Summer Institute in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology - WashU St. Louis

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At Washington University - St. Louis.

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The primary objective of the Summer Institute in Genetic Epidemiology is to provide all-expense-paid training and mentoring in genetic epidemiology and risk factors to junior-level faculty and scientists from minority groups that are under-represented in the sciences and/or with 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 faculty and scientists particularly from minority groups into research is important because of the major public health burden of these diseases, especially in minority populations.

This Summer Institute program was designed to provide a working knowledge and appreciation for genetic epidemiology and bioinformatics methods and to integrate these skills with the Mentee’s substantive research interests in CVD and HLBS problems. It will (1) require participation in 3-week summer institutes during each of two summers, (2) attending a mid-year meeting, and (3) involve long-term networking with a Mentor to advance one's own research career. 

Component 1:  First summer session consists of:

  • Survey lectures on Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology, CVD, Epidemiology, etc.
  • Mentor meetings for grant and career development
  • Grant writing skills and lectures

Component 2:  Year-long Mentoring and career development throughout first year involves

  • Continuing interactions with mentors through phone calls and e-mails
  • Continued planning of a research project and grant application
  • 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

  • Polishing / finalizing grant applications
  • Mock Study Sessions
  • Lectures in bioinformatics and in responsible conduct of research

Component 4:  Extensive mentoring and follow up activities with regular evaluations and tracking



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