All-expense-paid PRIDE Summer Institute in Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics, & Epidemiology
Cohort 7 Summer 1: Arrive on July 17, 2019, Summer Institute July 18-31, 2019
Cohort 7 Mid-Year Meeting: TBA – 3 days Jan 2020
Cohort 7 Annual Meeting: TBA – 3 days late April/ early May 2020
Cohort 7 Summer 2: TBA – Tentatively July 26-Aug 7, 2020
Cohort 8 Summer 1: TBA – Tentatively July 15-July 29, 2020
Program Director and MPI: D.C. Rao, PhD
Program Co-Director and MPI: Victor Davila-Roman, MD
Program Administrator: Linda Schreier
The primary objective of the all-expense-paid Summer Institute in Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics and Epidemiology (CVD-CGE) is to provide training and mentoring to junior-level faculty and scientists who are under-represented in the biomedical sciences and/or who have a disability, so that they can competently and effectively develop independent research programs on cutting edge Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep (HLBS) disorders. This initiative to bring under-represented faculty and scientists into research is important because of the major public health burden of these diseases and health disparities.
This Summer Institute program was designed to provide a working knowledge and appreciation for Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics and Epidemiology, and to integrate these skills with the Mentee’s substantive research interests in CVD and HLBS research.
An ideal candidate is someone highly motivated to pursue independent research in one of the HLBS areas and willing to make a serious commitment of time and efforts for achieving that goal. This intensive PRIDE program requires the following:
- Active participation in 2-week intensive summer institutes during each of two consecutive summers;
- Development of competitive grant applications for pilot funding through Small Research Project (SRP) early upon entering the program; ideally, scholars will have their DRAFT SRPs prior to starting the first summer institute;
- Attending a 2-3 day mid-year meeting at Washington University (January) and a 2-3 day annual meeting involving all PRIDE programs & NHLBI (April/May); and
- Long-term networking with Mentors to advance one’s own research career.
Toward this mission, our objectives include:
1. To provide fundamental training in Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics and Epidemiology.
2. To advise and mentor the mentees during the following year in terms of the overall career development and for developing independent research plans dealing with HLBS disorders.
3. To help the mentees apply for the PRIDE Small Research Project (SRP) and independent external research grants by taking full advantage of the extraordinary resources of the participating institutions and mentors.
One of the great strengths of this all-expense-paid program is that the vast resources and the rich research and training environment in the labs of the mentors will be available to all mentees including opportunity for obtaining seed funding for generating pilot data. We believe that, by exposing our mentees to the full breadth and depth of the ongoing research programs and resources at the participating institutions, we are ensuring that our mentees will be fully integrated with the biomedical sciences in a very natural manner. The proposed Summer Institute program consists of four components.
Component 1: First summer session consists of:
· Survey lectures on Primer in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Primer in Genetics and Genome-Wide Association Studies, workshops on a variety of topics covering CVD comorbidities research, special lectures devoted to unique issues and challenges faced by researchers from underrepresented backgrounds in conducting research and obtaining research funding
· Mentor meetings for preparing/refining an SRP and subsequent external grants and career development
· Grant writing skills and lectures
Component 2: Year-long Mentoring and career development throughout first year, including a SRP, involves
· Extensive networking activities between the Mentees and the Mentors through phone calls and e-mails
· Reviewing the current CVD and comorbidities literature to identify critical research gaps and refine individual research interests, publication activities, developing an SRP application to address the gaps
· Continued planning of an external research project and grant application based on the SRP (if funded)
· Mid-year meeting for mock study section review of grants in progress
· 2-3 day Annual Workshop-Conference with all PRIDE sites and NHLBI staff in the Washington, DC area
Component 3: Training during the second summer consists of
· Progress report on SRP if funded
· Emphasis on the progress with external grant applications (K and /or R)
· Mock Study Sessions
· Lectures on additional skill development and continuing discussion of responsible conduct of research
Component 4: Small Research Projects (SRPs) and Extensive mentoring and follow up activities with regular evaluations and tracking
Mentors: Each Trainee is teamed up with Mentors from Washington University and their Home Institution.
Linda Schreier, PRIDE Program Administrator
Division of Biostatistics