CCTR Doctoral Candidate Shares Experience at NIH’s Clinical Center Summer Course

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The C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research (Wright CCTR) at VCU held a CCTR Student Talk on Wednesday, September 7 in the Richmond Academy of Medicine’s conference room.

Elizabeth K. Do, MPH, a doctoral candidate in the Wright CCTR’s psychiatric, behavioral and statistical genetics concentration, presented on her two-week intensive program experience at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. She was one of 28 students nationwide accepted for a spot in the NIH’s competitive 2016 Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students that addressed the topic: “What is the role of the PhD scientist in clinical and translational research?”

The goals of the course were to:

  • Demonstrate potential roles of a Ph.D. scientist
  • Provide overview and examples of connections between basic science, clinical observations, and translational research
  • Increase awareness and access to Ph.D. role models, research resources, potential career opportunities

“One of the key takeaways I learned in this course is the importance of being persistent,” Do said. “The career of a translational researcher isn’t easy and sometimes your success will rely on your persistence in the pursuit of answers.”

Applications for the 2017 NIH Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students will be made available online from February 2017 until June 2017. 

If you are interested in learning more about educational programs within the Wright CCTR, please contact Risham Qureshi at or call 804-628-5414.



First image up top: Elizabeth Do (left), CCTR-PBSG doctoral candidate, presents on her experience with the NIH Clinical Center Summer Course.

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