December 17 , 2007
IC Directors
Kerry Brink, Assistant to the Deputy Director, NIH
IC Directors’ Meeting Highlights — November 8, 2007

Discussion Items

I. NIH Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP): 1997-2008 and into the Future

Dr. Barbara Alving, Director of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), introduced Dr. Frederick Ognibene, Director of the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education of the NIH Clinical Center. In addition, Dr. Ognibene directs the NIH Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP). He explained that CRTP was established in 1997 to provide research-oriented medical and dental students an opportunity to become involved in clinical research early in their careers. Since then, CRTP has grown into an academic program focusing on clinical and translational research.

Dr. Ognibene described CRTP as a public-private partnership supported jointly by the NIH through its Roadmap initiative and the Foundation for NIH with an educational grant from Pfizer Inc. The CRTP mission is to provide creative, research-oriented medical and dental students a program that teaches clinical research principles, includes a mentored clinical research project and has a goal of training future clinician-scientists. When CRTP was established in 1997, nine students were in the first class. In 1998 Pfizer became a partner, and class size increased to 15 students per year. In 2004 Roadmap support allowed doubling of class size to 30 students per year. CRTP is a twelve-month program with eligibility for MDs/PhDs to enter after completion of clinical rotations (typically after 3rd year; Duke after 2nd year). The composite demographic data reveals a total of 220 students (217 medical, 3 dental), representing 65 medical schools and 3 dental schools. The 2007-2008 academic years had 86 applicants.

The program's success is widely recognized. Pfizer's continued support along with the NIH commitment through its Roadmap initiative have ensured CRTP's ongoing ability to expose clinician-scientists in training to the opportunities of clinical and translational research.

II. Office of Extramural Research Animals in Research Nexus: A Resource for NIH Staff, Grantees and the Public.

Dr. Norka Ruiz Bravo, NIH Director for the Office of Extramural Research (OER), introduced Julie Muroff, Senior Attorney from the NIH Office of General Counsel. Ms. Muroff discussed a historical perspective and federal and state laws. Dr. Ruiz Bravo discussed the development of a web site that provides:

  1. Public nexus for grantees and the general public.
  2. Intramural web resources for program staff.

The website will answer frequently asked questions about animals in research and the nation's health, for example, in providing scientific understanding of how our bodies work, leading to safe and useful drugs, therapies and cures, benefiting both human and animal health.

Dr. Ruiz Bravo stressed that her team will continue to provide resources and data on the value of animals in research benefiting both human and animal health.

IC Directors supported Dr. Ruiz Bravo's efforts and stressed the importance of continuing to provide information and resources for extramural researchers and the public.

Kerry Brink
cc: OD Senior Staff

This page was last reviewed on December 17, 2007.
skip main navigation National Institutes of Health - Transforming Health Through Discovery U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Information Page NIH Grants News and Events Research Institutes and Centers About NIH