One of the reasons I accepted the position as director of YCCI when we opened our doors eight years ago was the commitment to education that is part of our mission and about which I continue to remain passionate.
We have worked hard during the intervening years to create programs that nurture the next generation of clinical and translational researchers, and provide the training they need to succeed in today’s complex and competitive research environment. We have begun to see the fruits of our efforts as our first groups of Scholars have transitioned into productive research careers. I am especially proud of the fact that they are now active mentors, guiding and encouraging their younger colleagues to follow in their footsteps.
Besides the educational programs that have been created or expanded under the YCCI umbrella, I’m excited about our interactions with such programs as the master’s degree in chronic disease epidemiology in the School of Public Health, which provides in-depth training in research methodology and is a valuable component of Yale’s educational offerings in conducting high-quality research.
Our efforts culminated in a well-attended gathering for researchers at the third annual All-Scholar Day Retreat, which took place at the beginning of April. Our keynote speaker was Christopher P. Austin, M.D., director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), who shared his experiences in industry and at the National Institutes of Health, and who is committed to promoting collaboration from within the NIH and with external institutions to speed the development of medical advances.
There are many educational opportunities for investigators interested in pursuing research or improving the quality of their research endeavors. I hope you’ll avail yourself of all we have to offer.
Robert Sherwin, MD