBIR/STTR proposal development support

Investigators applying for a Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer Research (SBIR/STTR) grant receive valuable feedback during proposal development to enhance your proposal’s competitiveness. Experts in SBIR/STTR, including study section review, the NIH and NSF process, and successful award recipients are invited to listen to a short presentation of your proposal to ask questions and provide feedback on your commercialization strategy and opportunity, research approach, feasibility assessment and overall readiness, among other critical review components. Each session includes up to 3 presenters. 

Scheduling: Commercialization Design Studio's are offered 3 times annually, ahead of major SBIR/STTR deadlines. 

  • November 13th 11-2pm, location TBD
  • February 2020, TBD
  • July 2020, TBD

Additional proposal development resources include OCTRI/Business Oregon Phase 0 funding and access to SBIR/STTR webinars.  Contact Melissa Mudd ( if you wish to present or have questions.

Commercialization Design Studios are offered at no-cost to investigators by the Collaborations and Entrepreneurship (C&E) office and the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI).

Student Innovate Challenge & InventOR Competition

An OHSU student idea competition, intended for student-led concepts or technologies. You’ll come away with the resources and skills to develop an effective business pitch, understand the basics of bringing a concept from idea to market, and grasp the fundamentals of commercialization. Multiple chances to win cash awards!
Competition Details 

Registration Coming Soon for 2019

Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (SBIR/STTR) grant programs

Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (SBIR/STTR) federal grants provide early-stage capital for startups. 
Learn more at:

"All about the SBIR Grant Process: An insider's Perspective" a comprehensive look into the SBIR/STTR programs for OHSU and Portland bioscience community by Dr. Jim O'Halloran, expert SBIR veteran and study section reviewer. This seminar was hosted by OCTRI and the Oregon Bioscience Incubator in April 2019.
Click here to view more resources from ScienceDocs.

Additional resources

OHSU's Entrepreneur-In-Residence program offers valuable support to OHSU clinicians and researchers as they develop innovations for commercialization.
Listen to Steve Runnels, one of OHSU's EIRs, discuss his role in an interview by EIR Podcast. 

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The Future of Digital Health and Wearables
Tuesday, Oct 22nd
5-8:00pm in KRCB

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Oregon Bio 2019: Innovating and Scaling our Region's Growth
Oct 29th 8am - 6:30pm
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Support for entrepreneurship at OHSU

OCTRI's provides entrepreneur education opportunities at no cost to our investigators.

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Human Investigations Program

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