CLINICAL RESEARCH TRAINING (CREST) Program
As new scientific advances pour out of our laboratories, it has become critical that we train a cadre of clinical investigators who know how to transfer those advances from the lab bench to the patient’s bedside in the fullest, safest and most ethical manner possible. The Clinical Research Training Program will enable Boston University to become one of the leading institutions in the country in providing such training.”
Dr. David Felson, BU Profile Professor of Medicine and Public Health at BUSM, directs the clinical research training program as part of the Boston University CTSI (referred to as the CREST Program (Clinical RESearch Training ). The Associate Director is Dr. Elaine Hylek. BU Profile Other investigators who also serve as mentors for trainees include Drs. Joseph Vita, BU Profile Richard Saitz, BU Profile Rebecca Silliman, BU Profile Michael Silverstein, BU Profile Elizabeth Pearce, BU Profile Steven Pelton, BU Profile and Barbara Corkey. BU Profile
The CREST program brings together faculty and fellows from throughout Boston University including its schools of medicine, dentistry and public health, Boston Medical Center, the Sargent College of Allied Health Professions and other key laboratories and investigators on the Charles River Campus.
The CREST (Clinical Research Training) Program is under the auspices of the Training and Education Function of the CTSI. As described above, since 1999 to present, with support from the NIH, the CREST program has trained and mentored fellows and junior faculty interested in pursuing clinical research careers. The primary components of the CREST program at BUSM, include a biweekly seminar, research and career mentoring, an IRB internship and course work leading to an advanced degree at BUSPH and BUSM’s MACI Program.
Students with a doctoral degree in the health sciences (M.D, D.D.S., D.M.D., or Ph.D.) are eligible to apply to the CREST program for comprehensive training in clinical research including epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, health services research, biobehavioral research and translational research.
PLEASE NOTE: those with “J” visas are not eligible for this program.
The goal of the CREST program is to provide educational support and opportunities for persons interested in a clinical research career.
The CREST Program has 4 elements:
- Enrollment in a Master’s program at the Boston University School of Public Health or enrollment in the Master of Arts in Clinical Investigation Program at the Boston University School of Medicine
- Attendance at CREST seminars. CREST seminars provide information on research methodologies and clinical research at Boston University. To view PowerPoint presentations of past CREST seminars click here. To view the current seminar schedule, click here.
- Successful completion of a mentored clinical research project, the results of which the trainee will present at a CREST seminar.
- Successful completion of a brief IRB Internship. Details regarding this IRB internship and a form to be completed will be forthcoming.
Application: Click here for information on how to apply for enrollment in the CREST program.
Information for CREST Fellows: Please click here to find information applicable to your needs.
2012 – 2013 Seminar Series: Please click here to download the schedule for the 2012-2013 Seminar Series.
Please call Nilsa Carrasquillo, BU-Bridge, CTSI, Training Programs Coordinator at 617-638-5180 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
CREST Program Personnel
Director: David T. Felson, MD, MPH
Associate Director: Elaine Hylek, MD
CTSI, Training Programs Coordinator: Nilsa Carrasquillo