Training and Education

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Researcher 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.


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
  • Tools to assist coordinators to successfully perform their role

This course can also be helpful for new investigators interested in learning the nuts and bolts of study operations at OHSU. Upcoming workshops listed below.

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. Upcoming series listed below.

OCTRI Research Forum

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

Other Training Opportunities

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 training and education

OCTRI strives to cultivate innovation in research.  Whether you have a burgeoning idea or a proof of concept that is ready for design, OCTRI has education opportunities to meet your needs.

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BIP Corp is a 4-week biomedical commercialization course designed for the busy medical academician with an early-stage project. 

Registration is currently closed. Contact Melissa Mudd for the 2020 course offering:

2019 Syllabus

2019 course content

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The INVENT Healthcare Innovation Seminar Series covers the fundamentals of commercialization and entrepreneurship and feature talks by entrepreneurial experts across the region. Seminars will be held every other month.

Participants: The series is open to anyone at OHSU with an interest in innovation as well as the public.

Review series content for upcoming topics, dates, and locations.

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Increase your application's competitiveness with this proposal development resource. Receive free advice and feedback from a panel of SBIR/STTR experts on your commercialization strategy and opportunity, research approach, feasibility assessment and overall readiness, among other critical review components. View more detailsClosed to an audience for confidentiality.

Sessions are offered 3 times annually, ahead of major SBIR/STTR deadlines:

  • Monday, February 10th 2020, CHH2
  • July 2020, TBD

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).

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OHSU Biomedical Engineering graduate students, Geoffrey Schau and Erik Burlingame, took home the Impact Award from the 2019 InventOregon final competition. Click image to read more.

The Innovate Challenge is an OHSU student idea competition, intended for student-led concepts or technologies. Students will come away with the resources and skills to:

  • Develop an effective business pitch
  • Understand the basics of bringing a concept from idea to market
  • Grasp the fundamentals of commercialization.

Participants also compete to win one of multiple cash awards (up to $30,000).  

Competition Details 

Registration open through March 2.

SBIR/STTR grant programs

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The federal government provides early-stage capital for startups through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grant programs.  Learn more at:

SBIR/STTR resources

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"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. 

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Need assistance with market research for your SBIR/STTR application? Survey the competitive landscape with Global Data Medical.  Schedule an appointment with OHSU's Market Research Lab for additional support.

Additional resources

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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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ScienceDocs provides writing support services for research and startup funding, publication, and technical communications.  Review additional ScienceDocs resources here.

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Ready to discuss your needs?

Contact an OCTRI Navigator for project guidance and support.


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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