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Forum to present career paths in clinical and population translational science

October 17, 2008

Wake Forest University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences will present its fall Hot Topics Community Forum at 4 p.m. Oct. 28 in Benson University Center, Room 410.  The forum, titled “Career Paths in Clinical and Population Translational Science (CPTS),” will showcase Wake Forest’s newly-formed Master of Science graduate program in CPTS.

The event is an opportunity for those interested in graduate education in clinical research, health services research or community research to learn more about the program’s benefits and requirements.  It will also offer the public a glimpse of the kind of translational biomedical research being done at Wake Forest. 

The forum will feature Dr. David Goff and Michelle Naughton, CPTS program co-directors and professors in the division of public health sciences at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, as moderators, and three students as panelists.  The panelists will discuss the reasons they joined the program, the career opportunities the degree can provide, and the types of translational research in which they are participating.

According to Naughton, translational science with human beings is the method of translating the results of research into clinical practice or for use in the community.  Such means might include screening programs for reaching under-served populations, increasing access to health care services, encouraging the use of disease prevention measures or enabling behavioral interventions that lessen the burden of poor health for individuals, their families or communities.  

“This program is not about lab bench research.  It’s about researching people—applying the research we do with patients in clinical practice or out in the community,” said Naughton. “Students in this program gain research skills that they can apply to their specific content areas, whether that’s pediatrics, a social science or any number of disciplines.”

The forum is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged.  Students with health backgrounds, medical doctors and people with existing degrees in other fields who are interested in getting a master’s degree in this area are encouraged to attend.

To reserve a seat, call (336) 758-5301 or email

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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