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Health Transformation Research Institute

Advancing Translational Research to Improve Health

Dell Medical School’s Health Transformation Research Institute provides leadership and infrastructure to support robust, innovative and world-class clinical and late-stage (T2-T5) translational research. This team supports training for Dell Med researchers and learners conducting translational investigation, as well as the development of an integrated learning health system in which research is embedded in, drives and reinforces excellence in clinical, educational and community-focused missions.

This important work includes collaborations across The University of Texas at Austin, as well as with community and clinical partners, such as Ascension Seton.

Initial Areas of Focus

  • Educating and training the next generation of health-focused scientists, including in the execution of clinical and population research, in collaboration with the Biomedical Data Science Hub
  • Improving access to electronic health data for faculty and trainee investigators
  • Building and nurturing bridges to clinical partners, community partners and across UT Austin to maximize research opportunities
  • Fostering a culture of inquiry and investigation to maximize impact of work across Dell Med’s education, care and community-focused pillars
  • Developing a central resource for online learnings and grant writing
  • Assisting with navigating logistical needs to ensure successful study execution


The Health Transformation Research Institute facilitates a variety of trainings and educational series. Dell Med researchers and learners can access the full list on Cerebrum (login required).

Ideas to Results

This year-long course, developed in collaboration with Biomedical Data Science Hub, utilizes a mix of didactic and “flipped classroom” sessions and mentored lab exercises. Topics include epidemiology, study design, data computing and biostatistics, all at an introductory level.

Nuts & Bolts of Executing a Clinical or Population Research Study

This training series consists of one-hour monthly forums focusing on topics related to the execution of clinical and population research, from preparing IRB applications to quality assurance and control procedures. The target audience is Dell Med faculty and staff involved in clinical and/or population research.