Professional Development

What We Do

The Professional Development Core works with all of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR cores and institutions to better leverage and integrate our shared strengths in CTR education, training, and mentoring, to develop successful CTR investigators throughout the region. The Scholars Program provides junior faculty with the protected time and seed grant funding to develop competitive CTR projects for submission to the NIH within 3-4 years. We also foster career development in the hopes of advancing junior faculty into independent careers in clinical and translational research.

Our Goals

The aims of this core are to:

  • Facilitate effective professional development activities and educational CTR offerings across the GP IDeA-CTR Network to those engaged in CTR to enhance research competency, productivity, and impact.
  • Provide structured mentoring and mentor training for CTR researchers of all career stages with a focus on our innovative team-based mentorship model.
  • Expand formal programs to support the development and retention of early-career faculty who are preparing to compete for external funding as CTR investigators.

Professional Development Programs


Great Plains IDeA-CTR Scholar Program

The Professional Development Core leverages the many programs and experience of its partner institutions to develop a comprehensive array of education, training, and career development programs and activities. New CTR mentor training programs will improve access to mentor opportunities at all partner institutions for their IDeA programs. The Great Plains IDeA-CTR will collaborate to create and deliver education, training, and professional development programs that will nurture CTR investigators and collaborators prepared to implement innovative tools and approaches and expand biomedical informatics and biostatistics CTR capacity.

Click links below to read more about our Scholars:

Professional Development Activities
We offer a variety of seminars, workshops, and events dedicated to training students, research professionals and community members in CTR. Click on the following links to learn more.

  • Calendar of Events View upcoming and past events.
  • Monthly Seminars Each month, experts from UNMC and across the country present on topics important to clinical and translational researchers.