Office of Research and Graduate Education


For Additional Information:

  • Kelly Gelbman
    Administrative Assistant to Vice Dean
    Research & Graduate Education
    Phone: (304) 691-1841
    Email: gelbman@marshall.edu


  • Diana R. Maue
    Graduate Recruitment and Communication Coordinator
    Biomedical Sciences & Clinical and Translational Science
    Phone: (304) 696-3365
    Email: maue1@marshall.edu


  • Marie Murphy
    Administrative Assistant
    Biomedical Sciences
    Phone: (304) 696-7278
    Email: murphyma@marshall.edu


MS, Clinical & Translational Science


Overview

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is pleased to announce its new Clinical and Translational Science MS degree.

Why earn a degree in Clinical and Translational Science?
Rapid developments in technology, genomics, and translational science are changing the advancement of medical care so that prevention and treatment of disease is specific to each individual patient. Much of this personalized medicine is dependent on clinical and translational science (CTS). Thus, there is a need for scientists and clinicians who can direct teams in CTS and can establish collaboration among basic and clinical scientists from different disciplines.

What is translational science?
Translational science is the application of the results from the basic research on cells and animals to the treatment of patients.

What is the goal of the CTS MS?
The goal is to equip our students with the information and training necessary to translate basic advances into improved patient care that will enhance the quality of life for patients in the Appalachian region, particularly southern West Virginia. Additionally, an MS degree in clinical and translational science is an absolute requirement for obtaining a National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) or an Institutional Development Award.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Undergraduates in their senior year
  • Medical students at an LCME-accredited US medical school
  • Postgraduate medical residents or fellows who have an MD or DO
  • PhDs in biomedical sciences or PharmDs NOTE: See Admission tab for minimum requirements
When is the application deadline?
Applicant materials should be received by May 1.

What can you do with a Clinical and Translational Science MS?
Graduates of Marshall’s CTS MS program will be able to lead all aspects of clinical trials of new drugs and procedures. This program provides an emphasis on conducting clinical trials specific to the rural regions of West Virginia. Additionally, the graduates of this program will be strong applicants for positions in schools of medicine and medical centers that have Clinical and Translational Science Awards.

Applicants must meet both the requirements of Graduate Admissions and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Clinical and Translational Science Department Admissions Committee. Interested persons may contact the Office of Research and Graduate Education via e-mail at ctsms@marshall.edu or phone at (304) 696-3365.

Entrance into the Clinical and Translational Science, MS program is restricted to fall semester only. Applicant materials should be received by May 1st in the Graduate Admissions Office to have the best chance for admission and scholarship.

The complete application process includes:

  1. Submission of the Marshall University Graduate College Application available online at http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/programs/how-to-apply-for-admission/. Select "Degree Seeking,” and application code GM70. International applicants should apply at http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/international-admission/
  2. Receipt of the application fee (submitted online at the time of application).
  3. Receipt of official transcript(s) from every institution attended documenting that the applicant has:
    • Completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. The degree must be completed prior to matriculation.
    • Achieved an overall Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better.
    • Successfully completed one academic year of biology and its associated labs.
    • Successfully completed one academic year of general chemistry and its associated labs.
    • Successfully completed one academic year of organic chemistry and its associated labs.
    • Successfully completed one academic year of physics and its associated labs.
    • It should be noted that successful completion of undergraduate courses in biochemistry and cell biology are highly recommended, but not required.
    • It should be noted that successful completion of undergraduate courses in biochemistry and cell biology are highly recommended, but not required.
  4. Official letters
    • Three letters of recommendation signed and on official letterhead from individuals familiar with the applicant’s relevant academic/professional performance (Letters may be e-mailed as attachments to Leslie Lucas at lucas@marshall.edu and cc’d to Marie Murphy at murphyma@marshall.edu)
  5. Written statement
    • The statement should address the applicant’s educational and career goals, and why he or she should be admitted to the CTS, MS program. (The statement may be e-mailed as attachments to Leslie Lucas at lucas@marshall.edu and cc’d to Marie Murphy at murphyma@marshall.edu)
  6. Address for Receipt of Official Transcripts
    • Office of Graduate Admissions and Records
      Marshall University
      100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
      South Charleston, WV 25303-1600
      For electronic transcripts, please use lucas@marshall.edu

Completed applications received in the Graduate Admissions Office by April 1st will be considered for admission. The CTS Admission Committee will review completed applications then interview the top applicants.

  • Undergraduates in their senior year.
  • Medical students at an LCME-accredited U.S. medical school with a current GPA of at least a 3.0.
  • Postgraduate medical residents or fellows who have an MD or DO with a graduating GPA of 3.0 or better (equivalent GPA for foreign medical graduates)
  • PhDs in biomedical sciences or PharmDs with graduating GPAs of 3.0 or better

Medical student applicants will apply to the program during their third year of training. After completing the requirements for the MS degree, students will finish the fourth year of medical school. Medical residents and fellows who are admitted into this program will need to integrate coursework into a reduced clinical workload, thus extending their postgraduate medical education by two years.

There are a limited number of scholarships available for CTS students. Once accepted into the program, the details for obtaining the scholarship will be provided. Each scholarship is the amount of a full year (fall, spring and summer semester) of in-state tuition and fees for the program, which is currently $11,848.75. Metro, Non-WV residents and international students are eligible for the scholarship, but the amount provided will remain the same. Students can apply for the scholarship again to provide for the second year in the amount of $9,273.75 (The second year does not include a summer term, which therefore lowers the cost of the tuition and fees). Scholarship recipients will receive the payment divided over a number of disbursements each semester. This is not a tuition remission or a full scholarship, so students may want to contact the Office of Financial Assistance to apply for federal or other financial aid.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates of this program will be able to perform clinical trials, particularly in the rural regions of West Virginia. Graduates also would be strong candidates for positions in schools of medicine and medical centers that have Clinical and Translational Science Centers. There are also opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry or government regulatory bodies.
No entrance exams such as the MCAT or GRE are required at this time.
One year of biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics with associated laboratories. Cell and molecular biology and biochemistry are recommended, but not required.
A criminal background check will be required for all students accepted to the program. It must be completed prior to the first day of orientation. Accepted students will receive information for completing this requirement.
Courses may be taught by either MDs or PhDs (or sometimes both), depending on the content of the class.
Initial notification will come by email from a Co-Director of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. Official notification from the Office of Graduate Admissions will arrive about one month later.
International students may apply, but preference is given first to in-state applicants and then domestic applicants.
Yes. There are a limited number of scholarships available for CTS students. Once accepted to the program, the details for obtaining the scholarship will be provided. Each scholarship is the amount of a full year (fall, spring and summer semester) of in-state tuition and fees for the program, which is currently $11,848.75. Metro, Non-WV residents and international students are eligible for the scholarship but the amount provided will remain the same. Students can apply for the scholarship again to provide for the second year in the amount of $9,273.75 (The second year does not include a summer term, which therefore lowers the cost of the tuition and fees). Scholarship recipients will receive the payment divided over a number of disbursements each semester. This is not a tuition remission or a “full ride” scholarship so students may want to contact the Office of Financial Assistance to apply for federal or other financial aid.
Students who do not apply for or do not receive the scholarship may contact Office of Financial Assistance to apply for federal or other financial aid. Please see Financial Aid and Loans for further information.
Yes. In addition to the coursework, you will gain experience in of all aspects of clinical trials ranging from regulatory requirements to direct patient interactions. The portion of the trial in which a student begins will determine exactly when the hands-on training will start.
Yes - for one summer only. The program requires CTS650 Rural Clinic Experience during the summer after the first two semesters are complete.
Rapid developments in technology and genomics have increasingly led to treatments and preventions that are personalized to each patient. This medical care is dependent on clinical and translational science (CTS). There is a need for professionals who can direct teams in CTS and can establish collaboration among basic and clinical scientists who can provide patient care that will enhance the quality of life for those in the Appalachian region.
The clinical trials that CTS students participate in will be based on Marshall’s current clinical trials and schedules.
The Co-Directors of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program are: Richard Egleton, PhD at egleton@marshall.edu and Todd Green, PhD at green@marshall.edu.
By April 1st, you will need to complete the online graduate application with application fee: have official transcripts and three letters of recommendation submitted, and email your written statement. Please see the Application Requirements for full details.
Yes. It is important to choose GM70 on your online application. To view the application, visit: Admissions
Clinical science combines research, development and analysis to investigate and evaluate medical treatments and methods under controlled conditions.
Translational science and translational research are merely different names for the same type of work and research.
No, not always. Clinical trials could include other interventions that could have an impact on patients including but not limited to:

  • A medical device (for example a new type of stent)
  • Comparisons of medical procedures (for example MRI versus Cat Scan)
  • Exercise regimens for disease recovery / prevention
  • Diets
  • Use of social media for disease prevention
Class will be held in the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center (BBSC), the Charles H. McKown, Jr., MD, Translational Genomic Research Institute (TGRI), or the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center (BCC). There is 24 hour/7 day access to the BBSC with Marshall CTS ID, which also functions as a key card.
The normal class size will vary. Some courses will be specific to the CTS students; others will be attended by medical school or biomedical sciences students.
Lab coats will be provided.
Students will need to provide their own computer, typically a laptop, but not any special equipment or supplies.
Clinical and Translational Science covers a variety of research that is based in the biological aspects of health and disease. Public health science examines the causes and effects of disease and interventions at a “population level”, which both drives the understanding of the most critical issues to research and considers the wide-spread effects of the results of that research. See the Translational Science Spectrum for more information.
Yes. This can be a preparatory program for attending medical school.

Below is a list of currently enrolling Clinical Trials at the Appalachian Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI). If you would like additional information about a specific trial, you can call the contact number provided and speak with a study coordinator.

Additional information about each trial can be obtained at ClinicalTrials.gov by clicking on the Description's below

Study ID

PI

Description

Contact Information

115158 Evans "Immunogenicity and Safety Study of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Biologicals' Combined Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) Vaccine in Subjects Four to Six Years of Age" 304-691-8560
11-019 Cornell "The APEX Study" 304-691-1082
720D2403 Ferguson "Safety Study in Patients With Multiple Sclerosis Treated Fingolimod or Other Approved Disease-modifying Therapies (PASSAGE)" 304-691-1213
28431754DNE3001 Khitan "Evaluation of the Effects of Canagliflozin on Renal and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Participants With Diabetic Nephropathy (CREDENCE)" 304-691-8560
NCT01457352 Ferguson "Efficacy and Safety of Baclofen ER Capsules (GRS) in Subjects With Spasticity Due to Multiple Sclerosis" 304-691-1213
NCT01797185 Ferguson "A Clinical Evaluation Of The Safety Of Baclofen Er Capsules (Grs) When Administered Once Daily To Subjects With Spasticity Due To Multiple Sclerosis (Ms): An Open Label, Long Term, Safety Trial" 304-691-1213
BTG-PR005-002 Denning "A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study Comparing CroFab® Versus Placebo With Rescue Treatment for Copperhead Snake Envenomation (Copperhead RCT)" 304-691-1200
115650 Evans "Safety and Immunogenicity Study of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Biologicals' Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine (209762) Compared to Merck & Co., Inc.'s MMR Vaccine in Healthy Children 12 to 15 Months of Age" 304-691-8560
NCT02338492 Cheung "Safety and Efficacy Study of the Treatment of Impending and Actual Pathological Fractures in the Humerus From Metastatic Bone Disease (ILLUMINOSS)" 304-691-1213
14-505 Cornell "Recombinant Factor Xa Inhibitor Antidote" 304-691-1082
NCT01567033 Shuler "Healthy Eating and Active Living Taught at Home (HEALTH)" 304-691-1213
NCT02329327 Cornell "A Study in Patients With Acute Major Bleeding to Evaluate the Ability of Andexanet Alfa to Reverse the Anticoagulation Effect of Direct and Indirect Oral Anticoagulants (ANNEXA-4)" 304-691-1213
NCT01991795 Meadows "A Study Comparing Cardiovascular Effects of Ticagrelor Versus Placebo in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (THEMIS)" 304-691-1213
NCT02239120 Nolte "Dabigatran Etexilate for Secondary Stroke Prevention in Patients With Embolic Stroke of Undetermined Source (RE-SPECT ESUS)" 304-691-1213
NCT02325791 Evans "Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of REGN2222, for the Prevention of Medically Attended RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) Infection in Preterm Infants" 304-691-1213
NCT01594333 Touchon "Cardiovascular Inflammation Reduction Trial (CIRT)" 304-691-1213

Degree Requirements and Curriculum


Degree Requirements

All students are required to meet the general requirements of the Graduate College for receipt of a master's degree. A minimum of 36 credit hours is required for a non-thesis degree. In addition, all students must pass a written and/or oral comprehensive exam. All students will take the following courses.

CTS MS Curriculum

Fall Semester I

  • BMS 660 Communication Skills I (1 CR)
  • BMS 680 Biomedical Sciences Seminar (1 CR)
  • CTS 600 Epidemiology and Biostatistics Used in Medical Research (3 CR)
  • CTS 620 Basic Clinical Research Operations (3 CR)
  • CTS 635 Writing and Peer Review of Scientific Publications (1 CR)
  • CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club (1 CR)

Spring Semester I

  • BMS 661 Communication Skills II (1 CR)
  • BMS 680 Biomedical Sciences Seminar (1 CR)
  • CTS 610 Study Design and Applied Statistics in Medical Research (3 CR)
  • CTS 614 Online Survey Tools, Relational and Data Warehousing, and Data Manipulation (3 CR)
  • CTS 630 Fundamentals of Team Science (2 CR)
  • CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club (1 CR)

Summer Term

  • CTS 650 Rural Clinic Experience (5 CR)

Fall Semester II

  • BMS 680 Biomedical Sciences Seminar (1 CR)
  • CTS 625 Clinical Research Operations Lab (5 CR)
  • CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club (1 CR)
  • CTS 660 Molecular Phenotype of Appalachian Disorders (3 CR)

Spring Semester II

  • BMS 680 Biomedical Sciences Seminar (1 CR)
  • CTS 625 Clinical Research Operations Lab (5 CR)
  • CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club (1 CR)

Graduates of this program will be able to perform clinical trials, particularly in the rural regions of West Virginia. Graduates also would be strong candidates for positions in schools of medicine and medical centers that have Clinical and Translational Science Centers. There are also opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry or government regulatory bodies.

Uma Sundaram, MD

Vice Dean, Office of Research & Graduate Education
Phone: (304) 691-1841
sundaramu@marshall.edu

Richard Egleton, PhD

Co-Director, BMS Graduate Program
Phone: (304) 696-3523
egleton@marshall.edu

Todd Green, PhD

Co-Director, BMS Graduate Program
Phone: (304) 696-3531
green@marshall.edu

Todd Gress, MD, MPH

Assistant Dean & Director, Clinical Research
Phone: (304) 691-8648
gress@marshall.edu

Todd Davies, PhD

Director, Research Development & Translation
Phone: (304) 691-1836
daviest@marshall.edu

Sutoidem M. Akpanudo, MD

Associate Professor,
Phone: (304) 691-1000
akpanudo@marshall.edu