Program Director

Dr. Henry M. BlumbergDr. Henry M. Blumberg, Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine.  Faculty web page.

Dr. Blumberg is the PI of the Emory award and also the Director of the Research Education, Training and Career Development (RETCD) component of the NIH CTSA award at Emory, which is part of the the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (GACTSA).

Program Description    

Despite the explosive growth in biomedical knowledge, it has been increasingly difficult to translate this knowledge and discovery into applications for the treatment of disease and to benefit human health.  Thus, there is an urgent need to facilitate the translation of biomedical knowledge to improve human health and to address the gap between biology and medicine.  This certificate program will enhance and transform translational research training for PhD students at Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

In 2005, Howard Hughes Medical Institute launched the Med Into Grad Initiative to address the growing gap between basic biology and medicine and offered grants to enhance or initiate PhD programs that would provide students with a better understanding of medicine and pathobiology.  Emory has been granted an HHMI Med Into Grad award to develop an understanding of and an appreciation for medically relevant principles by future PhD biomedical researchers at Emory and our partner institutions. 

Program Goals

  1. To offer a clinical and translational research certificate training program in Atlanta for PhD graduate students in order to facilitate the development of a cadre of racially and ethnically diverse PhD investigators who can translate fundamental biomedical discoveries to benefit human health.   
  2. To provide a multidisciplinary mentoring program for PhD students enrolled in the certificate program who will guide PhD graduate students to conduct research at the interface between basic science and clinical medicine.


Contact the Program

Cheryl Sroka
Program Administrative Coordinator
Room 6.112, 1599 Building
1599 Clifton Road