News Release

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Forum educates and connects next generation of clinician-researchers

More than 260 students from nearly 70 schools will attend the eighth-annual Clinical Investigator Student Trainee (CIST) Forum at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center Nov. 17-19, 2010.

The CIST Forum will convene medical, dental, and veterinary students participating in clinical and translational research fellowships—year-long enrichment programs at academic medical centers and at the NIH—for a two-day meeting with their peers, program leaders, and established clinical and translational researchers from around the country. NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., will deliver the keynote speech at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18, in the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45).

"Future medical discovery and scientific progress depend on tomorrow’s clinical investigators," said Dr. John I. Gallin, director of the NIH Clinical Center. "This program offers an early introduction to the conduct of clinical research and helps stimulate interest in this career path among students."

Invited student attendees include Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-NIH research scholars (also known as the Cloister Program) and HHMI medical fellows; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation clinical research fellows; National Center for Research Resources/Clinical and Translational Science Award-sponsored students in year-long research programs; NIH Clinical Research Training Program fellows; Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation fellows; fellows in the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Fogarty International clinical research scholars; and the NIH M.D./Ph.D. Partnership Training Program fellows.

The forum is organized by the NIH Clinical Center’s Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education to encourage collaborations and professional relationships, and to educate on the process of building a career in clinical and translational research. Attendees will hear about current and future research directions from four NIH institute and center leaders. A panel of four alumni from the same year-long research enrichment programs as the CIST Forum attendees will discuss their careers and perspectives on the pathways to success.

Participants are offered a tour of the NIH Clinical Center, including the new Clinical Movement Analysis Laboratory. This state-of-the-art facility is used in research on movement disorders and diseases and is managed by the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine's Functional and Applied Biomechanics Section. They’ll also see the new Pharmaceutical Development Section space where the Pharmacy Department houses manufacturing and analytical services that ensure the quality and potency of investigational drug formulations.

CIST Forum organizers will use Twitter again this year—@CCMedEd—to take questions for presenters and provide follow-up information on areas of interest. Attendees and those not able to make the forum can tweet questions and comments and follow the action using #CIST8.

For more information on the forum, visit Members of the media are welcome to attend all events. For a full schedule, contact Maggie McGuire at 301-496-2563 or

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