NCATS Online Course in Translational Science June – July 2020

On behalf of NCATS, via the Education Branch, we are sharing an opportunity to take a course on “Principles of Preclinical Translational Science”.  

Enhance your translational science skills this summer with a seven-week online course designed by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).The course — MEDI 501: Principles of Preclinical Translational Science — is offered by NCATS in partnership with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), which is located at the NIH.

Translational science is an emerging field that seeks to identify broadly generalizable scientific and operational principles to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of translational research.

In this course, students will learn preclinical translational science principles. Faculty will teach these principles through a case study of a highly successful translational research partnership involving NCATS, the National Cancer Institute, Northwestern University and the University of Kansas. The partnership produced a promising potential drug shown to inhibit cancer metastasis in animal models and that is being examined in a first-in-human clinical trial in 2020. The course is relevant to individuals in a range of roles — including scientists, administrators and specialists in scientific collaboration — and is appropriate across all career stages, from students to senior scientists. This one-credit course requires a time commitment of about one hour per week to listen to course lectures, plus time to complete course readings and other short assignments. Because this is a pilot course, it is being offered at a reduced fee of only $50. To learn more, please go to, where you’ll be able to view the course syllabus and speakers, as well as a course flyer (also attached here) with more information.

Registration is now open. To register, go to and locate the course title – MEDI 501: Principles of Preclinical Translational Science. If you are new to FAES, you will need to follow these steps:(1)   Click on the “Login” button in the upper right hand corner of the page(2)   Click on “Applicant Portal Homepage”(3)    Click on “Create a New Account” and complete the form There is a short wait time after submitting the form while FAES reviews the information submitted.  After this review, the account will be activated and the prospective student will receive an email with the subject heading “Welcome to FAES”, and will be able to register for MEDI501.Please contact Jessica Faupel-Badger, PhD, MPH ( or Amanda Vogel, PhD, MPH ( at the NCATS Education Branch with any questions about the format or content of the course.

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