Translational Science Week 2023

The CTSC was founded on September 17, 2007. This year, we’re celebrating our birthday and new grant with an inaugural Translational Science Week–and we want you to be a part of it!

See below for a list of celebratory activities. 

Sunday, September 17

Happy birthday onesies

September 17 isn’t just the CTSC’s birthday. We believe that translational scientists are both made and born. We’re giving away 17 onesies through each of our hospital system partners to plant the seed about translational science career possibilities early.


Monday, September 18

Translational Science Week 2023 - A Message from our PIs

The CTSC has had three exemplary principal investigators (PIs). Hear messages from our PIs (two past, Drs. Pamela B. Davis and Michael Konstan, and one present, Dr. Grace McComsey) about their career journeys, research impact, and hopes for our CTSC as we help advance health equity through translational science.

Tuesday, September 19

A glowing comment box

Join us at noon via Zoom for our monthly READI Journal Club with cyclical discussions about race/ethnicity, sex/gender, geography, and disabilities. This month, the topic is sex/gender. We’ll discuss an article titled Participation, barriers, and facilitators of cancer screening among LGBTQ+ populations: A review of the literature

Register for this participant-led discussion here


Wednesday, September 20

Mitchell's Ice Cream logo
Luna bakery logo

We tried to think of one of the sweetest ways to thank our translational science workforce and thought that a natural pairing would be cookies and ice cream. Meet the CTSC research administration team at the Biomedical Research Building patio (or lobby in case of inclement weather) to pick up a treat and learn about the CTSC.

Date: Wednesday, September 20

Time: 11AM-1PM

Location: Biomedical Research Building Patio/Lobby (in case of inclement weather) 

Aftershock poster

The CTSC is partnering with the UH Cutler Center for Men, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, and UH Office of Community Impact, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to host a film screening of and action-oriented discussion about the documentary Aftershock

Date: September 20, 2023 

Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

Location: UH Cutler Center for Men at the UH Ahuja Medical Center (located in the Drusinsky Sports Medicine Institute) 

Register here before Wednesday, September 13. Questions? Please e-mail

Space is limited to the first 50 registrants. Refreshments will be provided. 


Thursday, September 21


Every day is a good day to thank our translational science workforce for all that they do to help advance health equity for our community. If you’re a member of a team that helps power basic research, pre-clinical research, clinical research, clinical implementation, or public health at one of our hospital system or partner institutions (i.e., Cleveland Clinic, Louis Stokes VA Medical System, MetroHealth, Northeast Ohio Medical University, or University of Toledo), be on the lookout for an opportunity to grab a sweet treat onsite. 

Pickup locations and times to follow. 

Clinical Implementation - Umut Gurkan, PhD

Learn about Umut Gurkan, PhD and how he lives out one of the stages in the translational science spectrum--clinical implementation--through his work.

Public Health - Jin Kim-Mozeleski, PhD

Learn about Jin Kim-Mozeleski, PhD, and how she lives out one of the stages in the translational science spectrum--public health--through her work.

Friday, September 22

Collaboration is in our name. It’s only right that we conclude our inaugural Translational Science Week celebration with a collaboration. Please join us for an interactive workshop titled LGBTQ+ Inclusivity For Researchers, co-created with the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. 

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the history of the LGBTQ+ community in medical and public health research 
  • Apply frameworks for LGBTQ+ inclusivity in research 
  • Perform and assess LGBTQ+ research inclusivity best practices 


Lizzie Bjork headshot photo

Lizzie Bjork (she/her) 

Education and Data Evaluation Coordinator

The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

What: LGBTQ+ Inclusivity For Researchers 

Date: Friday, September 22

Time: 10AM-2PM

Location: Zoom