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Cornell Translational Research Summer Institute

Doing Research in Real-World Settings:
Tools and Techniques for Success


June 26-28, 2019


Cornell University campus, Ithaca, NY


Graduate students: $375
All other professionals: $450
Covers tuition, breakfast, lunch, snacks and materials

What is it?

The Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research is offering its 2nd annual Cornell Translational Research Summer Institute (CTRSI). Over several decades, the Bronfenbrenner Center has developed extensive expertise in conducting research in real-world settings and translating empirical findings into practice. Over the course of 2.5 days, the 2019 CTRSI will provide intensive training, discussion, and reflection on overcoming typical challenges in conducting research in real-world settings like service agencies, health care institutions, community organizations, and in other non-academic settings.

Each session of CTRSI 2019 will cover core principles and practices as well as solutions to key challenges researchers face in doing translational research. Using a workshop format, sessions will be tailored to address specific participant cases and challenges, while also providing general tips, tools, and techniques. By keeping enrollment limited, we will offer personalized feedback and address issues and challenges participants bring from their own work.

Who is it for?

Ideal for early-career researchers (including advanced graduate students and post-docs) interested in conducting research in real-world settings and for established investigators who wish to develop expertise in conducting research with communities, agencies and organizations.

How do I register?

Registration for this event will be capped at 60 to assure a satisfying and productive participant experience. Registration information will be reviewed to assure representation across diverse professional background and participation goals. Acceptance status will be announced by February 25th. Payment is not due until registration is approved. Register here.


Contact Janis Whitlock at or 607-254-2894.

Tentative agenda

Wednesday, June 26th: Welcome and orientation

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Orientation to translational research
  • Networking
  • Translational research methods
  • Bronfenbrenner Center poster session
  • Welcome reception at Coltivare

Thursday, June 27th: Building productive partnerships

  • Breakfast networking
  • Innovative strategies for creating community partnerships
  • Lunch and optional table top discussions by topic
  • Dissemination and utilization: How to effectively reach key stakeholders
  • Recruiting and retaining diverse research participants
  • Dealing with Human Subjects challenges in translational research

Friday, June 28th: Telling the data story

  • Breakfast networking
  • Successful grant-writing for translational research
  • Bringing data alive with data visualization
  • Lunch and optional career pathways networking
  • Transmedia knowledge and storytelling for diverse audiences
  • Impact and sustainability
  • Putting it all together

All participants will be asked to submit a short bio and any questions or topics they hope will be covered during CTRSI 2019. This will permit us to tailor sessions around specific cases.

2019 CTRSI faculty (partial list)

Karl Pillemer, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Outreach in the College of Human Ecology
Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human Development, Cornell University
Professor of Gerontology in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Director, Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging

Cary Reid, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Director, Cornell Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life

Elaine Wethington, PhD
Professor of Human Development and Sociology, Cornell University
Professor of Gerontology in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

Janis Whitlock, PhD
Director, Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery
Research Scientist, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell University

Christopher Wildeman, PhD
Provost Fellow for the Social Sciences, Cornell University
Director, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell University
Associate Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
Director, National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect, Cornell University