CCTS Now Offering Community Engaged Research Boot Camp

Lauren Walsh
Post date: 
January 6, 2015


The Center for Clinical and Translational Science is expanding its research boot camp program to include community engaged researchers.

A joint effort between the CCTS and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Community Engaged Research Boot Camp is an intensive, three-day interactive program that provides health investigators and research staff with the knowledge and tools necessary to conduct successful community-based research projects.

Unlike the annual Clinical Research Boot Camp held in the fall, Community Engaged Research Boot Camp focuses on defining community engaged research and the ethical issues surrounding human subjects research conducted outside the university or medical center setting.

The three-day curriculum includes best practices for study preparation, implementation, dissemination and sustainability in community research. It also defines the various roles and responsibilities of the research team and community partners and teaches attendees how to ensure that their study meets Federal, State and University regulatory requirements.

Lynn Podraza, CCTS Research Navigator, leads the days’ events. Says Podraza of the boot camp, “It gives participants an opportunity to interact with researchers who conduct community engaged research and ask questions in a relaxed setting.”  

The boot camp will be held in the UIC College of Nursing for three consecutive Fridays in February, February 6, 13 and 20. Boot camp is open to UIC and external faculty, staff and trainees. Additional information on cost and how to register can be found online at