The primary goal of the TRANSFORM programs (TRaining And Nurturing Scientists FOr Research that is Multidisciplinary) is to recruit, train, support and nurture the next generation of clinical and translational (C/T) investigators in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary team-oriented environments. The training and career development activities that comprise TRANSFORM will produce C/T scientists familiar with interdisciplinary team structures, comfortable with leadership roles, trained to integrate research from other disciplines and methodologies and, finally, prepared to direct the next generation of multi- and interdisciplinary research. These activities fall into five major categories:

  • KL2 The Mentored Career Development Award for Clinical/Translational Investigators, open to Assistant Professors (clinical- or tenure-track).
  • TL1 The Personalized Medicine Training Program for Doctoral Students.
  • MS/POR The Master of Science training program in Patient Oriented Research methodologies for post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty.
  • R25 PRIDE Comparative Effectiveness Research Award.
  • Short-term Training Short-term training opportunities, lecture series and career development initiatives in clinical and translational science.

For a list of research grants that have been awarded to our trainees please click here.

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TRANSFORM Co-Directors

Melissa D. Begg

Melissa D. Begg, ScD
Vice Dean for Education, Mailman School of Public Health
Co-Director, Columbia CTSA Program

Karina W. Davidson

Karina W. Davidson, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry
Director, Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health
Associate Director, Columbia CTSA


Mentored Career Development Program
This program combines didactic training, significant mentoring, exposure to interdisciplinary research and on-going evaluation to prepare young investigators for careers in clinical and translational research.

  • 2 years of support (with a possibility of extension) including 75% of salary and funds to put towards travel, supplies and tuition
  • Applicants must have a professorial appointment at the time of the award (tenure- or clinical-track)
  • Applicants must be able to devote a minimum of 2 years towards the KL2 training program
  • Two-part application process begins November 1st for July 1st award date

Personalized Medicine Training Program
  • 2 year program with coursework related to Personalized Medicine
  • Recipients may not accept funding from another NIH source while in the TL1 program

Master of Science Patient Oriented Research
A broadly based didactic program offering training in the fundamentals of interdisciplinary clinical and translational research to fellows and junior faculty.
  • 2-year, 30-credit program
  • Open to MD, DDS, DMD, DO, DC, ND or DNSc holders, and PhDs involved in clinical research
  • Applicants must be able to commit to 2 years of study
  • Full scholarships offered each year to most highly qualified applicants
  • Applications due in early January; classes begin as early as July

Comparative Effectiveness Research Award
  • 14-month program includes two summer training institutes and mentoring support
  • Applicants must be a junior faculty member (Assistant Professor or Instructor) by the award start date

Short-term Training
Educational and General Interest Seminars
In support of the TRANSFORM goal of encouraging the next generation of clinical and translational investigators, the CTSA sponsors a variety of several educational and general interest seminars. These activities fall into the following categories:
  • Multidisciplinary Seminar Series
  • Irving Institute Clinical Research Seminar Series (offered every other year)
  • RASCAL Basics
  • Reach for the R Workshop - offered every semester, but application required
  • Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (School of Nursing)
  • Other Educational Opportunities









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