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Clinical and Translational Research Informatics Program (CTRIP)

Leadership: Kevin Coombes, PhD

About This Program

The Ohio State University Clinical and Translational Research Informatics Training Program (CTRIP) builds upon unique strengths, capabilities, expertise, and resources present at The Ohio State University (OSU), Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC), and the OSU Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI).

This program is one of only 14 in the nation funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to train biomedical informaticians. We are focused on training the next generation of biomedical informatics specialists who will drive scientific solutions to advance efficient, timely, and impactful clinical and translational research.

Specifically, CTRIP focuses on the training of (a) pre-doctoral candidates in the Biomedical Informatics sub-domain of Translational Bioinformatics (TBI) and (b) post-doctoral candidates in the sub-domain of Clinical Research Informatics (CRI):

  • Translational Bioinformatics (TBI) is the sub-discipline of Biomedical Informatics concerned with the development of storage, analytic, and interpretive methods to optimize the transformation of increasingly voluminous biomedical data into P4 medicine (predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory). The pre-doctoral candidates in this program will be enrolled through the  Integrated Biomedical Graduate Program (IBGP), which is a comprehensive pre-doctoral biomedical research-training program. This is the primary degree-granting mechanism for pre-doctoral TBI candidates participating in the CTRIP.
  • Clinical Research Informatics (CRI) is the sub-discipline of Biomedical Informatics concerned with the development, application, and evaluation of theories, methods and systems to optimize the design and conduct of clinical research and the analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of the information generated. The post-doctoral candidates in this program will be enrolled through either the Master in Public Health with a Specialization in Biomedical Informatics(MPH-BMI)​ or the Master of Science with a Specialization in Biomedical Informatics (MS-BMI), which are both degrees offered through the agency of the College of Public Health in conjunction with BMI. These are the primary degree-granting mechanisms for post-doctoral CRI candidates participating in the CTRIP.

TBI and CRI training necessitates access to a robust living laboratory of clinical and translational research activities, as well as the participation of faculty and technical staff with high-levels of expertise in the TBI and CRI domains. BMI is home to a rapidly expanding program of basic and applied biomedical informatics innovation, which is catalyzed by a wealth of driving biological and clinical problems generated by the living laboratory of comprehensive basic science and clinical units that make up OSUWMC; all of which uniquely position our department as the home for such a program as CTRIP.

At the core of the CTRIP curriculum, for both the IBGP and MS/MPH-BMI tracks, is a common thread of fundamental BMI competencies. All trainees will engage in didactic coursework and mentorship related to these areas. Beyond such core competencies, the two tracks provide for the creation and use of tailored curricula focusing on discipline-specific specialization of trainees. These tailored curricula involve coursework and projects drawn from BMI, ECE/CSE, CPH, CON, and other COM academic programs from across OSU.​

For more information about the CTRIP, please contact us at bmi.education@osumc.edu.​