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GHUCCTS Seminars & Workshops

GHUCCTS offers a variety of organized seminars, workshops, and lectures oriented to the needs of trainees, faculty, and staff at various levels. Throughout the year, these seminars and workshops provide additional opportunities for career development and enrichment.

  • Clinical and Translational Research Grand Rounds

    The MedStar Research Institute (MHRI) and Georgetown-Howard University for Center for Clinical & Translational Science (GHUCCTS) Clinical and Translational Research Grand Rounds presentations provide opportunities for GHUCCTS investigators and faculty to share their translational research successes and challenges. Our investigators, KL2 Scholars, visiting faculty and guest lecturers provide important national and international context regarding the growing field of translational science.

    For more information contact Ashley Njagi at

    Recent Sessions of the MHRI/GHUCCTS Grand Rounds:

    May 6, 2022
    "Can Blocking the Orexin System Enhance Sleep's Benefits to Therapeutic Exposure for PTSD?" by Dr. Ihori Kobayashi
    Event Page | Recording Archive

    April 8, 2022
    "Mechanisms by Which Intermittent Fasting Enhances Resilience" by Dr. Mark Mattson
    Event Page | Recording Archive

    March 4, 2022
    "A collaborative model to answer questions of global interest in cardiac ultrasounds: The World Alliance Societies of Echocardiography" by Dr. Federico Asch
    Event Page 

    February 4, 2022
    "Implementation of social risk factor screening and referral in maternal and infant health settings" by Dr. Hannah Arem
    Event Page | Recording Archive

    January 7, 2022
    "Social and Environmental Determinants of Health for Population Health and Precision Medicine" by Blair Christian, PhD
    Event Page | Recording Archive

    View Previous Years of Grand Rounds 2013 - 2021

  • Clinical Research Network Seminar Series

    The Clinical Research Network Seminar Series is a monthly professional development and networking series for clinical and translational research professionals. Study/Research Coordinators, nurses, project managers, regulatory experts, and other staff involved in clinical research can learn about current regulations, best practices, resources, policies, and guidelines.  Seminars take place on the 4th Thursday of each month at 12:30 PM in the Warwick Evans Conference Room in Building D, Georgetown University. 

    Email Bronwyn Murray at to be added to the CRN mailing list.

    View More information on the CRN Seminar Series

  • Facilitating Research Mentor Training Workshop

    GHUCCTS’ Facilitating Mentor Training Workshop, developed by the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, participants learn evidence-based approaches to implementing research mentor training programs that will strengthen productive research mentoring relationships with diverse mentees.

    Training Curriculum includes:

    • Aligning Expectations
    • Accessing Understanding
    • Addressing Equity & Inclusion
    • Articulating Your Mentorship Philosophy & Plan
    • Cultivating Ethical Behavior
    • Enhancing Work-Life Integration
    • Fostering Independence
    • Promoting Professional Development
    • Maintaining Effective Communication
    • Promoting Mentee Research Self-Efficacy

    This free, two-day workshop is intended for faculty, instructors, staff, and administrators who are committed to implementing research mentor training workshops for mentors whose trainees are in biomedical fields.

    Our last workshop was held on April 23-24, 2019. To be informed of our next workshop, please contact Rebecca Ho at

  • Grant Writing Workshop Series

    This 6-month interactive workshop focuses on applying knowledge of clinical trials design, biostatistics, and research ethics to trainee-specific proposals. Each participant will develop, revise, and prepare to submit an F-, K-, or R-series NIH grant application, or equivalent over the course of this in-person workshop with constructive input from facilitators and participants. Participants will hone their grant writing skills through attending lectures on best practices for individual grant components and by giving and receiving constructive feedback from their peers. These workshops are embedded within our Translational Biomedical Science evening series on Thursdays rotating between Georgetown and Howard Universities. This workshop is designed to align with the NIH submission cycle deadline. | Learn More

  • KL2 Scholars Mini-Symposium Program

    The KL2 Scholars Mini-Symposia Program provides scholars the opportunity to, organize and lead a half-day symposium. These series enable scholars to invite one or more national figure whom they have not engaged previously, and whose work and insight could be of strategic importance to the scholar and complement those on their mentoring team. They engage investigators from across our hub and local institutions and enrich the intellectual environment of our hub. This program is diverse and appeals to a multi-disciplined audience. Participants may join in person or online.

    To be informed of our next workshop, please contact

    Past Events:

    Quanitfying and Modifying the Microbiome-Immune Relationship
    KL2 Scholar: Dr. Kate Michel
    Guest Speakers: Nichole Klatt, PhD; Bing Ma, PhD; Raja Mazumber, MS, PhD; Ian Myles, MD, MPH; Pinaki Panigrahi, MD, PhD
    Date: Wednesday February 19, 2020
    Time: 11 AM - 2 PM
    Location: Georgetown University, Building D, Warwick Evans Conference Room, 4000 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC 20007

    Immune Cells in Motion: Visualizing Cell Function
    KL2 Scholar: Dr. Annie Kruger
    Guest Speakers: Paul Kubes, PhD; Alexander Kroemer, MD, PhD; Kaitlyn Sadtler, PhD; Meiqing Shi, DVM; Steven Singer, PhD; and Suman Ranjit, PhD
    Date: Monday December 2, 2019
    Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Georgetown University, Building D, Warwick Evans Conference Room, 4000 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC 20007

    Clinical Proteomics for Diagnostics and Precision Medicine: Tumor Heterogeneity and Treatment Response
    KL2 Scholar: Dr. Chukwuemeka Ihemelandu
    Guest Speakers: Emanuel F. Petricoin, MD; Kevin Cleary, PhD; Martin. J. Schnermann, PhD; and Stanley Fricke, NuCE, PhD
    Date: Wednesday November 20, 2019
    Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Georgetown University, Building D, Warwick Evans Conference Room, 4000 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC 20007

    The Effect of Abnormal Sleep: Addressing Sleep in Diabetes Management
    KL2 Scholar: Dr. Evgenia Gourgari
    Guest Speakers: Michelle Perfect, MD; Thomas Mellman, MD
    Date: Monday, February 25, 2019
    Time: 12:30 - 3 PM
    Location: Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Martin Marietta Conference Room, 3970 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC 20007

    Blood-Based Biomarkers of Stroke: A Framework for using Systems Biology to Characterize Clinical Disease
    KL2 Scholar: Dr. Matthew Edwardson
    Guest Speaker: Frank Sharp, MD
    Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    Time: 12:00 - 4:00 PM
    Location: Georgetown University, Building D, Warwick Evans Conference Room, 4000 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC 20007

    Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Designs: A Review and New Considerations
    KL2 Scholar:  Dr. Alejandra Hurtado de Mendoza
    Guest Speaker: Geoffrey M. Curran, PhD
    Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location: Harris Building, First Floor Conference Room, 3300 Whitehaven St NW, Washington DC 20007

    Functions of the "Non-Eloquent" Hemisphere
    KL2 Scholar: Dr. Anna Greenwald
    Guest Speaker: Argye E. Hillis, MD, MA
    Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
    Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM
    Location: MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Teleconference Room, 102 Irving St NW, Washington DC 20010

  • KL2 Visiting Scholars Exchange Program

    The KL2 Visiting Scholars Exchange Program is a collaboration between the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Research (GHUCCTS) and the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. This collaboration provides KL2 Scholars at each institution an opportunity to present their research at the partnering school. We believe this program offers valuable learning and career development experiences with the goal of sharing Science across disciplines, networking, and formation of new team science collaborations.
    Here is a list of our recent webinars, featuring KL2 scholars from both GHUCCTS and VCU.

    Barriers to Attendance of Prenatal and Well-Child Visits
    KL2 Scholar: Dr. Elizabeth R. Wolf, MD, MPH
    Tuesday October 13, 2020, 12-1 PM EST

    ABSTRACT: Prenatal care (PNC) attendance is associated with improved health outcomes including decreased low-birth weight, decreased prematurity and decreased infant mortality. Well-child visit (WCV) attendance is associated with decreased emergency department utilizations and hospitalizations. Despite these well-established benefits, many mothers and children continue to miss preventive visits. Poor attendance of preventive visits is a two- generation problem – a mother’s poor PNC attendance is associated with the poor WCV attendance of her child. Studies have found that a mother who has adequate PNC was almost twice as likely to have a child with adequate WCV attendance. This could be because the same factors that decrease a mother’s likelihood to attend her own PNC visit may also affect her ability to bring her child to his/her WCV. We aimed to determine if the factors affecting maternal and child attendance are the same or different. We will discuss the findings of our study and their relevance to current health policies.

    Event Page | Download PDF | Webinar Recording

    Differences in the Cervicovaginal Microbiomes of Women Who Naturally Control HIV Progression
    KL2 Scholar: Dr. Katherine G. Michel, PhD, MPH
    Tuesday August 25, 2020, 12-1 PM EST

    ABSTRACT: Much research has focused on understanding the etiology of how a small percentage of HIV-positive people naturally control HIV viral levels without using antiretroviral medications. HIV-positive controller status does not seem to associate with demographic, social, or behavioral factors, nor does it develop through infection with replication- incompetent HIV. Data suggest HIV-positive controllers have unique immune phenotypes and gut microbiome compositions, however little research has focused on the potential role of other mucosal microbiomes. Our preliminary data suggest altered cervicovaginal microbiomes in women who naturally control HIV, particularly elevated populations and increased genetic diversity of key Lactobacillus sub-species.

    Event Page | Download PDF

    Deliver Nanomedicines to Lymph Nodes and Tumor to Potentiate Melanoma Immunotherapy
    KL2 Scholar: Dr. Guizhi Julian Zhu, PhD
    Wednesday June 17, 2020, 12-1 PM EST

    ABSTRACT: The ultimate goal of my research group is to develop clinically translatable cancer therapeutics. In this talk, we will discuss a novel and simple drug delivery systems based on reversibly albumin- binding prodrugs for efficient delivery to tissues and cells in cancer immunotherapy, gene therapy, and chemotherapy. We will discuss the delivery of multiple types of drugs including small molecule immunostimulants, oligonucleotides, peptides, and chemotherapeutics, for the delivery to tumor tissues or cells as well as lymphoid tissues and antigen-presenting cells. Such albumin-binding technology enhanced the in vivo half-lives and tissue delivery efficiencies by up to 2 orders of magnitudes, while reducing off-target dissemination and toxicities. The efficient drug delivery potentiated the therapeutic efficacy for tumor, including a combination melanoma immunotherapy based on albumin-binding vaccines and immune checkpoint blockade. Worth noting, the reversible albumin binder is derived from Evans blue that has been used in the clinic for nearly a century, and the resulting Evans blue derivative was validated for tumr or lymph node targeting with undetectable toxicities in clinic trails, which should facilitate the clinical translation of this type of drug delivery system.

    Event Page | Download PDF | Webinar Recording

    Developing a Culturally Adapted Telephone Genetic Counseling Intervention to Enhance Genetic Risk Assessment in Underserved Latinas at Risk of Hereditary Breast Cancer
    KL2 Scholar: Dr. Alejandra Hurtado de Mendoza, PhD
    Tuesday November 19, 2020, 12-3 PM EST

    Dr. Hurtado de Mendoza will discuss disparities in genetic counseling and testing uptake among Latina women at-risk of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian cancer and the process of adapting an evidence-based telephone genetic counseling intervention for at-risk Latina women to overcome barriers and reduce disparities and reduce disparities in counseling and testing uptake in this population.

    Event Page | Download PDF

  • Mentor Training Workshop Series

    GHUCCTS offers training opportunities to engage new and experienced faculty to develop a strong mentoring culture across departments, and amongst partner institutions.    Our Entering Mentoring workshops developed by the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, provide resources to enhance mentoring skills – including communication, career planning, and collaboration.

    To be informed of our next workshop, please contact

    Upcoming Events:

    • April 24-26, 2023: Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Research

    Past Events:

    • April 23-24, 2019: Facilitating Research Mentor Training Workshop: This workshop helps participants learn evidence-based approaches to implementing research mentor training programs that will strengthen productive research mentoring relationships with diverse mentees.
    • February 6-7, 2018: Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Research: This workshop is geared towards both new and seasoned mentors involved in lab-based research to patient-oriented research. Those who are mentoring graduate & medical students, post-docs, and junior faculty colleagues are also encouraged to attend. 
    • February 22, 2017, & March 1, 2017: Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Research
    • February 18, 2015: Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Research
    • June 25, 2014:  Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Research
    • February 21-22, 2013:  Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Research
    • January 11, 2012: Navigating Your Academic Career - Getting on Your Course and Staying on Course. This seminar focuses on strategic career management; evaluation of performance in teaching; and the educator's activity categories in an educator's portfolio for presenting educational contributions.
  • Monthly Statistical Seminars

    MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) and GHUCCTS have partnered together to present a free monthly statistical seminar, hosted by Dr. Paul Kolm, Associate Director of Biostatistics and Biomedical Informatics at MHRI.

    Our statistical seminars will occur on the third Friday of each month from 12 - 1 PM EST from October to May. Register for the series here. Details on how to join the seminar will be emailed to you once you register.

    Stream the full playlist here.

  • Research Team Training

    Sponsored by the GHUCCTS - Regulatory, Education, Knowledge and Support (REKS) Component

    ONLINE BASIC COURSE: OD 028362: Study Implementation and Conduct for Research involving Human Subjects: An Introduction to Clinical Research (via SiTEL)

    We are pleased to offer an online, introductory course for new researchers, coordinators and associates in clinical research. This is course is available to all and is recommended as a perquisite to the face-to-face advanced training

    If you already have a SiTEL account through MedStar, please visit Once you are logged in to your account, enter the course number 028362 in the catalog search. Follow the steps to enroll in the course. Once enrolled, you can access the course at any time from your dashboard under "My Curriculum".

    If you do not have an account, visit Enter the course number 028362 into the catalog search. Once you select the course, you will be asked to enter your email and create an account. After you create an account, Enter the course number 028362 into the catalog search again and add the course. | Download Instructions 

    The course modules must be completed in order. It is highly recommended that students complete the pre-test all in one sitting. The rest of the course modules can be reviewed at the learner’s own pace. However, the entire course should be completed within 3-4 weeks total.

    Contact Dr. Sarah Vittone for more information at

    Ethics, Regulations, and Study Implementation for Research involving Human Subjects: Advanced Course

    Building on the basic online course, advanced topics in these areas will be presented twice a year in a face-to-face format. 

    Contact Dr. Sarah Vittone for more information at or sign up to be notified when the next training is scheduled

    2020 Agenda | Course Descriptions | Speaker Profiles | Download Presentations

    Spring Regulatory Update & Hot Topics in Clinical Research

    This annual meeting brings researchers, administrators, and clinical professionals from throughout the Clinical and Translational Sciences Awards (CTSA) region together for collaborative discussion and response to regulatory revisions and identified clinical research priorities within the current landscape of clinical trials.

    The 2021 Virtual Conference was split into two days: "Moving Swiftly to Combat the COVID-19 Global Health Crisis" on April 23, 2021 and "Beyond COVID-19: Challenges & Lessons Learned during a Pandemic" on April 30, 2021. For more details, download the 2021 Meeting Agenda or stream the full conference archive here.

    The 2020 Virtual Conference focused on “COVID-19: the Virus, Preparedness in the time of Crisis, and Clinical Research". Below are recording archives of the sessions. For more information, view the 2020 Meeting Agenda.

    2019 Meeting Agenda

    This symposium is organized by the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS) and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN).

  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Series

    Provides face-to-face training for predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and early career investigators in the responsible conduct of research.  The course is designed for predocs, post-docs, and junior faculty who are recipients for the NIH and other training awards that require Responsible Conduct of Research.   This course covers topics in the principles and expectations for conducting biomedical research; and promotes ethical, rigorous and reproducible science.

    The following in-person series dovetails to required CITI modules and provides an opportunity for investigators to discuss all aspects of these topics with an expert in the field. This series also fulfills the requirements of multiple funding agencies. | Learn More

  • Summer Intensive Workshop in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Clinical Research

    This year's Summer Intensive Workshop will be held online from August 1 through August 5, 2022, online from 10 AM to 4 PM each day. This is a one-week introductory-level workshop with a focus on Biostatistics and Design of Clinical Trials. The registration fee is $1,000, with a discounted rate available for those participating in Residency & Fellowship Programs.

    The registration fee is $1,000, with a discounted rate available for those participating in Residency & Fellowship Programs. This workshop may be eligible for tuition assistance benefits. Contact your benefits office for details.

    This year's topics include:

    • Introduction to Biostatistics
    • Hypothesis Testing
    • Descriptive & Inferential Statistics
    • SPSS
    • Correlation & Association
    • Group Comparisons
    • Regression Analysis
    • G*PowerData

    2022 Workshop CANCELLED. Contact for more information.

  • Translational Biomedical Science (TBS) Workshops

    Translational Biomedical Science (TBS) Program workshops are offered on Thursdays during the academic year (fall and spring semester).  These workshops are targeted to our pre-doctoral, post-doctoral scholars, and others interested in learning about the TBS Program.

    Workshop location alternate between GHUCCTS partner institutors - Georgetown University and Howard University.   Please visit the website for a detailed calendar or contact Emily Bujold, TBS Associate Director at

  • Windows into Translation Series (WiT)

    The Windows into Translation Series (WiT) is an informal, small-group seminar series that aims to provide an "entry-level" introduction to research topics by local experts. This series targets clinicians and investigators interested in gaining knowledge and experience in the topics being presented. This is seminar is offered once a month on Thursdays at Georgetown University.

    For more information contact Emily Bujold at